Baylor University is considering a new undergraduate and graduate program for training bilingual educators in an effort to fill an increasing need in McLennan County, School of Education officials said.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is in the midst of a search for a senior-level faculty member to get the program off the ground and hopes to have it up and running by next fall, department chairman Larry Browning said.
“It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a while, so there has been some talk in the past of what we were going to do,” Browning said. “It’s a big need. We don’t serve it at all. We did in the 1970s. We used to prepare bilingual educators here, about two a year. But it was two a year, so it went defunct.”
Browning has been with Baylor University for 41 years.
The program could also be the start of a larger vision for the School of Education, one that would build stronger partnerships with local school districts, including Waco ISD, by creating “centers for social innovation” focused on researching best practices in teaching and learning, associate curriculum and instruction chairwoman Brooke Blevins said.