Focus on helping young students.

Experience growth.

Every day in the classroom is different for paraprofessionals. Working under the supervision of a teacher or other education professionals, paraprofeesionals help with classroom management or provide extra support and instruction by engaging students and providing the individual attention many children need to succeed. Paraprofessionals also serve as a link for parents, communicating student progress and opportunities for growth.

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FAQ'S

  • 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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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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Paraprofessional: Early Elementary Associate Degree from Baker College

Paraprofessional: Early ElementaryAssociate of Applied Science

Focus on helping young students.

Experience growth.

Every day in the classroom is different for paraprofessionals. Working under the supervision of a teacher or other education professionals, paraprofeesionals help with classroom management or provide extra support and instruction by engaging students and providing the individual attention many children need to succeed. Paraprofessionals also serve as a link for parents, communicating student progress and opportunities for growth.

Discover Your Future Paraprofessional: Early Elementary Career

Career Facts

$23,640

Median salary for Teacher Assistants

9%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$53,090

Median salary for Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

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Overview

In the Baker College Paraprofessional: Early Elementary associate degree program, you develop a broad base of theoretical and practical knowledge in early childhood education as well as child development. 

Through class work as well as observation and participation in actual classroom settings, you learn how to help students with skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, and how to best assist teachers and students, using a variety of activities and tools. As a program graduate, your responsibilities may vary; you may tutor, translate, be involved in activities with parents, help manage the classroom, or assist in a lab or on a field trip. 

As a graduate, you will be ready to begin working, helping children develop confidence in their abilities, and achieve high academic standards.

Course Information
Paraprofessional: Early Elementary Major58 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):
ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam, DHS clearance, student background check.
Early Childhood Development4
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 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 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
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, PSY 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
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
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.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 111.
Number Concepts for Educators4
SED 271
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares candidates to work as paraprofessionals in an educational setting. Includes 90 hours of observation and participation in P-12 classroom settings.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 200A, PSY 111 and student background check.
SED Practicum4
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
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
HUS 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a healthy foundation of knowledge and skills for building strong relationships and families. This course emphasizes family strengths, the benefits that come from diversity, and the fact that families are systems of relationships. These systems interact within themselves and are also influenced by society at large. The concepts and ideas presented are directly applicable to students' lives as well as their future professional work. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Family Dynamics4
HUS 141
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the etiology, prevalence, and treatment of different types of neglect and violence in families across the lifespan. This course will explore abusive and neglectful behaviors, evidence of signs and symptoms of neglect and abusive patterns, and identify appropriate reporting procedures. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in HUS 101B, student background check.
Abuse and Neglect in the Family4
HUS 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the types of substance abuse prevalent in communities, factors that lead to substance abuse and the impact on families, the workplace, and society in general. This course introduces students to current treatment programs and their various philosophies. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Substance Abuse4
ITP 101
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2 Quarter Hours

Studies the variety of cultural experiences and perspectives among people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Topics include the relationship of language and community, audiological vs. cultural deafness, dynamics in families with persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, and the role of the interpreter. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

The Deaf Community2
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
ITP 131A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides practice in expressive and receptive fingerspelling skills with focus on manual alphabet and numbers. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ITP 111.
Fingerspelling I2
SPK 205
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4 Quarter Hours

Uses expressive reading to elicit listener response to the text using vocal and physical expression. The literature emphasized is prose, poetry, and drama, which is analyzed for meaning, mood, and rhythm.

Prerequisite(s):
SPK 201.
Oral Interpretation of Literature4
SPK 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Integrates and applies knowledge gained from the oral communication and human relations classes. Specifically, small group communication in work and social organizations, both verbal and nonverbal, is the primary focus.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 101 or PSY 111, SPK 201.
Group Dynamics4
SPK 401A
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4 Quarter Hours

Practices individual formal presentations in a business context. The format includes a variety of speaking situations such as parliamentary procedure, briefings, sales, formal and informal discussions, and formal report presentations.

Prerequisite(s):
SPK 201.
Professional Speaking4
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):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam.
Spanish I4
General Education Requirements32 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 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 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 functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
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
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 90

Program Description

This program provides an option for Title I paraprofessionals and those wanting to become paraprofessionals who must meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Paraprofessionals who earn this degree can be translators, be involved with parent activities, help with classroom management, assist in computer labs, and tutor students one-on-one during seatwork time. This program emphasizes the development of children and focuses on reading, writing, and mathematics skills.

Accreditation

Baker College is accredited 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.

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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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