BS Elementary/Special Education

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Special Education (Dual Degree) is a degree that leads to teaching in an elementary or a cross-categorical K-12 setting. It is designed for any individual who wishes to seek a elementary or cross-categorical teaching certificate to teach children with special needs in the K-12 setting. The format and courses of the state and regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner and to maximize strengths that the teaching candidate already possesses. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and other physical and cognitive impairments. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice-based experiences. Teacher candidates must have access to a K-12 special education classroom to complete the program assignments. Graduates of the program are prepared to work with special needs populations and implement individualized educational plans to accommodate the students' various learning, behavioral, and social needs. Teacher candidates must be prepared to complete a full-time, 16-week student teaching component at the end of the program. Eight weeks of student teaching is completed in a regular education setting and 8 weeks is completed in a resource room, self-contained class, or in a special school for students with disabilities. These special education settings must include at least 3 or more of the following disability categories: mental retardation, learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, physical/health impairments; and they must be completed with a certified special education teacher. Teacher candidates are responsible for contacting their state department of education for certification requirements and program approval. Teacher candidates should consult the Grand Canyon University Catalog and an academic advisor to obtain information regarding current policies and procedures inherent in a teacher credentialing program.

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