Minor in Elementary Education


The Minor in Elementary Education program at Arizona Christian University trains you in the art and science of teaching 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 Elementary Education at ACU?

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

  • 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 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. Minor-related focus areas will include:

      • Curriculum and instruction methods for grades kindergarten through grade 8
      • Research based methods in teaching content to children (choice of two from the areas of 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


          Shelly Roden School of Education

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

          (602) 489-5300

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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


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          Standalone Minor


          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.

          Shelly Roden School of Education

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          Nanci Smith, Ph.D.

          Associate Professor
          Department of Science and Mathematics

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