Office of Professional Practice

The Office of Professional Practice (OPP) in the School of Education is located on the first floor of Marrs McLean Science Building.

OPP provides guidance and support for students in all educator preparation programs at Baylor University to ensure that they successfully complete program requirements and are eligible to be recommended for certification upon completion of their academic endeavors.

Components of educator preparation handled by faculty and staff in OPP include:

Certification through the Texas Education Agency (TEA)

OPP handles educator certification for all programs across the university, including those for undergraduate teacher candidates as well as administrator certification exams taken by graduate students. OPP also handles certification with the Texas Education Agency for any Baylor students pursuing programs outside of the School of Education, such as Music Education or Deaf Education.

Certification Officer:
Sandra Parnell, Assistant Director
Office: MMS 116

Testing for Certification

OPP coordinates all educator certification testing for students across the university. Services include test preparation, administration of representative diagnostic tests and approval for TEA certification testing.

Educator candidates at Baylor are well prepared for state certification exams.  Candidates participate in diagnostic test and review sessions as they prepare to demonstrate a deep knowledge base as measured by state exams. A robust network of support within the Baylor community ensures candidates every opportunity to become competent, successful educators who impact their students, communities and world.

Visit the TEA site for information about state of Texas certification exams:

More resources and information about testing may be accessed through Canvas for current students:

Testing Coordinator:
Becky Holloman, Program Assessment Support Specialist
Office: MMS 117

Professional Development Training

OPP offers training for all teacher education candidates as well as for professional teachers who serve as clinical instructors or mentors for Baylor School of Education undergraduate teacher candidates. Each Baylor senior also has an intern supervisor, who is trained by OPP.

Professional Development:
Dr. Krys Goree, Director, Office of Professional Practice
Office: MMS 115

Facilitated Field Experiences

OPP makes placements for teacher-preparation field experiences in local schools and provides support for students in their field work.

Dr. Krys Goree, Director, Office of Professional Practice
Office: MMS 115

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