SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Baker University’s School of Education has a strong reputation for producing outstanding teachers. Baker alumni are consistently nominated for the Kansas Teacher of the Year award, and many of the area’s most recognized leaders in education hold master’s and doctoral degrees from Baker University.

Our graduate education programs offer one course at a time and meet one night per week or online. It is an ideal structure for teachers and administrators who spend their days in the field and then want to use their personal class time to solve real-world problems with like-minded peers. 

Baker classes are held year-round, and new classes start frequently, so you can get started sooner rather than later.

Earn your degree online or on one of our campuses in Overland Park, Topeka, or Wichita.

Master's Degrees
On campus = C | Online = O | Hybrid = H

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) O H

Strengthen your credentials and add
a concentration.

Master of Science in Special Education (MSSE) H

Master of Science in School Leadership (MSSL) H

Doctoral Degrees
Recertification Courses

Take courses in diverse content areas on a variety of topics:

  • Earn graduate credits to meet state recertification requirements.
  • Increase knowledge in a particular subject area.
  • Increase your classroom effectiveness.
  • Enhance your earning power.

Continuing Education for Educators Site

Undergraduate Degree & Teaching Licensure

Programs in Baldwin City

The bachelor’s curriculum is firmly based in the arts and sciences, so students develop the communication skills to express ideas clearly and the creativity and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in the challenging and rewarding field of education.

Undergraduate Degree in Education

Teacher Licensure Only

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree and want to take the courses necessary to earn a teaching certificate, Baker offers professional education courses during the day on the Baldwin City campus.

Contact Tonya Simms at tonya.simms@bakerU.edu or 785.594.4502, if you have questions.

Building-Level Licensure

The option of building-level licensure provides an opportunity for teachers in Kansas who already have a master’s degree and at least three years of teaching experience to complete additional coursework and become a school administrator. Learn More

Veterans Education Benefits

Baker is one of America’s top military-friendly colleges and universities according to Military Advanced Education magazine. Learn more about veterans benefits for students.

Financial Aid

Earning a degree requires a substantial investment of time and money. We offer a variety of financial aid solutions and help you through the process so you can make your dream of a degree a reality. Learn More

Accreditation

Baker University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (312.263.0456, ncahlc.org). This accreditation has been continuous since first granted in 1913.

WALL OF HONOR

The School of Education recognizes Baker alumni who have excelled in the education profession and have made a difference in the lives of students through their work as teachers, administrators, coaches, or school activity sponsors.

Educators recognized on the Wall of Honor have completed an undergraduate or graduate education program at Baker University and been recognized for their work at the state or national level.

The Wall of Honor was established in 2006 and is housed in Case Hall on the Baldwin City campus.

2016 Inductees

National Recognition

Josh Anderson, MASL 2001, Ed.D. 2014
Debate, Forensics and Speech Teacher and Coach, Olathe (Kansas) Northwest High School
2015 National Coach of the Year, National Speech and Debate Association

Lori (Peter) Nelson, MAEd 2009
Music Teacher, Soderstrom Elementary School, Lindsborg, Kansas
2015 Outstanding Elementary Music Educator of the Year, South Central District of Kansas Music Educators Association

Bill Smithyman, MAEd 2003
English Teacher, Blue Valley (Kansas) Northwest High School
2015-2016 Milken Educator Award, Milken Family Foundation

State Recognition

Eli Jones, CAS 2010
Choir Teacher, Eisenhower Middle School, Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas Choral Directors Association, Prelude Award

Jason Thoren, CAS 2010
Assistant Football Coach, Baker University
Assistant Coach of the Year, Heart of America Athletic Conference

2015 Inductees

National Recognition

Jasmine Briedwell, EdD 2013
Principal, Lake Contrary Elementary, St. Joseph (Mo.) School District
2015 Missouri National Distinguished Principal, Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals

State Recognition

Haley Epperson, CAS 2013
Fourth Grade Teacher, Spring Hill (Kan.) Elementary School
Kansas Horizon Award 2015 Outstanding First-Year Teacher

Samantha Glover, MASL 2003
Assistant Principal, Haysville (Kan.) Middle School
2013-2014 Exemplary Middle School Assistant Principal, Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators

Jay Harris, CAS 1991
Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.) School District
2011 Distinguished Leadership Award, Design Build Institute of America – Mid-America Region

Kit Harris, CAS 1995
English and journalism teacher, newspaper and yearbook advisor, head wrestling coach, Baldwin (Kan.) High School
Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association 2015 4A Coach of the Year

Patrick Richard, CAS 1990
Weight lifting and conditioning teacher and head football coach, Oak Grove (Mo.) High School
2014 Coach of the Year, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel – Missouri

Anne Sobba, CAS 2001
Fifth Grade Teacher, Nieman Elementary School, Shawnee Mission (Kan.) School District
2014 Kansas State Finalist, Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics

Clement Ukaoma, EdD Cohort 5
Principal of the high school division, University Academy Charter School in Kansas City, Mo.
Missouri Public Charter School Association 2014 School Leader of the Year

2013 Inductees

State Recognition

Juliann Bliese, EdD 2013
First Grade Teacher, Ravenwood Elementary School, Olathe (Kan.) School District
Emporia State University 2013 Master Teacher

Doug Sumner, EdD 2008
Superintendent of De Soto (Kan.) School District
Kansas School Superintendents Association 2011-12 Superintendent of Promise

Andrea Reinhard, CAS 2011
First Grade Teacher, Indian Valley Elementary School, Blue Valley (Kan.) School District
Kansas Horizon Award 2013 Outstanding First-Year Teacher

2012 Inductees

State Recognition

Chris Crawford, Restricted Licensure 2012
Instructor in the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies
Kansas Horizon Award 2011 Outstanding First Year Teacher

Lachelle Sigg, Building Licensure 2006
Principal at Pioneer Ridge Middle School in Gardner, Kan.
2010-2011 Exemplary Middle School Principal of the Year, Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators

Pam Tate, MASL 2001
Principal at Gardner Elementary School in Gardner, Kan.
2012 Kansas Distinguished Principal of the Year, Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals
2005 District 1 Assistant Principal of the Year, Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals

Mike Wolgast, EdD 2008
Principal at Pioneer Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kan.
2011-2012 Exemplary Middle School Principal of the Year, Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators

2011 Inductees

State Recognition

Russell Meigs, EdD 2010
Senior web architect for Olathe School District
2010 Association of Teacher Educators – Kansas Outstanding Dissertation in Teacher Education

Martha Miller Raybourn, CAS 1975
Principal at Carnegie Elementary School, Tulsa, Okla.
2004 Oklahoma Parent-Teacher Association Administrator of the Year

Patrick Richard, CAS 1990
Head football coach and physical education teacher, Oak Grove, Mo.
2007 Missouri Football Coaches Association Class 1 State Coach of the Year
2008 Missouri football Coaches Association Class 1 State Coach of the Year
2008 Associated Press Missouri Class 1 State Coach of the Year

Dan Wooge, CAS 1997
Vocal and instrumental music in the Burlington, Kan., school district
2010 Kansas Music Educators’ Association Outstanding Educator

2010 Inductees

National Recognition

Bradley Nicks, MASL 2004
Math teacher and coach at Shawnee Heights High School
Milken National Educator

State Recognition

Abby Burnett, CAS 2008
Math teacher at Paola Middle School
Kansas Horizon Award, 2010 Outstanding First-Year Teacher

2009 Inductees

National Recognition

Alesia Hamilton, MAED 2001
First Grade Teacher, Edison Elementary School, St. Joseph, Mo.
"Heroes of the Year, Heroes Among Us," People magazine, April 7, 2008, volume 69, no. 13

Kristy Thrasher Delacruz, CAS 1996
English as a New Language/Early and Middle Childhood Teacher, New York City Geographic District #6 (Harlem)
2006 National Board Certified Teacher

State Recognition

Barbara Duffer Cole, MAED 2005
Seventh and Eight Grade Art, ELL, Leadership Teacher, Shawnee Heights Middle School
Emporia State University 2009 Master Teacher Award

Jeline Kelsey Harclerode, CAS 1973
Instructor in Connect program, Emporia Middle School
Emporia State University 2009 Master Teacher Award

2008 Inductees

National Recognition

William Moulden, CAS 1977
Sixth Grade Science Teacher, Samuel Ogle Middle School
2005 National Board Certified Teacher

State Recognition

Josh Anderson, MASL 2001
Language Arts Instructor, Head Debate and Forensics Coach, Olathe Northwest High School
2007 Kansas Teacher of the Year

Karl Krawitz, CAS 1972
Coordinator for the Ed.D. Program and Director of the Restricted Licensure
Program in the Graduate Department of the School of Education, Baker University
2000 Kansas Choral Directors Association Administrator of the Year
2003 Kansas PTA Educator of the year

Guidelines

Wall of Honor Guidelines

To be recognized on the Wall of Honor, the teacher must have accomplished the following:

  • Completed either an undergraduate or graduate education program at Baker University
  • Earned recognition at the state or national level
  • Earned recognition for school-based duties (e.g., teaching, sponsorship, coaching or extra-curricular assignments)
  • Earned recognition during enrollment or after graduation from Baker University