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BS in Early Childhood Education & Early Childhood Special Education (Initial Teacher Licensure)

The Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program is designed to prepare graduates to educate and guide young children. Read more about Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

Students considering enrolling in the Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program should have an interest in educating young children. All applicants to Grand Canyon University bachelor's degree programs should already have a high school degree; some programs have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program at Grand Canyon University is intended to prepare graduates with the skills necessary to teach young children during a critical period in their development. This combined program is designed to prepare graduates to identify children with special needs and to work with their families to implement appropriate interventions. The curriculum includes early language and literacy development, behavioral interventions, learning strategies, instructional methods, and other related subjects. Students will also gain experience in the field, with 235 hours of hands-on training in classrooms as well as sixteen weeks of student teaching. This program leads to the possibility of initial teacher licensure.

Learning Format:

Online and on campus

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program includes general education requirements, open elective credits, and core courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (34 - 40 credits)

  • University Foundations including one or more of the following:
    • Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab
    • University Success 103
    • University Success 303
    • University Success in the College of Education
  • Effective Communication including one or more of the following:
    • 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy
    • English Composition I
    • English Composition II
  • Christian Worldview including one or more of the following:
    • Christian Worldview 101
    • Christian Worldview 301
  • Critical Thinking including one or more of the following:
    • Applications of College Algebra
    • College Mathematics
    • 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Environmental Science
  • Global Awareness, Perspective and Ethics including one or more of the following:
    • U.S. History Themes
    • General Psychology
    • Everyday Sociology

Major Courses (77 credits)

  • Foundations of Early Childhood and Special Education
  • Legal Aspects of Special Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
  • Arizona and Federal Government
  • Child Development Including Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • Child, Family, Cultural, Community Relationships, and Advocacy
  • Language, Literacy, and Communication in Early Childhood / Special Education
  • Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Immersion
  • Birth - Pre-K Practicum I
  • Developmentally Appropriate Instruction: ELA, Social Studies, and Arts
  • Developmentally Appropriate Instruction: STEM Subjects
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting for Early Childhood / Special Education
  • Birth - Pre-K Practicum II
  • Social Justice for Educators
  • Child Guidance and Classroom Management for Typical and Atypical Behaviors
  • Foundational Literacy Skills and Phonics
  • Student Teaching - Kindergarten to Age 8 / Grade 3: General Education Setting I
  • Student Teaching - Kindergarten to Age 8 / Grade 3: General Education Setting II

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

GCU's Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education can lead to initial teacher licensure. Additionally, graduates wishing to further their studies to gain further job opportunities and advancement could pursue a master's degree program.

Master's degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education
  • Master of Education in Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Career Paths:

Through both coursework and practical experience in the classroom and in elementary schools, Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program is designed to prepare graduates to teach and guide young children.

Possible careers include:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Preschool teacher
  • Special education advocate
  • School administrator