Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education is offered by the College of Education. This degree prepares aspiring teacher candidates to pursue a career devoted to helping young children strive to reach their full potential as learners and community members.
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Students who earn an Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education degree at Grand Canyon University are well-positioned to recognize the signs of developmental delays and disabilities, and to work with families, schools and other stakeholders to meet the needs of these exceptional children.

This dual bachelor’s degree combines the specializations of early childhood education and special education. Teacher candidates explore the education of children with and without exceptionalities, as well as concepts of child, family and community collaboration and advocacy.

GCU’s early childhood special education degree emphasizes the value of servant leadership and Christian ethics. Aspiring teacher candidates may pursue a career working with children during a critical period in their development, when the right role models can encourage these young learners to embrace creativity, strive toward literacy and develop an enduring love of learning.


There are many possible career paths for individuals with a background in early childhood special education. This degree could equip you to work in any of these settings:

  • Early childhood education centers
  • Public and private preschool/pre-K
  • Public and private elementary school
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Educational policy organizations

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Foundations of Early Childhood and Special Education
  • Legal Aspects of Special Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
  • Arizona and Federal Government 
  • Child Development Including Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • Child, Family, Cultural, Community Relationships, and Advocacy

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

  • Grand Canyon University (GCU) welcomes applicants 16 years old and older for admission consideration. We seek future graduates with diverse interests, experiences and perspectives, ready to capture academic opportunities with creativity and enthusiasm.
  • Although GCU seeks to integrate Christian faith and practice into all aspects of campus life, no statement of faith or religious affiliation is required of prospective students, with the exception of majors in the College of Theology. Theology majors are required to affirm GCU's Doctrinal Statement and the College of Theology Covenant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8250 USD/semester
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8250 USD per semester and a duration of .
  • National

    8250 USD/semester
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8250 USD per semester and a duration of .
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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.


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