Bachelors in Elementary Education

Overview

The Elementary Education program at Arizona Christian University trains you in the art and science of teaching children. Three key attributes of the program prepare you for a successful career in education. First, the program emphasizes the integration of education principles across the teaching profession. You will learn that teaching is not compartmentalized but it is a rich combination of research-based theories and hands-on practical experience. Second, 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, continues through student teaching, and beyond graduation.

Why Elementary Education at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to student ratio of 17:1 and a rigorous, biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Elementary Education program offers several unique advantages:

  • ACU’s education graduates are in great demand locally and abroad.
  • ACU is one of 24 universities in the United States and the only one in Arizona that is certified by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).
  • ACU’s Elementary Education program is approved by the Arizona Department of Education.
  • 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.
  • All graduates in the certified program also graduate with full ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) certification, which provides opportunities to teach internationally.

    What will I study?

    The Elementary Education program 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. Career-related focus areas will include:

    • Educational psychology
    • Curriculum and instruction methods for grades kindergarten through grade 8
    • Human development
    • Research based methods teaching Math, Reading, Language Arts, Science, and, Social Studies
    • Special education methods grades kindergarten through grade 8
    • Children’s literature
    • Classroom management
    • Methods for teaching English language learners

     

      Career Paths

      Graduates who meet the requirements of the Elementary Education program are prepared to

      • Teach grades kindergarten through 8th grade at a charter, private, or public school.
      • Teach in Christian schools in the United States and all over the world because of their ACSI Certification.
      • Obtain master’s degrees in leadership, curriculum and instruction, administration, special education, or in their content area.
      • Work with children in various church, parachurch, and nonprofit organizations

       

        Shelly Roden School of Education

        Arizona Christian University
        Building 2000
        1 W. Firestorm Way
        Glendale, AZ 85306

          Phone:
        (602) 489-5300

          Email:
        [email protected]

        Academic Major Courses

        Core requirements accumulate to 30 credits, 15 credits of Biblical and Theological Studies and 8 credits of science courses.

        CourseCourse NameCredits
        HIS 212US and Arizona Government3
        EDU 300Tests and Measurements3
        EED 302Intro to Health and Fitness1
        EDU 312Human Development3
        EED 313Language Arts in the Elementary School3
        EED 314Science & Social Studies in the Elementary School3
        EDU 314Introduction to the Exceptional Child3
        EDU 315Educational Psychology3
        EED 315Reading and Decoding3
        EED 316Reading Comprehension3
        EDU 317Curriculum and Instruction3
        EDU 415Classroom Management (Taken semester prior to student teaching)3
        EED 417Mathematics in the Elementary School3
        EDU 430Children's Literature3
        SEI 490Structured English Immersion Methods3
        EED 410Directed Student Teaching9
        EED 490Elementary Education Capstone3

        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.

        Campus (Certified)

        Online

        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

        Associate Professor
        Assistant Dean Shelly Roden School of Education

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        Dr. Linnea Lyding comes to ACU with over 18 years of elementary and junior high teaching experience in both special and general education classrooms. In addition to being a Reading Specialist, Dr. Lyding holds degrees in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education as well as a doctorate in Leadership and Innovation in Teaching. She understands the challenge of reaching all students, which is why she completed her doctoral work exploring how brain research shows the connection between movement and learning. Now, as an Associate Professor, she enjoys sharing her experience and passions with the pre-service teachers in her program and well as in workshops for classroom teachers, preschool teachers, and college faculty.

        Amy Nichols

        Instructor

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        Mrs. Nichols comes to us from the public school setting.  She taught in the public school system for 15 years before joining our faculty.  She earned her Masters of Education in 2013 from Arizona State University specializing in Curriculum and Instruction and Gifted Education.  Mrs. Nichols earned her B.A. in secondary education and English from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.

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