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Elementary Education and Special Education

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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Elementary Education and Special Education (BAEE/SPED) provides an experiential four-year curriculum in Elementary Education (K-8) and Special Education (K-12). This program prepares pre-service teachers to educate diverse learners. Upon completion of the BAEE/SPED, a student will be eligible to seek the Standard Arizona Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education (K-8), Standard Arizona Teaching Certificate in Special Education (K-12), and the Structured English Immersion Endorsement.


Field of Interest
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Academic Plan
Elementary Education and Special Education (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Effective Term
Fall 2023
Admissions criteria




Formal application and admission to the bachelors degree program is required

Teacher candidates may be conditionally admitted if any requirements above are not met

Completion of Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE) OR equivalent coursework

Completion of the Arizona Constitution and United States Constitution course(s).

Valid Identity Verified Print (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card

Two letters of recommendation

Passing score on the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments, Elementary Subtest 1 and 2

Minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA)


Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

MAT256 requires an understanding of algebraic concepts that are not among the learning outcomes of MAT14+, so to ensure that a student is adequately prepared to be successful in MAT256, prerequisites have been established based on course placement. A student that tests into MAT14+ or lower must take MAT115 or MAT116 or MAT12+ as well as MAT14+ prior to MAT256. Students that test into MAT15+ can meet MAT256 prerequisites either by taking either MAT15+ or MAT14+.

State certification requirements include courses on the constitutions of US and Arizona. Taking GCU/POS113 for [SB] fulfills this requirement completely. Students who instead take HIS103 or POS110 for [SB] should consider taking POS221 as a Content Area Elective so they have completed study of both constitutions. POS220 meets state certification requirements for both constitutions but does not meet [SB].