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BS in Elementary Education & Special Education

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education dual-degree program prepares students for careers in elementary and special education. Students who enroll in this program are eligible for Institutional Recommendation after graduation. Find out more about the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Program Prerequisites:

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education program is designed for those with a desire to teach elementary and special education children.

Program Description:

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education program results in a dual degree. Completion of the program can lead to a teaching certificate and a career teaching elementary students and special-needs children in grades K-12. Courses present characteristics of children with emotional or behavioral disabilities, learning disabilities, mental retardation, or physical and health impairments. Teaching strategies for working with each of these problems are also addressed. Students must complete 16 weeks of student teaching -- half of them will be in a regular classroom, half in a special needs setting. Graduates of the program are eligible for an Institutional Recommendation (IR), a guarantee from the school that they are eligible for credentials in both elementary education and special education.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

120 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid, including loan, grants, and scholarships, is available to qualifying students. Students can find out about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities from a Grand Canyon University Enrollment Counselor.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Elementary and Special Education Majors

  • EDU 310: Exploring Education as a Profession (4 credits)
  • EDU 313N: Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDU 215: Education Foundations and Framework (4 credits)
  • ESL 223N: SEI English Language Teaching: Foundations and Methodologies (3 credits)
  • SPE 330: Special Education Foundations and Framework (4 credits)
  • EDU 225: Instructional Technology (4 credits)
  • EED 465: Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Social Studies (4 credits)
  • EDU 230: Cultural Diversity in the Classroom (4 credits)
  • SPE 226: Educating the Exceptional Learner (4 credits)
  • EED 364: Curriculum, Methods and Assessment: Science and Mathematics (4 credits)
  • SPE 359: Characteristics of Learning Disabilities and Strategies to Teach Individuals with LD (4 credits)
  • SPE 357: Characteristics of Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities and Strategies to Teach Individuals with EBD (4 credits)
  • SPE 351: Characteristics of Mental Retardation and Strategies to Teach Individuals with MR (4 credits)
  • SPE 358: Characteristics of Students with Physical and Health Impairments and Strategies to Teach Individuals with PHI (4 credits)
  • EED 470: Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Literacy and Language Arts K-3 (4 credits)
  • EDU 450: Classroom Engagement and Management (4 credits)
  • EED 475: Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Literacy and Language Arts 4-8 (4 credits)
  • SPE 350: Special Education Litigation and Law (4 credits)
  • POS 301: Arizona/Federal Government (2 credits)
  • EED 480NA: Student Teaching Session A (6 credits)
  • SPE 448NB: Student Teaching in Special Education: Cross Categorical (6 credits)

General Education

  • University Foundations (4 credits)
  • Effective Communication (9-12 credits)
    • Includes at least 3 credits in English grammar or composition
  • Christian Worldview (4 credits)
  • Critical Thinking (11-12 credits)
    • Includes at least 3 credits in college-level mathematics
  • Global Awareness, Perspectives, and Ethics (6-8 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who have graduated from Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education program have several options if they choose to further their education in the field. They may decide to earn the Learning Behavior Specialist II Graduate Certification, which can result in opportunities to adapt curriculums for special needs, to work as a specialist in behavior intervention, or to work with children who have multiple disabilities. Or graduates may wish to pursue a master's program in either elementary education or special education.

Some of the master's degrees that program graduates may wish to consider include:

  • Master of Science in Special Education (M.S.)
  • Master of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education (M.A.)
  • Master of Education in Educational Diagnostician (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education (M.S.Ed.)

Career Paths:

Although most graduates of Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education program will begin their careers teaching in a public elementary education classroom, or possibly a special needs setting, some may choose to focus on a specific need in either type of setting. For example, they may specialize in teaching students to read, whether students are average students or special-needs students.

Other career paths for graduates might include:

  • Elementary school principal
  • English as a second language teacher
  • Pre-kindergarten teacher
  • Adapted physical education teacher
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist

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