School of Graduate Studies

Master of Arts in 



ACU’s Master of Arts in Education program trains students in the art and science of teaching. They are given the information and training necessary to develop into skillful educational leaders and educators.

The ACU School of Education has a long-standing, excellent reputation for training teachers, and we’re proud to offer our Master of Arts in Education programs. We have developed these with working professionals in mind and offer two distinct paths. One is Teaching and Learning, where a student with a bachelor’s degree in any field can choose an elementary or secondary education emphasis, leading to teacher certification. Our Instructional Leadership is designed for those currently teaching and has three specific areas of emphasis: Bible, Instructional Coaching, and Special Education. The Special Education Emphasis is designed to enable certified teachers to become certified Special Education teachers using the Mild / Moderate Disabilities Endorsement. Teachers choosing this path can advance in their careers and have even more impact at their schools.

Admissions Requirements

      • Undergraduate bachelor’s degree from an institutionally accredited organization.  Non-institutionally accredited organizations and international applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 3-year international degrees may be considered.
      • Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA.  Students that do not meet this minimum but are within 10% of the required GPA or who have other compelling strengths in their application may be designated by the director of admissions for review by the Graduate Admission Review Board.
      • Contact information for two character references that can be reached if needed.  These should be academic or professional references.
      • Evidence in the application of agreement with ACU’s statement of faith and core convictions, a deep and credible Christian faith, and vocational fit with the program.
      • For programs leading to certification, Content Area Exam taken or proof it is scheduled to be taken.

Degree Concentrations

  • Concentration in Instructional Leadership (36 Credit Hours Required)

The Instructional Leadership concentration has three specific areas of emphasis: Instructional Coaching, Special Education, and Bible. Instructional Coaching qualifies you to come alongside teachers to help improve instruction at your school. The Special Education Emphasis leads to Arizona Certification in Mild-Moderate Disabilities (Endorsement). The Bible Emphasis strengthens biblical knowledge and can lead to ACSI (Association of Christian School International) Certification.

  • Concentration in Teaching and Learning (36 Credit Hours Required)

The expectation for students with a concentration in Teaching and Learning is that they will become Arizona certified teachers who are fully equipped to challenge, motivate, and inspire their students and enable their students to reach their greatest potential. There are emphases in Elementary and Secondary education.


School of Graduate Studies

Arizona Christian University
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Glendale, AZ 85306

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