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Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education

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We have a lot of teachers that are actually working in the classroom…. So a lot of their stories, experiences, and the training they give you, it’s actually real-life… something you can use when you go to your own job.
Lora Randolph Baker graduate

This program provides teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to add both an elementary and an early childhood endorsement to an existing Michigan secondary teaching certificate, allowing the holder to teach all subjects in kindergarten through grade 5 and in kindergarten through grade 8 self-contained classrooms. The level change may also extend the validity of existing endorsements to additional grade levels. Students complete both the elementary studies and early childhood minors and a portion of the professional education core that is specific to working with elementary students. Upon completing the program and passing the required state test, students will be eligible to apply for the endorsements.

For more information about our certificate programs, including graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs, and other important information, please visit www.Baker.edu/gainfulemployment.

Career Facts

  • The average annual wage for Elementary Teachers is about $50,000.
  • Employment is expected to grow by 12 percent through 2016, about as fast as average. The pool of teachers is large, so job prospects are excellent.
  • In some schools, two or more teachers work as a team and are jointly responsible for a group of students.
  • Or a teacher may teach one subject to several classes.
  • A small but growing number of teachers instruct multi-level classrooms, with students at several different learning levels.
  • Teachers may move into other positions within the school, such as librarian, reading specialist, instructional coordinator, counselor, administrator, or mentor teacher.
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