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Baylor’s field-based undergraduate teacher-education program produces graduates who become leaders in education, whether in classroom teaching or administrative roles.
TEA Pass Rate:
Recent certification exam pass rates for Baylor School of Education students:
- 2013-14 — 100%
- 2014-15 — 100%
- 2015-16 — 100%
- 2016-17 — 100%
- 2017-18 — 100% / 100%*
- 2018-19 — 99% / 99%
- 2019-20 — 99% / 99%
In 2017-18, the State of Texas began separating pass rates into two different categories: PPR (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility) exams and non-PPR Exams. Therefore, there are two rates beginning in 2017-18. The PPR rate is listed first and the non-PPR second.
The non-PPR Exam rate includes all content and supplemental exams that candidates took for initial teacher certification. It also includes exams taken for the Superintendent Certification.
Award-winning student teachers:
National Student Teacher of the Year Award:
- Lauren Hornbeak, BSEd ’19
Texas Student Teacher of the Year Award:
- Lauren Hornbeak, BSEd ’19 — story
- Rachel Vaughn, BSEd ’17 — story and video
- Stephanie Wright, BSEd ’16, MSEd ’17 — story
Award-winning field program:
Baylor School of Education is the only university to be honored back-to-back by the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) with the "Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award for its two partnerships with local school districts. Baylor students conduct field work in Midway and Waco ISDs under the leadership of Baylor-trained mentor teachers with on-site supervision from Baylor SOE faculty, a Baylor University Liaison, and a school-based Site Coordinator.
2017 Exemplary Award with Midway ISD
2018 Exemplary Award with Waco ISD
Employment for BSEd graduates:
May 2021 Baylor graduates who earned a BSEd in a teacher-education field, according to Baylor’s 90-day report, achieved a 97% placement rate, including nearly 12% pursuing graduate degrees. 83% of graduates accepted full-time employment, while others chose part-time or a voluntary service positions.
This rate exceeds the university’s overall 90-day placement rate by 20% (overall is 77%). It exceeds all other Baylor schools and colleges, with the closest being the Honors College at 92% and Hankamer School of Business at 90%.
Average salary reported by all teacher-education School of Education graduates who reported salary was $49,144. Graduates with degrees in all-level special education or middle or secondary education majors earned more, with the highest average at $55,450.
University wide, Baylor’s bachelor degree grads reported an average of $55,823, with only Engineering students ($77,824) and Business students ($57,736) outperforming education graduates.
While the majority of School of Education graduates took jobs in Texas, 2021 graduates are also teaching in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Washington State.
May 2020 BSEd graduates of the School of Education achieved a 100 percent placement rate. More than 81 percent of Baylor teacher-education graduates accepted full-time job offers in teaching, while 13 percent planned to attend graduate school. Others chose part-time work or a voluntary service program.
Almost all who became full-time teachers are in public schools, with an average starting base salary of nearly $50,000 for public school teachers who reported their salary. The majority of Baylor’s teacher-education graduates majored in Elementary Education, and they reported starting base salaries averaging $50,811.
Baylor Graduate School’s annual evaluation of graduate education has consistently found that School of Education programs are highly productive academically and graduates are satisfied with their education.
Research Publications by PhD Students:
Educational Leadership doctoral students in the Higher Education Studies & Leadership (HESL) PhD program ranked second in the university in annual research publications per capita. Doctoral graduates of Curriculum & Instruction rank among the most satisfied at Baylor, with a 4.7 out of five, typing for second place.
Doctoral Graduation Rates of PhD programs:
100% after six years* **
• PhD in Curriculum & Teaching
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
• PhD in Higher Education Studies and Leadership
Department of Educational Leadership
*Two of only four programs university-wide
72% after six years
• PhD in Educational Psychology
Department of Educational Psychology
**from incoming cohorts of 2012-2014, latest available
Academic Analytics Rankings of Faculty for 2019
• HESL faculty have the university’s highest ranking of Academic Analytics, with 93 national percentile, meaning that HESL faculty place among the top 7% in the nation.
• Educational Psychology PhD faculty ranked sixth at Baylor with 81 national percentile.
Launched in 2018, the EdD Online in Learning & Organizational Change in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction is the university’s largest doctoral program. Its inaugural cohort graduated in August 2021. With 84% of students graduating within three years, the cohort beat the national doctoral completion rate, which is 50% after 10 years. The EDD-LOC had 40 graduates in the inaugural class, but subsequent cohorts, which launch three times a year, are significantly larger.
ABA Program Placement
Graduates of the Applied Behavior Analysis master’s programs have a 100% placement rate.
Award-Winning Graduate Students:
- Heather Williams, 2021 National Outstanding Assistant Principal (one of only 24) for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and 2021 Arkansas Elementary School Assistant Principal of the Year for the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (doctoral student, EdD in K12 Educational Leadership)
- Brandon Parker, 2020 Texas Association of School Psychology (TASP) Outstanding Graduate Doctoral Student Award (PhD candidate in School Psychology, Dept. of Educaitonal Psychology)
- Lori Leibowitz, 2020 Gifted Coordinator of the Year Award from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) (student in EdD Online in Learning and Organizational Change, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction)
- Marie Kirkpatrick, Council for Exceptional Childen (CEC) Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars and Organization for Autism Research (OAR) doctoral dissertation grant (PhD candidate Educational Psychology)
- Maryann Hebda, 2020 Non-Doctoral Research Award from National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) (PhD student, Department of Educational Psychology)
- Ryann Shelton, 2020 School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) Dissertation Award (PhD candidate in Curriculum & Instruction)
- Ryan Erck, 2020 Baylor Student Advocate of the Year Award (PhD candidate in Higher Education Leadership Studies within the Department of Educational Leadership)
- Jeff Strietzel, 2020 Baylor University Outstanding Graduate Research Award for the social sciences (PhD candidate in Higher Education Leadership Studies within the Department of Educational Leadership)
- Keith Salisbury, MSEd ’03, Emerging PDS Leader Award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) for 2020 (doctoral candidate in Curriculum & Instruction)
- Courtney Jerkins 2019 Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship from TASA, the Texas Association of School Administrators (student in EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership)
- Cara Cliburn Allen, 2018 P.E.O. Scholars Award of $15,000 for Research into food insecurity (PhD candidate in Educational Leadership)
- Kenny Su and Robin Wilson, Outstanding Poster Award at the Texas Association of School Psychologists, fall 2017 (PhD candidates in Educational Psychology)
- Sage Bentley, 2018 Teaching Excellence Award from NISOD, National Institute for Saff and Organizational Development (PhD candidate in Curriculum & Instruction)
- Corina Kaul, 2017 Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award, Baylor Graduate School (PhD candidate in Educational Psychology)
- Erin Dixon, 2016 SSMA (School Science Mathematics Association) Dissertation Award (PhD in Curriculum and Teaching)
- Dittika Gupta, 2015 SSMA (School Science Mathematics Association) Dissertation Award (PhD in Curriculum and Teaching)
- Jessica Meehan, 2014 John Laska Distinguished Dissertation Award in Teaching from the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum. (EdD in Curriculum and Instruction)
- Abby Hodges, 2016 James Kopp Scholarship and Poster Competition for research at Texas Association for Behavior Analysis
- Keith Kerschen, 2016 Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award, Baylor Graduate School (PhD candidate in Curriculum & Instruction)
- Nicole Woodhouse, EdS ’17, 2016 Texas Association of School Psychology, Outstanding Scholarship Recipient (Specialist level)
- Laura Phipps, EdS ’17, 2016 Texas Association of School Psychology Graduate Student Award (Specialist level)
- Allen Mom, EdS ’16, 2015 Texas Association of School Psychology, Outstanding School Psychology Graduate Student Award (Specialist level)
- Kristen Padilla-Mainor, EdS ’10, 2015 Texas Association of School Psychology, Outstanding School Psychologist Award, Baylor Graduate School (PhD candidate in Educational Psychology)
- Rachel Scalzo, PhD ’15, James Kopp Scholarship Award for research, Texas Association for Behavior Analysis (PhD in Educational Psychology)