Baylor School of Education is committed to producing graduates who have impact in the educational fields that they choose to serve. Check to see some of our award-winning alumni leaders.
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Baylor’s field-based undergraduate teacher-education program produces graduates who become leaders in education, whether in classroom teaching or administrative roles.
TEA Pass Rate:
Recent certification exam pass rates for Baylor School of Education students are listed below. All percentages reflect the pass rates for all programs at Baylor University requiring TEA certification, whether undergraduate or graduate programs and whether housed in the School of Education or in other academic units.
The first number indicates pass rate for the PPR (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility) exam, which is taken by candidates seeking initial certification. The second percentage includes all content and supplemental exams that candidates took for initial teacher certification. It also includes exams taken for principal or superintendent certification.
- 2018-19 — 99% / 99%
- 2019-20 — 99% / 99%
- 2021-22 — 98% / 96%
- 2020-21 — 99% / 98%
- 2022-23 — 98% / 99%
Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Commendations:
In February 2022 and 2023, SBEC recognized Baylor in the following areas:
- Rigorous and Robust Preparation—First Test Pass Rate, All exams (2020-2021)
- First Test Pass Rate in teacher shortage areas (2020-2021)
- Rigorous and Robust Preparation—First Test Pass Rate in teacher shortage areas (2021-2022)
- Preparing the Educators Texas Needs—Percentage of prepared teachers in teacher shortage areas (2021-2022)
Award-winning student teachers:
National Student Teacher of the Year Award:
Texas Student Teacher of the Year Award:
- Debbie Chou, BSEd ’23
- Alexandra Ronnenberg, BSEd ’21 — story
- Lauren Hornbeak, BSEd ’19 — story
- Rachel Vaughn, BSEd ’17 — story and video
- Stephanie Wright, BSEd ’16, MSEd ’17 — story
Award-winning field program:
Baylor School of Education is the only university to be honored back-to-back by the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) with the "Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award for its two partnerships with local school districts. Baylor students conduct field work in Midway and Waco ISDs under the leadership of Baylor-trained mentor teachers with on-site supervision from Baylor SOE faculty, a Baylor University Liaison, and a school-based Site Coordinator.
2017 Exemplary Award with Midway ISD
2018 Exemplary Award with Waco ISD
Employment for educator-preparation program graduates:
Employment data for Baylor University graduates is maintained by Baylor's Career Center and can be found here:
Filter by graduate or undergraduate, academic unit, and major to see SOE grads. The data for 2022 showed a success rate of 98.8% and placement rate of 98.1% for SOE undergraduates in teacher-education* programs. This exceeds Baylor's overall placement rate for 2022 for undergraduates, which was 90.4% with a success rate of 92.1%.
The 2022 data for graduates in the MA in School Leadership showed a 100% placement and success rate, as did the MAT.
*The SOE overall undergraduate rate includes students in a non-teacher-education program.
Baylor Graduate School’s annual evaluation of graduate education has consistently found that School of Education programs are highly productive academically and graduates are satisfied with their education.
Research Publications by PhD Students:
Educational Leadership doctoral students in the Higher Education Studies & Leadership (HESL) PhD program ranked top in the university in annual research publications per capita. Doctoral graduates of Curriculum & Instruction rank among the most satisfied at Baylor, with a 4.7 out of five, typing for second place.
Doctoral Graduation Rates of PhD programs:
100% after six years* **
• PhD in Curriculum & Teaching
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
• PhD in Higher Education Studies and Leadership
Department of Educational Leadership
*Two of only four programs university-wide
72% after six years
• PhD in Educational Psychology
Department of Educational Psychology
**from incoming cohorts of 2012-2014, latest available
Academic Analytics Rankings of Faculty for 2021
Baylor Graduate School's Annual Report calculates citations, awards, and grant dollars of eery graduate faculty member in PhD programs.
• HESL faculty have the university’s highest ranking of Academic Analytics, with 100 percentile.
• Educational Psychology PhD faculty ranked at 85 percentile. And Curriculum & Instruction at 64.
Launched in 2018, the EdD Online in Learning & Organizational Change in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction is the university’s largest doctoral program. Its inaugural cohort graduated in August 2021. With 84% of students graduating within three years, the cohort beat the national doctoral completion rate, which is 50% after 10 years. The EDD-LOC was a 2022 winner of the Program of the Year Award from CPED, the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, which noted the program's innovation, social justice pursuits, diversity of faculty and students, and preparation of scholarly practitioners to lead change initiatives that promote equity.
The MA in School Leadership graduated its first cohort in December 2022 with a 100% completion rate for the cohort and 100% placement rate.
The SOE also launched an EdS program in School Psychology located in Dallas at the campus of the Baylor School of Nursing. Its first cohort graduated in May of 2023.
ABA Program Placement
Graduates of the Applied Behavior Analysis master’s programs have a 100% placement rate.
Award-Winning Graduate Students:
- Annmarie Crum, EdD ’22, was awarded Baylor’s Outstanding Dissertation Award for her work exploring inequities in STEM education. Her dissertation is titled, “An Intersectional Exploration of the STEM-Related Expectancy-Value Beliefs of Young Women of Color: A Comparative Case Study.”
- Alicia Briancon, EdD ’23, an instructor at College of Southern Nevada (CSN), a community college in Clark County, Nevada, received the Outstanding Research Paper Award for the Southeastern Universities Graduate Research Symposium (SUGRS).
- Maryann Hebda and Nori Ryland, both PhD Candidates in the Department of Educational Psychology, each received the Outstanding Student Instructor Award from the Baylor Graduate School for their teaching during the spring of 2022.
- Jennifer Gonzales, EdD ’22, received the Dissertation Award from the national School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA).
- Nate Scholton, PhD candidate in Curriculum and Teaching in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, received the Baylor Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.
- Heather Williams, 2021 National Outstanding Assistant Principal (one of only 24) for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and 2021 Arkansas Elementary School Assistant Principal of the Year for the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (doctoral student, EdD in K12 Educational Leadership)
- Brandon Parker, 2020 Texas Association of School Psychology (TASP) Outstanding Graduate Doctoral Student Award (PhD candidate in School Psychology, Dept. of Educational Psychology)
- Lori Leibowitz, 2020 Gifted Coordinator of the Year Award from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) (student in EdD Online in Learning and Organizational Change, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction)
- Marie Kirkpatrick, Council for Exceptional Childen (CEC) Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars and Organization for Autism Research (OAR) doctoral dissertation grant (PhD candidate Educational Psychology)
- Maryann Hebda, 2020 Non-Doctoral Research Award from National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) (PhD student, Department of Educational Psychology)
- Ryann Shelton, 2020 School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) Dissertation Award (PhD candidate in Curriculum & Instruction)
- Ryan Erck, 2020 Baylor Student Advocate of the Year Award (PhD candidate in Higher Education Leadership Studies within the Department of Educational Leadership)
- Jeff Strietzel, 2020 Baylor University Outstanding Graduate Research Award for the social sciences (PhD candidate in Higher Education Leadership Studies within the Department of Educational Leadership)
- Keith Salisbury, MSEd ’03, Emerging PDS Leader Award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) for 2020 (doctoral candidate in Curriculum & Instruction)
- Courtney Jerkins 2019 Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship from TASA, the Texas Association of School Administrators (student in EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership)
- Cara Cliburn Allen, 2018 P.E.O. Scholars Award of $15,000 for Research into food insecurity (PhD candidate in Educational Leadership)
- Kenny Su and Robin Wilson, Outstanding Poster Award at the Texas Association of School Psychologists, fall 2017 (PhD candidates in Educational Psychology)
- Sage Bentley, 2018 Teaching Excellence Award from NISOD, National Institute for Saff and Organizational Development (PhD candidate in Curriculum & Instruction)
- Corina Kaul, 2017 Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award, Baylor Graduate School (PhD candidate in Educational Psychology)
- Erin Dixon, 2016 SSMA (School Science Mathematics Association) Dissertation Award (PhD in Curriculum and Teaching)
- Dittika Gupta, 2015 SSMA (School Science Mathematics Association) Dissertation Award (PhD in Curriculum and Teaching)
- Jessica Meehan, 2014 John Laska Distinguished Dissertation Award in Teaching from the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum. (EdD in Curriculum and Instruction)
- Abby Hodges, 2016 James Kopp Scholarship and Poster Competition for research at Texas Association for Behavior Analysis
- Keith Kerschen, 2016 Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award, Baylor Graduate School (PhD candidate in Curriculum & Instruction)
- Nicole Woodhouse, EdS ’17, 2016 Texas Association of School Psychology, Outstanding Scholarship Recipient (Specialist level)
- Laura Phipps, EdS ’17, 2016 Texas Association of School Psychology Graduate Student Award (Specialist level)
- Allen Mom, EdS ’16, 2015 Texas Association of School Psychology, Outstanding School Psychology Graduate Student Award (Specialist level)
- Kristen Padilla-Mainor, EdS ’10, 2015 Texas Association of School Psychology, Outstanding School Psychologist Award, Baylor Graduate School (PhD candidate in Educational Psychology)
- Rachel Scalzo, PhD ’15, James Kopp Scholarship Award for research, Texas Association for Behavior Analysis (PhD in Educational Psychology)