Grow in Education
Our faculty members are committed to the belief that all children should be valued and cherished. They believe that teaching is a ministry, and they'll ensure you obtain a strong knowledge of academic subject matter by continuous, hands-on involvement in course work and field work.
At many universities, English as a Second Language (ESL) and special needs courses are electives. At ACU, they're part of our standard curriculum. At many universities, research is reserved for graduate students. At ACU you'll have the opportunity to participate in research at the undergraduate level. You will travel to professional conferences with the faculty, learning as professionals together.
Outside the classroom, your professors will invite you into their homes and invest in who you are as a child of God. They will encourage you when things are going well and carry you when they aren't.
We believe that you are called to excellence, and to ensure you're prepared for your classroom when you leave the halls of ACU, we require you to participate in professional development opportunities. Maybe you'll speak at a conference, attend a symposium, work in our on-campus reading lab tutoring struggling readers in the Abilene community or live in Beijing over the summer teaching students how to speak English - the possibilities are endless.
The August Experience
The week before you begin student-teaching, you'll have the opportunity to prepare the classroom with the teacher you'll be student teaching with. You'll be comfortable in and know the environment you'll be teaching in, rather than being expected to teach in a room you've never seen. Ask around - no other universities are doing this like ACU is.