Grand Canyon University Reviews - Master's in Special Education
Review of Special Education Masters Degrees
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.
I literally just started in 12/14. I read reviews first...some great some bad. I know some ppl just complain though out of pure nature. I'm not looking for a degree hand-out. I have my M.B.A. from University of the Southwest. Why I didn't look there for teaching, not sure. I realized I can't work 40-60 hours a week in business as a single mom, I love kids and want to teach. This may seem silly but it's a potential deal-breaker for students. They have two online discussion postings a week and you have to respond on three separate days. If you are single, no kids...this is manageable. If you are a single mom with two, young kids, who blame you for liking school more than them every time you log on...not so much. If work requirements prevent you from that much online class participation, than don't go here. USW was one posting a week, responding to three students...be it all on one night or over seven days. My biggest frustration so far is that I spend so much time on discussion questions and responses that I can't devote the time I want to on actual studies. I see the point in online peer support but not to the degradation of studies. I honestly feel that by graduate school, you should have your own ideas on things and self-motivation to the point where discussion posts are mandatory. I tried to drop but I'd owe over a grand for the first class...guess I better get used to this. To others...check out USW. I went to Western Governors University but couldn't get used to their policy where everything was due at the end. It's really hard work that can't be crammed in. I wish I had returned to USW. Too late now.
If anyone went to a traditional institution do not attempt this online debacle. The program is long, redundant, and full of "instructors" that have never taught in the field. The assignments are pointless (powerpoints, pathlets) long drawn out assignments that they do not read. There are a few courses with instructors who like to be overly meticulous on format but not content. There is no actual learning at this institution. You pay your money, you get a degree.
My experience simply was not good. I have had numerous errors, including being one of their top students, but receiving a letter that said I was failing so badly I was on Academic probation (at the same time that I had an A average). I also have had a horrible issue lately. A student was rude to me and excluded me from a CLC assignment and then told the instructor that I was not part of the CLC. I had done one CLC assignment and completely pulled my own weight, plus I had met every deadline and was carrying an A. The student berated me, compared me to people who had nothing to do with me, caused me embarrassment and ruined my reputation with the instructor and school. I reported this and looked for help and what is rapidly happening is that I am being penalized over it. I am not learning anything - I find assignments and classes boring at best. Not to mention that they don't even give you contact numbers for people to call for problems, but I did find a few ways around this. I am rapidly being railroaded and my grades suffering. I had huge hope for this degree and to get a teaching license for a future and career as a single lady. This is not yet resolved but what has been occurring here is a real nightmare.
I want out of Special Education - this school ruined that for me. The field of Education itself is fine - I just want to transfer to another school.
Check out reviews and how highly rated online colleges are before you sign on the dotted line. About GCU - run away as far and as fast as you can!