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I can only speak for GCU's online program as I have witnessed first hand the atrocities of such. Although the enrollment counselors always stay in touch, the entire time you are on the phone with them, you get the feeling they are only listening to half of what you say. You can even hear them typing in the background. Next the school is very impersonal from an online perspective. I have a difficult time getting anyone to answer their phones. The finance counselor is absolutely the worst. They do not answer their phone or emails. Instead you have to leave about 3 or 4 messages before they will call you back. I do not trust or feel that my finance counselor has my best interest at heart or even knows what is going on with my aid. For instance, after discussing an issue, he says I will look into that and get back with you. After week without a call, I begin my series of calls,(takes about a week of leaving messages, before he gets back with me). He finally calls, and has absolutely no idea what he was suppose to look into for me. I have to re-explain, and he tells me the same thing.."I will look into it, and get back with you". This has happened several times. Even worse, the coursework is not rigorous like I would expect at a graduate level. That I would be happy for. However, it is just opposite. I found it much less rigorous than my undergrad. In addition, the professor's don't grade the assignment. Bascially if you turn it in , you get an A. The feedback is ridiculous, as if the professor, cut and paste a bunch of words to make a sentence. Their comments just doesn't make sense, and feels routine, not personalized. There is no professor challenging you to do your best, or quality standards to attempt to attain. Turn it in , and you get an A. Whippee! Personally, I want more!
I find GCU to be a very professional and engaging school. I enjoy the MSN program very much. It is both challenging and provides alot of information. The only downside to the school is that they switch advisors to often. I've been in the school almost one year and I've had 4 already. The cost is excellent and the education is worth it
I am in my sixth class with GCU and I have never had a better time in school. There have been some times when I was ready to quit, but something in me would not give up. GCU is a school that really cares for it's students. The teachers in the Education department really know their stuff. I have had a few problems with getting to my advisors or having them change them and not letting me know, but for the most part I would recommend the school.
The M.Ed program was difficult, requiriing a host of different assignments each week. This was not an easy set of classes. If you finish, you can be proud of yourself. It requires total commitmnet and a lot of self-control
I received a masters in instructional technology at Grand Canyon University and I am presently receiving my masters in administration. The school is well organized and since I began school, they are continually trying to upgrade their systems. I started out on Blackboard which kept getting overloaded. Now they use Angel as their computerized management system. The system allows you to learn whenever you want.
Purchasing of books is easy. You can either buy them through the online bookstore or through Amazon.com. Sometimes you save money, sometimes you don't. They allow you plenty of financial aid. I think it is a good program for a working professional. It is highly accredited and allows you to get state certification because of this. There may be a few courses that Grand Canyon may not have that states like Rhode Island may require you to have, but you can get the one or two courses at your local college.
I think the best thing about GCU is that most of the instructors are flexible and are willing to work with you on projects and assignments. You can contact most by email or by office hours on the phone. I have already been accepted into their doctoral program, and I expect to get my doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Another great thing about GCU is that you can fly out there and attend your graduation on campus. They have a beautiful diploma and ceremony.
I have found the program very good and challenging. I found that at least 15 hours per week were needed during the program. If you want an excellent masters in education, I would highly recommend GCU. Barron's Profiles of American Colleges (2009) categorizes GCU as "Very Competitive". Believe me, it is.
I have enjoyed studying at Grand Canyon and would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to further their education via online. I am an adult learner who went back to college after 20 years, and I have found the experience at GCU challenging and quite helpful and relevant to ministry. The instructors have all been helpful, and the advisors have also been equally helpful.
The greatest aspect for me is that there are rarely tests given. Most of the work is writing papers and posting on the discussion boards. Occasionally you will work with a group of students on a project.
Classes are only 8 weeks long, so you can get your degree quickly. I take two courses at a time and I spend about 10-12 hrs. per week total for both classes.I do know that graduate work is probably a bit more rigorous, but for undergrad, I have found it very doable.
I would highly recommend GCU to anyone.Contact me at khenderson *at* churchoftheking.com with any questions, I'll be glad to help.
I researched my program for a year before deciding on GCU. I found the average tuition cost to be $20,500 for my particular area of interest. When I finished the program at GCU, the final tuition came to about $14,000. I believe it to have been well worth the money. GCU is an excellent educational value
I was very impressed with the MEd in TESOL program at GCU. The program requires a great deal of work and time. There are weekly journals (3 pages) and research papers (typically 10-20 pages) per week along with 80-100 pages in nthe text and other articles as well. Professors were for the most part excellent as well as the level of assistance from the administration and technical support. The program required about 22 months. If you want a high quality program in education that fits a busy teacher's schedule, I can recommend this one.
I received my masters in education from GCU and found it to be a superior experience on many levels. After some initial difficulties with the in-take advisor (a lack of communication on his part), I discovered that the classes were very stimulating and challenging. The workload was heavy: 100 pages of reading per week, a 2-3 page summary of the reading (journal)and a 10-15 page paper per week as well. In addition,we were expected to participate in class discussions. The professors were knowledgeable, responsive to questions and very involved in the classes. The classwork was equivalent to approximately 15 hours per week for me. I am used to challenging programs having my BA from USC and two california state teaching credentials which I earned through UCLA. I can say that GCU is challenging and can highly recommend it to my colleagues in education