Grand Canyon University Reviews - Bachelor's in Elementary EducationSee reviews of all programs at Grand Canyon University
If you are a hardcore religious fan this is your school, they try to use religious courses as being critical to your degree. I was going for the Elementary Education to become a Teacher. In this degree list of courses was at least 5 religious courses that were not an option. They force it down your throat. Avoid this place at all costs if you are one of free will, free thinker.
My experience at GCU has been a great experience! The faculty and the counselors are wonderful! They were very helpful, and kind! Im excited to announce that I have about 3 more weeks, until I become a GCU graduate!!! Grand Canyon will always be an University I will highly recommend other students to attend.
I was really hesitant to start an online program to obtain my bachelors degree. Now, I am beyond happy with how much new knowledge I have gained and I plan to pursue my M.Ed. through GCU as well. My advisor and supervisor were always available when I had a question.
I attended GCU online, one class at a time, for three years straight. I wanted a total online program after I finished my Bachelor's Degree at my local community college. I am not a great test-taker, so I was extremely happy to write a paper each week in lieu of a weekly test. However, this required a lot of work and dedication, as I gave up pretty much every Sunday for three years. Posting discussion questions/responses several times per week was also a commitment. With that said, this program worked for me. I found just about all of the teachers knowledgeable and fair. There is always one teacher you can do without, online or in a classroom. Sometimes the assignments didn't make sense, and it was a bit difficult to communicate with the professor about it, but it all worked out. I have no horror stories about financial aid, and always managed to reach a counselor. There does seem to be a high turnover of staff, but again, nothing that affected me much. I had a very positive attitude, and was thrilled to do all my schoolwork from the comfort of my home. I got a job as soon as I graduated. My schooling has helped me in the classroom, and overall, I enjoyed my journey at GCU. I would recommend them.
Hi Highly recommend not to go into debt getting a degree from GCU and here is why. I am a foriegn educated Elementary school teacher who was required to have an american degree to teach in my state. I hold multiple bachelor degrees from another country and have taught as a teacher there for 9 years. At the time I chose GCU because they were accredited and were available for online education. I was convinced by the financial counselors there that the cost of the student loans would be able to be paid back because of the teaching salaries I would earn. I was told that because I had foriegn degrees that were accredited, I could achieve an american degree in 3 years instead of 4. The truth was that even though I was a student that achieved a 3.8 GPA, it still took 4 years, The student loan kept piling up to the tune of almost 50K. I constantly found my professors far from adequate to teach these courses and my experiances with GCU staff was horrible. It required intervention many times through the years by the Dean to get continuing messes they caused cleaned up. Although I have great american references from my student teaching and a good GPA it has been over two years with no job opportunities. Lots of substitute jobs which don't pay the bills. I have excellent reviews by teachers and students and their parents but no prospects for a classroom of my own. It seems that in this field it is so political and that nepotism is running rampant. My loan interests have risen beyond the point of no return. None of these issues in this field were ever brought up by GCU. They had an extremely hard time finding a school to take me in as a student teacher as most schools were looking for student teachers from more well known universities. Bottom line is GCU Degrees in Elementary education are not the ones you want to present to a future school for a job. They are not well looked at unless you want a charter school or work in a risky area where they are desperate to keep teachers. Save your money and look for a better institution to spend the next 4 years at. These are my opinions but this mistake will affect me the rest of my life and the debt will stay with me past retirement. You need to consider all the facts from all sources before you make these types of decisions.
Even though I have just started GCU online. I am in my 5th course, I have had nothing but good experiences. My instructors are always involved and my counselor checks in often. I always get quick responses when I have questions. Im sure I will have an instructor here and there that I do not agree with but isn't that like every other school.
I am currently starting my fifth course at GCU and I love it. I am reading a lot of bad reviews (and some good, of course), and I do not read anything here that cannot be fixed. I have friends who complain about the school I just transferred from, "They are so bad, I can't get anyone to help me, they've wasted my time..." and those people are just plain lazy. As a nontraditional student, I am speaking to my instructors, counselors, financial aid advisors, educational advisors, military advisors, etc. on a regular basis. If they do not call me for two weeks, I call them. I make it a point to build a relationship with them so they remember who I am. Being kind will get you very far. I also agree that you will get out what you put into it. I attended four different community colleges prior to transferring to GCU and 80% of my classes were on campus, while approximately 20% were online. It does not make a difference either way. One can sit in a classroom face to face with their instructor and "zone out" and not learn a damn thing. I love online classrooms because you are required to read the material to get to the next level. Sure, you can give vague answers and hope you get passed by and still get credit. But, where will that leave you? UNEDUCATED. I could sit here at home and educate myself without paying $11,000 per year and learn just as much if not more because I am a motivated learner. A smart person knows how to become EDUCATED. I want to be a teacher, and for that I need a BS, therefore I am here, just like any other college, to get my degree so I can get to the job I want. This is the first job I have wanted that required an education. I just left my previous career due to a back injury. I was a Chef for years and recently (within the past 5 years) an Owner and Chef. I did not need a degree for that. However, I studied my ass off and self-taught to the point where I opened my own business without even Culinary School. Those of you who are complaining about your counselors, PICK UP THE PHONE AND DIAL THE NUMBER! Your education is YOUR PROBLEM! YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! Does not matter what college it is, the smart will succeed regardless.