Grand Canyon University Reviews - Master's in Special Education

2.96 out of 5 stars
(27 Reviews)
69% of 27 students said this degree improved their career prospects
48% of 27 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Jenn - 2/1/2015
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
3.0 out of 5 stars
N.A. - 1/24/2015
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Dee Morrison - 11/11/2014
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 8/20/2013
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year:
"Tell us about your college experience.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.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?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.What advice can you offer other students?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!"
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lisa Moore - 5/7/2013
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2010
"Grand Canyon University does not help their students. They are only out for money and that is all. I had a family emergency, put my family first and it has cost me more money than anything. Thy are holding my transcripts, so I can't start another school or anything with my education. They are not willing to help the student out, who are the ones that PAY their salaries.I signed a MOU to begin classes in February, and since there was a balance on my existing account they would not let me start any class. The bad thing was I was told by 3 different people from Grand Canyon University my balance was 3 different totals. After 2 degrees and a returning student they would have mercy and be willing to help.If you are thinking of this school, I would run the other way. They are only out for the money.....sad but so true! and they say ''we are a Christian College'' they can sell that bull to someone else, because this student has become starter now!"
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