The University’s early leaders helped lay the groundwork for public education in Texas, shaping the state’s academic future along with the Baylor professionals who set early standards for educator training.
Baylor President Samuel Palmer Brooks, popular and active in educational circles, led a push that radically changed not only the University’s academic offerings but also how Baylor would approach teaching future educators.
It was 1950, and the starting annual salary for a college graduate with no previous teaching experience was $2,403. . . . By 1972, Baylor was educating more teachers than any other private school in Texas.
"The Department of Curriculum & Instruction remains highly committed to our undergraduate teacher education program. C&I is also charting a path for stronger graduate education both at the master’s and doctoral levels." — Dr. Brooke Blevins
"For nearly a decade, the Department of Educational Psychology has ranked among the top departments at Baylor for doctoral student publication and graduate student presentations at professional meetings." — Dr. Grant Morgan
"The Department of Educational Leadership remains committed to its historical roots in the preparation of future leaders as we seek to expand our impact ranging from the local to the global level." — Dr. Jeffrey Petersen
The School of Education added nine new faculty members for the fall of 2019, including an endowed position in Education Leadership four new faculty in the EdD Online program in Curriculum & Instruction.
Give Light is a $1.1 billion comprehensive campaign for the future of Baylor University. The campaign undergirds Illuminate, the University's Academic Strategic Plan, and will impact every aspect of campus life, from academics and athletics to student life and global engagement.
In honor of our Centennial, the Baylor School of Education recognized graduates and mentors whose work makes significant, observable changes in the lives of others while exemplifying the Christian mission and ideals of the Baylor School of Education.
"Each country has very different classroom structures and teaching pedagogies, and I believe that it is important to be globally and culturally aware in our increasingly diverse society.” — Jordan Ng, junior
“Scholarships have been very important for me, as I would not have chosen to attend Baylor without them. Scholarships have given me peace of mind so I can focus on what I love most, which is teaching.” — Coleman Crosby
“Earning a scholarship was a trifecta of feelings. Honor to have been deemed worthy, pride in what I had accomplished, and the relief in knowing financially it would be a bit easier to make ends meet.” — Emily Draper
The SOE has benefitted from several significant gifts, some made decades ago and others as recently as 2018. This school year, the School of Education will award more than $500,000 in merit-based and need-based undergraduate scholarships. Nearly 100 endowed scholarships are awarded solely by the SOE to students studying education.
A public exhibit outlining the history of the Baylor School Education has been extended through March 2020, continuing as part of the SOE’s year-long Centennial celebration in 2019. The exhibit is located at Baylor’s Mayborn Museum, 1300 S. University Parks Drive, in Waco, immediately to the right inside the Mayborn’s front door.