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.”