College of Education and Human Services

Departments of Counseling and Education

J. Terrell (Dean)

The College of Education and Human Services encompasses disciplines related to serving and working with individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities. Prospective students desire vocations where they can work with people in various ways, serving the Kingdom by serving others. Disciplines of the college include the undergraduate departments of education, nursing, psychology, kinesiology, family and human services, as well as the graduate departments of counseling and education.


Carmack (Program Director), Cornett, Lampton, Ogle, Oliver, Phillips, Romig, D. Terrell, J. Terrell, White, Wingfield

The programs of the Department of Graduate Counseling are designed to prepare professionals for counseling and guidance in public and private elementary and secondary schools, community agencies, private agencies, and pastoral settings. Programs are offered in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and School Counseling. A post-master's Graduate Certificate Program in Play Therapy is also offered. The intent of the Department of Graduate Counseling is to offer programs that produce credentialed and licensed Christian men and women who will actively pursue careers in service occupations through which personal lives may be healed and strengthened.

Graduate Counseling has defined its conceptual framework as Competence, Attitudes and Character, Relationships, and Essential knowledge (CARE). The purpose of the CARE conceptual framework is to prepare counselors who are competent, committed to Christ-like attitudes and characteristics, effective in the formation of relationships, and informed regarding the essential knowledge bases of the counseling profession.

The assessment system includes the Graduate School admission criteria, advising with the faculty resulting in a degree plan, program admission decision, pre-practicum one-hour lab, pre-practicum interview with the faculty, practicum assessments, and a post-practicum exit checklist.

Students who enter the Pre-Practicum class must complete a state and federal background check as part of the requirements of the lab. The results of the background check will be reviewed during the student’s faculty interview; any issues pertaining to the results will be addressed by the division faculty. All students must pass the background check prior to entering practicum/ internship in order to begin seeing clients. The results of the background check will remain in the student’s academic file. Students will not be allowed to enroll in practicum until the background check has been approved.

All students must complete the total required client hours in their respective degree in order to exit Internship II. If the total hours are not completed by the end of the semester then the student will be given an “Unsatisfactory” for Internship II during that semester. They must re-enroll in Internship II in subsequent semesters until the total client contact hours are completed in order to exit the Internship and graduate.

The Graduate Counseling Department offers three major degree options: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, and School Counseling. Students can opt to take one or more majors and upon completion, all majors would appear on the student’s diploma. Students have the option of adding the Play Therapy emphasis to any of their major degree preferences.


Matchell (Program Director)

John Brown University's Department of Graduate Education offers master's degrees for 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 Christ like 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 (M.Ed.) or Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program, you will benefit from these distinctive features:

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

Education Programs

The M.Ed. degree offers the following concentrations:

Teacher as Leader (with IF endorsement)
TESOL (with ESL endorsement)

M.A.T. degree in Secondary Education prepares students for Standard Licensure through the Arkansas Department of Education


The College of Education and Human Services at John Brown University is approved by the Arkansas State Department of Education (ADE), The education preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  On July 1, 2013 NCATE consolidated with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and formed the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as the new accrediting body for educator preparation, (202) 223-0077.

The Graduate School at JBU also offers an M.S. in Higher Education Leadership through the Donald G. Soderquist College of Business as well as an M.S. in School Counseling through the Department of Graduate Counseling.

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