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Programs: Bachelors in Elementary Education (Non-Certified) - Arizona Christian University

Bachelors in Elementary Education (Non-Certified)


The Elementary Education-Noncertified 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 youth. 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 continues beyond graduation.

Program Notes: This program also offers an emphasis in Coaching and Early Childhood. See the program checksheet for more information.

Why Elementary Education-Noncertified at ACU?

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

  • 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 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 Elementary Education-Noncertified 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 children
    • Human development
    • Research based methods teaching Math, Reading, Language Arts, Science, and, Social Studies
    • Special education methods for children
    • Children’s literature
    • Classroom management
    • Methods for teaching English language learners


      Career Paths

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

      • Prepared to write engaging age appropriate curriculum for various organizations.
      • 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

      (602) 489-5300


      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
      EDU 314Introduction to the Exceptional Child3
      EDU 315Educational Psychology3
      EED 316Reading Comprehension3
      EDU 317Curriculum and Instruction3
      EDU 415Classroom Management (Taken semester prior to student teaching)3
      EDU 430Children's Literature3
      SEI 490Structured English Immersion Methods3
      NCE 490Education (Non-Certification) Capstone3
      Choose TwoEED 313 Language Arts in the Elementary School
      EED 314 Science & Social Studies in the Elementary School
      EED 315 Reading and Decoding
      EED 417 Mathematics in the Elementary School^


      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 (Non-Certified)


      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


      Amy Nichols, M.A.

      Shelly Roden School of Education


      Nanci Smith, Ph.D.

      Associate Professor
      Department of Science and Mathematics


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