baker.eduUndergraduate StudiesGraduate StudiesBaker Online

Improve student learning in higher education.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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 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
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • 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.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

Getting Started

There’s a lot you can learn about Baker College here on the Web, but talking with an admissions advisor will help you get a better understanding of everything we offer. Contact us to request more information, schedule a visit to the campus nearest you, or get started by applying online.

Request Information
Schedule a Visit
Apply Online

Testimonial quote

The employers are thrilled with our students. Most of them wonder when our next graduates are going to be ready.

Dr. Michael Gross
Veterinary Technology Program

Educational Leadership: Higher Education

Improve student learning in higher education.

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.

Career Facts

$89,540

Median salary for Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

6%

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

$88,390

Median salary for Postsecondary Education Administrators

View citations

Overview

Overview

Baker’s Master of Science in Educational Effectiveness program degree will help you develop as a leader in improving student learning, through a curriculum 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

Course Information

Educational Effectiveness Major41 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

CGS 501

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 Seminar 1

EDU 511

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 Educators 4

EDU 521

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 I 4

EDU 522

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 II 4

EDU 523

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 Education 4

EDU 531

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 Improvement 4

EDU 601

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 Accountability 4

EDU 602

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 Accountability 4

EDU 603

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 Learning 4

EDU 621

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 Education 4

EDU 691

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 Experience 4
Higher Education Concentration12 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

EDU 641

4 Quarter Hours

Develops the ability to create and implement an instructional design process. Candidates will research best practices in instructional design including: addressing stakeholder needs in program, course and curriculum development, creating quality curriculum, utilizing common assessment of student work, and incorporating technology to maximizing student learning.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 531
Instructional Design for Higher Education 4

EDU 642

4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes multiple adult learning theories as they construct a student centered teaching philosophy. Candidates will develop the resources necessary to select and use a variety of instructional strategies to effectively address various learning situations. In addition, candidates will model the facilitation of a learning environment focused on improved retention and student learning.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 531
Course Facilitation in Higher Education 4

EDU 643

4 Quarter Hours

Researches and analyzes the organizational commitment and resources required to effectively serve students in a distance education environment. Candidates will explore the quality benchmarks and parameters essential for addressing the emerging educational trends and challenges of distance education.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 531
Effective Distance Learning Programs 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 53
Program Description

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.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Master Degree of Educational Effectiveness at Baker College provides educational leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage and lead educational organizations in this era of accountability. The typical educational leadership components including organizational development, budgeting, community relations and ethics are taught through a lens of data analysis and continuous improvement to ensure maximum student learning. Trends in research, technology and best practices are also included. Graduates will possess the ability to implement theory into practice, conduct and interpret research, and will be both capable and confident to significantly contribute to long-term success.

MSEE ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

Admission to the MSEE program as a degree candidate is classified as either full or conditional status. Conditional status is an enrollment status applicable to students who may be deficient in one of the requirements or standards for matriculation such as: undergraduate GPA, letter of recommendation, or another credential required by the program. For applicants admitted on conditional status, the Center for Graduate Studies will specify the conditions for admissions. If the conditions are not met, the student will be dismissed from the program. Application forms and detailed directions are available in the Center for Graduate Studies’ Administrative Offices and on the Internet at www.baker.edu. Students are admitted on a rolling admission basis and acceptance decisions are determined by the Admission Committee. Candidates applying for matriculation into the MSEE program must submit the following materials:

  • • Completed Graduate College Application form.
  • • Non-refundable $35.00 application fee.
  • • A typed essay (500-1000 words) addressing the candidate’s reasons for entering the program.
  • • Official college transcripts indicating an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better (4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited college or university. Official college transcripts must be mailed from the institution granting the degree directly to the Center for Graduate Studies.
  • • A current resume indicating a minimum of three years of full-time, professional work experience.
  • • GRE scores may be submitted if the candidate wants the scores considered in the admission decision.
Accreditation

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.

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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 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
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • 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.
Watch this testimonial Watch Testimonial

My professors actually work in the field and have hands-on experience with photonics and lasers.

Dennis LaPort
Photonics Story