Greetings from the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences!
The School of Education and Behavioral Sciences houses a distinguished teacher education program for both Undergraduates and Graduates, as well as Houston Baptist University's well-respected psychology program
. Small classes taught by university professors within a positive climate for learning are the key focus of the school.
Contact us using the information on the right if you'd like to be a top-notch teacher.
The teacher education program is noted for its field-based training, integration of technology, and student-centered approach to teaching. Local school districts actively seek our graduates as the best qualified to be in the classroom.
The School of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers the Master of Education degree
along with standard certification in educational administration
, counselor education
, educational diagnostician
, reading specialist
, and bilingual education
. In addition, graduates of our Curriculum and Instruction Master with Instructional Technology
are eligible for certification as a Master Technology Teacher (EC-12). The graduate faculty is composed of recognized experts in their field. The graduate programs in education are noted for the success of the graduates and their contributions to their fields.
The School of Education and Behavioral Sciences also offers a unique Alternative Certification Program
, approved by the State Board for Educator Certification
(SBEC) as complying with the U.S. Department of Education’s rules concerning criteria for an acceptable alternative route to certification program under the No Child Left Behind
(NCLB) Act. The program provides the opportunity for a student with a Bachelor’s degree who meets all requirements for admission to the HBU Alternative Certification Program (ACP) to be employed as a full-time teacher in area school districts while completing the required coursework for the ACP and to be considered “highly qualified” in accordance with applicable federal law. Once the student has completed the 18 hours of required coursework and has been certified, the student may apply those hours toward the requirements for one of the masters degrees
offered in the HBU School of Education and Behavioral Sciences.
HBU's psychology program
sets high and clear expectations, promotes active learning, and provides students with timely feedback on their progress. Students who major in psychology can expect a balanced curriculum that includes a required introductory course, methodology courses, advanced content courses, and an integrating capstone experience. Students who minor in psychology will take core courses that are foundational to each discipline. Furthermore, the elective offerings within the psychology minor allow students to tailor their learning in a way that best complements their chosen major. Along with the undergraduate psychology degree
, the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences also offers masters degress in Christian Counseling
(with options for general studies or pre-licensure), and Counselor Education.
By providing multiple settings for learning -- classroom, computer laboratory, informal and formal contacts with faculty and peers, field placement, externships and co-curricular activities (e.g. Psi Chi honor society
) -- the undergraduate psychology program produces graduates who think scientifically, speak and write well, and respect and appreciate others.
For additional information about field experience, applying to the Teacher Education Program, practice TExES exams, or 504 disability accomodations, please visit our Center for the Preparation of Professional Educators (CPPE) page.