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 a distinguished teacher education program and a well-respected psychology program for both undergraduates and graduates. Small classes taught by university professors within a positive climate for learning are a key focus of the college.
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The School of Education
The School of Education offers undergraduate, graduate and postbaccalaureate programs for educators and prospective educators. Local school districts actively seek our graduates as the best qualified to be in the classroom. The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) is noted for its field-based training, integration of technology, and student-centered approach to teaching.
The Undergraduate Education Programs prepare student to become professional teachers for the public and private early childhood, elementary, middle, and high schools based on a liberal arts foundation. For more information regarding the undergraduate education programs, please click on the applicable link on the right side of the page.
The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences also offers Master of Education (MEd) degree programs. The HBU graduate programs prepare students for teaching careers in public and private schools in Texas, extend the classroom pedagogical skills of teachers, and develop leaders in school administration, counseling and educational diagnosis. Seven of the MEd programs lead to initial teacher certification in the state of Texas. Others offer the possibility of adding professional certifications or simply expanding existing expertise.
Houston Baptist University’s Alternative Certification Program (ACP) program is an alternate route to attaining initial teacher certification in Texas. The HBU ACP program provides the opportunity for a student with a bachelor’s degree who meets all requirements for admission to the ACP program to be employed as a full-time teacher in area school districts while completing the required course work. Once the student has completed the 18 hours of required course work, the student may apply those hours toward the requirements of an HBU Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction.
The doctorate in Executive Educational Leadership (EdD) at Houston Baptist University is designed to prepare doctoral candidates to perform in a variety of executive leadership positions. Graduates of the program are prepared to serve, for example, in positions such as human resource directors, superintendents, principals, and university and community college faculty and administrators. These positions may be held in private companies, nonprofit organizations; public, private, and charter schools; universities; and community colleges.
The School of Psychology
The COEBS Psychology program promotes active learning by setting clear and high expectations, and providing students with timely feedback on their progress. The COEBS 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. We also offer counseling programs under the Counseling department.
Why HBU 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.
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 in Executive Educational Leadership
The EdD in Executive Educational Leadership program will prepare doctoral candidates to perform in a variety of executive leadership positions. Graduates of the program will serve, for example, as human resource directors in private companies and non-profit organizations, superintendents, principals in public, private and charter schools, university faculty, and community college administrators. As educators and administrators, these graduates will lead and manage multiple campuses and departments in diverse settings in which the primary emphasis is on student learning and quality teaching.
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.
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.