Undergraduate Special Education Program

The Special Education Program at Baylor is guided by the overriding belief that, "All children can learn, if they are carefully taught." "Careful" instruction is understood in two ways: (1) instruction that is "full of care," i.e., provided in an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance; and (2) instruction that is "careful" in its attention to evidence-based practices, including assessment-driven instruction that produces learning success. Careful instruction can only be learned by experience coupled with supervision and feedback to guide the development of essential skills. Therefore, multiple and varied supervised field experiences are included throughout the special education course sequence.

Ideally, a special education teacher is distinguished by his/her caring attitude that celebrates individual differences and provides for those differences through "careful" planning, assessment, and instruction to make each learner successful. The undergraduate Special Education program seeks to attract candidates who want to strive for that ideal. As faculty, we pledge to support your journey as teacher candidates from start to finish.

Since special education is mandated for ages 3-21, an acute teacher shortage exists in many areas. The high demand for Special Education teachers is expected to remain. In Texas, All-Level Special Education teachers will be able to teach classes for children with disabilities ranging in severity from mild to severe and ranging in age from 3-21.

Available Undergraduate Certificate Options:

All-Level Special Education
This program prepares a candidate to teach only students with exceptional learning needs from early childhood through twelfth grade. Field experiences focus on students with varying levels of disability ranging from mild to severe, such as learning disabilities, autism, mental retardation, and physical disabilities. The Texas certificate is called Special Education EC-12.

Elementary EC-6 with Special Education Supplement (Available to students enrolled in 2008)
This supplement to EC-6 course work prepares a candidate to teach both general education students in early childhood through sixth grade as well as EC-6 students with exceptional learning needs who spend the majority of the school day in general education classrooms. The focus of field experiences is on students with mild disabilities such as learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, attention deficit disorder, and mild mental retardation. The Texas certificate is called Special Education Supplemental. An application for this program is available here.

A podcast from the Baylor Office of Career and Professional Development contains an interview with the Baylor coordinator of undergraduate special education highlighting the facts and advantages of pursuing a career in special education.

For more information regarding the All-Level Special Education Program and the Elementary EC-6 with Special Education Supplemental Program contact:

Tonya Davis, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Associate Professor
Coordinator, Special Education Program
Coordinator, Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization
Director, Baylor Clinic for Assessment, Research, and Education
Programs in Special Education
Baylor University
One Bear Place 97301
Waco, TX 76798-7301
(254)710-6167 (Office)
(254)710-3265 (Fax)