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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Secondary English - Level Change?

    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 Secondary English - Level Change program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 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 Secondary English - Level Change program?

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

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

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

  • How much will this Secondary English - Level Change program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $13,725
    Books and supplies: $2,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $3,600.

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Secondary English - Level Change Postbaccalaureate Certificate from Baker College

Level Change - Secondary EnglishPostbaccalaureate Certificate

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At the secondary school level, students are ready to go into depth in the subjects they studied in elementary school. Typically, high school teachers teach just one subject, and often plan lessons and correct papers after school hours. They may also collaborate with colleagues to develop new learning methods or materials, organize extracurricular activities, and/or work with parents and parent groups.

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Career Facts

$55,050

Median salary for High School Teachers

6%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$87,760

Median salary for K-12 School Principals

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Overview

Baker’s Secondary English - Level Change postbaccalaureate certificate program allows you to add a secondary endorsement to your existing Michigan Elementary Teaching Certificate, which allows you to teach English in grades 6 through 12.

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

You complete the secondary English major and a portion of the professional education core that is specific to working with secondary students. 

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

Course Information

Program Conditional Requirements:
Bachelor degree
 

English Requirements45 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 211A
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5 Quarter Hours

Examines the structures of English by applying various theories of grammar including traditional, transformational, and structural grammars. This course also examines aspects of language such as syntax, morphology, phonology, etc. Analyzes language use in various social contexts and with various audiences with an emphasis on Standard American English.

Structures of English5
ENG 221
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies literary analysis and provides practice of methods used to analyze the contents of literary works; includes a review of major themes and schools of literary criticism.

Critical Writing and Literary Analysis4
ENG 231
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies how and why people communicate the way they do. Habitual talking, listening, and writing behaviors of individuals and groups are examined as well as the influences of the history of the English language, home, community, and culture on the language structures and language uses of individuals. Culture, as it influences linguistic preference, is studied.

Language and Culture4
ENG 311
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4 Quarter Hours

Expands students' writing skills beyond the expository style studied in Composition I and II and in the Workplace Communication course. This course studies poetry forms and fiction writing techniques. It is not necessary that a student be an experienced creative writer, only that he or she be committed to the writing process.

Creative Writing4
ENG 491
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4 Quarter Hours

Familiarizes students with the professional community of English educators and with state and national curricula and assessment standards with a focus on strategies for teaching writing at the middle and high school levels. Oral presentations and a final paper or project demonstrating subject matter knowledge is required. This is the capstone course for secondary English majors.

Prerequisite(s):
Senior status, Program Director/Dean approval.
Senior Seminar: English4
LIT 301
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies contemporary authors who may be classified as modern or postmodern; figures include principal ethnic and minority writers.

Contemporary Literature4
LIT 331
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4 Quarter Hours

Surveys American literature of various genres from colonial times (1600) through the Civil War (1865). American literary movements and their historical contexts are revealed through works representing a full range of American ethnicities. Students learn to critically analyze many types of literature through class discussion, activities, and writing.

American Literature I4
LIT 332
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4 Quarter Hours

Surveys American literature of various genres from Reconstruction (1865) to the present. American literary movements and their historical contexts are revealed through works representing a full range of American ethnicities. Students learn to critically analyze many types of literature through class discussion, activities, and writing.

American Literature II4
LIT 401A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces selections from major English authors. Emphasis is on the writers' ideas, relationship to culture, and forms of expression.

Survey of English Literature4
LIT 405
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies genres and themes presented by contemporary writers of literature for young people: violence in society, search for identity, family life, friendship, historical fiction, poetry, short stories, adventure, and fantasy.

Literature for Young Adults4
LIT 411
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the advanced study of world literature. Topics covered vary and include all types of literature such as poetry, novels, and short stories.

Studies in Literature4
Professional Education Requirements16 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
EDU 425
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6 Quarter Hours

Introduces the theoretical foundation for literacy development and the methods and processes in developmentally appropriate instruction. Emphasizes the principles, techniques, and processes of literacy instruction needed to help candidates become independent, strategic learners in the content areas taught in middle and high schools. Includes 20 hours of observation and participation in grade 6-12 classroom settings. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
and student background check, acceptance in the program.
Literacy Education in the Secondary School6
EDU 462A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the theory of instruction, methods, and materials in the secondary subject matter fields in which candidates expect to teach. Includes observations of classroom procedures, participation in simulation, and micro-teaching in English. 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 grade 6-12 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 of Instruction: English (6-12)4
EDU 482A
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6 Quarter Hours

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

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

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 61

Program Description

This program provides teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to add a secondary English endorsement to an existing Michigan Elementary Teaching Certificate, allowing the holder to teach English in grades 6 through 12. Students complete the secondary English major and a portion of the professional education core that is specific to working with secondary students. Upon completing the program and passing the required state test, students will be eligible to apply for the endorsement.

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 job when I graduate from this Secondary English - Level Change?

    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 Secondary English - Level Change program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 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 Secondary English - Level Change program?

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

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

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

  • How much will this Secondary English - Level Change program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $13,725
    Books and supplies: $2,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $3,600.

Mark Roessing, Baker College Graduate
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Admissions at Baker wanted to make sure I was getting the most for my money.

Mark Roessing