Bachelors in Secondary Education – Political Science

Overview

The Secondary Education – Political Science program at ACU trains you in the art and science of teaching Political Science 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 Secondary Education – Political Science at ACU?

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

  • ACU’s College of Education graduates are in great demand locally and abroad.
  • ACU is one of 24 universities in the United States and the only one in Arizona that is certified by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).
  • 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.
  • 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 – Political Science 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 methods for teaching Political Science in 6th grade through High School
    • Human development
    • Research informed secondary education teaching methods
    • Special education methods
    • Classroom management
    • Methods for teaching English language learners
    • In-depth study of Political Science (30 credit hours)

     

    Career Paths

    Graduates who meet the requirements of the Secondary Education – Political Science program are prepared to:

    • Teach Political Science grades 6-12 at a charter, private, or public school in their content area.
    • Teach Political Science 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 Political Science.
    • Work with youth in various church, parachurch, and nonprofit organizations.

     

    Shelly Roden School of Education

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

      Phone:
    (602) 386-4111

      Email:
    [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
    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
    SED 410Directed Student Teaching9
    SED 490Secondary Education Capstone3
    Choose OneEDU 312 Human Development ~OR~ PSY 314 Adolescent Psychology3

    Program Field Emphasis

    In the Secondary Education major, we want our students to develop a passion for education. Certain subjects within the education industry resonate with different types of educators, and this is why we offer a strong variety of fields to choose from. If you have any questions about a specific emphasis, please do not be afraid to each out to your EMS.

    Secondary Education - Political Science with Coaching

    Overview

    The Secondary Education – Political Science with Coaching program at ACU trains you in the art and science of coaching athletics and teaching Political Science 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 Secondary Education – Political Science with Coaching at ACU?

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

    • ACU’s College of Education graduates are in great demand locally and abroad.
    • ACU is one of 24 universities in the United States and the only one in Arizona that is certified by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).
    • 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.
    • 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 – Political Science with Coaching 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
    • Kinesiology
    • Athletic coaching
    • Curriculum and instruction methods for teaching Political Science in 6th grade through High School
    • Human development
    • Research informed secondary education teaching methods
    • Special education methods
    • Classroom management
    • Methods for teaching English language learners
    • In-depth study of Political Science (30 credit hours)

    Career Paths

    Graduates who meet the requirements of the Secondary Education – Political Science with Coaching program are prepared to:

    • teach Political Science grades 6-12 at a charter, private, or public school in their content area.
    • coach some athletic teams.
    • teach Political Science 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 Political Science.
    • work with youth in various church, parachurch, and nonprofit organizations.

    Checksheets

    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.

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    Faculty

    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

    [email protected]

    Amy Nichols, M.A.

    Instructor
    Shelly Roden School of Education

    [email protected]

    Nanci Smith, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Department of Science and Mathematics

    [email protected]

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