Grand Canyon University:
A private online Christian university, Grand Canyon University's bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in education, by combining coursework with real world experience, are designed to help students gain the credentials they need to start working in the classroom and to advance in their current positions.
Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science online degree in education may choose from one of three areas of emphasis: early childhood education, elementary education with a focus on early childhood education, and secondary education with a focus on business education. Students must complete 120 credits to earn the online B.S. degree.
All undergraduate students are required to undertake 16 weeks of student teaching upon completion of their program coursework and before finishing their degree. Students are only eligible for the student teaching if, in addition to completing their coursework, they have a minimum 2.8 GPA, have successfully taken the Praxis I and Praxis II (when applicable), and have been approved for a student teaching assignment.
GCU offers Master's of Science degree programs in 10 specializations, including early childhood education, elementary education, and secondary education. Students may also opt for the Master of Teaching in Professional Learning Communities or Teacher Leadership. The coursework for both programs is designed to help students gain the knowledge they need to earn national certification, although the university is careful to note that the program does not guarantee certification.
The Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, however, does lead to the necessary credentials for teaching in Arizona and requires students to complete 16-weeks of student teaching.
GCU features two Doctorate of Education programs in Organizational Leadership - emphasizing education and effective schools or instructional leadership - for professionals focusing on kindergarten through 12th grade. Both programs culminate with the dissertation and require a residency at which time doctoral students will present either the findings of their dissertation or their progress at that point. The Teach Grant
Students may be eligible for the Teach Grant to help fund their studies at Grand Canyon University. The Teach Grant provides grants for students in education who agree to teach in a school in a low-income area for a minimum of four years following graduation. Grants are awarded at $4,000 per year to a maximum of $16,000 for undergraduate students and $8,000 for graduate students.
Learn more about the online teaching degree programs at Grand Canyon University.