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School of Education

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (PK-12)


School of Education

Effective Decision-Making


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

Attend classes remotely via videoconferencing.

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The Ed.D. curriculum consists of 59+ credit hours and prepares educators for PK-12 district-level administrative positions. The 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 professional standards for district leadership licensure.

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You can Do this

You can fit graduate studies into your existing schedule by taking classes on campus, or via Zoom. Classes are held year-round.

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Exceptional Experience


Financial Aid


Baker graduate programs are approved for federal financial loan programs. Contact Financial Aid for further information.

Faculty Have A Passion For Education

All faculty are experienced educators and administrators, either currently working or recently retired, and bring diverse perspectives on leadership to the classroom. Baker faculty care deeply about the future of education and are driven to build effective leaders in the field.


The Ed.D. program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission (312.263.0456,
The district licensure program is approved by the Kansas State Department of Education.

Requirements & Curriculum

Admission Requirements

Dissertation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Required Courses


Directed Field Experience


When I think of Baker, I think of one word: relationships. A lot of what I do in my profession is centered around relationships, and a lot of what Baker does with their students through coursework and objectives is relationships. All of our professors and instructors are admirable.
They’re great at their jobs and great with people. As I finish a course, I can still call to those professors and ask for support and opinions.

BROOKE | EdD, ’16, MSSL ’10, BS ’07

Baker gave me the tools required for success in my career and life.
A challenging curriculum and caring faculty and staff helped me complete my dream of earning a doctoral degree.

REGENA | EdD, ’14

Program Design

  • The Ed.D. program fits the demanding schedules of adult educators.
  • Each doctoral class meets remotely via videoconferencing from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. one night a week for seven weeks.
  • The Ed.D. is delivered in our popular cohort model.
  • Coursework is completed in two years.
  • The third year is devoted to completing the dissertation.
  • Students can obtain district-level (superintendent) licensure in Kansas. Kansas and Missouri typically have reciprocity; however, it is highly encouraged that students outside of Kansas check with the Department of Education in their state to see if this licensure is accepted.
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Baldwin City campus in the fall


Our School of Education graduates are routinely honored locally, regionally, and nationally.

  • Milken Educator Awards
  • Kansas Horizon Award for Outstanding First-Year Teachers
  • Kansas and Missouri National Distinguished Principals
  • Exemplary Middle School Principal of the Year
  • Kansas Teacher of the Year
  • National Teacher of the Year Runner-Up



of Baker students who begin the Ed.D. program finish it and earn their degree. This is higher than the national average.


Your EdD will include a collection of artifacts from your EdD program coursework, reflections, and professional autobiography.

Do I need specific experience or education to qualify for this program?

How long is the program?

Do I need to take the GRE?

I am a classroom teacher, am I eligible for this program?

What is district-level licensure?

Will this program certify me as a district-level administrator?

Do I have to have my principal license to begin this program?

I have my EdS but not my district-level license. Can I take the DLL exam now or after I start this program and still be eligible for the reduced program?

What if I already have district-level licensure and just need the Ed.D. degree?

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Learn the ins and outs of what it will take to earn a degree from Baker University: program curriculum and structure. financial aid options, and the enrollment process. Do you have questions? This is the place for answers.

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