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 education. Three key attributes of the program will prepare you for a successful career in education. First, the program emphasizes the integration of educational 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 university's small size, 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.
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 certified by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).
The Arizona Department approves ACU's Secondary Education program 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 practise 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.
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:
Curriculum and instruction methods for teaching Political Science in 6th grade through High School
Research-informed secondary education teaching methods
Special education methods
Methods for teaching English language learners
In-depth study of Political Science (30 credit hours)
Graduates who meet the requirements of the Secondary Education – Political Science program are prepared to:
Teach Political Science grades 6-12 at a charter, a private, or public school in their content area.
Teach Political Science in Christian schools in the United States and worldwide because of the ACSI certification earned through ACU's program.
Obtain master's degrees in leadership, curriculum, instruction, administration, special education, or political science.
Work with youth in various church, parachurch, and nonprofit organizations.