Bachelors in Secondary Education (Non-Certified)


The Secondary Education-Noncertified program at ACU trains you in the art and science of teaching youth 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 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.

Why Secondary 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-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 Secondary Education-Noncertified 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:

    • Adolescent psychology
    • Curriculum and instruction methods for youth and adults
    • Educational psychology
    • Research informed teaching methods for youth and adults
    • Special education methods for working with youth and adults with disabilities
    • Classroom management
    • Methods for teaching English language learners


      Career Paths

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

      • Write engaging age appropriate curriculum for various organizations
      • Obtain master’s degrees in leadership, curriculum and instruction, administration, special education, or area of interest.
      • Work with youth and adults in various church, parachurch, and nonprofit organizations.


        Shelly Roden School of Education

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

        (602) 386-4111

        [email protected]

        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
        PSY 314Adolescent Psychology3
        EDU 314Introduction to the Exceptional Child3
        EDU 315Educational Psychology3
        EDU 317Curriculum and Instruction3
        EDU 415Classroom Management (Taken semester prior to student teaching)3
        SEI 490Structured English Immersion Methods3
        NCE 490Education (Non-Certification) Capstone3
        SED 313-319Teaching in the Secondary School* (in emphasis area)3
        SED 403-409Integrated Literacy in the Content Areas* (in emphasis area)3


        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 (Coaching Emphasis)


        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

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        Amy Nichols, M.A.

        Shelly Roden School of Education

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        Nanci Smith, Ph.D.

        Associate Professor
        Department of Science and Mathematics

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