Social Studies Education

Social studies education uses an in-depth, experiential learning format. From the first semester, students are in the local schools observing and teaching lessons. Students are certified to teach secondary education (7th-12th grade) in American and world history, geography and American government. JBU education students are equipped to foster a rich, safe learning environment for their students.

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Experience a Clinical Style Education

Six Reasons to Study Social Studies Education at JBU

Reason #1

Experience a Clinical Style Education

Spend time observing and teaching alongside professionals to be confident in classroom management and lesson planning long before you have your own classroom.

Study Strong Curriculum

Six Reasons to Study Social Studies Education at JBU

Reason #2

Study Strong Curriculum

JBU’s social studies ed program combines the rigor of the education program with the breadth of the history curriculum. This combination develops students into experts in their field of study.

Get More Teaching Time

Six Reasons to Study Social Studies Education at JBU

Reason #3

Get More Teaching Time

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

Enjoy Licensure Transfer

Six Reasons to Study Social Studies 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 Overseas

Six Reasons to Study Social Studies Education at JBU

Reason #5

Teach Overseas

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

Take Cool Classes

Six Reasons to Study Social Studies Education at JBU

Reason #6

Take Cool Classes

Classes like educational psychology give students a strong foundation in the basics of education while field experience provides relevant exposure to real classroom teaching methods.

Trisha Posey

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Trisha Posey

Associate Professor of History

Posey directs the Honors Scholars Program and is passionate about teaching at JBU including a particular interest in the history of poverty in the U.S. and American slavery.

Ph.D., University of Maryland
M.Phil., University of Kent, Canterbury, England
B.A., Grand Canyon University

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Preston Jones

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Preston Jones

Associate Professor of History

Jones is committed to introducing students to great texts that have stood the test of time including the works of Aristotle, Sophocles, Epicurus and Ayn Rand.

Ph.D., University of Ottawa
M.A., Sonoma State University
B.A., California State University, San Bernardino

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Robert Moore

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Robert Moore

Assistant Professor of History

During his dissertation Moore explored the national archives in Cairo and the madrasahs. Moore enjoys spending time with his family hiking and canoeing in the Ozark Mountains.

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

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Connie Matchell

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Connie Matchell

Professor of Teacher Education

With 31 years of experience in K-12 public education, Matchell brings her passion for teaching to her job as the Head of the Department of Teacher 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 for over a decade and now enjoys helping others get started on their adventure as educators. She loves the outdoors and is dedicated to 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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