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.

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Teacher Education Program:

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:

  • Alexandra Ronnenberg, BSEd ’21 — story
  • 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 achieved a 100% 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 reported 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.

Graduate Education:

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.

Program Growth:

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: