Education Department

Academic Program
The field of education is the only profession that trains those who will serve in all other professions, and the education major at Arizona Christian University is designed with this idea in mind.

Arizona Christian University’s Education Program trains students in the art and science of teaching.  Students are given the option of a certification or a non-certification program of study.  The expectation for the students in the certification program of study is that they will develop into practicing teachers who are able to fully develop the students they will teach in the future.  The students who choose the non-certification program of study, are prepared to use their teaching skills outside of the traditional classroom.

ACU Education graduates leave the institution ready to use their skills in their area of specialty and are in great demand locally and abroad.

Optional Emphasis in:

  • Early Childhood
  • Coaching

In addition to a diploma at graduation, Arizona Christian University education students who are in the certificate program are prepared to receive:

  • Arizona State Certification
  • ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) Certification.


Institutional Recommendation (IR):  All students who satisfactorily complete the Elementary or Secondary Education certificate program at Arizona Christian University, will receive an Institutional Recommendation (IR) from the university.  A program “audit” will be conducted upon completion of the last program requirement to ensure 3.0 GPA in required program coursework (including transfer coursework), tuition/fees paid in full, and materials checked out from library have been returned.  The IR will be issued upon completion of the “audit” and within 45 days of program completion. 

Program Objectives

As a result of successfully completing the ACU Education Program, the student will:

  1. Recognize how history, trends, diversity, and philosophies of education have evolved and formulate a personal, Christian philosophy of education.
  2. Create developmentally appropriate, engaging lessons to teach content area to diverse students based on the Arizona State Standards and InTASC standards.
  3. Assess learning resulting from instruction and develop a plan for ongoing monitoring and growth.
  4. Based on learned essential elements of instruction, the students will evaluate an outside classroom to determine overall instructional effectiveness.
  5. Demonstrate professional development including self-assessment and the ability to collaborate effectively with professional colleagues, parents, and community leaders.

Department Chair

sitting 1Linnea Lyding, Ed. D.

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Dr. Linnea J. Lyding is an associate professor and department chair of the Education Department at Arizona Christian University (ACU).  Since coming to ACU in 2012, Dr. Lyding has been a champion for excellence in the department.  Based on her knowledge of the complexity of classroom teaching, she redesigned the student teaching experience to maximize ACU student learning.  She has focused her passion for Excellence in Teaching and Learning both in the education classes she teaches and in workshops that she has presented to ACU faculty and adjuncts.  Dr. Lyding is also instrumental in designing the new Early Childhood Emphasis.