Siloam Springs, Ark. (July 6, 2004) - John Brown University is pleased to announce the addition of a bachelor’s degree completion program in Early Childhood Education. The degree completion format is designed specifically for working adults who wish to complete a degree in education but cannot attend school full-time. The two-year program involves attending class one night per week (in addition to an occasional Saturday class) and a 12-week internship. At the conclusion of all program requirements, students will be eligible for a bachelor of science in education (B.S.E.), leading to licensure to teach pre-school through fourth grade in Arkansas. “This program is rigorous,” Dr. Gloria Gale, associate professor of teacher education said. “It is a mirror of our NCATE-accredited traditional format program for teacher education.” NCATE is the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. JBU has a long-standing reputation for producing excellent teachers. Until now students seeking a degree in teacher education have obtained their degrees through a traditional four-year program. The new education program offered in JBU’s Advance Program now provides a convenient alternative to working adults. The Advance Program is a degree completion program that allows students 23 years of age or older with two years of college credit and relevant work experience to complete their bachelor’s degree by attending classes one night a week. Students progress through their studies as a group, taking courses in an established sequence. The academic requirements and standards of this innovative program will remain high while also structured to accommodate the schedule of working adults. JBU’s division of teacher education and office of graduate and professional studies developed the program to build on the strengths of a university committed to enhancing the occupational effectiveness of its graduates. Since 1993, nearly 2,000 working adults have completed bachelor’s degrees through JBU’s professional studies programs. Classes for the degree completion program in teacher education will begin in January 2005 and will be held on the campus of John Brown University in Siloam Springs. To enroll or receive additional information, contact Chris Ray at (800) JBU-GRAD. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 42 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.