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Change lives every day.
Prepare for a career that serves the greater good.
Careers in human services offer the opportunity to do some of society’s most essential work. Whether it’s caring for people with special needs, dedicating your talents to help children learn, or working within the criminal justice system, your efforts benefit both individuals and the community at large.
It’s emotionally demanding work, and can be physically demanding as well, but knowing that you’ve helped solve problems or improved someone’s life can bring great satisfaction and personal rewards.
Overall, jobs in human services are expected to grow at a faster than average rate over the next ten years. Jobs that are growing the most, with the highest salaries, require specialized training. Advancing to a job with more responsibilities and better pay often calls for a bachelor or master degree.
Baker College offers certificate, associate, and bachelor degree programs in many different human services careers. So whether you’re just starting out or looking to advance, Baker has a program that will fit your career goals.
Baker College prepares you for your career in human services through carefully designed programs that include both classroom instruction and work experience. Each program has an Advisory Board made up of employers in the field, who work with us to design the curriculum and update it regularly, so that our degree programs meet the demands of today’s workplaces.
As a Baker student, you’re assured of gaining the theoretical and practical knowledge you need, along with the problem-solving and communication skills that employers in this field look for. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to meet the challenges and begin moving forward in your career.
- 9-1-1 TelecommunicationsCertificate
- Addiction StudiesPostbaccalaureate Certificate
- CDA Academic FoundationsCertificate
- Child Care AssistantCertificate
- Corrections OfficerCertificate
- Criminal JusticeAssociate of Applied Science
- Criminal JusticeBachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
- Early Childhood EducationAssociate of Applied Science
- Early Childhood EducationBachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
- Fire ScienceAssociate of Applied Science
- Fire ScienceBachelor of Science in Fire Science
- Human ServicesAssociate of Applied Science
- Human ServicesBachelor of Human Services
- Industrial/Organizational PsychologyMaster of Science in I/O Psychology
- Interpreter TrainingAssociate of Applied Science
- Interpreter TrainingBachelor of Interpreter Training
- Occupational TherapyMaster of Occupational Therapy
- Occupational Therapy AssistantAssociate of Applied Science
- Paraprofessional: Early ElementaryAssociate of Applied Science
- Paraprofessional: P-12 Special EducationAssociate of Applied Science
- Physical Therapist AssistantAssociate of Applied Science
- Pre-Occupational TherapyBachelor of Health Science
- PsychologyBachelor of Science in Psychology
- Public SafetyAssociate of Applied Science
- Public SafetyBachelor of Science in Public Safety
- Therapeutic MassageCertificate
- 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.
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:
- The MBA program has international accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
- The Occupational Therapy program also has accreditation through The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
- 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.
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 Admissions Office for details about online courses. If you are already a Baker College Student, contact the Academic Office for details about online courses.
There's a lot you can learn about Baker College here on the Web, but talking with an Admissions Advisor will help you get a better understanding of everything we offer. Contact us to request more information, schedule a visit to the campus nearest you, or get started by applying online.
During my second semester, I had a job offer, and by the third, I was employed in two different agencies.