Improve learning in elementary and secondary schools.

Discover the difference you can make.

Educators prepare their students for life — no small task in an increasingly interconnected, complex world. Experts in Educational Effectiveness also equip fellow educators and administrators with information, tools, and processes that enable them to enhance student learning. These experts have strong leadership and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to see the larger picture of student achievement and the educational system. This program is delivered online.

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FAQ'S

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Educational Leadership: K-12 Master Degree from Baker College

Educational Leadership: P-12Master of Science in Educational Effectiveness

Improve learning in elementary and secondary schools.

Discover the difference you can make.

Educators prepare their students for life — no small task in an increasingly interconnected, complex world. Experts in Educational Effectiveness also equip fellow educators and administrators with information, tools, and processes that enable them to enhance student learning. These experts have strong leadership and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to see the larger picture of student achievement and the educational system. This program is delivered online.

Discover Your Future Educational Leadership: K-12 Career

Career Facts

$87,760

Median salary for Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

6%

Estimated employment increase by 2022 for Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

$86,490

Median salary for Postsecondary Education Administrators

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Overview

Baker’s Master of Science in Educational Effectiveness degree program will help you develop as a leader in improving student learning, through a cirriculum designed with the guidance of experts in the field, continuously updated, and tailored to the needs of busy adults. 

To prepare you for today’s educational environment, our curriculum emphasizes the use of technology as a tool for managing information and improving efficiency, and teaches you how to use data-driven models to integrate curriculum, instruction, and assessment. You learn how to locate research and best practice information, interpret and use data for decision-making, and apply continuous improvement processes to the classroom and all aspects of administration. 

Our multidisciplinary program gives you a broad and in-depth understanding of all aspects of education — management, organizational development, budgeting, ethics, diversity, and faculty/staff evaluations.

Our curriculum offers two different concentrations within the program, with each concentration sharing a strong core course foundation. You choose whether you are interested in applying your learning to K-12 education or to higher education. As a graduate, you’ll be equipped to apply your knowledge in a variety of leadership positions.

Course Information
Educational Effectiveness Major41 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CGS 501
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1 Quarter Hours

Orients graduate students to the standards and expectations of the College, including topics such as policies and procedures, the online learning environment and expectations, academic integrity, APA writing requirements, library resources, and professional standards.

Graduate Seminar1
EDU 511
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides candidates with a basic understanding of statistics and data analysis, with emphasis on using data for decision making. Topics will include significance testing, interpreting data, reading charts and graphs, reading quantitative research, dashboards, and data in an education setting. Content will also incorporate using technology for data analysis.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in CGS 501
Data Analysis for Educators4
EDU 521
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces candidates to a broad spectrum of assessment types. Candidates will design assessments and scoring protocols, including rubrics. Hands-on experience with item analyses, reliability, validity, standard setting, and equating will be included. Value-added assessment will be examined using state assessments, college entrance and placement exams, and other standardized assessments as examples.

Corequisite(s):
EDU 511
Assessment and Evaluation for Educators I4
EDU 522
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4 Quarter Hours

Applies assessment and evaluation results to the decision-making process. Candidates will develop goals that support the mission of programs and institutions, incorporating assessment data into planning cycles and decision making. Candidates will discuss using assessment data for program evaluation, accreditation and grant writing. Additional topics include writing and analyzing survey data and data disaggregation. Data management software and other technology used to support decision making will be reviewed.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 521
Assessment and Evaluation for Educators II4
EDU 523
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the philosophy and history of education in the context of emerging research. Topics include educational leadership, information literacy, and technology. Candidates will focus on reading and interpreting research studies, research controversies in education, relationship between research and public policy, and emerging trends in teaching and learning. The course will emphasize both qualitative and quantitative research, using best practices from research for improving education.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 521
Research in Education4
EDU 531
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4 Quarter Hours

Reinforces best practices in curriculum and instruction leading to improved learning, including pedagogy and andragogy. Candidates will integrate curriculum, assessment and instruction to create a coherent picture of the educational process. Strategies examined include weaving curriculum across grades or programs of study and applying formative assessment techniques for improvement. Applications of grading systems, learning centered instruction and backward design will be included.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 523
Learning Theory and Instruction for Educational Improvement4
EDU 601
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores approaches to educational leadership which emphasize continuous improvement, project management, and leading change. Candidates will focus on learning communities, data-driven decisions, assessment as planning, strategic planning, systems theory, goal setting, self-reflection and vision. Additional topics include the history of educational leaders, educating for the common good, conflict resolution, problem solving and using technology to lead. 30 hours of fieldwork required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 523
Leadership for Accountability4
EDU 602
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops organizational planning skills through effective communication, human resource management, and conflict resolution, while managing for improvement. Explores the leader’s role in organizational culture. 30 hours of fieldwork required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 601
Organizations, Innovation and Accountability4
EDU 603
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4 Quarter Hours

Researches professional development systems that focus on improving teaching and learning. Candidates will assess and critique best practices in faculty evaluation and learn how to engage faculty in a growth process that results in a measurable action plan for improvement. 30 hours of fieldwork required.

Corequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 601.
Faculty Evaluation and Growth to Improve Student Learning4
EDU 621
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4 Quarter Hours

Gives students the opportunity to develop an understanding of emerging and innovative technologies and how they can support educational improvement efforts. Candidates will learn how to effectively manage technologies in the area of assessment, data analysis, and communication. In addition, candidates will gain an understanding of confidentiality and privacy laws, policies and procedures, copyright laws, and intellectual property restrictions.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 601
Technology for Improving Education4
EDU 691
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4 Quarter Hours

Creates a data-driven solution for solving a current educational problem. Candidates will develop a plan that is grounded in research and theory, and relies on established best practices. The plan will include recognition of all stakeholders, the establishment of benchmarks and targets for improvement, and a detailed implementation strategy. 50 hours of fieldwork required.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director / Dean approval
Educational Effectiveness Capstone Experience4
P-12 Concentration12 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
EDU 611
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4 Quarter Hours

Applies accounting principles to leadership and management in schools. Candidates will focus on using strategic planning, accountability and vision to set financial goals. Emphasis is placed on budgeting priorities based on improving learning, prioritizing operations, creating safe and secure environments, and overall accountability. 30 hours of fieldwork required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 602
Fiscal, Facilities and School Management4
EDU 612
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4 Quarter Hours

Researches legal and ethical issues in educational leadership. Candidates will focus on public policy and the impact on day-to-day school operations along with studying current issues in education such as Common Core, faculty evaluation, No Child Left Behind, alternative teacher preparation. Candidates will develop a code of ethics and examine the impact of one's practice on treating people with respect. Additional topics include considering schools in context through political, social, cultural, global, policy development, diversity and equity issues. Locating reliable information on best practices, professional development, and other information relevant for practice in education will also be included.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 601
Public Policy, Values, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Accountability4
EDU 613
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4 Quarter Hours

Locates and maximizes resources within a community including relationship building, capitalizing on people's strengths, and working with diversity to enrich the school. Topics include marketing, business and government partnerships, having an informed public, and working with families as partners. Candidates will learn to create and maintain media relationships. 30 hours of fieldwork required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 601
School and Community Relations - Diversity and Communities+C1204

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 53

Program Description

This graduate program will emphasize improving student learning in an era of accountability. Course content includes management, organizational development, budgeting, ethics, diversity, and faculty/staff evaluation. Data-driven models will guide the integration of curriculum, instruction and assessment. Candidates will locate research and best practice information, interpret and use data for decision making, and apply continuous improvement processes to the classroom as well as in administration. The goal of the program is developing leaders who strive to create a coherent system in which all components are working toward a common goal of improved student learning. Technological tools for managing information and improving efficiency will also be included. It should be noted that there are two different concentrations within the program. One concentration is for those candidates interested in applying their learning to P-12 education. The other concentration is for those candidates interested in higher education. Each concentration has three classes that are unique to the concentration. The other eleven courses are common to both concentrations.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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