Graduate Education

Follow your calling into education

Whether you're looking to become a teacher, work in special education, or serve as a school counselor, JBU will equip you to make a difference in the world of education.

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Next steps

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

Admission

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.

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Study abroad opportunities

Spend a week in Ireland

JBU’s Graduate School provides students the opportunity to spend over a week in Northern Ireland learning about education “there” to better evaluate education “here.” Students will learn from local scholars and professors, visit area schools and universities, and meet with educational leaders while discovering the land of CS Lewis and St. Patrick.

The course includes class time in the US plus about 10 days in Northern Ireland. The trip includes excursions to historic and cultural destinations such as the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, Dun Luce Castle (the inspiration for Narnia’s Cair Paravel), historic Belfast and other sites important to the dynamic history of Ireland.

The study trip is part of a 3-credit course that applies to JBU Teacher Education and Higher Education degree programs.

Student testimonials

"I was hesitant to register for this course but now that I have completed it, I have no regrets. It was a HUGE learning experience for me."

"The international trip would have to be one of the best classes I have taken in the graduate program. The experience I had traveling and learning another culture really opened my eyes to business outside the US."

"I thoroughly enjoyed the international experience and will encourage other students to pursue international study options."

"My international study program was a life changing experience. It's a brilliant, well structured program and a great learning opportunity."

Admission requirements for education programs

In addition to general admission requirements, applicants to the graduate (business, counseling, cybersecurity, education or higher education) program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the US Department of Education and must have the following:

 

M.A. in Teaching

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0=A) with at least 18 hours of course work related to a selected teaching content area.
  • No entrance exam is required for applicants who meet the minimum GPA requirement.
  • A background check is NOT an admissions requirement, but students in the MAT program will have to pass a background check before visiting schools or obtaining licensure.

M.A. in Education Studies

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0=A).
  • Must pass a criminal background check.

M.Ed. in Special Education

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • No entrance exam is required.

M.Ed. in School Counseling

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditation bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0=A).

Special petition for admission

If you do not meet the minimum qualifications, you may petition for admission consideration. Applicants should submit a letter to the graduate admissions office via email or upload it to their application portal. Applicants for the M.A. in Teaching must also provide an entrance exam score (GRE, ACT, SAT, or PRAXIS; see above for required scores) along with their application materials. Please address your letter to:

Dr. Curtis Cunningham, Program Director
JBU Graduate Education
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761

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