Early Childhood Education


John Brown University's Early Childhood Education degree completion program is a two-year program designed to provide professional preparation to adult students who desire to teach preschool through fourth grade in public or private schools. 

Designed with the working adult in mind, classes meet in the evenings and a few Saturday mornings in professional classroom settings at JBU's Rogers Center.  In addition to weekly classes and occasional labs, students spend the final 12 weeks of the program teaching as student interns in a local school.

Up until the internship begins, students may continue working full-time but will need to be able to make arrangements to fulfill occasional field experience requirements throughout the program.

Program Goals

In keeping with the overall goals of the University, the Early Childhood Education program strives to provide teacher candidates with the following:

  • A firm Christian foundation with respect to personal, moral and spiritual development.
  • Desirable values, ideals, and a sense of individual responsibility based upon Christian principles.
  • An appreciation of the opportunities for service in the teaching profession.
  • An understanding of the role of education in a democratic society.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to respond to the individual differences of learners.
  • Appropriate skills and techniques for effective teaching.
  • An introduction to the processes of teaching based on professional studies which are integrated with clinical and field based experiences.
  • A knowledge of the growth and development of youth.
  • An awareness of the social, political, and economic realities that individuals experience in culturally diverse and complex human encounters.

Successful completion of the Early Childhood Education program provides students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Teacher Education and prepares the teacher candidates to apply for an initial license in the state of Arkansas.


JBU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education




For more information,

call (479) 524-7291 or

e-mail rsellers@jbu.edu