Dr. Sarah Jean Baker


School-Teaching Learn and Develop Sci
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
School-Teaching Learn and Develop Sci
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Sarah Jean Baker is an assistant professor in the School of Teaching, Learning and Developmental Sciences at Missouri State University. She holds a PhD in School Improvement from Texas State University. She has experience working in public schools as an early childhood educator, as well as school leader. Her research interests include teacher and school leader preparation and development for social justice and culturally sustaining pedagogy; early childhood education; and women’s issues in schools. She's a proud mama to four children and often finds her greatest joys and struggles in her mama identity.



  • PhD, School Improvement, 2016, Texas State University
  • BA, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, 2002, Concordia University
  • MEd, Educational Administration, 2009, Texas State University


  • ECE 301 Emergent Literacy and Communication Arts
  • ECE 302 Social Studies and Sociomoral Development
  • ECE 303 Mathematics and Science for Young Children

Research and professional interests

  • Teacher and educational leadership preparation and development
  • Early childhood education
  • Mentoring
  • Women’s issues in schools, specifically the intersection of mothering and leadership

Awards and honors

  • David L. Clark Graduate Research Seminar Scholar, 2016

Areas of Expertise

Education and literacy Social Issues