English education major Kyla Castleberry finds that English education combines her two great passions — serving and teaching. “It occurred to me that teachers may have more opportunities to help and influence their students, so I decided I wanted to be an education major,” she said. “I really want to teach English, and I feel that JBU is preparing me to do that.”
Earning a degree in English education prepares students to teach in public, private or Christian schools. Students receive a strong educational base from faculty members who are themselves experienced teachers in both public and Christian schools.
Classes like educational psychology, human growth and development, advanced grammar, creative writing workshop and more, help students gain an understanding of real classroom experience and teaching methods. Students spend time in public school classrooms in order to gain professional and practical experience before graduation. Each student works with teachers who are related to the student’s licensure level in either elementary, middle or high schools.
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 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.
Kyla is already using her degree in the Siloam community. “Last year, I tutored ESL students at the Dogwood Literacy Council downtown,” she said. “I was impressed with my students’ dedication, and that encouraged me to have a good lesson ready for them each week.”