Mathematics Education

Mathematics education students receive an in-depth, experiential education from incredible professors who have taught collegiate, elementary, middle and high school math. The education curriculum provides students with hands-on experience in the classroom: from the first semester, students are in the local schools observing and teaching math lessons.

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

Experience a Clincal Style Education

Six Reasons to Study Mathematics Education at JBU

Reason #1

Experience a Clincal Style Education

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

Study Strong Curriculum

Six Reasons to Study Mathematics Education at JBU

Reason #2

Study Strong Curriculum

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

Get More Teaching Time

Six Reasons to Study Mathematics 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

Six Reasons to Study Mathematics 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

Six Reasons to Study Mathematics Education at JBU

Reason #5

Teach Abroad

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.

Learn through Collaboration

Six Reasons to Study Mathematics Education at JBU

Reason #6

Learn through Collaboration

Because of the small class sizes, JBU’s math professors are incredibly accessible to students, often attending evening study sessions and regularly tutoring students.

Melissa Michael

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Melissa Michael

Assistant Professor of Math Education

Michael has a passion for making mathematics understandable and enjoyable. She loves helping shape the mathematics education program and producing teachers who excel in their field and exhibit a relationship with Jesus Christ.

M.S., University of Arkansas
B.S., University of Arkansas

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Frank Blume

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Frank Blume

Professor of Mathematics

The integration of faith and science has always been a major component of Blume’s spiritual journey, and he enjoys exploring it further in JBU’s classrooms where he has been since 1995.

Ph.D., University of North Carolina
M.S., Technical University of Berlin
B.A.C.H., Technical University of Berlin

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Connie Matchell

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Connie Matchell

Professor of Teacher Education

Matchell brings 31 years of experience in K-12 public education including coaching, teaching, administration and a district curriculum director, to her role at JBU.

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 as educators. She loves the outdoors 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: Heather Morsman '10

Heather Morsman '10

Instructor of Mathematics, Siloam Springs High School

“JBU gave me a very thorough math education. I was hired for my position before I even graduated. I was prepared to enter the teaching field because of my education at JBU and the classroom observation and teaching opportunities I had in the local schools.”