Baylor School of Education is committed to producing graduates who have impact in the educational fields that they choose to serve. Check HERE to see some of our award-winning alumni leaders.
More about the School of Education's programs can be found on the Texas Education Association website at this Consumer Information link.
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%
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 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:
Lauren Hornbeak, BSEd ’19, was named the National Student Teacher of the Year, the first one in Baylor's history, and was also honored as Texas Student Teacher of the Year. For three of the last four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2019), a School of Education graduate has received the Texas Student Teacher of the Year Award:
- Lauren Hornbeak, BSEd ’19 — story (also National Teacher of the Year)
- 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:
The School of Education tracked teacher-education students who graduated in May or August 2017 and found that, by the end of August, 97.5 percent were employed or enrolled in graduate school. The other 2.5 percent chose to travel abroad, inspired by their participation in the SOE study-abroad program.
100% teaching job placement rate for:
- BSEd Special Education program
- GT undergraduate dual certificate program
Baylor Graduate School’s annual evaluation of the scholarly production of graduate students has consistently found that School of Education programs are highly productive.
Educational Psychology doctoral students consistently rank No. 1 in the University for the number of annual student publications per capita and ranked No. 3 for the highest Academic Analytics rankings for 2014.
Department of Curriculum & Instruction: Graduate programs have a 100% placement rate, as job placements or continuing graduate studies. Annually, 75% of C&I graduate students have published research or given research presentations.
School Psychology: For the past 10 years, 100% of Baylor's school psychology program graduates have passed the Praxis School Psychology national exam, which is a requirement for licensure/certification in all states. In addition, 100% of the school psychology students have successfully acquired a paid full-time internship.
Higher Education Studies & Leadership (HESL): 100 percent of HESL PhD students who have completed at least one year in the program have published research or given research presentations annually.
ABA Program: Graduate of the Applied Behavior Analysis programs have a 100% job placement rate within a month of graduate.
HESA Program: Our master’s in Higher Education & Student Affairs placed 100% of our students who graduated in May 2016. The HESA program also received a record number of applications.
Award-Winning Graduate Students:
- 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)