Grand Canyon University Reviews - 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

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!"
1.7 out of 5 stars
Miranda Underwood - 10/12/2019
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"The initial reason I chose Grand Canyon University to pursue my Masters Degree is because of how many recommendations I got from friends who pursued the same degree. Unfortunately my experience has been far different than theirs and I am extremely disappointed that I chose to get my Masters Degree here. While there are some professors who are very helpful and care about their work, many do not care and it ruins the experience. So many of my professors gave assignments that were hard to understand, and when asked for clarification, they stated this is GCUs curriculum. I was left in the dark to complete many of my assignments on my own and it was very nerve-racking never knowing if you were going to get an A or an F because you are doing what you think you should. I have had professors belittle me by making comments like Why would you do this? Makes no sense in the comment section of a rubric. My student services counselor forgot to send in an extremely important document that I sent to her regarding grant money and I was unable to receive the grant which cost me an additional $5,000. When asked if there was anything more I could have done to prevent this, they stated, you could have called to remind me. I called multiple times and left voicemails with no response! So unprofessional and in all honestly, a disgrace to masters programs everywhere. I wish I could go back and change my mind on where I wanted to pursue this degree. I do NOT recommend this school for anyone until they get more organized and friendlier professors."
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."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Tricia - 2/17/2019
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Malinda - 1/14/2019
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2021
"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!"
4.9 out of 5 stars
go girl - 12/5/2018
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2010
"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."
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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
You are simply paying for a piece of paper not an education. - 3/19/2017
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
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."
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