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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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Copple Professor Dr. Jon Eckert — A Catalyst for Christian Education Leaders
"I believe Baylor is the best place in the country to prepare Christians for school leadership, because it has a hundred-year tradition of preparing educators."

Meet Dr. Jon Eckert, the School of Education's Copple Chair in Christian School Leadership. Eckert came to Baylor from Wheaton College with a vision for equipping leaders in K-12 education and creating networks and support for Christian leaders in schools – whether they may be public or private.

His plan for the future includes leadership development for Christians in education through new master's and PhD programs in the SOE, professional development through institutes and academies, and the creation of networks to help Christian schools grow.
New Book Explores the Intersection of Teaching and Christianity
Baylor School of Education faculty members Dr. Perry Glanzer, professor, and Dr. Nathan Alleman, associate professor, have teamed up for a second book, The Outrageous Idea of Christian Teaching, which was published by Oxford University Press. The book focuses on the various challenges that Christian professors face inside the classroom when intersecting their two identities — their Christian primary identity and their teacher vocational responsibility.

In 2012 the two faculty members in the Department of Educational Leadership, along with other scholars, began conducting a large survey of Christian professors across the nation. Their initial interest was how a professor’s Christian faith, as well as their traditions, influenced a variety of factors, such as teaching. While conducting this survey, however, the data collected from one question, regarding how the professors’ Christianity affected different areas of their teaching, sparked a concept that would become the core of the professors’ recent book.
Centennial Faculty Blog: Dr. Jon Eckert
What will schools be like in 2119? Will this prediction be true:

“Books will soon be obsolete in the public schools. Scholars will be instructed through the eye. It is possible to teach every branch of human knowledge with the motion picture. Our school system will be completely changed inside of ten years.”

Interestingly enough, this quotation was shared six years before Baylor started educating teachers. This was the prediction of Thomas Edison in 1913. Most of the last 100 years, people were suggesting that massive changes were coming to education. Looking ahead to the next 100 years, we really have no idea what schools will be like. However, I am certain about four things that will catalyze education for the common good.