Grand Canyon University Reviews - Master's in Special Education
The majority of the program was excellent. The professors are usually helpful and grade promptly. However, I had the worse experience with the two classes designed to help teach specific subjects (Math and English). The courses are not designed with students with special needs in mind. Instead, the classes are geared at general education classrooms. Instead of providing advice and techniques to teach students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities we are required to touch on that subject in a single area of the 5-page lesson plan format. The math teacher is expecting us to write impractical 20-page lesson plans. I was graded poorly on a 12-page lesson plan because it was not detailed enough. Her initial feedback was good, but then it just became rude and unnecessary. The information that was in one area of the lesson plan she wanted repeated throughout the lesson plan (we couldn't refer back to it) and required full scripts of potential dialogue to be written out. DR is one of the worse and most impractical teachers I have had the displeasure of working in within my 15-year academic career. She claimed researched, and peer-reviewed techniques were not useful or practical but did not explain her reasoning or offer what she considered to be more practical suggestions.
Grand Canyon University is a scamming institution and the other reviews here are accurate. I too feel dumb being duped and wish I would have looked at reviews before enrolling. They claim to be a Christian institution but act like money hungry heathens. I am a stay at home mom trying to get my masters in English Education and needed an online course to help my struggling family financially. They made all these promises and were so sweet on the phone. They take up hours of your time manipulating and coercing you that you can do it. Claiming you only need to work a few hours 3 days per week. Its triple that work load. They do not care if you are barely passing the class. They do not care if the instructor is lazy and terrible at explaining things. They only offer to talk to the professor when you are already failing and nothing can be done about your grade. They do not care if the teacher triples the work load right after the cut off for getting a full refund on tuition. Their first intro class is boring, endless busy work, way more work than any online course I have ever taken at CWU, terribly taught, confusing, and over $1,000! My family was going through a sudden death in the family and I became extremely ill due to grief and almost went to the hospital the week after I enrolled. I tried unenrolling on time but was too sick to sit at the computer and when I finally was able to I got the run around with how to unenroll. I finally spent two hours searching for myself to find out how to do it. I was only 2 days away from the cut off with unenrolling and they refuse to refund me. They do not make allowances for extreme situations. They lie over and over that there is nothing they can do. I do not have $1,000 to fork over. I got the same fake persona salesman liar from their manager even after explaining my circumstances. I had been using all financial aid to help pay for this degree and planned on paying it off myself when I got a teaching job. Now instead of blessing my family its cursing it. They will only give you 4 months to pay it off with a payment plan. I wish I could give zero stars. Bottom line run away from this fake lying greedy university!
Grand Canyon's online Master's program was the perfect program for me. It allowed me to obtain my degree while working full-time in my current job. The degree allowed me to advance within my company and as a professional in the community. The work required me to apply my education in real life situations through observations, teaching opportunities with partner schools, and through submission of a multitude of work. Great teachers that worked with you, especially in those times when a student didn't "show up" for their part in a group project. I actually have made a lifelong friend through my program as well. We still to this day communicate to share curriculum and the most recent developments in special education. I recommend the online school for anyone who needs flexibility in their educational goals.
Save your money and go to a school that is actually interested in teaching you. GCU hires teachers across the country that are not involved in the online system, do not grade in any reasonable time and are simply lazy. Furthermore, they are far from qualified, I received a message from Tennant Leary, a professor that stated "I like meant to deduct 10%", I'm not sure of any level of education where a prof's articulation in that manner is acceptable. GCU is unwilling to do anything about their poor instruction quality and simply say they will work with the teacher.
Took two graduate courses for additional credit on teacher's pay scale. I had an awful experience with 2 out of 3 instructors and would advise educators looking for this type of credit to STAY AWAY FROM THIS INSTITUTION. They are inconsistent with their courses in terms of actually having rubrics to guide expectations for work completion. They hire individuals who have equivalent educations and experience to the students (i.e., under-qualified instructors), and they do not and will not treat you like the working professional you already are.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at GCU. I was battling cancer when I enrolled, and the admission adviser was very helpful and even told me that he understood if I wanted to delay my enrollment. The professors for the most part are very informative and got back in touch with me immediately when I had questions about assignments. I only had two dipsticks for professors; however, the others were very professional. I would recommend this school to anyone who does a lot of traveling because I was able to travel and still complete assignments on time, no matter what the time zone. You must be extremely disciplined in order to participate in any online class, and despite spending most of my weekends when I wasn't traveling doing assignments and discussions I was able to maintain a 3.90 GPA. My overall experience has been memorable' never had a problem with financial aid, and I even had a scholarship from this university. I finished my last class on June 22, 2016; not I am just waiting for my diploma to arrive.
This school supports their students no matter near or far. They are professional, organized and honest through and through. My professors were always there to help me with 24 hrs. However, I don't know if I will have the saw experience with my doctorate. All of my books were convenient and there at the drop of a coin!
I was fearful to attend the online program. I read several negetive reviews and had not been to school in over a decade. My advisors are just amazing, and they put my mind at ease. The work is intensive. I've spent many sleepless nights. I suggest that if there are any quizzes to NOT click on the quiz until you are ready to take the quiz. I failed a quiz because of my curiosity. Also to recieve full participation points have 3 days of posts in addition to your inital response of EACH discussion post.(total 4 posts, 3 days) Also, having a profreading is essential. With an online classes usually after the 3rd week the work becomes more and more intense. I suggest to look ahead of what is expected in the sixth week. I had to do clinical around two high holidays and it proved to be difficult. If I planned ahead and looked ahead it would not have been such a scramble to get it done. Also with clinicals go to the schools ahead of time and get the proper paper work done. GCU's requirements are different from the requirements in my area as far as background checks. Being computer literate is important. I know that goes without saying, but true.
I hesitated joining this school due to reviews but I'm almost at my financial aid limit. I'm a single mom and just graduated with my M.B.A. last year. It was hard but I could manage it. I'm not sure if I'm going to drop or not though at GCU. The material is great but the work load is overwhelming. I'm up til 3 a.m. every night and still can't get it all done. I knew at enrollment that we had to post and comment three separate days during the school week for the hefty participation points. That was ok. My second class boosted it up to eight responses. I spend all my time keeping up with that and it leaves little time for hefty assignments. If I drop now, I'm stuck with like a 5 grand bill. If I keep going at this rate, my health and work will suffer. I feel like it's unfair to state certain requirements then change it after a student has signed up. My M.B.A. had intense workloads bug you knew what it was, when it was due and you could build a life / school balance around it. This is so unorganized. The teacher will also assign two projects due on one day. There is only an option to upload one file. I've tried merging them into a pdf but then she misses one and marks it late.
I have attended online schools as well as State Colleges, Universities and Community Colleges. I have enjoyed each experience and disliked different aspects of each school. Overall, I would say that Grand Canyon University (online) has been my favorite school. I felt that two discussions plus three replies a week was a bit much but it was not difficult to do. I enjoyed the assignments and completed my Masters program with a 4.0, my undergraduate was a 3.67. I received a good education here and as a result of my practicum and course work began employment as a teacher earning me a $6000 increase in pay this year. I am disciplined and able to work online, I learn better through reading the content and researching on my own, I am a good note taker so I do not struggle in a traditional setting but prefer not to sit and listen to a lecture. We all have different learning styles and people need to be aware of how this may impact their experience. I was able to get in contact with my advisers easily and never felt any frustration. I am considering pursuing my PhD here as a result of my positive experience. I am proud to be an alumni of this school.