Sept. 6, 2005

Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University director of public relations, (785) 594-8330

Baker is poised to launch the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership after receiving  final approval by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission, Dr. Bill Neuenswander, Director of Teacher Education, announced in August.

Baker plans to begin the  first cohort group of Ed.D. candidates  in January 2006.  The Ed.D. is the University’s first doctoral degree program.  Candidates accepted into the program  may also complete District Leadership Licensure requirements while completing the Ed.D. program.  One  cohort of 20-25 students will begin the  program each year at the Overland  Park School of Professional and Graduate Studies campus.  

The Ed.D. will  join other Baker teacher education  degree programs:  elementary and  secondary teacher licensure programs,  the Master of Arts in Education  (MAEd), and the Master of Arts in  School Leadership (MASL). The Ed.D./DLL approval process required an in-depth examination of the  program proposal at multiple internal  and external levels.  The University gained input from focus groups  (composed of area school and community leaders), faculty and staff, students, and all layers of University governance, including the Teacher Education Committee, Faculty Senate, University Academic Council, and University’s Board of Trustees.  The proposal  was first submitted to the Kansas State Department of Education for District Leadership Licensure approval.  The KSDE approved  the program with “no suggested areas  for improvement.”  

Applications are now available by  contacting the Baker University  Graduate Liberal Arts and Education  Department.  For more information, contact Dr. Harold Frye, Graduate Education Programs Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Bill Neuenswander, Director of  Teacher Education, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Application materials are available  from Baker University, Graduate  Liberal Arts and Education,  8001 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS  66210 and are also available at: