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Elementary Education

The education program of study emphasizes both Christian and professional maturation as well as excellence in teaching and learning in educational institutions and systems. It is designed to prepare future teachers for Arizona State Teacher Certification. Although the AIC Education Department offers only one degree – the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education – it offers this degree with two separate foci for the professional coursework.

Students choose which focus, Birth to Grade 3 or Grades 1-8, in which they intend to be certified. Those who select the focus on Birth to Grade 3 will be prepared for Arizona Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education, including Kindergarten instruction. Those who select the focus on Grades 1-8 will be prepared for Arizona Teacher Certification in Elementary Education, excluding Kindergarten instruction. For further information on why the student must select a focus for their professional coursework, speak with the AIC department chairperson or consult the Arizona Department of Education website.


Focus on Birth to Grade 3; 129 credits are required.

General Education: 42 credits
Core Requirements: 87 credits
Subject Matter Competency: 29 credits


Focus on Grades 1-8; 128 credits are required.

General Education: 42 credits
Core Requirements: 86 credits
Subject Matter Competency: 32 credits