Initial Program – Leads To Initial Teacher Licensure
Offered By: College of Education
Make an Impact with Children of Diverse Learning Abilities
With Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Master of Education in Special Education, you can master the knowledge to support development in students with exceptional needs. Approved by the Arizona State Board of Education, our masters in special education degree provides the knowledge and coursework to prepare for initial teaching licensure. This program is offered by the College of Education in dynamic online and evening learning environments.
Directly aligned with national professional teaching standards, the masters in special education online provides strategies to adapt teaching in the mainstream classroom to students with assorted needs. While core courses review pedagogy and classroom management, content in the special education focus aims to strengthen your ability to plan, assess and adapt learning for students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. Opportunities to apply your learning in real classrooms are available throughout your program and provide a well-rounded foundation to flourish into an outstanding educator.
Programs leading to teacher certification may require practicum hours, state exams, student teaching and an institutional recommendation from GCU.
Engage Students with Exceptional Learning Needs
In this masters in special education degree program, you examine cross-categorical teaching concepts and review theories and research from 21st century classroom practice to help you develop into an outstanding special education teacher. Explore innovation in the 21st century classroom and examine principles of collaborative teaching as well as learn to identify, evaluate and assess learning disabilities, instructional strategies and student achievement.
What You Will Learn
Study Master's in Special Education Coursework
In this Master of Education in Special Education program, teacher candidates examine:
- Lesson planning, development and assessment and methods to engage diverse learners
- Professional ethical principles, practice standards, laws and regulations that guide special educators
- First through eighth grade classroom management
- Serving students with mild to moderate disabilities
- Child and early adolescent growth and development
- Typical and atypical language development and associated disabilities and disorders
Choose a Career Special Education
Common careers after gaining initial teacher licensure are elementary, junior high or high school special education teacher, school resource instructor, child advocate and disability services consultant. Potential workplaces include private, charter and public schools, colleges and social service organizations.
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. GCU 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.
Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.
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Last updated October 9, 2017