ACCREDITATION

Institutional Accreditation

  • The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Specialized Accreditation

  • ACU’s Primary and Secondary Education programs are accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International. ACU’s Master of Arts in Education is under review by ACSI, accreditation is pending.

SCI Accredited

 

State Licensure

  • The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (AZPPSE)

PRIVATE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

AZPPSE

 

Distance Education Participation Agreements

  • The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
  • The Arizona SARA Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (AZ SARA)

Arizona Christian University has been approved to participate in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.​ SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establish comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a national council and administered by four regional education compacts. For more information and a list of member states, please visit http://nc-sara.org/

Unless otherwise stated, all rules, policies, procedures and other information of the ACU general catalog apply and are hereby incorporated by reference.

Students enrolled in the Evening and Online program only are not eligible to participate as athletes in the ACU Firestorm athletic program. Evening students who request to transfer into the Campus program must complete the enrollment process, which differs from Evening and Online enrollment.

 

SARA AZ SARA

 

 

Affiliations

 

Memberships

  • The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
  • The Arizona Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA)
  • The Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA)
  • The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
  • The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Arizona (ICUA)
  • North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP)
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC)
  • Frontier Conference (football) (NAIA)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC)
  • Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
  • College & University Personnel Association for Human Services (CUPA-HR)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Citygate Network

 

Post Graduate Affiliations

 

Program-Specific Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure

Some of ACU’s degree programs have program-specific accreditations, certifications, or licensures. These are represented in the table below. Programs not included in the table below do not have additional accreditation, certifications, or licensures.

 

 

ACU Program Name Accreditation, Certification, or Licensure
Graduate Programs
Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy ACU’s Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy program is approved by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners for meeting the requirement of LAMFT and LMFT licenses in the state of Arizona.
To review this documentation, visit https://www.azbbhe.us/node/553
Master of Arts in Education
Concentration in Instructional Leadership
ACU’s Master of Arts in Education: Instructional Leadership Programs are accredited by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).
States vary in their certification requirements. ACU has made reasonable, good faith efforts to determine if its certified education programs meet the applicable education requirement for professional licensure or certification in all fifty states and several U.S. territories. This information can be accessed on the Professional Licensure General Notifications document linked in the Consumer Information web page.
The Instructional Leadership concentration has three specific areas of emphasis: Instructional Coaching, Special Education, and Bible. Instructional Coaching qualifies you to come alongside teachers to help improve instruction at your school. The Special Education Emphasis may lead to Arizona Certification in Mild-Moderate Disabilities (Endorsement). The Bible Emphasis strengthens biblical knowledge and can lead to ACSI (Association of Christian School International) Certification. See the Education website for additional Education Program Benefits.
Students can contact the program director for program-specific accreditation, approval, or licensure documentation.
Master of Arts in Education
Concentration in Teaching and Learning
ACU’s Master of Arts in Education: Teaching and Learning Programs are ADE (Arizona Department of Education) approved and accredited by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).
States vary in their certification requirements. ACU has made reasonable, good faith efforts to determine if its certified education programs meet the applicable education requirement for professional licensure or certification in all fifty states and several U.S. territories. This information can be accessed on the Professional Licensure General Notifications document linked in the Consumer Information web page.
Students enrolled in the MAEd in Teaching and Learning can become Arizona certified teachers. They may choose from emphases in Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon completion of their degree requirements, and with the required GPA met, students will be issued an Institutional Recommendation (IR), as well as a document that can be redeemed for ACSI certification. See the Education website for additional Education Program Benefits.
Students can contact the program director for program-specific accreditation, approval, or licensure documentation.
Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Arts in Child Development ACU is recognized as an institution that provides required coursework for Child Life Specialist certification through the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).
Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies
Including:
Concentration in Early Childhood
Concentration in Marriage & Family
ACU’s Family Studies programs with concentrations in marriage & family and early childhood are approved by the National Council on Family Relations and meets the requirements to prepare students to demonstrate knowledge in the 10 Family Life Education content areas to become a certified family life educator (CFLE). A degree in Family Studies from ACU is sufficient for students to be certified family life educators in all states in the U.S. and Canada.
Students can view the checklist(s) of coursework that has been approved by NCFR to meet the CFLE requirements. https://www.ncfr.org/cfle-certification/become-certified/cfle-approved-application
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs
Elementary Education
Secondary Education
ACU’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs in Education are ADE (Arizona Department of Education) approved and accredited by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).
States vary in their certification requirements. ACU has made reasonable, good faith efforts to determine if its certified education programs meet the applicable education requirement for professional licensure or certification in all fifty states and several U.S. territories. This information can be accessed on the Professional Licensure General Notifications document linked in the Consumer Information web page.
Students enrolled in the Education Programs can become Arizona certified teachers. They may choose from emphases in Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon completion of their degree requirements, and with the required GPA met, students will be issued an Institutional Recommendation (IR), as well as a document that can be redeemed for ACSI certification. See the Education website for additional Education Program Benefits.
Students can contact the program director for program-specific accreditation, approval, or licensure documentation.

 

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