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Christ-Centered Educators

As a teacher, you pass on the knowledge and values of our culture, from the mathematics that governs physics to a lens to study great literature. To become an effective educator, you must master both knowledge and teaching strategies so all students can learn. And while creating a safe, supportive, learning community, you also need to coach students to become critical thinkers and life-long learners.

COE Philosophy

The College of Education, referred to as the “unit,” focuses on the intellectual development of the student, while being attentive to the ideals of character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement. A holistic Christian approach also requires the college to give attention to other aspects of the student’s total development by providing opportunities for physical, social, and spiritual growth.

The Greatest Teacher of All

Sure, you can prepare to be a teacher at other universities, but at AU you'll be encouraged to emulate the greatest teacher of all: Jesus Christ. With Him as the model, we teach you pedagogy as well as how to cultivate the patient, caring heart you'll need to inspire students.

Early Field Experiences

In addition to our emphasis on bringing Christian caring into the classroom, our undergraduate and graduate programs expose you to the perfect mix of education theory and practice. Within the first year of our bachelor's degree programs, students observe veteran educators teaching and planning in public schools.

Your Future and Licensure

A school district superintendent, principals, and veteran, award-winning teachers are among our hundreds of education grads. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), we offer the bachelor's degrees that lead to initial teacher licensure through the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Dr. Mark D. Butler

The College of Education is committed to preparing our candidates to be builders of knowledge, values, and community, so they are equipped to change the world, one student at a time.

Dr. Mark D. Butler
Dean of the College of Education
Elementary Education

Elementary Education

Children spend so much time with their teachers—nearly as much with their family—which gives graduates of AU’s Elementary Education bachelor’s program the opportunity to shape future generations. With this in mind, our professors prepare AU students not only to teach...
Elementary Education with Add-On Certification in Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education with Add-On Certification in Early Childhood Education

A handful of children sit at a semicircular table. You sit with them, guiding them through a reading lesson. You talk about the pictures in their books, asking questions to help the students make connections and understand unfamiliar words. Some will quickly begin reading on...
Graduate Certificate in Online and Mobile Learning

Graduate Certificate in Online and Mobile Learning

Building on its reputation as a leader in innovative teaching and learning, including being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School, this 12-credit hour program supports educators and trainers across K-12, higher education, and industry. Set Yourself Apart as an Educator...
Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary Education (2nd through 6th grades)

Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary Education (2nd through 6th grades)

You’ve tried another field, but you keep coming back to it: you have a knack for connecting with kids. You’re sensitive to how they see the world, and you believe you can help them learn in a fun and engaging way. Offered at our convenient University Center of Greenville...
Master of Education

Master of Education

For teachers who are looking to increase the effectiveness of their pedagogy and impact on student learning, the Master of Education offers practical application of current research-based best practices. Courses are delivered fully online, and the 33-hour program can be...
Master of Education - Administration and Supervision

Master of Education - Administration and Supervision

In control, inspirational, detail-oriented, firm, and graceful. The best administrators make it look so natural, but when you discover how they became that veteran educational leader, you learn about their academic and on-the-job training, their successes, and the hard...
Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Technology

Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Technology

College courses and corporate training sessions don’t begin with an instructor in front of a classroom. Learning programs require detailed preparation that focuses on the knowledge and skills to be gained, the best methods to impart them, and ways to measure success. You...