Associate of Arts Degree

Home > College of Education > Associate of Arts Degree


The Associate of Arts Degree is a fully online program for students who desire to enroll in a two year program that is taught from a Biblical worldview. The general studies offer students a well rounded liberal arts education and the completion of the specialization prepares the student for service in Christian ministry or education.  In addition, the AA degree serves as a foundation to transfer into a four year degree. Emphasis is placed upon teaching from a Biblical worldview and reaching the heart for Christ throughout the program. To expand knowledge and skills, students will choose a specific specialized track to train in Biblical Studies or Christian Education.

Note: The institution does not offer any programs that lead to professional licensure. A graduate of programs offered at CCU is not eligible to sit for licensure exams within the United States.”


The AA is a degree that equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to serve in a ministry setting.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are clearly defined, established, and measurable in the statements outlined below. The Associate degree will equip the student with practical skills to support introductory ministry employment in a Christian ministry or Christian school setting.  The student will develop exceptional written and oral communication skills that will benefit both personally and professionally. Program learning outcomes include the following. 

  • Demonstrate behaviors of a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ  through written assignments, online discussions and personal interactions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical and creative thinking through reflective journal assignments and discussion boards. 
  • Collaborate with other educators by providing substantive comments and additional questions that increase critical thinking on discussion boards and offering collaborative feedback.
  • Develop an enduring commitment to serve God and others, and, in so doing, fulfill God’s call upon their lives.
  • Transfer knowledge and skills gained to real life situations in the workplace. Transfer of knowledge and skills are outlined in Weekly Journals and assignments

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Biblical Studies specialization will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Bible.
  • Think critically and creatively in reaching and sharing the gospel. 
  • Apply biblical knowledge to cultural challenges that today’s youth encounter.

Graduates of the Christian Education specialization will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of Christian education.
  • Think biblically and creatively about present day challenges in Christian education.
  • Apply biblical knowledge to challenges in Christian education.

Program Structure

The Associate of Arts degree is 60 credits and features 30 general education credits and 15 Bible/Theology credits, and 15 specialization credits. The method of instruction is 100% online, asynchronous format, with video conferencing.

Undergraduate Programs

Individuals seeking admission to a Calvary Chapel University undergraduate program must: 

  • Fill out and submit the online application through the Populi system;   
  • Pay a $50 application fee;
  • Request official transcripts for high school and all college or university coursework.  Verification of high school completion or an equivalent must be verified by the Registrar through official transcripts prior to admissions, enrolling, and matriculation.
  • Minimum overall grade point average is 2.0.
  • Complete Student Reference Requests.

Official transcripts with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 must be received and verified by the Registrar prior to course enrollment. 

The spiritual requirements for admission involve demonstrating a commitment to Christ and to the authority of Scripture, and is evidenced by a lifestyle of consistent Christian character and the utilization of spiritual gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ.

Notification of Admission

Once the Admissions Office receives a completed application, conferring official transcripts (verified by the Registrar), references and fees, the Admissions Committee will make a decision regarding acceptance. Applicants can expect to receive notification within one week of the application being complete. Once an admission decision is made, applicants will receive information on registration, finances, and new student orientation. Upon acceptance at CCU, students must complete an Enrollment Agreement prior to course registration.

Competency Assessment

Applicant’s skills and competencies to succeed in a distance education environment are assessed prior to acceptance via official transcripts, the online application, and required admission materials including a personal testimony to determine spiritual readiness.

Technology Requirements

  • 2.0 GHz processor or higher
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution 1024×768 recommended
  • Web Browser (Google Chrome or Apple Safari recommended)
  • High Speed Internet (with 1.5 Mbps upload/download recommended)
  • Speakers/Headphones
  • Microphone (external or built-in)
  • Webcam (internal or external)


  • Zoom Application 
  • Operating System (Windows, macOS, Linux)
  • Google Suite (Google Docs)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free from the Adobe website)

Online Instructional Methods

Courses are disseminated 100% online through The Associate of Arts degree will use instructional methods such as, but not limited to: video lectures, reading and writing assignments, discussion boards, quizzes, and tests. 

Online Grading Practices

Final tests or examinations are course specific and assessed with a rubric. Passing grades are determined by each instructor and stated in the course syllabus. Within 48 hours of submitting assignments, work is evaluated and a grade is posted in the online course grade book. Students have access to view their personal grades at any time. There is no mailing of institutional responses or evaluations of students’ work. All grading and communication with students is conducted within Populi, the online operating system. 

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for an Associate of Arts degree, a student must:

  • Complete the approved program consisting of 60 credits;
  • Complete a minimum of 15 credits through Calvary Chapel University (CCU)
  • Earn a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0.
  • Meet all University financial obligations

Note: No grade below a C- will be applied toward an Associate’s degree at Calvary Chapel University. Please submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester. In order for you to receive your diploma all financial obligations must be met.

Required Courses

General Education Courses (30 credits)

Communications & Critical Thinking (6 credits)

Course ID

Course Name


COM101 Speech Communication 3
ENG101 Writing & Research 3

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6 credits)

Course ID

Course Name


MAT111 College Mathematics 3
BIO102 Natural Science & Biology 3

Art & Humanities (12 credits)

Course ID

Course Name


ART101 Visual & Performing Arts 3
THE220 Christian Ethics 3
PHIL101 Philosophy 3
APO391 Introduction to Islam 3

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

Course ID

Course Name


HIS201 American History 3
HIS202 American Government 3

Required Bible and Theology (15 credits)

Course ID

Course Name


BIB201 Old Testament Survey I 3
BIB208 Old Testament Survey II 3
BIB202 New Testament Survey I 3
BIB209 New Testament Survey II 3
THE401 Fundamentals of Faith 3

Specialization (choose one)

Biblical Studies (15 credits)

Course ID

Course Name


APO201 Apologetics 3
BC201 Biblical Counseling 3
HIS111 Church History 3
MIN301 Missions & Evangelism 3
THE301 Bible Doctrines 3

Christian Education (15 credits)

Course ID

Course Name


ED229 Current Issues in Education 3
ED241 Philosophy of Christian Education 2021 3
ED245 Principles of Instruction and Methods 3
ED248 Classroom Management 3
ED274 Classroom Assessment 3


  • All courses in the Associate of Arts degree program are undergraduate level.