Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education


The Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Education program at ACU trains you in the art and science of teaching while providing critical coursework to deepen knowledge and understanding of the field of education. Three key attributes of the program will 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 is a rich combination of research-based theories and hands-on practical experience. Second, the program emphasizes practicality. Through the lens of extensive experience, faculty provide you with timely and valuable glimpses into today’s classrooms. The final and most valuable attribute of the program is the emphasis on mentoring. Because of the small size of the university, you will be able to develop a strong mentoring relationship with their instructors. This mentoring begins in the classroom, continues through student teaching, and beyond.

Why the Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Education Certificate at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to student ratio of 17:1 and a rigorous, biblically integrated curriculum, ACU’s Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Education Certificate offers several unique advantages:

  • ACU’s College of Education graduates are in great demand locally and abroad.
  • ACU’s Secondary Education program is approved by the Arizona Department of Education.
  • 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 an intimate, safe 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 Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Education Certificate 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. Proficiency of secondary education content is determined by the passing of the Arizona Subject Knowledge Secondary Education Exam. Career-related focus areas will include:

  • Curriculum and instruction methods for 6th grade through High School
  • Research informed secondary education teaching methods
  • Special education methods
  • Classroom management
  • Methods for teaching English language learners


Career Paths

Graduates who meet the requirements of the Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Education Certificate are prepared to:

  • Teach grades 6-12 at a charter, private, or public school in their content area.
  • Obtain master’s degrees in leadership, curriculum and instruction, administration, special education, or in their content area.
  • Work with youth 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

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    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Courses

    The credit hours required for the completion of this program is 33 hours. A GPA of 3.0 in education and content classes is required with no grade lower than a C (A = 4.0). An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.

    CourseCourse NameCredits
    Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Education (Certified) Academic Major (30 credits)
    HIS 212US and Arizona Government3
    EDU 300Tests and Measurements3
    EDU 314Introduction to the Exceptional Child3
    EDU 317Curriculum and Instruction3
    EDU 415Classroom Management (Taken semester prior to student teaching)3
    SEI 490Structured English Immersion Methods3
    SED 490Secondary Education Capstone3
    SED 410Directed Student Teaching: Secondary Education9
    Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Education (Certified) Electives (3 credits)
    Choose OneSED 313-319 Teaching ELA in Secondary School
    - OR -
    SED 403-409 Integrated Literacy*


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    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate