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    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. 

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  • 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:

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Elementary Teacher Preparation - Social Studies Bachelor Degree from Baker College

Elementary Teacher Preparation - Social StudiesBachelor of Science in Education

Help a child see the world differently.

Make a difference through teaching.

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

As a Baker student in the Elementary Teacher Preparation in Social Studies bachelor degree program, you complete the social studies major and elementary studies minor, and develop the broad foundation of knowledge you need as an elementary school teacher. You’ll be prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to 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.

Course Information
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):
MTH 108 or MTH 111.
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):
MTH 108 or MTH 111.
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):
ENG 102
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):
ENG 102, MTH 111, 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):
EDU 200A, 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 EDU 425, student background check.
Corequisite(s):
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 classroom development techniques, which lead to the creation of a positive, democratic learning environment. The techniques learned will help P-12 students monitor and adjust behavior in order to achieve self-discipline. The culminating activity is a Classroom Development Plan. This course requires 30 hours of fieldwork. 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):
EDU 351. 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):
EDU 351. 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):
EDU 481A. Program Director/Dean approval, student background check.
Directed Teaching II6
General Education Requirements36 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
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 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 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 equations.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
MTH 112A
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra emphasizing the use of algebra and functions in problem solving and modeling. Key topics include functions, inverse functions, complex numbers, rational functions, logarithms, exponential functions, conic sections, sequences and series. Graphing is by recognition and transformation rather than by plotting points.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
College Algebra4
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)

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 112A
Probability and Statistics for Educators4
SOC 321
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

Cultural Diversity4
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
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 the beginning study of Spanish designed for students with minimal or no experience in Spanish. The main goal of this course is to begin to learn to speak, read, write, and comprehend Spanish. Special emphasis is placed on developing communication skills and on increasing awareness of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam.
Spanish I4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 197

Program Description

This program provides 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 graduating and passing the required state tests, students will be eligible to apply for certification.

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation 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.

The Baker College Teacher Education Program is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of five years, from October 26, 2014 and October 26, 2019. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) www.teac.org.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) www.caepnet.org.

The complete list of accredited school of education programs.

Advisory Board

Kathleen Andre
Hazel Park Public Schools

Laura Brown
Rochester Schools Children’s Programs

Nicole Chirco
Baker College

John Dickinson
Clawson Middle School

Karen Eckert
Baker College

Barbara Fries
Farmington Public Schools

Rob Glass
Bloomfield Hills School District

Debra Hartman
Rochester Community Schools

Dr. George Heitsch
Avondale School District

Michelle Laporte
Hazel Park Public Schools

Robert Martin
West Bloomfield School District

Laurie McCarty
Bloomfield Hills School District

Lorraine McMahon
Waterford School District

Nadine Milostan
Waterford School District

Patricia Pell
Paul Schalm Elementary School

Karen Pond
Pontiac Academy for Excellence

John Silveri
Waterford School District

Paul Spoor
Brandon School District

Dr. Lora Stout
Walled Lake Consolidated School District

Locations

Baker College Centers for Excellence in Education (located on the Clinton Township, Muskegon, and Owosso campuses) offer all Education programs in their entirety. Students may complete, at minimum, the first two years of any Education program at these campus locations: Allen Park, Auburn Hills, Cadillac, Flint, and Jackson. Education programs started on one of these campuses may then be completed by attending classes at one of the Centers of Excellence, or through a combination of attending a Center of Excellence, online coursework, or distance learning.

The Elementary Teacher Preparation - Social Studies program is available at the following campuses:

Clinton Township
Muskegon
Owosso

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FAQ's

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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, 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:

  • 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.

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