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School of Education | Undergraduate Program



Renee Linder

Department Assistant, Data Manager & School of Education Licensure Officer

Real-world approach to teaching.


Students in Baker’s education program graduate fully prepared to teach the next generation of learners.

Our reputation for producing top teachers puts our graduates in high demand.

The excellence of our education graduates doesn’t stop at graduation, however. Baker grads have been nominated for the Kansas Teacher of the Year award nine out of the last 10 years and several have received the Kansas Horizon Award for first-year teaching. Because our curriculum is firmly based in the arts and sciences, Baker students develop communication skills to express ideas clearly orally and in writing and hone the creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the challenging and rewarding field of education.

Our students get hands-on experience long before graduation and leave with all the tools necessary to excel in classrooms of their own.

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Students can earn specializations in general elementary (K-6), three areas specific to the middle level (5-8), and 11 areas of licensure at the secondary level (6-12). Learn more about professional education requirements and endorsements.


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Exceptional Experience


Communication & Creativity

Students develop the communication skills, creativity, and critical thinking skills needed to solve problems and succeed in classrooms of their own.

From Learning to Leading

Hands-on classroom experience is the foundation of Baker’s education program—from your first education course as a freshman through student teaching to end your college career. We work closely with school districts locally and in the Kansas City area to help students secure rewarding student-teaching positions and jobs after graduation.

Student Education Association

With membership in the Kansas National Education Association-Student Programs, SEA is one of the nation’s most respected KNEA-SP chapters and has been recognized for Outstanding Local Excellence at the NEA Student Leadership conference.


School of Education Ambassadors

With membership in the Kansas National Education Association-Student Programs, SEA is one of the nation’s most respected KNEA-SP chapters and has been recognized for Outstanding Local Excellence at the NEA Student Leadership conference.

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Our education majors have gone on to the following careers:

  • PreK-12 Classroom Teachers
  • Principals
  • Administrators
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The Department of Education gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Education
  • Carol Lee Miller and Carla Miller Reynolds Scholarship
  • E. Vincent “Doc” Reichley Scholarship
  • Helen Bauer Endowed Scholarship
  • Rose Lister Goertz Scholarship
  • Clara Louise Johanning-Dufrene Scholarship
  • Dan and Peggy Harris Scholarship

Noyce Scholarship & ASTRA Program

The Noyce Scholarship and ASTRA Program trains excellent STEM teachers. Through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant from the National Science Foundation, Noyce scholars will be awarded a scholarship of $11,000 during their junior and senior years as they tackle a demanding course load that culminates in a double major in education and either biology, chemistry, or mathematics.

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Education Course Descriptions

Meet the Faculty


Dr. Charlsie Prosser

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Education

B.S. Austin Peay State University, M.S. University of Missouri at Kansas City, Ed.S. Austin Peay State University, Ed.D. Baker University

Office: Case Hall 200

Dr. Amy Wintermantel

Associate Professor of Education

B.A. Bethany College; M.S. Emporia State University; M.S., Ph.D. Kansas State University

Office: Case Hall 202


Dr. Verneda Edwards

Dean of the School of Education

B.S. Kansas State University, M.S. Kansas State University, Ed.D. Oklahoma State University

Office: Overland Park campus


Dr. Tara Burnham

Assistant Professor of Education

B.S. Baker University, M.L.A. Baker University, Ph.D. Walden University

Office: Case 202


Dr. Regan Dodd

Assistant Professor of Physical Education

B.S. Northwest Missouri State University, M.S. Northwest Missouri State University, M.B.A. Baker University, Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: health and physical education

Office: Case 201

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