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The College of Education at Grand Canyon University provides a unique community in which students come together to work hard and strive for success in their field. Brandon Juarez is one of many outstanding faculty in this college, providing his students with tools and resources to achieve their goals. We asked Juarez a few questions about his experience teaching at GCU, how the community has shaped him and how he hopes it shapes his students:

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By Stephanie Knight, EdD
Adjunct Faculty, College of Education

What gets you out of bed every morning ready to tackle the day?

Is it that beautiful sunrise as you awaken? Perhaps it’s that drive-thru frothy cappuccino you grab at early o’clock on the way to your classroom. Call it prayer, reflection or meditation, making time for this to set your attitude on gratitude may make Monday meaningful and the rest of the week positively progressing towards an attitude set on what is good in this world.

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Are you interested in a career as an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) specialist or child advocate, or in working with students who have autism? If so, consider earning Grand Canyon University’s Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Offered by the College of Education, this degree features an in-depth analysis of skill improvement and brain-based learning. By combining theory, research and application, the MA in Autism Spectrum Disorders can prepare licensed special educators to improve ASD student outcomes.

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For individuals who wish to teach, Grand Canyon University’s College of Education offers a variety of programs to help future educators prepare for the classroom. Students who are interested may have questions about what is needed to become a teaching professional. If this sounds like you, then keep reading to learn about the educational requirements needed to become a teacher:

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By Meredith Critchfield, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Education

Most of us know how important it is to use groups in the classroom. Some of us have even tried creative grouping and collaboration strategies like those by Kagan. The world is shrinking more and more every day thanks to technology, making communication and collaboration more important than ever before. Rather than letting technology intimidate us, though, we should embrace tech tools to help improve communication and collaboration in the classroom.

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Do you want to improve the education system for future learners? If so, then Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies degree could be the ideal degree for you. Offered online and on GCU’s main campus, this educational studies program examines classroom teaching concepts and pedagogical practices in dynamic academic settings. This degree program’s curriculum can prepare you for a career aimed at improving learning environments. Continue reading to learn about potential career outcomes for graduates of GCU’s BS in Educational Studies program:

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Do you enjoy teaching and the English language? If so, then a career teaching English as a second language (ESL) could be the right path for you. Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in English as a Second Language can provide you with a strong foundation to prepare for a career as a highly effective educator. Continue reading to learn what you can expect from a career in ESL education:

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Designed to afford learners the skills that they need to teach economics and business to junior high and high school students, the Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education degree can prepare you to pursue initial teacher licensure. This program can prepare you to inspire entrepreneurial innovation and business success in your future students. Continue reading to learn what else you can expect from this BS in business program:

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Are you considering a career teaching young children and have an interest in special education? If so, then Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education can put you on a path toward your career goals. This degree can prepare you to recognize and help children with developmental delays, as well as pursue certification in early childhood education and early childhood special education. To determine if you’d enjoy a career in early childhood special education, consider the following questions:

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