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SOE Graduate Programs


Graduate programs in the School of Education seek to prepare students for professional roles in teaching, administration, counseling, learning resources, and related areas. Each program emphasizes the development of an eclectic understanding of the educational process as well as a competency in a specific area. The balance between theory/research and practice leads to the development of a professional who can adapt to a variety of educational situations and effectively implement educational programs.

National Ranking and Accreditation

The School of Education (SOE) is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and offers a wide variety of degrees at the master's and doctoral levels, including both PhD and EdD programs. In its "2016 Best Graduate Schools" survey, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor's School of Education 83rd among the nation's education schools with graduate programs. It is one of only three programs in the state of Texas in the top 100 and the only Texas private school in the top 100.

Baylor School of Education Graduate Programs:

Department of Curriculum & Instruction:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Curriculum & Teaching Degree prepares graduates for university-based leadership in the field of Curriculum & Teaching. Students are taught to conduct research, prepare teachers, educate other professionals within the field of education, and perform all duties necessary to thrive as university faculty members. Requirements include 71 semester hours and a successful completion and defense of a dissertation.

The Doctor of Education Degree (EdD) is a professional degree that concentrates on the use of curriculum and instruction theory, educational research and practitioner knowledge to improve educational practice. The degree requires a minimum of 45 hours of coursework in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a 15-hour cognate specialization.

The Master of Arts (MA) degree is designed to develop a scholarly understanding of education thought and practice. The MA requires 33 semester hours, including the completion and defense of a thesis, and a 12 hour minor in educational foundations, instructional technology, language and literacy, or mathematics education.

The Master of Science of Education (MSEd) is designed to improve educational practice and to provide preparation for continued graduate studies in education. The MSEd requires 36 semester hours including a 15-hour cognate specialization. Choices for the cognate include educational foundations, instructional technology, language and literacy, mathematics education.

Department of Educational Administration:

Baylor's PhD in Higher Education lists itself among the few that offer graduate apprenticeships that cover all of tuition and pay a competitive stipend. Apprenticeships offer students hands-on administrative and research practice outside of the classroom that complements the intellectual challenge inside the classroom. 72 hours of coursework is required and includes a 3-hour research internship and 9 hours for the dissertation.

Doctor of Education (EdD) in K-12 Educational Leadership is a cohort-based practitioner-oriented doctoral program that builds upon Baylor’s historic mission to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service. Designed for the dedicated working education professional, the program emphasizes complex problem solving for educational leaders. Requirements include 48 hours of coursework, 11 hours of clinical experience, and a 6-hour-credit dissertation.

The Master’s of Science (MSEd) in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) offers the only master's program in higher education and student affairs from a national research university that incorporates student development, administrative theory, and faith into the curriculum. This program distinctively balances career experience and academic rigor to prepare professionals who desire to have a meaningful, lasting influence on students' lives in higher education settings. Following the completion of coursework, students can choose between a capstone course or a research thesis.

Master's Degree (MSEd) in Sport Management was one of the early programs in the United States that was approved by the NASPE-NASSM Sport Management Program Review Council. With an extensive alumni network, the Baylor Sport Management program helps provide students with internships and work experiences to launch a productive career within the sport industry. Requirements include 36 coursework hours in sport management specifics such as personnel, ethics, legal, marketing and public relations courses, plus a comprehensive exam.

Department of Educational Psychology:

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Psychology degree requires a minimum of 65 graduate hours plus 9 hours of dissertation. Students take courses in three primary strands, two supporting strands, and a minor area of study.

The Education Specialist (EdS) in School Psychology
 is a cohort-based practitioner-oriented program that is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. The program prepares students to meet the learning, behavior, and mental health needs of individuals in school-based settings using evidence-based assessment and interventions. Degree requirements include coursework, field-based training, and a year-long internship. Graduates are eligible to become a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology.

The Master of Arts (MA) is considered a research-focused masters program that may be seen as a step towards PhD graduate study in Educational Psychology or a related field. The MA requires 30 hours of coursework, plus completion of a master’s thesis. Specializations in the BCBA and GT tracks are available, along with a Quantitative Methods specialization.

The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) offers advanced study in educational research and measurement, learning and development, multicultural issues, and exceptionalities. Specializations that lead to either the Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) or gifted and talented (GT) supplemental teacher certification are also options within the MSEd program. The MSEd requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate coursework, 21 of which are core courses in Educational Psychology.