How long does it take to get a degree in education?
At GCU, you will 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 online 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 “Leads to initial teacher licensure” and a “Does not lead to initial teacher 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 online education degrees respected?
Seeking to advance your education displays the dedication and commitment you have toward earning a degree and 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.2 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.3

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a degree in education?
At GCU, you will 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 online 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 “Leads to initial teacher licensure” and a “Does not lead to initial
teacher 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 online education degrees respected?
Seeking to advance your education displays the dedication and commitment you have toward earning a degree and 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.2 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.3

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Prepare for a career of learning, leading and serving by earning one of the online teaching degrees from Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) College of Education. Whether you aspire to teach early childhood education, elementary education, high school students or special education, or you want to move into administration, we offer a variety of online education degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels to help you reach your goals.

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Grand Canyon University offers a variety of online education degree programs to help you position yourself for possible career advancement. Our online courses offer a values-based curriculum developed so that you receive the well-rounded education you need to take your career to the next level. Backed by the legacy of our traditional campus, GCU is an accredited university that stands out from other online education institutions.

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Reach for the pinnacle of education and pursue academic excellence with a doctorate offered online to accommodate your busy schedule. Choose from a Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Education, or a Doctor of Philosophy degree and embrace the intellectual challenges, rewards and opportunities that 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 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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Whether you are a current or aspiring educator, a master’s in education online can open doors for your career, introduce new opportunities and foster relationships while potentially increasing your earning potential. If you have a bachelor’s degree in a different field outside of education, a master’s in education online can lead to teaching licensure as you transition into the education field.

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‡ MOU 8288 & 8289: This scholarship is only valid for those applicants who are participating in a GCU College of Education or Secondary Education Emphasis master’s degree program, offered online, and who submit a completed application to start their program on or before December 31, 2023. If you enroll in a Master’s degree program through any of the College of Education or Secondary Education Emphasis degree programs offered online, Grand Canyon University will offer you 18% off the tuition per course for your program. This scholarship will be applied at the same time the tuition charges occur. This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other GCU scholarships/awards. This scholarship will be applied toward your tuition only and does not include fees (i.e., Canyon Connect, Technology, etc).

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