Department of Educational Psychology
The Department of Educational Psychology, through academic programs and associated research centers and clinics, strives to enrich the community and extend its impact to the state and nation. Outstanding faculty mentor students to carry out high-quality research and training in areas including exceptionalities, learning and development, school psychology and quantitative methods.
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SOE Welcomes Dean Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke
Shanna Hagan-Burke, Ph.D., became Dean of the Baylor School of Education on July 1, 2020. Her appointment was announced in May by Baylor University Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., following a nationwide search. Hagan-Burke came to Baylor SOE from a position as professor of special education and head of the department of educational psychology at Texas A&M University’s College of Education and Human Development.
Dr. Terrill Saxon Completes Term as SOE’s Longest Serving Interim
Tuesday, June 30, marks the final day of Dr. Terrill Saxon’s service as Interim Dean of the Baylor School of Education. He has served for three years and is the longest serving Interim in the School’s history, with a tenure that equals or exceeds two of the School’s permanent deans. On July 1, Baylor SOE will welcome Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke as its 15th dean (including interims). . . .
Dr. Grant Morgan, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology, which is Saxon’s home department, praised Saxon for his authenticity. “Looking back on my experience as a new department chair, I can’t imagine what it would have looked like without Terrill. His ‘open door’ policy was absolutely authentic as were his support, friendship, and encouragement,” Morgan said. “I will always be grateful to Terrill for his accessibility, mentoring, and openness to information throughout his tenure as Interim Dean. His institutional memory along with his willingness to share and receive experiences, ideas, and recommendations were critical components of the success of our School.”
K-12 EdD Program Celebrates First Graduates
As the nation and the field of K-12 education face unprecedented challenges, Baylor School of Education was proud to celebrate the first graduates in the SOE’s EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership in May 2020.

“Cohort One, including the program’s first seven graduates, is an extraordinary team of students who carried a positive vision of completing their Doctor of Education degree in K-12 Educational Leadership,” said Dr. John Wilson, Clinical Professor and Program Director. “Children and education will be better with the high character and leadership skills possessed by these May 2020 graduates, many of whom have already moved forward in their careers with advancements and greater responsibilities in their current or new school districts. We are very proud of these seven graduates and their accomplishments.”

Graduates are:
Dr. Chris Bailey
Dr. John Bullion
Dr. David DeMarkis
Dr. Clint Glaesmann
Dr. Shorr Heathcote
Dr. Courtney Jerkins
Dr. Mike Rockwood