COLLEGE OF EDUCATION:  DEPARTMENT OF GRADUATE EDUCATION

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Gale (Dean)

John Brown University's College of Education offers a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction with options for both those who desire to become licensed teachers and those who are already licensed teachers. The graduate education degree programs further JBU's mission to prepare teachers who are skilled professionals and reflective decision makers and who exhibit Christlike characteristics in the workplace and at home. Depending on your chosen area of concentration, with a master's degree in education you will be prepared professionally to serve in a variety of teacher roles including, but not limited to:

  • Instructional Specialist
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Classroom Supporter
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Learning Facilitator
  • School Leader
  • Mentor

As a graduate student in the Master of Education program, you will benefit from the distinctive features available through JBU's M.Ed. degree program:

  • Christian values-based learning
  • Academically and professionally qualified faculty
  • Interactive learning environment
  • Course designs that include F2F and Hybrid coursework
  • Authentic action research opportunities with public school partners
  • Evening and summer classes at the Rogers campus

Education Program Options

The M.Ed. degree offers the following concentrations:

Teacher as Leader (with IF endorsement)
TESOL (with ESL endorsement)
Secondary Initial Licensure (7th through 12th grades)

The Graduate School at JBU also offers an MS in Higher Education Leadership through the College of Business as well as an MS in School Counseling through the Counseling Department.

The College of Education at John Brown University is approved by the Arkansas State Department of Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

 

MASTER OF EDUCATION - TEACHER AS LEADER

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree with a concentration in Teacher as Leader who want to be:

  • Prepared for leadership roles while continuing as a classroom teacher;
  • Challenged to lead other teachers with professional development in their schools;
  • Equipped for conducting authentic action research; and
  • Qualified to add an endorsement to their teaching license.

According to a recent research project conducted by the Teacher Leader Exploratory Consortium, there is a great need for teachers willing to serve in middle-management roles such as, but not limited to:

  • Resource Provider
  • Instructional Specialist
  • Classroom Supporter
  • Learning Facilitator
  • Mentor
  • School Team Leader
  • Data Coach

The Teacher as Leader concentration will help prepare you for these types of roles and is designed to fulfill the educational requirements for the Instructional Facilitator endorsement.

 

Requirements for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction degree with concentration in Teacher as Leader

1.  Curriculum and Instruction Core Requirements - 18 hours

ED 7033 Christian Foundations and Instructional Facilitation
ED 7233 Human Development
ED 7353 Human Intellect and the Brain
ED 7513 Action Research and Data Analysis for School and Classroom Use
ED 7733 Differentiated Learning
ED 7933 Organizational Dynamics and Change

2.  Teacher as Leader Concentration - 18 hours

ED 8133 Building Learning Communities
ED 8173 Instructional Facilitation/Teacher Leadership
ED 8233 Advanced Curriculum Design
ED 8473 Technology for School Leaders
ED 8633 Curriculum Alignment and Assessment
ED 8813 Action Research Practicum

Minimum Semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36 hours

 

MASTER OF EDUCATION - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

With a growing population of English Language Learners, there is a great need for endorsed TESOL teachers. Therefore, JBU offers the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction graduate degree with a concentration in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). It is designed for those who desire to not only earn a graduate degree but who also wish to earn an ESL endorsement from the Arkansas Department of Education.

The TESOL concentration is a research-based program that includes reflective practice within the context of the professional learning community. The purpose is to support student learning by helping teachers expand knowledge and focus their skills to meet the learning needs of K-12 English language learners.

 

Requirements for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction degree with concentration in TESOL 


1.  Curriculum and Instruction Core Requirements - 18 hours

ED 7033  Christian Foundations and Instructional Facilitation
ED 7233  Human Development
ED 7353  Human Intellect and the Brain
ED 7513  Action Research and Data Analysis for School and Classroom Use
ED 7733  Differentiated Learning
ED 7933  Organizational Dynamics and Change

2.  TESOL Concentration - 18 hours

ED 8353  Second Language Acquisition
ED 8533  Curriculum & Instruction: TESOL
ED 8553  Educational Assessment: TESOL
ED 8563  Intercultural Communications
ED 8623  Literacy and Linguistics
ED 8813  Action Research Practicum

Minimum Semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36 hours

 

MASTER OF EDUCATION - SECONDARY INITIAL LICENSURE

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree with an Initial Licensure concentration is a 36-hour master's program designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree with a major, or substantial courses in or related to Social Studies, Math, or English and who want to teach on the secondary level (7th through 12th grade). Upon completion of the program, students will earn a Master of Education degree and may apply for secondary licensure in Social Studies, Math or English. The program fulfills the educational requirements for an Arkansas secondary licensure. 

Requirements for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction degree with concentration in Secondary Initial Licensure 


1.  Curriculum and Instruction Core Requirements - 15 hours

ED 7033  Christian Foundations and Instructional Facilitation
ED 7233  Human Development
ED 7353  Human Intellect and the Brain
ED 7513  Action Research and Data Analysis for School and Classroom Use
ED 7733  Differentiated Learning

2.  Initial Licensure Concentration - 21 hours

ED 8423  Pedagogy: Classroom Instruction
ED 8443  Pedagogy: Management and Assessment
ED 8643  Literacy: Content Specific
ED 8653  Literacy: All Areas
ED 8711  Practicum I
ED 8721  Practicum II
ED 8881  Intern Seminar
ED 8886  Internship

Minimum Semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36 hours