Major in Education Studies

Become an educator • Learn your concentration • Impact the next generation

Learn how to invest in students.

In the education studies major, you'll choose between several concentration options to further develop your teaching skills for positions not requiring a license. At JBU, you'll master foundational knowledge in order to be capable of transmitting that knowledge to students of all levels.

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Shadow expert educators

Students observe and work alongside professionals to supplement the teaching skills they're learning in their JBU classes.

Venture outside school

The education studies major is for students who want to gain teaching skills but not necessarily teach in a public school classroom. Many graduates have obtained work in camp staff positions, training postings or working with children outside of public education.

Choose your emphasis

Education studies majors choose to go into one of four emphases: Christian ministry, intercultural studies, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) or young adult education.

What to expect as an education studies student at JBU

Practice with professionals

Students spend a lot of time in clinical-style education with mentor teachers. Through observing and teaching alongside these experts, JBU students become confident in their capabilities in classroom management and lesson planning.

More time spent teaching

From their very first semester, students get in-classroom experience. JBU students get the chance to practice teaching for double the amount of time most other elementary education students do. This creates great confidence, trust, and respect in the student's mentor teachers, as well as future employers. 

Educate abroad

JBU students can study in Lithuania, Guatemala, Honduras, Northern Ireland and various parts of the world. Many students have gone on to teach students English elsewhere through TESOL.

Choose your concentration

Christian ministry

Deep dive into Christian philosophy, understand the ramifications of discipleship and evangelism, and expand knowledge in Christian leadership principles and service and experiential education.

International studies

Study interpersonal communication, cultures, international relations and community development.


Learn classroom strategies, major theories and foundations of the English language for teaching functional English to learners of all ages.

Young adult education

Become familiar with young adult literature, learn the principles of teaching secondary education and examine the types of exceptionalities in children to prepare to teach those with special education needs within public schools.



The future you starts at JBU.

Equip yourself to inspire others and excel at what you love.