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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Learn how to become a more effective leader and gain a better understanding of decision making at the executive level.

The Ed.D. curriculum consists of 59+ credit hours. Students have their choice of tracks:

  • The new higher education track prepares graduates for leadership roles at the collegiate level.
  • The preK-12 leadership track builds on our success developing exceptional educators in primary and secondary schools.

The Ed.D. program is built on five fundamental strands:

  • Effective leadership practices
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Beliefs, values and ethical issues
  • Enrichment through diversity

Program objectives are closely aligned with Kansas State Department of Education and the Interstate Leadership Licensure Consortium standards for district leadership.

Ed.D. Program Features

Accelerated Classes

  • Our Ed.D. program fits the demanding schedules of adult educators.
  • Doctoral classes meet from 6 to 10 p.m. one night a week for seven or eight weeks.
  • Students in Wichita participate in classes on the Overland Park campus through innovative distance learning.

Cohort Delivery Model

The Ed.D. is delivered in our popular cohort model.

  • The courses you need will always be available.
  • Courses are scheduled according to a predetermined timeline.
  • Complete the coursework in about two years.


You will become a more effective leader and gain a better understanding of decision making at the executive level by working closely with faculty, both in the classroom and as advisors. Baker faculty...

  • Are educational leaders with vast knowledge of relevant and effective educational practices.
  • Have served in a variety of leadership positions in educational institutions.
  • Bring diverse perspectives on leadership to the classroom.


  • The Ed.D. program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (312.263.0456,
  • The district licensure program is approved by the Kansas State Department of Education.

Financial Aid

Baker programs are approved for federal financial loan programs.

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