Cohorts Make Graduate Programs Accessible

The News Magazine of HCU

School districts and schools are particularly interested in growing their own for leadership, making sure the best teachers are able to advance to become assistant principals, principals and more as they are ready.

The HBU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences has partnered with area school districts, Houston ISD, Cy-Fair ISD, Katy ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Spring ISD and Aldine ISD, as well as River Oaks Baptist School, to provide graduate-level education classes on-site at school locations that are convenient to learners.

Students are earning their Master of Education in Educational Administration (and Educational Diagnostician Certification in Katy ISD). While HBU serves many school districts and schools with its on-campus and online programs, the cohorts provide a unique opportunity for students to take classes near them.

For example, this year, Spring ISD gave a Principal Preparation Grant to 10 staff members, awarding them $10,000 each to be part of the HBU MEd cohort. This cohort has 36 students enrolled who are earning their Master’s in Educational Administration and completing Texas requirements to qualify for Principal Certification.

HBU offers a tuition discount for those enrolled in the cohorts. Dr. Julie Fernandez, dean of the HBU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, said, “Every child deserves a great teacher and a great school. What we provide are teachers, counselors, principals, specialists and diagnosticians who are not only focused on children’s academic success, but their entire well-being.”

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