Jan. 12, 2006
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University to offer Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership

Baldwin City, Kan. — Years of planning will come to fruition in February, when Baker University becomes the first private school in Kansas to offer a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership.

Classes begin Feb. 2 at Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies location in Overland Park for 25 students enrolled in Baker’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. The program is part of Baker’s newly formed School of Education, officially approved in October by the University’s Board of Trustees.

“The doctoral degree moves the University forward and addresses Baker’s obligation to provide opportunities for thoughtful discourse about contemporary issues within a practical context,” said Baker President Daniel Lambert.

Education is a popular career path for many Baker students. Of the 916 students on Baker’s College of Arts and Sciences campus in Baldwin City, 165 are enrolled in the School of Education. There are 818 enrolled in graduate education programs at the University, including 538 in Master of Arts in Education and 280 Master of Arts in School Leadership candidates.

“The establishment of a School of Education will enable all University
teacher and administrator education programs to function under one school,” said Bill Neuenswander. the school’s acting dean.

Accrediting agencies request that all teacher education programs
be under a unit of leadership that has the authority to plan, deliver and operate coherent programs so that all candidates are prepared to meet National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards.

“Previously, undergraduate teacher education licensure programs were
under the authority of the College of Arts and Sciences and graduate programs were under the authority of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies,” Neuenswander said. “We have been pleased with their support. However, the new School of Education will enable all education programs to move forward as one unit.”

Students in the doctoral program must complete 61-plus credit hours beyond the master's degree to graduate. The Ed.D. degree was designed to prepare educators for leadership positions in K-12 and higher educational settings. Although building leadership licensure is not required to participate in the Ed.D. program, participants who possess such licensure can obtain district leadership licensure by completing the program.

 “The School of Education will provide direction for faculty and academic initiatives, while the School of Professional and Graduate Studies will continue to recruit,
enroll, and provide academic support services such as student services,
registrar functions and accounting/financial recordkeeping,” said Clardy, dean of School of Professional and Graduate Studies.

Peggy Harris, education department chair, said the School of Education allowed Baker University to enhance its overall education program.

“The School of Education, along with our recently approved Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, will allow us to focus on providing the teachers and administrators needed to meet the educational needs of the 21st century,” Harris said.

The entry criteria for the Ed.D program includes a master’s degree, work in a K-16 educational setting, graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher, letters of recommendation regarding leadership potential and competitive scores on writing and critical thinking assessments.