Grand Canyon University Reviews - Elementary Education

3.33 out of 5 stars
(17 Reviews)
55% of 17 students said this degree improved their career prospects
76% of 17 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Katie - 11/30/2019
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2023
"I am in my third, going on forth, class at GCU. For me, I have had excellent instructors who give accurate feedback. In addition to their feedback, they provide rubrics breaking down each instructors grading process. I have yet to have a bad or unprofessional instructor. Additionally, I have had success with my counselors, unlike many others who have reviewed. Maybe I just got lucky? or maybe a few bad apples make all appear ill informed. I previously attended community college for another degree, in a different field. I believe education is what you make of it. It is the student's choice to learn all of the information, no matter the format of the course. I am not religious and have not been pressured or graded negatively due to personal beliefs. Everyone I have come into contact with seems to have student success as a priority."
1.0 out of 5 stars
C.Brown - 9/14/2019
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"After 4 years and 4 months of online classes, I cannot pass the Arizona State test nor can I pass the Texas State test to become a teacher. NOT one course prepared me for these test. I have had to search for study material on my own at my own expense to try to become certified. Since I have completed my degree apparently my student advisor cannot return any emails or calls. Grand Canyon University does NOT prepare their online students to become teachers. The classes they require you to take does NOT cover the information on the State Test."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Chavon - 6/5/2019
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"GCU is a joke if you are looking for a college do not go with them. They do not know how to answer questions your student service advisor gets changed without notice. If you live in another state other than AZ for most states you have to pay to license in AZ and your state. When complaints are filed they do nothing about them. I will not return to them for my masters. They are also expensive my husband attended for a year and half his loans are only $10,000 under mine and I attended for 4 years."
1.1 out of 5 stars
anonymous - 6/12/2018
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2021
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
J.Bell - 5/8/2018
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"For the past 11 years since earning my Bachelor's degree, I had been on a slow, reluctant search for a graduate program. I am wanted the advance degree but I also knew it would place a financial and daily demand on a schedule that had been free of course work for a decade. Not to mention, I wasn't much if a tech type of person so online courses were not even seriously considered. It all changed when the most caring, no nonsense Grand Canyon University representative visited my school recruiting, as well as celebrating one of my colleagues who had graduated from there. She encouraged me to apply and allow them to research possible financial aid eligibility. They found my aid and had me enrolled by December 2017. The experience has left me speechlessly pleased with a growing sense of accomplishment. Each instructor has shown tremendous patience. The student counselor and tech department have been very responsive and thorough with whatever my concerns were. I am on my 4th online GCU Grad course, angrowing in knowledge and readiness for the 21st century classroom. I would not change ANYTHING about my GCU experience!!"
4.9 out of 5 stars
Sabrina - 4/10/2018
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sshuman - 3/7/2018
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"The good Lord sent me to the right place. I was looking for a school that would help me get the degree I needed, so I could teach. I have learn so much already and still have more to learn. I have always gotten the help and support I needed from everyone I have to deal with."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Arosz - 2/28/2018
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"I have finished all core classes, now I just have to finish internship. I have a favorable impression of GCU. My only complaint are the other students. Some are lazy and submit subpar work. This makes everyone look bad. I have found most professors to be excellent. Most have a PhD/EdD and truly care. I did drop one class because of poor instruction, but that was the only class I have had an issue with. I have put forth my best efforts and have found this to be a rewarding experience. Be prepared to struggle every 6 weeks to find a location to do the required CFE hours for each class. While it can be stressful, I managed it."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bri - 10/7/2017
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
ELEDMasters17 - 7/20/2016
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2017
"I feel this Master's Degree in ELED sets you up to fail. If you work a full time job, do not enroll in this program- you will not be able to meet the requirements necessary to succeed. I work a full time job, 50+ hours a week and I am enrolled as a full-time online student. To me, the purpose of online schooling is to allow students to work AND get a higher degree at the same time. This program is designed in a way that 10-20 hours of observation are required in EACH CLASS, let alone student teaching, which makes it incredibly difficult, if not impossible to find the time, while working a full time job (and keeping your job). The staff- teachers take forever to give feedback, grades, and answer questions which is difficult and incredibly stressful to work with. Administration/advisors- very disorganized, do not disclose all information up front, and by the end of the program, you're bound to talk to at least 5 different people who say they are your advisor. Why not just have ONE person be the source of all your guidance, questions, and answers? Test- What I do like about the program is that there aren't any tests, which increases the load of paper writing, but decreases test anxiety. However, about 3/4 of the way through the program, you are instructed to take the teaching test (praxis, basic skills, PLACE, etc). I am really frustrated with the lack of guidance from instructors and advisors as to go about finding study materials and assistance with test prep overall. The teaching test includes everything- social studies, LA, math, science, reading, ELL- by the time you take your teaching test, you have not covered all the subjects needed for the test. The test also asks you to know specific dates, history, people, etc- none of which are even remotely mentioned in the online courses. Honestly, it feels like we are set up to fail. Very disappointed, stressed, concerned, and aggravated with online schooling. Unless your job allows you to not go to work and you are comfortable with disorganization, I do not recommend this school or program."
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