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Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education degree is offered through the College of Fine Arts and Production and leads to initial teacher licensure. This degree’s courses are in alignment with Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) principles, and graduates of this program may be prepared to teach K-12 students after passing their state certification exam.

If you feel called to pursue a career teaching theatre, then this program may prepare you to reach your professional goals. Keep reading for an introduction to what you will learn while earning this theatre education degree:

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Jim Mostofo is one of Grand Canyon University’s dedicated and passionate College of Education faculty members who focuses on preparing future high school teachers.

Jim was inspired to pursue teaching after connecting with a few of his own middle school and high school teachers and coaches. In particular, his middle school basketball coach and high school math teacher had a significant impact on him in his younger years and they later became both mentors and friends.

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Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in English as a Second Language (ESL) can prepare you for a career helping students learn the English language. This program is offered through the College of Education and is designed to ready future teachers to meet the needs of 21st century elementary and middle school classrooms. Read on to discover what to expect while earning this degree:

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A calling to special education can be both rewarding and challenging, allowing you to help students with unique needs thrive while practicing both empathy and assertiveness. Grand Canyon University’s Arizona State Board of Education-approved Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education dual degree can help you prepare for teaching licensure and pursue a career as a special education teacher. If you’re wondering if this degree is for you, then keep reading to learn a few signs that you are being called to special education:

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Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in dance education. Offered by the College of Fine Arts and Production and the College of Education, this program’s curriculum is in alignment with National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) standards and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium.

Students in this program explore a broad range of topics that provide a global approach to dance education. Some of the competencies that your coursework will help you master include dance pedagogy, advanced dance techniques, classroom engagement and methods for improving flexibility, strength and endurance. This bachelor’s degree in dance education provides you with training and guidance that prepares you for K-12 teaching certification. Keep reading to learn a few of the careers that this degree can help you pursue:

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By Stephanie Knight, EdD
Adjunct Faculty, College of Education

You’ve worked so hard to get where you are in teaching. You’ve conquered the grueling schooling; you’ve weathered the late nights of grading papers; you’ve remedied the lesson that just flopped; and you’ve even dealt with the difficult students and helped them overcome their limitations.

So what’s making coming to work so much harder these days?

Perhaps it’s a parent or two.

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Lisa Bernier is one of GCU’s finest. This is her fifth year as a full-time faculty member in the College of Education, where she teaches ESL and special education courses for undergraduate students. Lisa has always had a heart for teaching; since her childhood, lining up her stuffed animals and teaching them with leftover worksheets, it has been her passion and desire to be an educator. In fact, Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree at Grand Canyon University in the 1980s in elementary education and has never looked back. She has been a teacher for 32 years now and has loved the opportunity to equip and encourage the next generation of educators here at her alma mater!

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