Therapy at the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities

Special Education

There is an acute shortage of Special Education teachers nationwide, and Baylor offers two high-quality programs with low a faculty-to-student ratio. Most Special Education courses at Baylor have 15 or fewer students, so professors get to know students and provide individual assistance as needed. The program is rich in faculty-supervised field experiences designed to give students opportunities in a variety of special education settings.


The philosophy of the Special Education Program at Baylor School of Education is guided by the belief that:

“All children can learn, if they are carefully taught.”

Careful instruction is understood in two ways:

  • Instruction that is “full of care,” provide in an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance
  • 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 teacher skills. Therefore, the program includes varied supervised field experiences throughout the course sequence.


Baylor Special Education offers two certificate options:

All-Level Special Education
This program prepares a candidate to teach only students with exceptional learning needs, from early childhood through 12th grade. Field experiences focus on students with varying levels of disability ranging from mild to severe.

Elementary EC-6 with Special Education Supplemental
This program is a supplement to the Elementary Education Teacher Education program (EC-6). Candidates are prepared to teach both general education elementary students and elementary special education students. Field experiences focus on students with mild disabilities. The Texas certificate is called Special Education Supplemental.

For more information:
Dr. Tonya Davis, Special Education Program Director
Tonya_Davis@baylor.edu