Programs Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education – Emphasis in Coaching (Certified) - Arizona Christian University

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education – Emphasis in Coaching (Certified)


The Elementary Education – Coaching program at Arizona Christian University trains you in the art and science of teaching and coaching 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 and athletic opportunities. 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 – Coaching 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:

  • Elementary Education Coaching coursework is often integrated with athletic teams right on campus.
  • 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.
  • ACU’s education graduates are in great demand locally and abroad.
  • 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 Coaching 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:

    • Kinesiology
    • Athletic coaching
    • 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 Coaching 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 the 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.
    • Coach athletic teams.


      Elementary Education Coaching


      Career Paths


      Shelly Roden School of Education

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

      (602) 489-5300

      [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
      Coaching Emphasis (9 credits)
      BIO 476Kinesiology3
      PHE 301Coaching Fundamentals3
      Coaching Electives - Sports Participation (3 credits)
      PHE ___Sports Participation1
      PHE ___Sports Participation1
      PHE ___Sports Participation1