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Plant the seeds for lifelong learning.

Teaching provides an opportunity to make a significant impact in children’s lives. The early years set the stage for learning, and much of what children experience shapes them in lasting ways. In early childhood classrooms, teachers use a variety of activities and play—games, music, art, films, computers, and more—to teach basic skills in language, social skills, science, and math.

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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education - Level Change program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education - Level Change program?

    The program is designed to take 33 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 33 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education - Level Change program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans *
    • Private education loans *
    • Institutional financing plan *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

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Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education - Level Change Postbaccalaureate Certificate from Baker College

Level Change - Elementary Education and Early Childhood EducationPostbaccalaureate Certificate

Advance your teaching skills.

Plant the seeds for lifelong learning.

Teaching provides an opportunity to make a significant impact in children’s lives. The early years set the stage for learning, and much of what children experience shapes them in lasting ways. In early childhood classrooms, teachers use a variety of activities and play—games, music, art, films, computers, and more—to teach basic skills in language, social skills, science, and math.

Discover Your Future Elementary Education Career

Career Facts

$27,130

Median salary for Preschool Teachers

17%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$53,090

Median salary for Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

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Overview

Baker’s Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education - Level Change program allows you to add both an elementary and an early childhood endorsement to your existing Michigan Secondary Teaching Certificate, which allows you to teach:

  • All subjects in kindergarten through grade 5
  • All subjects in kindergarten through grade 8 self-contained classrooms

The level change may also extend the validity of existing endorsements to additional grade levels.

Our program blends higher-level theory and practical skills with the latest teaching methods. Our class sizes are small, and taught by experienced teachers at this level, combining classroom studies with directed teaching experience.

You complete the early childhood major and elementary studies minor, along with a portion of the professional education core that is specific to working with elementary students.

Upon completing the program and passing the required state test, you will be eligible to apply for the endorsements.

Course Information

Program Conditional Requirements:
Bachelor degree

Early Childhood Studies Requirements53 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
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):
or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam, DHS clearance, student background check.
Early Childhood Development4
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 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):
DHS clearance, student background check. 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 , 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.
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.
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):
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):
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):
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):
DHS clearance, student background check.
Developing Curriculum for Early Childhood4
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):
DHS clearance, student background check.
Parents and Teachers: Partners in Education4
ECE 461
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on knowledge of characteristics and classifications of common delays, impairments, and disabilities. Tools of assessment and methods of referral for young children demonstrating atypical development with an emphasis on the goals and benefits of developmentally appropriate assessment is explored. IFSP, IEP, early intervention, and legal issues surrounding these topics will be featured. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHS clearance, student background check.
Early Assessment and Referral4
ECE 491
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on multiple influences on child growth and development through cross content curricular applications with a focus on health, safety, and nutrition. Students will recognize themselves within the framework of the professional community of early childhood educators. Licensing and regulation issues will be highlighted. This is the capstone course for students seeking the ZS teaching endorsement. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and pedagogical knowledge are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval, DHS clearance, student background check.
Senior Seminar: Early Childhood Education4
EDU 371
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate, 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 lead teaching in an ECSE pre-school program. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and content application are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval, DHS clearance, student background check.
Early Childhood Education ZS Practicum4
Elementary Studies Requirements38 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 321
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4 Quarter Hours

Applies linguistic theory to language arts education. Includes an overview of structural and transformational linguistics and its impact on oral and written communication and explores the theory and techniques of listening, speaking, and writing effectively in the English language.

Prerequisite(s):
. or .
Language Arts and Linguistic Foundations4
HIS 311
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4 Quarter Hours

Integrates the disciplines of geography, history, political science, and economics into an overview of the structure of the respective disciplines. Provides solid content background and resources for the elementary school teacher.

Prerequisite(s):
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Social Studies Foundations4
HSC 341
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the importance of health and physical education for children in grades K-8. Students will learn how to incorporate health and physical education into their curriculum using research-based teaching strategies.

Health, Physical Education, and Nutrition for Elementary Teachers4
HUM 351A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elementary teacher preparation candidates to concepts of integrating the visual and performing arts into the elementary curriculum. Studies elements of art with orientation to a variety of media and techniques. Emphasizes preparation of innovative, motivating art lessons appropriate to elementary grades. Provides students with a basic knowledge of the melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic elements of music and the opportunity to read and play music using classroom instruments. Incorporates drama and dance into lesson design.

Visual and Performing Arts for Elementary Educators4
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.

Children's Literature4
MTH 211A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the principles of key mathematical concepts in a problem-solving environment. Focuses on number sense and numeration, whole number operations, fractions and decimals, computational algorithms, patterns, relations, functions, and informal algebra. Includes a variety of materials, activities, and strategies for teaching elementary school mathematics.

Number Concepts for Educators4
MTH 212A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the principles of key mathematical concepts in a problem-solving environment. Focuses on mathematical logic, properties of two- and three-dimensional figures, similarity and congruence, motion geometry, common and metric measurement, statistical methods to describe, analyze, and use data, and probability applied in everyday life. Includes a variety of materials, activities, and strategies for teaching elementary school mathematics.

Geometric and Statistical Concepts for Educators4
SCI 351
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5 Quarter Hours

Introduces the basic concepts of inorganic chemistry: atoms, molecules, the periodic table, chemical reactions, and chemical equations. This course also introduces the principles of life science: plant and animal cells, ecosystems, human body systems, genetics, evolutionary change, and natural selection. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
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Science Foundations I: Chemistry and Life Science5
SCI 352
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5 Quarter Hours

Studies the solar system, the earth's structure, and the laws and forces which govern our planet and the universe as a whole. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
or .
Science Foundations II: Astronomy, Earth Science, and Physics5
Professional Education Requirements23 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
EDU 321A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on theory and process in developmentally appropriate reading and writing instruction, including language and literacy acquisition, comprehension, word recognition, methods of instruction and assessment, program development, and planning for individual instructional needs. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
and student background check.
Theory and Principles of Reading Instruction4
EDU 421A
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5 Quarter Hours

Studies the principles, techniques, and processes of literacy instruction needed to help candidates become independent, strategic learners in the content areas taught in the elementary school. Applies learning principles and practices to real-world teaching situations. Includes 20 hours of observation and participation in K-8 classroom settings. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 321A and student background check, acceptance in the program.
Reading in the Content Areas5
EDU 451A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the theory of instruction, methods, and materials in the elementary school focused on language arts, social studies, and the visual and performing arts. Includes observations of classroom procedures, participation in simulation, and micro-teaching in elementary classrooms. Emphasizes the application of effective instructional theory and practice, sound decision making, and multicultural education in a field-based context. Includes 30 hours of participation in P-8 classroom settings. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval, acceptance in the program, student background check
Theory and Techniques: Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies4
EDU 452
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the theory of instruction, methods, and materials for teaching elementary mathematics, science, health, physical education and nutrition. Includes observations of classroom procedures, participation in simulation, and micro-teaching in elementary classrooms. Emphasizes the application of effective instructional theory and practice, sound decision making, and multicultural education in a field-based context. Includes 30 hours of participation in P-8 classroom settings. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval, acceptance in the program, student background check
Theory and Techniques: Elementary Mathematics and Science4
EDU 482A
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6 Quarter Hours

Requires candidates to observe and teach in P-12 classroom settings for approximately 7 weeks during regular school hours, following the school district calendar and supervising teacher's contractual agreement. Attendance at professional development conferences and seminars may be required.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval, student background check.
Directed Teaching II6

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 114

Program Description

This program provides teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to add both an elementary and an early childhood endorsement to an existing Michigan secondary teaching certificate, allowing the holder to teach all subjects in general and special education pre-school, all subjects in kindergarten through grade 5 and in kindergarten through grade 8 self-contained classrooms. Students complete both the elementary comprehensive and early childhood ZS majors (General and Special Education), and a portion of the professional education core that is specific to working with elementary students. Upon completing the program and passing the required state test, students will be eligible to apply for the endorsements.

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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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education - Level Change program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education - Level Change program?

    The program is designed to take 33 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 33 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education - Level Change program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans *
    • Private education loans *
    • Institutional financing plan *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

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