Grand Canyon University Reviews - Bachelor's in Special Education

2.96 out of 5 stars
(12 Reviews)
83% of 12 students said this degree improved their career prospects
58% of 12 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Countrygirl8719 - 2/13/2020
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"I withdrew from GCU & my financial aid paid for all of what I took in school. GCU is trying to charge me for a course I never took nor logged into. I checked my financial aid & they paid everything there was owed to GCU. GCU is not a school I will recommend to anyone."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Halley Parker - 2/1/2020
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2021
"I’m not sure how this school gets so many negative reviews. I’m in my junior year and have had nothing but positive experiences. I think it really comes down to people not reading instructions and not wanting to do the work. Online classes can be very time consuming but my instructors have been so nice and helpful!"
1.8 out of 5 stars
Ivy - 2/20/2019
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2021
"When I first start this program I specifically express my concern about taking (English class) to help me better my grammar and language. I took Eng 101 and was lucky I pass the class. Call many times been frustrating with most of the class assignments due to my poor grammar, I end up failing in 2 different classes. I request support and they told me I could call for (tutor) the one offer only 15 minutes per call. For me to continue this program I had to pay $1,513 due to the class I didn't pass. I spoke to the counselor about repaying the recent class, I never disagree to pay, all I did was asking for a payment plan and that I was willing to pay $100 monthly towards the class, this counselor told me she couldn't accept that amount that I needed it to pay more. I just got a bill from the collection agency. You don't receive the support you need, and once you agreed to pay the class, they would accept the amount I was comfortable to pay monthly and instead send me to a collection agency. I wouldn't recommend this college."
1.3 out of 5 stars
T - 2/13/2018
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2069
"I found staff to be so inexperienced and disorganized, especially the financial team. Teachers were less than accessible. And for a university that claims to be "Christian" I found their attitudes much less than that. All the characteristics that I expected from a "Christian" institution were lacking, i.e. excellence, humility, grace, mercy, truth."
2.5 out of 5 stars
andi waddington - 2/16/2017
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2017
"In theory, using an on-line educational route can be convenient, but it can also be quite daunting. GCU offers a variety of degree and graduate programs that can meet almost any need. The classes are shorter than most traditional classes, and, depending on the student, this can be either helpful or can cause some issues if one is not understanding the material. The student that will fare best in this type of environment is one who is self-motivated and capable of going above and beyond in order to get the resources needed, which is not always easy. The professors are generally helpful, but, again, this can be subjective depending on the class (they are human, after all). The biggest issue I had with the degree program is that there were often assignments given that were unrelated to the course work, although they they were relevant to my degree. If I had a professor who was engaged then he or she would take the time to explain and give examples, but there were, quite frankly, times that I did not receive the help that I requested. The courses require a time commitment each week, and the time frame is not what one would find at a brick and mortar institution. For example, Christmas is the only real break that is granted throughout the school year, so that is something to take into consideration, as well. At this time, I maintain a 3.98 average and have finished all of the requirements for my degree, but this was a labor of love for me, so it was well worth the time and money (this is a private institution, as well, so it can be pricey, although my financial education specialist worked with me, especially since I am a military spouse. ASK QUESTIONS~ this will take you far). Overall, this was a positive experience for me, although it might not be the same for all. My recommendation is to research and read more reviews in order to see if this is the right fit."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Corrine - 10/11/2016
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"I am currently in my second year at GCU and I have no complaints! My instructors and advisors are always available when I need help and the coursework is understandable and useful to my education! I am an online student and I have not had any trouble! I recommend GCU to anyone looking to pursue an online education!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pauli - 6/29/2016
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2015
"I choose GCU online because I wanted to be able to work more at my company and I thought it would allow the flexibility of me taking the classes and doing the course work when I had the time(weather that be at 6am before I went into the office or at 9pm at night) Boy was I wrong, the first class I took the teacher wanted us on during certain hours of the day, not only was I on the other side of the map and 4 hours a head of their time so that already complicated things with talking with the advisers and counselors when they were not busy, but the teacher took away participation points because I was not online during those times. I'm sorry this is the exact reason why I choose online, to do the coursework on my time , not during a set time, I would have choose a traditional class?? I talked with my counselor about this but they were no help. Then after about sticking it out a year with them which I should have left sooner I transferred to a different school and went back to traditional college classes, I still have reps from GCU calling my phone and texting me, Im sorry but texting a student is not professional in any matter, they were constantly blowing up my phone asking when I was returning for classes. I told them a thousand times to not bother me nor text me nor call me. I would highly highly not recommend anyone to this school."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tammy - 3/17/2016
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2017
"I have been going to GCU a little over a year. I am doubling up on some classes so I can into my student teaching next year. There classes are achievable and my experience will all personnel has been great...no problems. This is my third college so I have found it is important to ask questions if you are not for sure of something. This is not a scam school but it is expensive. I have qualified for pell grants and teach grants to help off set the tuition. This is a very good school."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Brittny Harris - 10/23/2014
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2013
"I did a lot of research before deciding on this school. I was able to get a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education in the same time it would of take me to get one. I was hired as a Special Education teacher within three months of graduating. The principal that actually hired me graduated from Grand Canyon as well. I was able to easily get into a very reputable Masters program at the University of Nevada Reno with my degrees. My only issue was that the staff changed constantly which was a little frustrating. Overall, I would highly recommend this school."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 11/26/2013
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year:
"I love the classes and I think most of the teachers come from a good place but like any other place it only takes one to spoil it for everyone. I have had to retake classes because the teacher and I did not see eye to eye so they would give your two point under a passing grade and you must retake the whole class to get a new teacher and get a A in the class. They play with your money they tell you that you owe or that it is their mistake but because you are the students you will have to pay. They take your money and try to talk fast and get you to act fast so that you will loose track of your money. I WILL NEVER EVER RETURN TO THIS SCHOOL FOR ANY PURPOSE. Lastly, they are not a Christian University no no no they need to stop they are a money making school that cares about their staff the ones that they no not let go and make them say they are moving up in the company JOKES."