OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — A partnership between Baker University and Wichita Public Schools will allow educators from USD 259 to pursue a master’s degree from Baker University with their colleagues. Classes will be held at West High School in Wichita and will meet one night at week. Students will receive a locked-in tuition rate, discounted for Wichita Public Schools staff.

“The Wichita Public Schools and Baker University partnership is a win­–win opportunity for our staffs,” Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services Dr. Tiffinie Irving said. “We are pleased that this partnership will allow WPS staff to earn graduate degrees while collaborating and learning with their peers. The discounted tuition rates and courses offered at a WPS site are extremely appealing to our staff.  We look forward to a long-lasting partnership with Baker University.”

Graduate programs offered to Wichita adult learners are Master of Arts in Education, Master of Science in Special Education, and a Master of Science in School Leadership. Students will learn from USD 259 staff with experience in leadership roles in the Wichita Public Schools.

“We are excited about our partnership with the Wichita Public Schools,” Dean of the School of Education Marcus Childress said. “We look forward to addressing the professional development and graduate study needs of the teachers, administrators, and other school personnel in the largest school district in the state.”

Wichita Public Schools serves more than 50,500 students. More than 4,100 teachers, 2,360 classified and support staff, 178 school administrators, and 51 central office administrators are dedicated to the education of Wichita’s children. The Wichita school district is the third-largest employer in the four-county metropolitan statistical area.

Baker University 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.


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