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:
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.”
At Grand Canyon University’s College of Education, we understand that you want to be as prepared as possible when entering a huge milestone in your education. To help you feel at ease, here is some insight into what you can expect as an education major. Keep reading for insight into our education philosophy of learning, leading and serving.
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.
Do you have an interest in becoming an elementary education major at Grand Canyon University? If so, find out how GCU’s elementary education program can prepare you for your dream career as an educator!
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.
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.
By Katie Martin, MFA
Field Experience Specialist, College of Education
Each and every semester, thousands of Grand Canyon University student teachers head into schools all over the country. With the energy, passion and dedication to make a difference in their communities, these future teachers are radically impacting the children in their classrooms.
Teaching in Purple, Grand Canyon University’s newest blog, features posts from current and future educators. Presented by GCU’s College of Education, Teaching in Purple highlights new topics each month and gives educators across Arizona a place to share their voices on what is going on in the education community.
By Kimberly LaPrade, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education
In the College of Education at Grand Canyon University, the faculty, administrators and staff embody a spirit of continuous improvement to frequently focus our efforts in alignment with our framework of Learning, Leading and Serving.