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  • What are my chances of getting a Elementary Social Studies job when I graduate?

    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 Social Studies - Initial program?

    The program is designed to take 45 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 45 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 Social Studies - Initial 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 Social Studies - Initial Certification Postbaccalaureate Certificate from Baker College

Initial Certification - Elementary Social StudiesPostbaccalaureate Certificate

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Elementary school teachers usually instruct one class of students in several subjects. They use a variety of activities, computers, books, art, and music to teach fundamental skills, explore talents, solve problems, and develop thought processes that students will use throughout their lives. Teachers also use activities as a vehicle to teach students how to interact socially and work cooperatively.

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Career Facts

$53,090

Median salary for Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

12%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$60,050

Median salary for Instructional Coordinators

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Overview

Baker’s Elementary Social Studies - Initial Endorsement postbaccalaureate certificate program allows you to leverage your existing bachelor and become a certified teacher in about two years. Our class sizes are small, and taught by experienced teachers, combining classroom studies with directed teaching experience to provide you with theory, knowledge, and skills you can put into practice.  

You complete the social studies major and elementary studies minor, and develop the broad foundation of knowledge you need as an elementary school teacher. As a program graduate, you can apply for a Michigan Provisional Elementary Teaching Certificate, which allows you to teach:

  • All subjects in kindergarten through grade 5
  • All subjects in kindergarten through grade 8 self-contained classrooms
  • Social Studies in grades 6 through 8

Upon graduating and passing the required state tests, you will be eligible to apply for certification.

The conditional requirements for this program include a bachelor degree.

Course Information

Program Conditional Requirements:
Bachelor degree
 

Social Studies Major62 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ECN 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to aggregate economic issues to include inflation, unemployment, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP); economic theories; market system; and the role of government.

Prerequisite(s):
or .
Principles of Macroeconomics4
ECN 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the functions of individual business decision making, market structures, market failures, and the role of government within the economy.

Prerequisite(s):
or .
Principles of Microeconomics4
GEO 101B
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines world regional geography, with special attention given to Europe, Russia, and the Americas. The concepts of regionalism, culture, and national environment are studied, along with historical, political, and economic forces that shape people's lives.

World Geography I4
GEO 102B
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines world regional geography, with special attention given to Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The concepts of regionalism, culture, and natural environment are studied, along with the historical, political, and economic forces that shape people's lives.

World Geography II4
HIS 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Investigates major events and developments in American history from early beginnings to 1865. This course considers how the nation evolved and studies how the past has created a distinctive American character that continues to have an impact on the nation and the world. Includes discussion of some historiographical interpretations of the period.

United States History to 18654
HIS 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Investigates major events and developments in American history since 1865. This course considers American domestic history and analyzes how and why the United States became a global power. Includes discussion of some historiographical interpretations of the period.

United States History Since 18654
HIS 231
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4 Quarter Hours

Investigates major events and developments in Michigan history from First Nation Peoples to the present. Analyzes the contributions of prominent Michiganians. Includes discussion of some historiographical interpretations of Michigan history.

Michigan History4
HIS 351
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4 Quarter Hours

Investigates major events and developments in world history from early human beginnings to c.300 CE, including discussion of some historiographical interpretations from the period.

World History I4
HIS 352
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4 Quarter Hours

Investigates major events and developments in world history from c.300 CE to c.1789 CE, including discussion of some historiographical interpretations of the period.

World History II4
HIS 353
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4 Quarter Hours

Investigates major events and developments in world history from c.1789 CE to c.1914 CE, including discussion of some historiographical interpretations of the period.

World History III4
HIS 354
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4 Quarter Hours

Investigates major events and developments from the twentieth century to the present, including discussion of some historiographical interpretations of the period.

World History IV4
HIS 411
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4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes the patterns of political, social, religious, and economic development of emerging nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America with reference to theoretical perspectives such as globalization.

Emerging Nations4
HIS 491A
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines historiography, the relationship of history to the other social studies content areas, historical methods of research and interpretation, the utility and applications of history, and some major historiographical debates. Serves as the capstone course for the undergraduate history/social studies program.

Prerequisite(s):
Senior status, Program Director/Dean approval.
Senior Seminar: History and Social Studies4
POL 201A
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the functions of government at the national, state, and local levels. Particular emphasis is placed on the effects of government policies on individuals and businesses. The areas of study include the Constitution, federalism, interest groups, courts, the bureaucracy, the economy, congress, the Presidency, and political parties.

American Political Systems4
POL 401
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4 Quarter Hours

Includes the study of international relations theory, development, and communications as well as American and comparative foreign policy analysis, international law, comparative politics, and peace studies, including conflict resolution and arms control.

International Relations4
SOC 211
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides an opportunity for students to work on a service learning project that applies their professional skills in a civic assignment that addresses the needs of the community. The students work with the instructor to design, implement, and evaluate the project.

Prerequisite(s):
or .
Service Learning Project2
Professional Education Requirements61 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
EDU 200A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces candidates to the realities of the teaching profession, the structure and operation of schools, current educational issues and trends, and the foundations of education. Includes 20 hours of observation and participation in P-12 classroom settings. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
, Program Director/Dean approval, student background check.
Introduction to Professional Education Experiences4
EDU 312A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the learning process including the role of the teacher in learning; efficiency of learning as it is affected by the developmental processes; psychological principles that are central to the learning process and their relationship to the teaching situation; variables in learning; and evaluation of the outcomes of learning. Emphasizes application of learning theory and multicultural concepts in a field-based context. Includes 20 hours of observation and participation in P-12 classroom settings. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 200A and student background check.
Educational Psychology4
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):
EDU 312A and student background check.
Theory and Principles of Reading Instruction4
EDU 330
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the physical, psychological, social, and educational factors related to exceptional individuals, including intellectually gifted, English language learners, and the handicapped. Emphasizes collaborative historical, legal, legislative, and futuristic aspects of educating the exceptional learner. Includes 20 hours of observation and participation in P-12 classroom settings. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 312A and student background check.
The Exceptional Learner4
EDU 346A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces selection, evaluation, and use of appropriate media, including microcomputers and Web-based learning, as an integral part of the curriculum to achieve stated learning objectives. Provides hands-on experience in preparing and using leading edge technology, materials and equipment for effective classroom learning. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 141A and student background check.
Integrating Technology into 21st Century Learning4
EDU 351
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares candidates to design curriculum and assessments aligned to state and national standards. Instructional design principles as well as formative and summative assessment practices will be covered. Practice using assessment data to drive curricular and instructional decisions. Emphasis on teaching and learning for all students.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 421A or , student background check. EDU 346A.
Instructional Design and Assessment4
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 441A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on developing a positive learning environment in P-12 classrooms. Students will establish positive relationships while creating an engaging learning environment. The course includes developing self-awareness, creating positive and flexible physical settings, establishing classroom norms, and developing procedures that facilitate efficient instruction and assessment for diverse learners. This course requires 10 hours of observation and participation. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 312A and student background check, acceptance in the program.
Classroom Management4
EDU 445A
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2 Quarter Hours

Studies education and schooling in American culture and society. Employs hypotheses and concepts drawn from a series of disciplines as a means of identifying and examining central characteristics of the American educational system. Focuses on the interpretation and appraisal of current educational practices and trends. 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.
Educational Foundations2
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 481A
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12 Quarter Hours

Requires candidates to observe and teach in K-12 classroom settings for approximately 13 weeks during regular school hours, following the school district calendar and the 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 I12
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
General Education Requirements12 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
INF 141A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint to develop computer-based presentations. Topics include creating slides, handouts, speaker's notes, and outlines as well as the use of PowerPoint Wizards and Templates.

Microsoft PowerPoint2
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
MTH 371
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to statistical methods common to educators. Students will learn how to collect, analyze, present, summarize and interpret data using graphical and numerical methods; calculate probability and apply probability distributions; and apply linear regression analysis. (Online only)

Probability and Statistics for Educators4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ITP 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides basic knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. Begins the exploration of Deaf culture and the language of that culture. Emphasis is on comprehension and production skills. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

American Sign Language I4
SPN 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the basics of Spanish grammar, syntax, and communication. This course focuses on written and oral comprehension, spoken communication, and cultural understanding. Students are encouraged to communicate through a variety of practices with frequently used structures in everyday situations. Grammatical structures addressed include conjugation of regular and irregular verbs; basics of correct pronunciation, agreement and placement of adjectives, nouns, and articles; and the formation of questions. Primary vocabulary areas covered include numbers, colors, classes, greetings, weather, and dates.

Prerequisite(s):
or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam.
Spanish I4
Elementary Studies Minor (Required)38 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):
. ITP 111 or SPN 101.
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):
GEO 101B, GEO 102B, HIS 201, POL 201A.
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):
or .
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
Mathematics Minor (Optional)41 Hours

The credit hours for this minor are not included in the quarter hours required for graduation listed below.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
MTH 124
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4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes trigonometric functions, their properties, solution of right and oblique triangles, radian measure, graphs, trigonometric equations, and applications.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in .
Trigonometry4
MTH 140
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5 Quarter Hours

Studies functions, their inverses, graphs, and properties. Specifically polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions are explored. Students solve equations and real-world problems involving these functions. Graphing calculators are an integral part of this course.

Pre-Calculus5
MTH 141
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the topics of functions, limits, continuity, the process of taking derivatives, and the application of derivatives such as related rates, curve sketching, and optimization problems.

Prerequisite(s):
Education majors: MTH 140. All other majors: B- or better in MTH 124.
Calculus I4
MTH 315A
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4 Quarter Hours

Builds algebraic thinking through examination of patterns and relationships, logic, and functions as well as developing appropriate symbolic forms to represent and analyze mathematical situations and structures. Multiple representations of situations are used and the interrelationships of these representations are stressed. Attention is given to developing proportional reasoning by investigating number theory, ratio and proportion, and decimals and percents as extensions of the whole number system.

Algebraic Thinking and Proportional Reasoning4
MTH 331
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces a variety of materials, activities, physical models, manipulatives, and dynamic software as learning tools. This course analyzes characteristics and properties of two and three dimensional geometric objects and their measurement using different representational systems; it also analyzes mathematical situations and uses visualization and spatial reasoning to solve problems both within and outside mathematics.

Geometry for Elementary Teachers4
MTH 340
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the applications of discrete mathematics in computer science. This course includes set theory, propositional logic, relations, Boolean algebra, and minimization of equations.

Discrete Mathematics4
MTH 371
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to statistical methods common to educators. Students will learn how to collect, analyze, present, summarize and interpret data using graphical and numerical methods; calculate probability and apply probability distributions; and apply linear regression analysis. (Online only)

Probability and Statistics for Educators4
MTH 411A
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4 Quarter Hours

Makes and investigates mathematical conjectures. Develops and evaluates mathematical arguments and proofs. Selects and uses various types of reasoning and methods of proof as appropriate ways to foster systematic thinking, conjecturing, and marshaling of evidence that are precursors to formal mathematical argumentation.

Reasoning and Proof for Elementary Educators4
MTH 421A
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4 Quarter Hours

Uses electronic technologies to help elementary school students understand mathematics. Calculators, graphers, and computers are used in a laboratory setting to investigate patterns; test conjectures; explore and analyze data; connect numerical, symbolic, and graphical representations; visualize geometric concepts; and investigate and solve real-world problems.

Math Technology for Educators4
MTH 491
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4 Quarter Hours

Familiarizes students with the professional community of mathematics educators and with state and national curricula and assessment standards with a focus on elementary mathematics. This course explores the historical development of mathematics. This is the capstone course for elementary mathematics majors.

Prerequisite(s):
Senior status, Program Director/Dean approval.
Senior Seminar: Elementary Mathematics4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 173

Program Description

This program provides postbaccalaureate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to receive a Michigan Provisional Elementary Teaching Certificate, which allows the holder to teach all subjects in kindergarten through grade 5, in kindergarten through grade 8 self-contained classrooms, and social studies in grades 6 through 8. Students complete the social studies major and the elementary studies minor. Upon completing the program and passing the required state tests, students will be eligible to apply for certification.

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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FAQ's

  • What are my chances of getting a Elementary Social Studies job when I graduate?

    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 Social Studies - Initial program?

    The program is designed to take 45 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 45 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 Social Studies - Initial 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.

Mark Roessing, Baker College Graduate
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