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

    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 Social Studies - Level Change program?

    The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 18 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 Social Studies - 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 Social Studies - Level Change program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $17,550
    Books and supplies: $3,000
    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 $4,500.

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

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Secondary Social Studies - Level Change Postbaccalaureate Certificate from Baker College

Level Change - Secondary Social StudiesPostbaccalaureate Certificate

Grow your skill set.

Take a step ahead in your teaching career.

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 Social Studies - Level Change postbaccalaureate certificate program allows you to add a secondary endorsement to your existing Michigan Elementary Teaching Certificate, which allows you to teach social studies 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 social studies 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

Social Studies Requirements62 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, PSY 101 or PSY 111.
Service Learning Project2
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):
EDU 312A and student background check, acceptance in the program.
Literacy Education in the Secondary School6
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
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

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 78

Program Description

This program provides teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to add a secondary social studies endorsement to an existing Michigan Elementary Teaching Certificate, allowing the holder to teach social studies in grades 6 through 12. Students complete the secondary social studies 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 Social Studies - Level Change program?

    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 Social Studies - Level Change program?

    The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 18 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 Social Studies - 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 Social Studies - Level Change program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $17,550
    Books and supplies: $3,000
    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 $4,500.

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Wherever I reached out for help, it was there; it was easy.

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