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?
- Are Graduate Education courses offered online?
- Do I have to take an entrance exam?
- Is a computer required for the Graduate Education programs?
- Is there an application deadline?
- What education degree options are offered?
- How long will it take to get my Graduate Education degree?
- How long is each course?
- Can I take two classes at once?
- Can I work on two concentrations at the same time?
- Can I take classes in a different order than what is shown on the plan provided by my advisor?
- How is the program structured?
- 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?
Graduate Education courses are offered at the JBU Rogers Center.
2. When are Graduate Education classes held?
Classes are held late afternoon and early evening and typically follow the 16-week semester schedule format. Review the JBU course schedule for more information.
3. Are Graduate Education courses offered online?
Although none of the Graduate Education courses are offered fully online, they are offered in a hybrid format – a combination of face-to-face class time and online learning.
4. Do I have to take an entrance exam?
Yes, the GRE is required for admission.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. What education degree options are offered?
JBU offers a Master of Education (MEd) degree with concentration options in Teacher as Leader or TESOL. Additionally, a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is offered in Secondary Education for individuals seeking initial licensure in grades 7-12.
8. How long will it take to get my Graduate Education degree?
A Graduate Degree in education from JBU can be completed in two years including summer classes.
9. How long is each course?
Each Graduate Education course meets one night per week for 15-16 weeks during fall and spring semesters, or 14 weeks for summer courses.
10. Can I take two classes at once?
Yes, it is possible to take two classes at once and, in fact, is recommended in order to complete the program in two years.
11. Can I work on more than one concentration at the same time?
No. However, after the completion of one concentration, you can continue pursuing another concentration.
12. 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. Your graduate plan is a suggested plan of study. The final responsibility for meeting all degree requirements rests with you.
13. How is the program structured?
The education program meets the needs of the student who works full time by offering courses in the evenings; however, students in the MAT program will be required to do a full-time practicum (student teaching) for the final semester of that program.
14. 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.
15. What is the typical class size?
The typical class size for Graduate Education courses is 18-20 students.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. Do you accept transfer credit from other institutions?
You may transfer up to nine (9) hours (maximum of six hours for concentration courses) of graduate credit from another institution toward a Graduate Education degree. All transferred hours must be applicable toward the degree, have earned a grade of B- or better and be approved by the program director and dean of the Graduate School.
Note: Special consideration is given for ADE-approved TESOL courses; up to 12 TESOL credits may be approved for transfer.