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, experiential education. From the first semester, students observe teachers in local schools in order to gain real classroom experiences and connect with the local community.
Classes like Learning Theories and Developmental Psychology, Differentiated Learning, Framework for Teaching, Teaching Reading and more, give students a strong foundation in the basics of education while field experiences provide opportunities to apply what is learned in class to teaching in real classrooms. Elementary K-6 education majors have the opportunity to choose an endorsement in TESOL, Teaching English to Students of Other Languages.
The Department of Teacher Education offers degrees that qualify students for an Arkansas Teaching License in Elementary, K-6 Secondary Education: Mathematics, English and Social Studies (7-12), and Music Education, K-12.
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.
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 Enactus team. “The Department of Teacher 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.”
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