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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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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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