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About the College of Education

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 21st-century 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.

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College of Education Mission and Pledge

The College of Education 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.

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Teaching in Purple

Get timely information on current events in education and insightful monthly topics from the College of Education's blog, Teaching in Purple. Our blog features posts from students, staff, faculty and guest writers to give a variety of insights into the world of education.

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College of Education Promise

GCU and the College of Education promise assistance to any graduates 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

Servant Educators

GCU's College of Education is dedicated to providing opportunities for candidates to develop professional dispositions while learning, leading and serving their community. The College of Education inspires excellence in pedagogy and scholarship through the development of servant educators.

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Kappa Delta Pi International

GCU's Alpha Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education is the premiere honor society for people who are preparing for, engaged in or retired from the teaching profession. Discover how the honor society can help you grow in knowledge and professional development.

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The iteach program helps prepare educators for success in the classroom through online learning and in-person mentorship. If you have completed the iteach program, you may be eligible to transfer credit hours towards one of the education degrees at GCU. Find out more about eligible degree programs.

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Arizona Teaching Intern Program

The AZ 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:

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 AZ Intern program

If you would like to request additional information or determine eligibility, or if you have questions regarding this program, contact us at For resources and more information, please visit the Student Success Center.

Educational Resources

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!

Program Essentials

The following information provides you with College of Education essentials that will be important throughout the course of your program. It is important to become familiar with the following topics so that you can properly prepare for your education courses.

Learner Goals

The College of Education teacher and administrator preparation programs are designed to ensure that you aspire to a set of personal and professional goals that will enable you to be an educator focused on student learning and achievement, as a direct reflection of the college's mission and the above NBPTS policy statement. These eight goals are reflective of standards espoused by state and federal departments of education, professional education organizations and accrediting bodies.

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Professional Dispositions of Learners

For GCU College of Education students, these dispositions flow from the university's mission statement. A values-based education emphasizing community, character and citizenship in the context of a Christian worldview seeks to teach, reinforce, support and cause teacher candidates to contemplate certain foundational values which Christianity contends lead to a good life. These normative Christian values are integral to the development, maturity and education of ethical and morally respectable citizens who continue on the path of lifelong learning and service.

For College of Education students, this is manifested in the professional dispositions each carries into the educational community.

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Office of Clinical Practice Resources

The purpose of clinical practice experiences is to help prepare innovative, reflective and creative professional educators with high ethical and moral standards who have the understanding, attitude and skills necessary for effective teaching. Through clinical practice, teacher candidates observe and participate in field experiences in diverse educational settings and apply the theories and concepts learned in program course work. Browse through our resources by visiting the Student Success Center. For more information email us at