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SOE Coronavirus Updates

These updates are specific to the Baylor School of Education. For full updates from Baylor University, visit baylor.edu/coronavirus.
Please watch social media @baylorSOE (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), the website at baylor.edu/SOE and university email for updates specific to School of Education.

MARCH 18, 2020
BCDD Update

Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) has been unable to see clients in person (since March 16) due to restrictions for the prevention of COVID-19 and is communicating with our parents and caregivers through email and telehealth consultations. If you are a BCDD client, you can reach out by email at bcdd@baylor.edu or by phone at (254) 537-1042. BCDD have free supplies available to families in need and are happy to help in any way we can to best support your family during this challenging time.

BCDD has compiled helpful online resources here for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and families in general.: Resources for BCDD Clients during COVID-19 


MARCH 17, 2020
Spring Semester Updates for Baylor EPP
(Educator Preparation Program) Students
Baylor School of Education

As Baylor University follows the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and our federal, state and local health officials, the university has made the decision to extend online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester.

In light of this decision, and in communication with University and TEA officials, leaders in the School of Education have determined the following:

  • Textbook and Course Resources: Course Instructors will provide students with course resources and/or links to course resources required to successfully participate in and complete all online course requirements.
  • Novice Field Experiences (TED 1312, EDP 2360, EDP 3470, EDP 2350): Students enrolled in these courses will not be required to participate in or complete the classroom-based field experiences for the spring semester. Course instructors will determine what, if any, online coursework will take the place of these experiences.
  • Teaching Associate Field Experiences: Students enrolled in the Teaching Associate experience will not be required to participate in or complete the classroom-based field experience for the spring semester. Course instructors will determine what, if any, online coursework will take the place of these experiences. Based on the Teaching Associate experiences that occurred prior to Spring Break, Teaching Associates* have met the Texas Education Agency (TEA) requirement for these experiences. (*In the rare instance that a Teaching Associate has not met the TEA requirement, he/she will be individually contacted about how to meet the requirement via online video or technology-based methods.)
  • Intern Clinical Experiences: Students enrolled in the two-semester Internship experience will not be required to participate in or complete the classroom-based field experience for the spring semester. Based on the Internship experiences that occurred prior to Spring Break, Interns* have met the Texas Education Agency (TEA) requirement for these experiences. (*In the rare instance that an Intern has not met the TEA requirement, he/she will be individually contacted about how to meet the requirement once further information and guidance is provided by the TEA. All one-semester Interns [MAT, Sports Pedagogy, and Music Education students] will be individually contacted about how to meet the TEA requirement once further information and guidance is provided by the TEA.)
  • Electronic Benchmark Self-Assessment (EBSA): All Teaching Associates and off-cycle Interns will complete the EBSA requirement as previously indicated within the course syllabus. Any minor modifications to the requirements and/or timeline will be communicated by individual course instructors.
  • Efolio: All on-cycle Interns will complete the Efolio requirement as previously indicated within the course syllabus. Any minor modifications to the requirements and/or timeline will be communicated by individual course instructors.
  • Three-Way Conference: The Teaching Associate and Intern requirement to participate in a three-way conference is eliminated.
  • Action Research: The Intern requirement to complete an Action Research project, submit a synopsis, and participate in the Action Research Symposium is eliminated.
  • Diagnostic Testing: We are currently reviewing options for Teaching Associates to participate in online diagnostic testing experiences. It is anticipated that the current diagnostic testing calendar will be maintained, and we will provide updates and information as they become available.
  • Teaching Associate Required Trainings (Dyslexia and Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Youth Suicide Training): Teaching Associates are required to complete the trainings as previously indicated. The training videos are available in Tk20, and, once completed, Teaching Associates are to upload training certificates within Tk20.
  • Intern Orientation for Teaching Associates: Some components of the orientation will be provided online and other components will be conducted at the start of the fall 2020 term. Information and resources related to the online orientation will be provided through the Canvas Community for Teaching Associates.
  • Final Evaluation Intern Seminar: Interns will be provided with links to all required evaluation forms. Information and resources related to the final evaluation will be provided through the Canvas Community for Interns.

MARCH 12, 2020
Undergraduate Field Experiences

With the goal of reducing transmission of the coronavirus, Baylor University has extended Spring Break for an additional week and has advised students to determine if campus or your permanent residence is safest.

In light of this decision, all clinical in-school experiences that would occur next week (March 16-20) for School of Education students are  cancelled. This includes Internship/Student Teaching experiences, Teaching Associate experiences, and any additional course-embedded fieldwork.

The SOE is in communication with University and TEA (Texas Education Agency) officials to determine next steps for fulfilling clinical experience requirements. As soon as decisions are made, information will be shared via email, social media, and the SOE website.

Additionally, the Job Fair scheduled for March 19 will not occur.  We are in contact with the Career Center and will provide updates regarding the possible rescheduling of this event.

Please watch social media @baylorSOE (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), the website at baylor.edu/SOE and university email for updates specific to School of Education events and other issues. Baylor University updates are posted to https://www.baylor.edu/coronavirus/.