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School of Education

Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education


Verneda Edwards, EdD

Dean, School of Education

Effective Leadership & Decision-Making


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 and prepares candidates to pursue leadership positions in four-year public and private institutions, community colleges, and technical colleges.

Tell Me More

Graduates are prepared to assume a variety of leadership roles:

Vice president
Department chair
Major committee leader

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education serves as the foundation for this program of study.

Attend classes remotely via videoconferencing.

Earning your EdD has never been more convenient.
We now offer our EdD in Leadership in Higher Education through video conferencing using Zoom technology. This allows students who don’t live near one of our campuses to be a part of the classroom without ever setting foot inside!

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You can Do this

You can fit graduate studies into your existing schedule by taking classes one night a week via videoconference. Classes are held year-round in our popular cohort model.

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Exceptional Experience


Faculty Have A Passion For Education


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

Financial Aid

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


The Ed.D. program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission (312.263.0456,


Baker University gave me the skills, confidence, and experiences so I was ready to succeed in whatever direction my higher education career path might lead me.
Dr. Bruner serves as the assistant vice president for student affairs and enrollment and the dean of students at Missouri Western State University.
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Requirements & Curriculum

Admission Requirements

Dissertation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Required Courses


Directed Field Experience

Program Design

  • The EdD in Leadership in Higher Education program fits the demanding schedules of adult educators.
  • Each doctoral class meets remotely via videoconferencing from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. central time one night a week for seven weeks.
  • The EdD in Leadership in Higher Education is delivered in our popular cohort model.
  • Course work is completed in two years.
  • The third year is devoted to completing the dissertation.
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EdD in Leadership in Higher Education FAQ

Do I need specific experience or education to qualify for the EdD in higher education program?

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Leadership in Higher Education Faculty

Sally Winship, EdD, Associate Professor, and Program Coordinator for the Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education

Li Chen-Bouck, PhD, Associate Professor and Research Analyst

Sheri Barrett, EdD, Associate Professor

Tracy Cooper, PhD, Assistant Professor

Judy Korb, PhD, Assistant Professor

Tes Mehring, PhD, Professor

Arminda “Mindy” McCallum, EdD, Associate Professor

Verneda Edwards, EdD, Dean of the School of Education

Charlsie Prosser, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Education Undergraduate Programs

Stephanie Hill, EdD, Director of Academics