Minor in Early Childhood Education

Overview

The Minor in Early Childhood Education program at Arizona Christian University trains you in the art and science of teaching young children. You will learn that teaching is not compartmentalized but it is a rich combination of research-based theories and hands-on practical experience. The program emphasizes practicality. Through the lens of extensive experience, ACU faculty provide you with timely and valuable glimpses into today’s classrooms. The final and most valuable attribute is the emphasis on mentoring. Because of the intentional small class sizes at ACU, you will be able to develop strong mentoring relationships with your instructors. This mentoring begins in the classroom and beyond graduation.

Why a Minor in Early Childhood Education at ACU?

In addition to small class sizes and a rigorous, biblically integrated curriculum, ACU’s Minor in Early Childhood program offers several unique advantages:

  • Core Early Childhood coursework is integrated with the fieldwork so that new learning is applied right away.
  • Faculty in the department have an average of 20 years of experience in the field, meaning you are taught by leaders in education who have extensive classroom experience.
  • Small class sizes create a safe, comfortable setting to practice your teaching and hone your skills.
  • God’s Word and His Truths are foundational in all coursework at ACU.

What will I study?

The Minor in Early Childhood Education provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies. CORE courses reclaim a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Minor-related focus areas are based on the Arizona Early Learning and NAEYC standards and include these areas:

  • Curriculum and instruction for the young child
  • Human development of the young child
  • Children’s literature
  • Research based methods for teaching Math, Reading, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies specifically geared for the young child
  • Special education methods and services for the young child
  • Learning environments for the young child

 

Career Paths

Graduates who meet the requirements of the Minor in Early Childhood are prepared to

  • Work in a preschool.
  • Be a childcare provider.
  • Be a paraprofessional.
  • Work with children in various church, parachurch, and nonprofit organizations.

Shelly Roden School of Education

Arizona Christian University
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

  Phone:
(602) 489-5300

  Email:
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Standalone Minor Courses

Early Childhood Education Stand-Alone Minor (18 credits)

CourseCourse NameCredits
ECE 260Early Literacy1
ECE 261Human Development for Young Child1
ECE 262Learning Environments for Young Child1
ECE 263Early Childhood Special Education1
ECE 264Early Childhood Capstone1
ECE 265Early Childhood Fieldwork I1
ECE 266Early Childhood Fieldwork II1
ECE 267Early Childhood Fieldwork III1
ECE 268Early Childhood Fieldwork IV1
EDU 317Curriculum and Instruction3
EDU 430Children's Literature3
SEI 490Structured English Immersion Methods3

Checksheets

At Arizona Christian, we structure our programs to effectively prepare students to transform culture in their workplace. Our checksheets are annual guides that support students along the path toward graduation.

Standalone Minor

Faculty

Our professors are experts in their respective fields and passionate about the subjects they teach; they challenge, and stretch their students to reach their goals. Students are encouraged to think critically and analyze what they learn in the classroom thoroughly. These are some of the professors you will work closely with:

Linnea Lyding, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Assistant Dean & Head of the Shelly Roden School of Education

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Amy Nichols, M.A.

Instructor
Shelly Roden School of Education

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Nanci Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Science and Mathematics

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