Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education


The 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 are able to 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 Secondary Education at ACU?

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

  • ACU’s College of Education graduates are in great demand locally and abroad.
  • ACU Education faculty have an average of 20 years experience in the field of education, meaning you are taught by leaders in the field of 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.
  • All graduates in the certified program also graduate with a full ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) endorsement, which provides opportunities to teach internationally.

    What will I study?

    The Secondary Education 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
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Human Development
    • Secondary Education Teaching Methods
    • Special Education Methods
    • Classroom Management
    • In-depth Study of your Content Area (30 credit hours)

    Career Paths

    Graduates who meet the requirements of the Secondary Education Program are prepared to:

    • Teach grades 6-12 at a charter, private, or public school in their content area
    • Teach in Christian schools in the United States and all over the world because of the ACSI certification earned through ACU’s program
    • 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


    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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