Project EQUIP (Enhancing Quality Undergirding Improved Performance) is a National Professional Development grant designed to improve the quality of teachers of EL students. As a recipient of this grant, JBU has partnered with selected schools in northwest Arkansas to provide coursework for teachers to earn an ESL endorsement. The grant pays all costs for the coursework and other professional development activities and teachers receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the coursework and Praxis exam required for ESL endorsement.

Of the 15 hours required for the ESL endorsement, 12 hours can be applied toward JBU's M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction: TESOL concentration

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Project EQUIP Course Requirements (15 hours)

  • Second Language Acquisition (3 hours)
  • Intercultural Communications (3 hours)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (3 hours)
  • Educational Assessment (3 hours)
  • Three seminars (1 hr. each)

Class Locations
Rogers and Siloam Springs School District Facilities

Admissions Requirements

  • Complete and submit an application for admission into the Graduate School (select "non-degree seeking student")
  • Send official transcript from the university where your highest degree was earned (official transcripts must be mailed by the university or college directly to:
    Project EQUIP
    Heidi Smith, John Brown University
    2000 W. University Street
    Siloam Springs, AR 72761
  • Approval from district official will be obtained by JBU staff

Class Schedule


Spring 2015

Cohort 2

  • ED 8553 Educational Assessment

Cohort 3

  • ED 8353 Second Language Acquisition
  • ED 7421 Professional Learning Communities (1 hr. seminar)

Fall 2015

Cohort 3

  • ED 8533 Curriculum and Instruction
  • ED 7431 Coaching (1 hr. seminar)

Spring 2016

Cohort 3

  • ED 8553 Educational Assessment
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