Individuals seeking careers in education specifically teaching children in Grades K-8 will find a suitable degree in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in English (K-8) (Eligible for Institutional Recommendation). This online degree program offered by Grand Canyon University offers courses that are directly aligned with the Arizona Professional Teacher Standards and the Interstate New Teacher Support and Assessment Consortium Standards. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The program also answers to the needs of those seeking teacher certification. Required courses include General Education Courses, English Major Courses and Elective Courses. A total of one hundred twenty (120) credits comprise the length of the program plus a total of one hundred five (105) practicum hours. English courses include Exploring Education as a Profession, Analysis of World Literature, Introduction to English Grammar and Linguistic, English Literature I, American Literature I, Education Foundations and Framework, Cultural Diversity in the Classroom, English Language Teaching: Foundations and Methodologies, Educational Psychology, Instructional Technology, Curriculum/Method and Assessment: Social Studies, Educating the Exceptional Learner, Curriculum/Methods and Assessment: Science and Mathematics, Curriculum/Methods and Assessment: Literacy and Language Arts K-3, Classroom Engagement and Management, Curriculum/Methods and Assessment: Literacy and Language Arts, Arizona and Federal Government, and Student Teaching Sessions A and B. The recommended elective for this program is The Short Story. Applicants for certification are required to take Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Immersion.
Prospective students are required to be at least twenty-one (21) years old and have some college credits. Inquiries from Arkansas and Connecticut are not currently accepted due to certain state requirements. Students will have the opportunity for hands-on training because of the 16-week student teaching component scheduled on the final semester of the program.