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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, or work with parents and parent groups.

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  • What are my chances of getting a Secondary Mathematics 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 Secondary Mathematics - 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 Secondary Mathematics - 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.

  • How much will this Secondary Mathematics - Initial program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $35,100
    Books and supplies: $7,200
    On-campus room & board: not offered

    Note: Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $10,800.

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

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Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

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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.

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Secondary Mathematics - Initial Certification Postbaccalaureate Certificate from Baker College

Initial Certification - Secondary MathematicsPostbaccalaureate Certificate

Fulfill your true calling.

Learn the skills that can help you change lives.

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, 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 Mathematics - Initial Endorsement postbaccalaureate certificate program allows you to leverage your existing bachelor degree and become a certified teacher in about two years. Our class sizes are small, and taught by experienced secondary school teachers, and combine theory with practice. You not only master the subjects you would like to teach, you also learn methods that keep students interested and spur their thinking and imagination. 

You complete the mathematics major and a minor in English or history, along with your educational requirements.  When you complete the program, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to apply for a Michigan Provisional Secondary Teaching Certificate, which allows you to teach:

  • Your major and minor subjects in grades 6 through 12

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

Course Information

Program Conditional Requirements:
Bachelor degree
You must select one of the mandatory minors from the list below.

 

Mathematics Major53 Hours
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 MTH 112.
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.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124.
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 142
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on antiderivatives, the process of integration, logarithmic and exponential functions, inverse trigonometric functions, simple differential equations, and applications of integration such as area and volume.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 141.
Calculus II4
MTH 143
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on techniques of integration, improper integrals, testing sequences for convergence or divergence, the development and application of a Taylor or Maclaurin series, and the application of calculus techniques to conic sections, parametric equations, and polar equations.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 142.
Calculus III4
MTH 244
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4 Quarter Hours

Includes topics such as functions of several variables, partial differentiation, multiple integration, and three space vectors.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 143.
Calculus IV4
MTH 261
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to linear algebra including algebra of matrices, vectors in space, vector spaces and subspaces, eigenvalues, linear transformations, and the applications of matrix methods to find solutions to systems of linear equations and linear programming problems.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 143.
Linear Algebra4
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.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124.
Discrete Mathematics4
MTH 351
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the ideas, methods, applications, and questions of modern algebra. Students study the basic properties and theorems related to groups, rings, integral domains, and fields; the familiar number systems serve as models for the abstract systems. This course provides experience in abstract reasoning, making and testing conjectures, and proving theorems.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 142, MTH 340.
Modern 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 112.
Probability and Statistics for Educators4
MTH 431
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4 Quarter Hours

Familiarizes students with Euclidean geometry, finite geometries, geometric transformations, non-Euclidean geometries, geometric proofs, and application of geometric concepts to real-world situations. Uses interactive software.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 142.
Foundations of College Geometry4
MTH 451
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops a working knowledge of logic and the standard methods of mathematical proof; uses set theory concepts and notations; develops the notion of relation, especially equivalencies relations; explores the basic properties of functions and operations of functions; and the properties of the real number system.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 142, MTH 340.
Introduction to Real Analysis4
MTH 492
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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 secondary mathematics. This course explores the historical development of mathematics. This is the capstone course for secondary mathematics majors.

Prerequisite(s):
Senior status, Program Director/Dean approval.
Senior Seminar: Secondary Mathematics4
Professional Education Requirements58 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, 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 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. EDU 346A.
Instructional Design and Assessment4
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):
EDU 312A and student background check, acceptance in the program.
Literacy Education in the Secondary School6
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 461A
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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 mathematics. 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, EDU 351.
Theory and Techniques of Instruction: Mathematics (6-12)4
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
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
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, EDU 351.
Theory and Techniques of Instruction: English (6-12)4
EDU 464A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the theory of instruction, secondary methods, and materials in the subject matter fields in which candidates expect to teach. Includes observations of classroom procedures; participation in simulation and micro-teaching in social studies. Emphasis on 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, EDU 351.
Theory and Techniques of Instruction: Social Studies (6-12)4
General Education Requirements8 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
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
English Minor33 Hours

Quarter hours required for graduation with English minor: 152

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
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.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Critical Writing and Literary Analysis4
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.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
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.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
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.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
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.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102, ENG 221.
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.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Literature for Young Adults4
History Minor54 Hours

Quarter hours required for graduation with history minor: 173

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
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, PSY 101 or PSY 111.
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Program Description

This program provides postbaccalaureate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to receive a Michigan Provisional Secondary Teaching Certificate, which allows the holder to teach his/her major and minor subjects in grades 6 through 12. Students complete the mathematics major and select a minor from the following: English and history. Upon completing the program and passing the required state tests, students will be eligible to apply for certification.

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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FAQ's

  • What are my chances of getting a Secondary Mathematics 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 Secondary Mathematics - 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 Secondary Mathematics - 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.

  • How much will this Secondary Mathematics - Initial program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $35,100
    Books and supplies: $7,200
    On-campus room & board: not offered

    Note: Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $10,800.

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

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