Elementary Education, K-6

Through our unique partnerships with local school districts, JBU students participate in an "Embedded Field Experience" program, putting them in a local classroom from the start. Students can also choose an endorsement in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL).

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Hear from professors and students about what makes JBU's education program great.

Experience a Clinical-Style Education

Five Reasons to Study Elementary Education, K-6 at JBU

Reason #1

Experience a Clinical-Style Education

Students spend a lot of time observing and teaching alongside teachers so that students are confident in classroom management and lesson planning.

Practice On Campus

Five Reasons to Study Elementary Education, K-6 at JBU

Reason #2

Practice On Campus

Elementary education students are taught and present sample lesson plans in a simulation elementary classroom on campus to experience first hand the strengths and weaknesses of their lesson plans with the typical resources within an elementary classroom.

Get More Teaching Time

Five Reasons to Study Elementary Education, K-6 at JBU

Reason #3

Get More Teaching Time

JBU students often teach double the amount of time that other student teachers do. Mentor teachers trust that JBU students’ education has prepared them to handle their classroom.

Enjoy Licensure Transfer

Five Reasons to Study Elementary Education, K-6 at JBU

Reason #4

Enjoy Licensure Transfer

JBU’s program is accredited in such a way that allows students to transfer their teaching license easily across states and internationally.

Teach Abroad

Five Reasons to Study Elementary Education, K-6 at JBU

Reason #5

Teach Abroad

JBU students can enhance their student teaching requirements during summer programs in Uganda, Lithuania, Guatemala and various parts of the world.

Connie Matchell

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Connie Matchell

Professor of Teacher Education

With 31 years of experience, Matchell brings her passion for teaching as the Head of the Department of Education.

Ed.D., Harding University
M.Ed., University of Arkansas
B.S.E., John Brown University

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Kim Murie

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Kim Murie

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Murie taught high school science for over a decade and now enjoys helping others get started on their adventure as educators.

Ph.D., University of Arkansas
M.A., University of Arkansas
B.S., University of Arkansas

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Curtis Cunningham

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Curtis Cunningham

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Cunningham uses his 14 years of experience to support JBU students who answer God’s call on their life to teach.

Ph.D., University of Arkansas
M.Ed., Drury University
B.S., Southwest Baptist University

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Photo: Tina Crump ' 13

Tina Crump ' 13

Tina Crump graduated in 2013 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and lives in Swaziland where she and her husband work in a children’s home. Crump’s primary responsibilities at the orphanage are to manage the after school-tutoring program for the children and to mentor a group of rural preschool teachers in the region. She also homeschools two of the special needs children in the home. “JBU did a great job of equipping me with a strong educational foundation through which I can base my partnerships with the Swazi children and their teachers,” Crump said. “I’m thankful for professors who truly love the Lord and always emphasized the importance of looking beyond the basic educational needs of the children and into their spiritual needs, as well.”