Graduate Education FAQs
Learn more about master's degrees in education at JBU
Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions pertain to Graduate Education programs. For other general questions related to the Graduate School at John Brown University, go to Graduate School FAQs.
- Where are Graduate Education classes offered?
- When are Graduate Education classes held?
- Do I have to take an entrance exam?
- Is a computer required for the Graduate Education programs?
- Is there an application deadline?
- How long will it take to get my Graduate Education degree?
- How long is each course?
- Can I take classes in a different order than what is shown on the plan provided by my advisor?
- Can I continue to work while doing the program?
- If I need a break during the program for personal or professional reasons, can I rejoin the program where I left off?
- What is the typical class size?
- Is financial assistance available?
- Are the programs accredited?
- Do you accept transfer credit from other institutions?
1. Where are Graduate Education courses offered?
M.A.T. courses are offered in a blended format–both online and in-class. Class meeting times offer students the flexibility of being face-to-face with the professor at the JBU Rogers Center, or remotely accessing the class through technology.
Higher education courses are seven or eight-week classes offered completely online.
2. When are Graduate Education classes held?
M.A.T. classes meet every other week, 5:30–7:00 p.m., with a portion of the content delivered online. Higher Education courses are offered completely online. Review the JBU course schedule for more information.
3. Do I have to take an entrance exam?
The GRE is required for admission into the M.A.T. program. M.A.T. students are also required to provide satisfactory scores on the Praxis I and Praxis II exams.
Students applying to the Higher Education program may complete the GRE or MAT exam (requirement waived for students with a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA from a regionally-accredited college or university).
4. Is a computer required for the Graduate Education programs?
Although a computer is helpful in the completion of any degree, it is not required for graduate degree programs.
5. Is there an application deadline?
The Graduate Education programs do not have a firm application deadline; however, we suggest that you apply at least six weeks prior to the beginning of your first course to allow ample time for transcript evaluation and recommendation forms. M.A.T. students may require additional time to complete all admissions requirements.
6. How long will it take to get my Graduate Education degree?
The length of time required to complete your degree varies by major and number of hours completed for each term. M.A.T. students are also required to complete an internship. For more information, contact your admissions representative.
7. How long is each course?
Courses offered during the fall and spring are eight weeks in length; summer courses are seven weeks in length.
8. Can I take classes in a different order than what is shown on the plan provided by my advisor?
Yes, if the classes you wish to take are offered and you have met all prerequisites. Your graduate plan is a suggested plan of study; the final responsibility for meeting all degree requirements rests with you.
9. Can I continue to work while doing the program?
The education program meets the needs of the student who works full time by offering courses online or in the evenings; however, students in the M.A.T. program will be required to do a full-time practicum (student teaching) for the final semester of that program.
10. If I need a break during the program for personal or professional reasons, can I rejoin the program where I left off?
You may take time off when needed; however, a break at any point in the program may require degree plan modifications.
11. What is the typical class size?
The typical class size for Graduate Education courses is 18-20 students.
12. Is financial assistance available?
Yes. Financial assistance is available to qualified students; visit the JBU Graduate School Financial Aid page for more information about paying for your degree.
13. Are the programs accredited?
Yes. John Brown University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456). 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 http://caepnet.org, (202) 223-0077.
14. Do you accept transfer credit from other institutions?
Up to 25% of coursework required to earn your graduate degree from JBU may be transferred from another regionally-accredited institution. All transferred hours must be applicable toward the degree, have an earned grade of B- or better and be approved by the program director and dean of the Graduate School.