English Education

The English education program provides an in-depth, experiential learning format. From the first semester, students observe and teach lessons in local schools. Students graduate with a secondary education certification (7th-12th grade) and learn to teach literature, composition and grammar while fostering a rich, safe learning environment for their students.

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

Experience a Clinical-Style Education

Five Reasons to Study English Education at JBU

Reason #1

Experience a Clinical-Style Education

Students observe and teach alongside professionals, achieving confidence in classroom management and lesson planning before they have their own classroom.

Practice on Campus

Five Reasons to Study English Education at JBU

Reason #2

Practice on Campus

JBU’s English ed program combines the rigor of the education program with the breadth of the English curriculum. JBU develops not only great teachers but experts in their field of study.

Get More Teaching Time

Five Reasons to Study English Education at JBU

Reason #3

Get More Teaching Time

JBU students teach almost double the amount of time of other student teaching programs. Mentor teachers know that JBU students’ education has prepared them to handle their classroom.

Enjoy Licensure Transfer

Five Reasons to Study English Education 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.

Teach Abroad for Credit

Five Reasons to Study English Education at JBU

Reason #5

Teach Abroad for Credit

JBU students study teaching as a mission and integrate faith, learning and teaching during summer study abroad trips in Uganda or Lithuania teaching English for college credit.

Jacob Stratman

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Jacob Stratman

Associate Professor of English

Stratman spent several years teaching English and coaching soccer while completing his masters in English. Feeling a call to work with college students, he earned his Ph.D.

Ph.D., Marquette University
M.A., Missouri State University
B.A., William Jewell College

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Jessica Wilson

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Jessica Wilson

Assistant Professor of English

Teaching is the best way Wilson knows to use her talents to serve others. She recently completed a semester in Prague as a Fulbright Scholar.

Ph.D., Baylor University
M.E., University of Dallas
B.A., Pepperdine University

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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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Margo Turner

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Margo Turner

Professor of Education

Turner has a passion for seeing college students impact the lives of children. Turner is passionate about making sure JBU education graduates are well-prepared to teach their very first day on the job.

Ed.D., University of Texas
M.S.E., Texas Wesleyan University
B.A., Ouachita Baptist 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. She loves to run, ride her bike and hike and is dedicated to enjoying and preserving the amazing planet God has created.

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

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Photo: Katie Danner '15

Katie Danner '15

The education program at JBU has shown Danner how to teach literature, grammar and communication with a Christ-like mindset of love and giving. “In the classroom, God can use me to show students that they are intelligent, beautiful and special because they are made in the image of God,” says Danner. “I can’t explicitly tell them that in a public school environment, but through my actions and encouragement I hope to inspire them.” Danner plans to teach high school English in her home region of southern Illinois and Indiana.