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Dr. Kimberly LaPrade is the dean of the College of Education. She earned her PhD in educational leadership from Capella University in 2008 and is a proud Grand Canyon University alumni who received her MEd in secondary education and BA in English/sociology in 2000 and 1990, respectively. Dr. LaPrade’s research efforts focus on topics related to teacher leadership and aspects of teacher preparation, performance and assessment.

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By Kellianne Holland
Early Childhood Education Major, College of Education

When I made the decision to apply to Grand Canyon University, I was questioning what my purpose was. I was looking to find my passion and what I was meant to do in life. I wanted to go to a college that offered the resources I needed as a college student with a learning disability, so I could succeed in the same ways that other students were succeeding.

That’s when it hit me. I wanted to become a teacher! I wanted to start my journey as an early childhood educator. So, I enrolled at Grand Canyon University and I’m now on my way to fulfilling my purpose! Here are the reasons why I chose GCU for my early childhood education degree:

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While walking around campus, or looking at pictures online, have you ever thought to yourself, “How old is Grand Canyon University? It looks so new!” Our modern suite-style dorms, new classroom buildings and 7,000-seat GCU Arena may be misleading when it comes to the age of our school.

Did you know:

  • Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949
  • GCU’s first campus was located in Prescott, Arizona
  • GCU relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 1951
  • GCU has a rich history of providing high-quality education programs

Continue reading to get a more detailed recap of GCU’s exciting history and the legacy that has followed:

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Jennifer Cavalcant, Linda Hoffman and Erin Endicott, educators at Freedom Academy in Paradise Valley, Ariz., recently shared about their experiences at Grand Canyon University and the College of Education.

Each alumna spoke highly of the College of Education, as well as their individual programs and classes, describing their experiences as “amazing” and “applicable.”

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By Tracy Vasquez
Clinical Practice Specialist, College of Education

Going “back to school” or going to school for the first time as a teacher, is an opportunity to join the ranks of the educational community within a school. Grand Canyon University College of Education alumni are called to progress into teaching positions with the knowledge of InTASC teaching standards and the passion of the GCU conceptual framework of learning, leading and serving.

These Lopes are equipped with the character of the GCU professional dispositions. Such tools will support new teachers as they progress through many years in the profession if they continue to grow in the essentials of learning, leading and serving as teachers in the classroom.

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By Brandi Hadley
College of Education Student, Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education 

Entering Grand Canyon University as a freshman this fall has not only been a major adjustment for me, but it has also heavily impacted the student body here. I am one of more than 4,000 freshmen on campus here this year, and to say that we have “rocked the boat” a bit when it comes to student dynamics is an understatement. With such a large class, we have not only impacted the wait time for lunch and the available seating in Chapel, but we also have our own section of campus now to live in.

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By Amanda Hughens
K-12 STEM Outreach Manager, Strategic Educational Alliances

One of the things that excites me most about being a teacher is offering my students new and exciting opportunities using methods and technologies in a creative and meaningful way.

The classroom can be a laboratory of how to think and question. One initiative that allows me to do this is science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in education. STEM utilizes all core academic areas by integrating teaching and learning into everyday life and real-world scenarios. 

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