How long does it take to get a degree in education?
At GCU, you can take one class at a time while earning your online degree in education, allowing you to maximize learning and build your knowledge base. Your program length will depend on which online degree in education you choose. You may have an opportunity to earn credit through GCU-approved certificates, national exams or transfer credits. Speak to an enrollment representative when you fill out the form above.
What are online1 teaching degree requirements?
Admission requirements for our online education degrees will depend on whether you want to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. If you are a qualified student who is committed and dedicated to learning the art and science of teaching, willing to uphold the university's vision and mission and open to the possibility of spiritual and intellectual development, you are encouraged to apply. Get more information about your steps to admission when you fill out the form above.
What is the difference between a “Licensure” and a “Non-Licensure” program?
A degree that leads to licensure will include a student teaching or internship experience needed to seek certification. A degree that does not lead to licensure may include many of the same courses as a licensure program, but does not have the same student teaching or internship requirements and is not intended to lead to a professional certification. As you choose the right degree program for you, it is important to be aware of different certification requirements specific to the state you plan to teach or lead in.
Are online1 education degrees respected?
Seeking to advance your education displays the dedication and commitment you have toward earning a degree and potentially bettering your life and career. GCU is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation, a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.5 In addition, GCU's College of Education is approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and the Arizona Department of Education to offer institutional recommendations (credentials) for the certification of early childhood, elementary, secondary and special education teachers and administrators.6

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a degree in education?
At GCU, you can take one class at a time while earning your online degree in education, allowing you to maximize learning and build your knowledge base. Your program length will depend on which online degree in education you choose. You may have an opportunity to earn credit through GCU-approved certificates, national exams or transfer credits. Speak to an enrollment representative when you fill out the form above.
What are online1 teaching degree requirements?
Admission requirements for our online education degrees will depend on whether you want to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. If you are a qualified student who is committed and dedicated to learning the art and science of teaching, willing to uphold the university's vision and mission and open to the possibility of spiritual and intellectual development, you are encouraged to apply. Get more information about your steps to admission when you fill out the form above.
What is the difference between a “Licensure” and a “Non-Licensure” program?
A degree that leads to licensure will include a student teaching or internship experience needed to seek certification. A degree that does not lead to licensure may include many of the same courses as a licensure program, but does not have the same student teaching or internship requirements and is not intended to lead to a professional certification. As you choose the right degree program for you, it is important to be aware of different certification requirements specific to the state you plan to teach or lead in.
Are online1 education degrees respected?
Seeking to advance your education displays the dedication and commitment you have toward earning a degree and potentially bettering your life and career. GCU is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation, a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.5 In addition, GCU's College of Education is approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and the Arizona Department of Education to offer institutional recommendations (credentials) for the certification of early childhood, elementary, secondary and special education teachers and administrators.6

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Reach for the pinnacle of education and pursue academic excellence with a doctorate offered online4 to accommodate your busy schedule. Choose from a Doctor of Education or a Doctor of Philosophy degree and embrace the intellectual challenges, rewards and opportunities that can accompany earning a doctoral degree.

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Active teachers who hold a master’s degree can enhance their skill sets and broaden their applicable knowledge by earning one of GCU's post-master's education specialist (EdS) degrees from the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU's online education specialist degrees:

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If you want to prepare yourself to become a teacher, you can equip yourself for the task at hand by specializing in one of the many subjects offered. You may choose to teach elementary education and learn how to effectively teach at a younger age range or pursue a degree in secondary education and focus on teaching at a high school level.

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The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree program can help prepare students for a career as a K-8 elementary teacher and initial licensure. The degree is a potential pathway for entering the field of education to help develop their students' mental, emotional and social development and can provide a foundation in early basic academics.

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The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education degree program can help graduates learn the skills necessary to teach children from birth through third grade and work as preschool teachers and daycare providers.

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MA in Reading: Secondary Education

The Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education program can help candidates learn to deliver high-quality reading and writing instruction in a literacy-rich environment. Through a combination of coursework and practicum experiences, candidates can examine educational best practices at the secondary level.

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