Starting out as a freshman majoring in graphic design, Rachel Thornburg ’12 never would have guessed she would switch her major to early childhood education. “I was reminded of my sincere love for kids through conversations with my parents and a mission trip to Guatemala where I was able to teach in the schools,” she says. “After being in Guatemala, I really felt like education was where the Lord wanted me.”

Earning an education degree at John Brown University provides students an in-depth, JBU students are well prepared when they graduate!experiential education. From the first semester, students observe teachers in local elementary or high schools in order to gain real classroom experience and connect with the local community.

Classes like educational psychology, differentiated learning, children’s literature, education assessment and more, give students a strong foundation in the basics of education while field experience provides hands on experience. Early childhood education majors have the opportunity to choose an emphasis in language studies or fine arts as well as a 5th/6th endorsement in either English/Social studies, Math/Science or TESOL.

The Division of Education offers degrees that qualify students for an Arkansas Teaching License in Early Childhood Education (P-4) and Secondary School Education (7-12). The JBU Division of Education is approved by the Arkansas State Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Education (NCATE).

Rachel uses skills to become involved in both the local and JBU community. She has spent numerous hours in local classrooms, led Passion groups and joined JBU’s SIFE team. “The Division of Education at JBU truly cares about developing quality educators,” she says. “When I graduate from JBU, I know I will be prepared to enter the education profession.”