Prepare children for the world.

Make a world of difference in children’s lives.

Early Childhood Educators open children’s eyes to the wonders of the world around them. They provide basic care for children not yet old enough for kindergarten, and introduce concepts that the children will further explore in elementary school. With creativity, patience, knowledge and skill, early childhood educators provide the building blocks for future growth and learning.

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: 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, regionally 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 following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.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.

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

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Early Childhood Education Associate Degree from Baker College

Early Childhood EducationAssociate of Applied Science

Prepare children for the world.

Make a world of difference in children’s lives.

Early Childhood Educators open children’s eyes to the wonders of the world around them. They provide basic care for children not yet old enough for kindergarten, and introduce concepts that the children will further explore in elementary school. With creativity, patience, knowledge and skill, early childhood educators provide the building blocks for future growth and learning.

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Career Facts

$27,130

Median salary for Preschool Teachers

17%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$43,950

Median Salary for Child Care Center Director

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Overview

An associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Baker College equips you for a wide variety of opportunities within the field. Our curriculum takes an interactive approach to learning that enables you to develop the knowledge and skills you need as an early childhood teacher. 

The teaching skills you learn at Baker are hands-on—planning age-appropriate environments and play centers, developing curricula, and creating activities that enable young children to explore and interpret the world. 

Your classroom studies, combined with fieldwork in child care settings, prepare you for the Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment process, which is a national credential recognized by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. The CDA credential is listed as a qualification for teaching staff and/or directors in child care regulations in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

Course Information
Early Childhood Education Major Requirements67 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ECE 101B
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on introductory concepts of Early Childhood Education professions including professionalism, ethics, and standards. Historical events as well as current issues are reviewed. Students participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices within learning environments. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHS clearance, student background check.
Introduction to Early Childhood Education4
ECE 111B
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on typical and atypical developmental milestones of physical, cognitive, language, and social/emotional development of children from birth to age 12 with a focus on the preschool years. Theories of child development and contributions of theorists are reviewed in the context of application to developmental milestones. The effects that multiple, interrelated environmental factors have on the growth and development of the child will be explored. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam, DHS clearance, student background check.
Early Childhood Development4
ECE 131A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the creation of a safe and healthy learning environment to encourage play, exploration, and learning. Students learn how to use space, relationships, materials, and routines as resources for ensuring an inclusive safe indoor and outdoor learning environment. Focus on how environment affects growth and development through proper nutrition, self-wellness for adults and sanitation guidelines are reviewed. Legal and ethical guidelines for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect are covered. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHS clearance, student background check.
Healthy Environments for Early Childhood4
ECE 141A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on understanding creativity and the development of skills to assist and encourage young children to express their creative natures. Through a hands-on approach, students will compare creative materials and processes using multiple teaching strategies and disciplines. A focus on child-centered and teacher-guided experiences with attention to accommodations for children identified with special needs will be included through both process and product instructional methods. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHS clearance, student background check.
Creative Activities4
ECE 151A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the essential organization, planning, operations, legal issues related to children and staff and ongoing quality improvement of child care centers and preschool environments. Licensing, program structure, and accreditation standards, including professionalism and ethics are reviewed. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 111B, DHS clearance, student background check.
Administration of Early Childhood Programs4
ECE 165
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on developmentally appropriate, ethical assessment of preschool children. Students will participate in hands-on child evaluation and practice developing assessment documents for parents and institutions for the purposes of determining current levels of functioning and directing curriculum development. Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of the referral process for IEPs and IFSPs, and the roles of the teachers, parents and helping professional in these processes. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and content application are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 111B, DHS clearance, student background check. MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Observation and Assessment Techniques for Early Childhood Education Programs4
ECE 171A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on milestones of language development in children from birth to age 12. An exploration of language arts theory and techniques to assist children in developing foundational skills through curriculum planning that will allow them to be proficient in listening, speaking, reading, and writing is reviewed. Techniques include creative drama, puppetry, whole language exploration and phonemic awareness.  Students will also review structural and transformational linguistics theories. Specific attention is paid to English Language Learners as they acquire language in the classroom. Must complete with a C (73%) or better. 

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 111B or EDU 200A, DHS clearance, student background check.
Language Development and Language Arts4
ECE 201C
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on developmental milestones for children birth through 35 months in cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional domains, including typical and atypical development. Provides an intense look at methods of designing and implementing appropriate programs, including curriculum and assessment, physical space adaptations, and parent/school/community partnerships. Review of applicable early intervention procedures, including IEPs and IFSPs is explored. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHS clearance, student background check.
Corequisite(s):
ECE 201CL
Infant and Toddler Development and Curriculum4
ECE 201CL
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1 Quarter Hours

Focuses on developmentally appropriate interactions between adults and children birth through 35 months in and infant/toddler ECSE, or licensed infant or toddler program. Field work components will include a focus on relationship building, environmental structure and professionalism in infant/toddler environments. Students must complete 20 hours of supervised field work. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHS Clearance, student background check.
Corequisite(s):
ECE 201C
Infant and Toddler Development and Curriculum Lab1
ECE 211A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on multiple influences of bias as well as the possible effects of personal attitudes and dispositions on children's development and learning. Students will analyze classroom environments for practices of equality, respect, and tolerance. Curriculum will be developed that will promote anti-bias ideals, create a strong classroom community, and empower families through positive reciprocal relationships. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 111B, DHS clearance, student background check.
Developing Anti-Bias Curriculum4
ECE 221B
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the integration of developmentally appropriate math, science, and technology content into the early childhood classroom curriculum. The process of using inquiry tools and problem-solving strategies and focused learning centers with content embedded in all other classroom areas is explored. Emphasis is placed on development of activities and procedures that put the child in the position of problem solving through hands-on, exploratory processes in groups or individually. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 111B, DHS clearance, student background check.
Math, Science, and Technology for Early Childhood4
ECE 231
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on typical and atypical social and emotional development of children birth to age 12. After reviewing assessment strategies, students will review the process for additional consultation and/or referral for children displaying atypical development, including referrals to Child Protective Services for suspected abuse or neglect. Students will apply child development theories and research through development of curriculum that enhances each child's social skills as an individual and through community group building activities. Includes 20 hours of fieldwork. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 111B, DHS clearance, student background check.
Guidance and Discipline4
ECE 251
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on developmentally appropriate design of curricula that promotes the growth and development of the preschool child (ages 3 and 4) with curricular connections to early elementary. Differentiation for special needs is reviewed. Curricular domains covered are aesthetic, affective, cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and content application are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 165, DHS clearance, student background check.
Developing Curriculum for Early Childhood4
ECE 271B
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate, anti-bias, child-centered classroom environment across curricular and developmental domains. Students will demonstrate competence in child assessment, group guidance, advocacy, peer collaboration, and parent communication. Includes 90 hours of supervised participation in a licensed preschool for children for ages 3 and 4, or an ECSE preschool program. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and content application are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 251, Program Director/Dean approval, DHS clearance, student background check.
Early Childhood Education Practicum4
ECE 281
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on information and strategies that can be used by teachers to encourage parents to work in partnership with schools. Promoting holistic child development with the parent in the role of the teacher in the home and community with the teacher as support to the parent is explored. The teacher's role as a child advocate through mandated reporting for child abuse or neglect and family advocate through the IEP/IFSP process is reviewed. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and content application are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 111B, DHS clearance, student background check.
Parents and Teachers: Partners in Education4
LIT 321A
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies classical and contemporary writing for children. Examines a selection of materials with reference to the interests, needs, and abilities of children.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Children's Literature4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ECE 181
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on developmental milestones and curricular planning for school-age children (5-12 years or kindergarten through 5th grade) as they relate to out of school program planning. This coursework includes instructional strategies that link the school-age curriculum and planning to State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHS clearance, student background check.
The School-Age Child4
ECE 191A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the development of documentation for the CDA credential as outlined by the Council for Professional Recognition. The course is designed to develop the CDA Resource File and prepare students for the Observational Assessment. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 101B, ECE 111B, DHS clearance, student background check.
Corequisite(s):
ECE 165.
CDA Preparation4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
HSC 100B
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1 Quarter Hours

Teaches lay rescuers the American Heart Association standards of how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies with adult, child, and infant victims and includes use of AEDs on adults and children. This course also provides training in basic first-aid procedures and a module on environmental emergencies. This course is designed to train anyone who might be the first to respond to an emergency in the workplace or community. Students will obtain Heartsaver CPR/AED and First Aid certification on successful completion of required components and tests.

Community First Aid1
HSC 102
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1 Quarter Hours

Provides information on adult and pediatric CPR, including two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag-valve mask. This course provides training in foreign-body airway obstruction (conscious and unconscious), automated external defibrillation (includes child AED update), special resuscitation situations, and other cardiopulmonary emergencies at the professional rescuer level. This is an American Heart Association course and provides training in basic first-aid procedures and a module on environmental emergencies. Students will attain Heartsaver First Aid and AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider certifications upon successful completion of required components and tests.

BLS Provider Training and First Aid1
General Education Requirements32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 120A
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Communication Electives (Associate Degree)

Communication Elective4
ELECT 161A
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Word Processing2
INF 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the basics of using the Microsoft Windows environment. The areas of exploration will include the Start Button, Task Bar, My Computer, Windows Explorer, Customizing Displays, Paint, and the use of shortcuts.

Introduction to Windows2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 99

Program Description

This program prepares students for employment opportunities as a child care program director, a preschool teacher, a teacher assistant, or a family child care manager. Students learn to plan and organize age appropriate curricula and environments for infants, toddlers, preschool-age children, and school-age children in before and after school settings. This program examines current challenges that early childhood educators will face as they enter this contemporary profession. Characteristics, skills, knowledge, and experiences important in becoming a teacher of young children are presented to the student. Students are involved in several hours of fieldwork experience within various child care settings. This program prepares the student for the Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment process, the national credential recognized by the Council for Professional Recognition. The CDA credential is an entry-level credential that provides a broad foundation in early childhood education. This program does NOT lead to elementary (K-12) certification.

 

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association / 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.

Baker College has earned Accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation, 1313 L. Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005-4101; phone: (202) 232-8777, fax: (202) 350-8799; Web address: www.naeyc.org.

 

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: 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, regionally 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 following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.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.

  • 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.
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