Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is Arizona's private university. The prestigious Christian university is regionally accredited and is recognized as offering some of the best online education programs in the nation by noteworthy sources including Fortune Small Business, Technology & Learning Magazine, Fox.com, and more. Grand Canyon University offers online and campus-based bachelors and master's degree programs through the Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Liberal Arts. GCU emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students as well as the working professional.
Art and Design
This program is designed for students interested in the education of children in grades K-12, and for those who are seeking teacher certification. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, philosophy, methodology, and curriculum development. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within many of the courses guide students through over 100 hours of observational and practice-based experiences, and the final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component. These educational settings must be state certified environments and mentor teachers must be fully certified. Teacher candidates are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Furthermore, teacher candidates should consult the Grand Canyon University Academic Catalog, the University Policy Handbook, and an academic counselor to obtain information regarding current policies and procedures inherent in a teacher credentialing program. Graduates of this program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring teacher licensure. Students and applicants are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. The program is designed to train dancers, teachers, and choreographers by blending both the theory and the practice of dance performance and its related fields. In addition to regular classroom studies, students are encouraged to take part in the University Dance Series in numerous capacities, including performing and choreographing, thus allowing them to explore the creative process from rehearsal to live performance. This global approach to dance training creates a graduate who is multifaceted and prepared to succeed in today's marketplace.