Grand Canyon University's (GCU) regionally accredited and Arizona State Board of Education-approved bachelor of elementary education affords you the knowledge and coursework to prepare for teaching licensure. The Elementary Education And Special Education program at the Grand Canyon University is available online, in evening cohorts or at our traditional campus in Phoenix.
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The Elementary Education And Special Education program at the Grand Canyon University , directly aligned with national professional teaching standards, offers strategies to adapt teaching in the mainstream classroom to students with assorted needs. 


While core courses review pedagogy and classroom management, our special education focus aims to strengthen your understanding of assessing and adapting learning in the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities. 

Opportunities to apply your learning in real classrooms are available throughout your program and provide a well-rounded foundation to flourish into an outstanding educator.

In this bachelors in special education and elementary education program, you examine cross-categorical teaching concepts and review theories and research from 21st century classroom practice. 

In addition, you explore innovation in the 21st century classroom and examine principles of collaborative teaching and educational psychology. You also enhance your ability to identify, evaluate and assess learning disabilities, instructional strategies and student achievement.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Lesson planning, development, assessment and methods to engage diverse learners
  • Professional ethical principles, practice standards, laws and regulations that guide special educators
  • First through eighth grade classroom management
  • Serving students with mild to moderate disabilities
  • Child and early adolescent growth and development
  • Typical and atypical language development and associated disabilities and disorders

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelors in education programs leading to teacher certification may require practicum hours, state exams, student teaching and an institutional recommendation from GCU.
  • All students must submit either acceptable high school or college transcripts to be considered for full admission into the University. 
  • Additionally, if students cannot meet the GPA requirements with their transcripts, but have test scores or a college-GPA that meets admissions requirements, students will be eligible for full admission. 
  • If both the degree-bearing transcript and the test scores do not meet admission requirements, students may be accepted with specifications. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8250 USD/semester
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    8250 USD/semester
    Tuition Fee
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  • Campus: $8,250 per semester 
  • Online: $440 per credit

Living costs for Phoenix

  • 900 - 1450 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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