College of Education and Behavioral Sciences


College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Road
Houston TX 77074-3298

Phone: (281) 649-3241

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Greetings from the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences!

The College 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 college.

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 College 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 also offers a Post-Baccalaureate with Certification Program as an option for attaining initial teacher certification in Texas. This program is 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 Post-Baccalaureate with Certification Program provides the opportunity for a student with a Bachelor’s degree who meets all requirements for admission to the HBU Post-Baccalaureate with Certification to be employed as a full-time teacher in area school districts while completing the required coursework for the program 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 College 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 College of Education and Behavioral Sciences also offers masters degress in Christian Counseling, Psychology (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.

Degrees and Programs


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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

Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling

The Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling offers four graduate programs with coursework leading to Educational Administration (MEd), School Counseling (MEd), Licensed Professional Counseling (MAP-LPC), or Christian Counseling (MACC).

Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers a 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).

Department of Special Populations

The Department of Special Populations consists of programs geared towards preparing teachers for careers in Bilingual and Special Education. These two programs include options for both undergraduate and graduate students who wish to be certified to teach in a bilingual classroom setting or in the field of special education. This department also provides coursework leading to a certificate in Gifted and Talented.