The LEAD (Leadership, Education, and Development) Living-Learning Community (LLC) is a multidisciplinary residential learning community rooted in leadership development, academic growth, and service to others. Students of all majors are welcome. You can learn more at the website for the LEAD LLC.
Make friends, connect with the rich history and traditions of your new home, and explore how Baylor’s distinct Christian mission will animate your story, all before classes even start! Find the Orientation and Line Camp experience that best fits your interests and schedule at the New Student Programs Website.
At Orientation you will meet with your SOE academic advisor where you will draft out a four-year plan and register for your fall semester classes. If you are an education major, your advisor will be in the SOE, and you will meet with your advisor each semester before registering for classes.
Welcome Week is the official beginning of your experience as a Baylor Bear. During this week, new students join together and participate in a host of events designed to build excitement and comradery around the year ahead. Check out the typical Welcome Week schedule. Baylor also hosts a Welcome Weekend for students beginning in the spring semester.
Tips for TAs and Sophomore Socials are events designed to help second-year SOE students continue building community while also preparing them for their field work.
Your junior year is the start of the professional teacher education program. During this time you will have the opportunity to spend 3-4 weekday mornings teaching at a local school for one or two semesters, depending on your major, plus other experiences in local schools.
Begin preparing and practicing for your certification tests.
- Complete required diagnostic certification testing. Refer to Teacher Education Handbook for the specific timeline of this. The expectation is that once a diagnostic test is completed, you will complete the corresponding official TExES certification exam.
- Attempt one official TExES certification exam. Results must be posted by the testing company before beginning Internship your senior year. Refer to the Teacher Education Handbook, posted on the OPP site, for additional requirements, specific to your certification area and major.
Complete all general education requirements and ensure your transcript is accurate prior to Internship. This includes any transfer work.
There are important academic benchmarks to progress through the SOE program:
Every Baylor education senior conducts "Action Research" in the classroom where they are student teaching. Learning the research process will help you throughout your career to assess classroom practices and consider how you might improve learning experiences for your students. All seniors share their findings with others at the Action Research Symposium.