Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) College of Education provides you with essential knowledge and in-demand skills required for the challenging, diverse classrooms and district initiatives of 21stcentury education. All teaching and education degrees align with national and Arizona Department of Education accrediting standards. Whether you dream of earning a teaching degree in early childhood education, special education or secondary education, you can gain the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to achieve excellence as a teacher or administrator. Learn more about our college, including available degrees and program locations.
College of Education Mission and Pledge
The College of Education (COE) inspires excellence in pedagogy and scholarship; advances reflective, innovative and collaborative teaching practices to maximize student learning and achievement; promotes servant leadership in educational communities; and engages a diverse and global community of learners with purpose and passion.
Take the Pledge
As a Grand Canyon University College of Education teacher candidate/teacher/educator, I pledge to:
- Enter my class as a professional educator, fully prepared every day.
- Maximize learning for all students, inspiring them to achieve at their highest potential.
- Approach teaching and learning for all students with the heart of a servant leader.
- Be a culturally responsive educator, engaging with and advocating for social justice, and supporting each student and their unique learning needs.
- Model personal integrity, professional ethics, collaboration and excellence for all.
- Be a lifelong learner to advance my commitment as a professional educator.
- This pledge is made to affirm my commitment and devotion to learning, leading and serving.
College of Education Promise
GCU and the College of Education promise assistance to any graduate of our teacher and principal preparation programs who are experiencing difficulty in their first year of teaching or leading. Believing in the excellence of our programs, we will provide assistance to any graduate recommended by GCU for teaching or principal certification.
In 1984, GCU and the College of Education began offering graduates of our licensure programs assistance when needed at no expense to the school district or to the teacher/principal graduate. The need for assistance may be requested by the GCU graduate, the principal or the superintendent. The appropriate assistance will be determined by the College of Education and can range from the graduate taking a refresher course in the area of difficulty to receiving mentoring by faculty who will coach in such areas as curriculum planning and design, classroom and time management, content presentation and individualized instruction.
To submit a request or for questions about the College of Education Promise, email us at [email protected].
Cultivating Opportunities for Equity
As educators dedicated to learning, leading and serving, we are committed to promoting opportunities for equity. Join us in our effort to find practical and tangible ways to affirm and advocate for equity for all our students and families.
Celebrating equity and inclusion for all.
To promote equity and inclusion in teaching and learning.
Resources for Diversity
Clicking on any of the links below will provide a new resource guide to promote diversity and inclusivity in the classroom. Below are resources to enhance your curriculum, teaching style and professional development advocate equity for your classroom.
Arizona Teaching Intern Program
The Arizona Teaching Intern Program is an alternative pathway to teacher licensure that is designed for students who have secured a contract with a district in a high-needs area and who are currently enrolled in one of the following master's degree (IR) programs:
- Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
- Master of Education in Elementary Education
- Master of Education in Secondary Education
- Master of Education in Special Education
To be eligible, you must have:
- An official transcript showing a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
- Official passing AEPA/NES subject knowledge exam scores
- A current AZ IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card
- A full-time contracted teaching position in an area that meets the requirements for the Arizona Teaching Intern program
Knowledge in the field of education is expanded when we have information at our fingertips. Clicking on any of the links below will open up the world of education to you. Here, you can probe state and federal departments of education; investigate education career prospects; quick link to professional and content standard organizations; and discover professional development opportunities. Happy exploring!