Baylor School of Education celebrates its 100th birthday
Baylor’s School of Education is celebrating quite the birthday this year. The school has now officially spent 100 years as its own academic unit, making a difference in the lives of educators, students, superintendents, scholars and more.
To celebrate the past century, the school has put together an incredible, detailed timeline of their 100 years of excellence. It’s quite extensive, so we’ll give you a few highlights:
- On March 21, 1919, a rapidly growing Baylor established the School of Education (along with several other schools and colleges within the university). The school was staffed with professors from Harvard, Columbia and the University of Chicago.
- In 1951, the program began offering a Ph.D. and Ed.D. in Education — making the SOE one of the first schools at Baylor to offer a doctoral degree.
- The school became accredited in 1959, receiving membership in the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.
- Over the years, education classes have moved from Burleson Quadrangle to Pat Neff Hall, Draper, and Marrs McLean.
You can also explore oral histories from longtime Baylor SOE faculty and staff, and even submit your own memories for a chance to be featured on the website. There are also spotlights on some of the significant people who have shaped the School of Education over the last century.
On Friday, the school hosted a birthday party featuring live music, fun giveaways, fantastic prizes, food and more. The SOE also wants to celebrate its centennial by honoring educators whose work has had significant impact; nominations are now open for several awards, including the Centennial Outstanding Alumni Award, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and Outstanding Mentor Educator Award.
Sic ’em, Baylor School of Education!