Bachelors in Elementary Education (Non-Certified)


The Elementary Education Non-certification program at Arizona Christian University focuses on the art and science of teaching and how it can be used outside of the classroom. Three key attributes of the program prepare you for a successful career outside of the classroom. First, the program emphasizes the integration of education principles across a variety of professions. You will learn that instruction happens in every profession as a rich combination of research-based theories and hands-on practical experience. Second, the program emphasizes practicality. You will apply what you are learning in the field where you want to work. The final and most valuable attribute is the emphasis on mentoring. Because of the small class sizes at ACU, you will be able to develop a strong mentoring relationship with your instructors. This mentoring begins in the classroom, continues through your internship, and beyond.

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

Why Elementary Education (Non-Certified) at ACU?

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

  • ACU’s College of Education graduates are in great demand locally and abroad.
  • Small class sizes create an intimate, safe setting to practice what you are learning and hone your skills.
  • God’s Word and His Truths are foundational in all coursework at ACU.
  • Education faculty are experts at conveying messages and they will help you design presentations that engage your audiences and help get your point across
  • You have the opportunity to personalize your internship specifically in your area of interest.

What will I study?

The Elementary Education (Non-Certified) program provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies that reclaims a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas will include:

  • Educational Psychology – to understand how people learn
  • Curriculum and Instruction – to learn how to capture and engage your audience while teaching them something new
  • Instructional Methods – research-based teaching methods to help you reach your audience.
  • Exceptional Children – to gain a deeper understanding of people with disabilities so that you can meet their needs as well
  • Classroom Management – to help you understand how to manage and work with groups
  • Methods for working with English Language Learners
  • Additional 12-15 hours in your area of interest such as Christian Ministries, family life studies, Spanish, business, health, science, or psychology. The choice is yours.

Career Paths

Work with youth in a nonprofit setting such as:

  • Boys and Girls clubs
  • Literacy programs
  • At-risk programs
  • Peace Corps

Develop curriculum
Work in a non-education setting like:

  • Museums
  • Science centers
  • Tutoring centers

Obtain a Master’s degree in leadership, curriculum and instruction, administration, or special education
Oversee an education-related business like a:

  • Child care center
  • Charter school
  • Tutoring center

Graduates could also work in higher education as an academic advisor or recruiter.

Shelly Roden School of Education

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

(602) 489-5300

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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

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


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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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