Initial Program – Leads To Initial Teacher Licensure
Offered By: College of Education
Put Exceptional Children on the Path to Success
Learn to recognize and help children overcome developmental delays with the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education degree. Channel your passion for educating young children while preparing for certification in early childhood education as well as early childhood special education in states where the latter is applicable. As the ability to recognize developmental delays early in life has expanded, so has the demand for special education-prepared teachers. Build your skills in classroom management and pedagogy while also learning strategies for family, community and clinical involvement in meeting the needs of exceptional children. Practicum experiences throughout the program allow you to apply instructional methods and work with students from birth through grade 3. All coursework in this program aligns with national standards set forth by the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (In.T.A.S.C.), National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C.), International Society for Technology in Education (I.S.T.E.) and the Council for Exceptional Children (C.E.C.).
Assess and Engage Exceptional Children
Through this early childhood special education degree program, you gain the ability to recognize, monitor and track special needs during the crucial early childhood years. Explore ways to creatively spark children’s imaginations, support healthy development, plant the seeds for literacy and deliver culturally intelligent and ethical education. Graduates who successfully complete coursework, as well as state requirements, are positioned for potential licensure in both early childhood education and early childhood special education in Arizona. Graduates seeking licensure outside of Arizona may be eligible for licensure in early childhood education or early childhood special education depending on the state requirements and certification process.
What You Will Learn
Explore Strategies for Early Intervention and Guidance
This program allows students to apply their skills within a 16-week student teaching experience that includes eight weeks in a K-3 general education classroom and eight weeks in a K-3 special education classroom. Students also engage in practicum courses within birth through pre-K general education and special education environments. Under the leadership and mentorship of expert faculty, your coursework will examine:
- Social and emotional development and behavioral interventions
- Early language and literacy development
- Assessment, evaluation and reporting progress
- Child, family and community collaboration
- Advocacy to promote the education of young children with and without exceptionalities
Build a Career in Early Education
As a graduate of the bachelors in early childhood education program, you will be qualified to pursue teaching positions as well as program coordinator and advocacy roles. Potential career environments include early childhood education centers, public and private pre-K, public and private elementary schools, school administration, nonprofit organizations and educational policy organizations. Learn the science of early education, then apply your expertise to help build better futures for children and families.
Campus Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with a curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a dynamic student life make G.C.U. a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students. Exciting events, well-known guest speakers, and Division I athletics round out the traditional student experience. Our welcoming campus community is the perfect place to find your purpose.
Online Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. G.C.U. offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.