M.A. Teaching

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Why get your master's degree in teaching at JBU?

JBU's M.A. in teaching program provides the skills and classroom experience you need to pursue an Arkansas teaching license for primary and secondary education. You'll receive one-on-one support and feedback from professors who have years of experience in the field and will be able to work full-time while earning your degree with evening, synchronous, or online courses.

Experienced faculty

Our faculty are teaching professionals with a wealth of classroom experience so they understand the demand and needs of teachers.

Enjoy a hybrid format

Graduate education programs at JBU are offered in a hybrid format—half of your class sessions are completely online; the other half can be attended either face-to-face OR you can log in to attend online during class time.

Use your degree

87% of JBU graduate students landed within 6 months of graduation, according to a survey conducted by the JBU Career Development Department for 2019-2020 graduates.*

*landed: employed, grad school, volunteer, or military

Sharpen your classroom skills

What to expect as a student in JBU's graduate teaching program


Study teaching

In this program, you will be prepared to manage a classroom and create lesson plans. You will also learn how to cater to the specific learning styles of students.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to choose the licensure area that best fits your interests.


Program format

The M.A.T. is a 36-hour program and can be completed in approximately two years. An additional semester is required of MAT students in order to complete their internship.


Internship placements

All M.A.T. students gain classroom experience through an internship. These field experiences enhance employment opportunities. 

Featured Faculty

Dr. Brian Herndon | Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Brian Herndon has been in education for over 20 years. He has served as a classroom teacher in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade. He has also served as an elementary principal, elementary assistant principal and the director of an early childhood special education preschool, where he served as a Local Education Authority (LEA) for hundreds of special education IEP meetings. As a classroom teacher, he developed a special interest in the teaching of reading and language arts and has studied extensively in these areas. Dr. Herndon’s experience in education is complemented by the fact that he is the father of four children, one of whom has Down syndrome. Education is not just a professional calling for him, but a personal calling as well.


Next steps

Choosing a graduate program is a big deal, and our staff and faculty are committed to making this process easy for you.


Our admissions team is here to navigate the application process, so you have all the information to be confident in your decision.

Financial aid

You deserve a transparent, helpful financial aid experience. We'll work with you to ensure you're taking advantage of all of your financial aid opportunities.

Start classes

Most JBU graduate classes happen in 8-week blocks (counseling and education have some 16-week classes). Online and face-to-face class options provide flexibility for your busy schedule. Talk to an admissions counselor for more details on classes in your program.