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By Anastasia Smith
Early Childhood Education Major, College of Education

“There is a fundamental question we all have to face. How are we to live our lives; by what principles and moral values will we be guided and inspired?” (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

As educators, we are responsible for the lives of impressionable young people, our students who will spend up to 6.5 educational hours a day with us. Therefore, we have a great responsibility to give them the skillsets they will need to succeed in the world. It is important, however, to remember that this isn’t limited to killer social skills or the ability to navigate the academic world seamlessly; as educators, we also have to model great values.

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By MJ Tykoski, MEd
Alumna, College of Education

One of the acronyms de jour in science education today is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). It is a nice catch-all for science and the subjects that are closely related to science. However, diving a little deeper into how STEM plays out in classrooms reveals a disturbing trend. Not all sciences are adequately represented; Earth and space sciences are often left out. This means students are not receiving a well-rounded science education, which should be a concern for any dedicated STEM teacher.

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By Faith Brown, MA, MEd
Alumna, College of Education

Cultural-centered teaching is an instructional method that requires knowledge of all cultures present in the classroom. Once classroom culture has been identified, the culture of the educator forms a perimeter of protection to the learning environment, making it a safe place for students and the teacher to be culturally influenced while learning.

Race is not a factor in cultural-centered teaching, for we can be of the same race, but of different cultures. Culture of community members acts as the light to brighten the paths to success for students when community members are actively involved in providing internships, employment, job shadowing opportunities and information that is essential to students making informed decisions about their future.

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Brent Phillips is a truly humble and passionate future educator, earning his degree in secondary education through Grand Canyon’s College of Education. Brent has a unique story as a U.S. veteran, and he has used his life and experiences to make a positive impact in the community. Specifically, with his love of astronomy, Brent is using his own self-funded astronomy outreach called VEGA to inspire and teach veterans and students of all ages.

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Educators serve as role models for their students, so caring for yourself while earning your degree can help prepare you to be a highly effective teacher. Also, maintaining your mental and physical wellness despite the demands of your program can help you make the most of your time in school. Are you in the process of earning Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Emphasis in Physical Education) degree? If so, then consider the following tips for staying in shape throughout your education:

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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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