Classes like Learning Theories and Developmental Psychology, Differentiated Learning, Framework for Teaching, Teaching Reading, and more, give students a strong foundation in the basics of education while field experiences provide opportunities to apply what is learned in class to teaching in real classrooms. Elementary K-6 education majors have the opportunity to choose an endorsement in TESOL, Teaching English to Students of Other Languages.

For specific course requirements, detailed class descriptions and sample 4-year plans, visit the current JBU Catalog.

Embedded Experience

  • Broad and extended classroom experiences throughout freshman - senior years
  • Observe teachers in local schools to gain real classroom experiences
  • Increasing teaching responsibility
  • Learning from professors and classroom teachers
  • Involving teaching candidates in action projects


With 650 million school-aged children in the world, there is a need for teachers to serve in a variety of capacities all over the world. JBU prepares Early Education majors with the world in mind.

Our students graduate with over 600 hours of field experience in local schools. Within our community, there is incredible diversity with 16 different first languages being spoken in the schools around JBU and over 55 percent of students on free or reduced lunch.

Multiple short-term international trips provide great opportunities for our education students including an outreach in the Guatemala City Dump and summer tutoring opportunities in Lithuania.  

Students also have the opportunity to complete their internship requirement in inner-city schools around the nation or in other countries. 

The Department of Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education offers degrees that qualify students for an Arkansas Teaching License in Elementary, (K-6), Secondary Education: Mathematics, English and Social Studies (7-12), and Music Education, K-12.

The education preparation programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), (202) 223-0077.

Education Department Handbook

The Clinical Practice Syllabus/Handbook is available here.

ETS Pass Rates

ETS Praxis Data 2018-2019