College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

The mission of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is to prepare students to be effective citizens and professional educators, administrators, counselors, and researchers who reflect Christ in their work and service.

To accomplish this mission, we will provide students with the following:

  • the courses and mentoring necessary for a solid pedagogical grounding in their discipline;
  • essential learning experiences that will provide opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and wisdom; and
  • an understanding of their Christian mission and calling to influence individuals and the larger society.

The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences (COEBS) houses the School of Education and the School of Behavioral Sciences for undergraduates and graduates. Small classes taught by university professors within a positive climate for learning are a key focus of the college.

The School of Education

The School of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs for educators and prospective educators. Local school districts actively seek our graduates as the best qualified to be in the classroom. The programs are noted for field-based training, integration of technology, and student-centered approach to teaching. The School of Education programs provide coursework leading to both Standard and Professional Certifications issued through the Texas
Education Agency (TEA).


Bachelor of Science Education Majors:

Bachelor of Music Education Majors:

Graduate Education Programs Include:

Master of Education Majors:

Texas Certifications:

  • Alternative Certification Program (residential and cohort)
  • Principal (residential, online, and cohort)
  • Superintendent (residential and cohort)
  • Professional School Counselor (residential and cohort)
  • Reading Specialist (residential and cohort)
  • Diagnostician (residential and cohort)

Doctoral Programs:

The School of Behavioral Sciences

The School of Behavioral Sciences promotes active learning by setting clear and high expectations, and providing students with timely feedback on their progress.  The undergraduate and graduate programs provide multiple settings for learning – classroom, computer laboratory, field placements, co-curricular activities – which produce graduates who think scientifically, speak and write well, and respect and appreciate others.

Psychology Majors Offered:

Graduate Programs Offered:

Masters of Arts:



Features of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

  • Why HBU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

    The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences has a vision of our students enlightened, enriched and empowered by the education they receive at HBU. Programs are designed at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to promote experience within students’ chosen professions in the local community. Students are able to actively engage with children in classrooms, clients in therapeutic settings, and decision-makers in academic and organizational settings.

  • What to expect

    Teaching is a sacred trust, and that is modeled throughout COEBS. In teacher education courses, professors know the interactive, spiritually enriching pedagogy that is experienced at HBU will find its way into the lives of the next generation. Care is taken to ensure that students experience best practices, constructivist learning environments, and technology integration in courses. TEACH Grants provide greater access for students from throughout the region through available funds for areas of high need such as math and science teachers, special education, or ESL teachers. COEBS empowers its students through sponsorship of the Association of Student Educators, the Council for Exceptional Children, and Kappa Delta Pi, so that they, too, will excel in their roles as servant leaders.

  • What we believe

    It is the growth of each individual student that is the impetus for action in COEBS. As a college that deals with the development of one’s God-given gifts in the service of others, whether through teaching or psychological counseling, COEBS faculty realize their responsibility in not just shaping and molding each student, but in the long-term effect a Christ-centered curriculum will have on the children and adults who will be impacted by these future professionals.

  • How you will benefit

    Conscientious application marks those who work in COEBS. This dedication is exemplified in the quality of the education that students receive, which is reflected in the high pass rates on both teacher certification and psychology licensure exams. Upon graduation, students are highly sought by employers who have learned to value the moral caliber of HBU COEBS graduates.

Programs in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

  • The Master of Education

    The Master of Education program offers a variety of degrees leading to initial certification and additional certifications. Students have the opportunity to earn both a MEd degree and the standard state certification for Texas schools. The program focus is to develop teachers and leaders in school administration and special services to be successful assets in school operations.

  • Alternative Certification Program (ACP)

    The Alternative Certification (ACP) program is an option for attaining initial teacher certification in Texas.
    This program is approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). The ACP provides the opportunity for a student with a bachelor’s degree who meets the ACP admission requirements to be employed as a full-time teacher in an area school district while completing the course requirements. All 18 hours of graduate coursework may be applied toward a HBU Master of Education degree.

  • EdD Programs

    The EdD programs in COEBS will prepare doctoral candidates to perform in a variety of executive leadership positions.

    • The EdD in Executive Educational Leadership (residential and online) can lead to leadership positions such as Human Resource Directors in private companies and non-profit organizations, superintendents, principals in public, private, and charter schools, university faculty, and community college administration.
    • The EdD in Special Education Leadership can lead to various positions in special education and student support services in both the public and private school settings.
    • The EdD in Mental Health Leadership can lead to any number of administrative positions in mental health, social, and emotional leadership organizations. The 63-hour program provides students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills immersed in a Christian-based scholar-practitioner educational setting.
  • Center for the Preparation of Professional Educators (CPPE)

    The Center for the Preparation of Professional Educators (CPPE), housed in the School of Education, provides a number of different services for students seeking to become educators and students in the Educator Preparation Program (EPP). For additional information about field experience, applying to the EPP, preparing for and taking TExES certification exams, applying for clinical teaching, and other services, please visit the CPPE webpage.

Student Organizations

The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers many student organizations to expand the learning experience of our students and prepare them for their professional careers.

View the student organizations related to the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.


Departments in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

  • Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences

    The Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs inclusive of the following Educator Preparation Tracks: Elementary Education (EC-6), Middle (Grades 4-8), Secondary (Grades 7-12), and All-Level Studies (EC-12). In addition, our unique Certification Program (ACP) is housed here. Each program prepares students for certification as teachers in the state of Texas.

  • Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education

    The Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education offers graduate programs with coursework leading to Educational Administration (MEd), Higher Education (MEd), and Doctoral Programs in Executive Educational Leadership, Special Education Leadership and Executive Educational Leadership for Mental Health and Human Services.

  • Department of Psychology

    The Department of Psychology offers an undergraduate program (BA in Psychology) and two graduate programs (Master of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Psychology: Licensed Specialist in School Psychology). Learn more.

  • Department of Counseling

    The Department of Counseling offers graduate programs in Professional School Counseling (MEd), Human Services Counseling (MA), Pastoral Counseling (MA), Marriage and Family Therapy (MA), and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA).

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