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Be a positive presence in children’s lives.

Expand your teaching options.

Elementary school teachers usually instruct one class of students in several subjects. They use a variety of activities, computers, books, art, and music to teach fundamental skills, explore talents, solve problems, and develop thought processes that students will use throughout their lives. Teachers also use activities as a vehicle to teach students how to interact socially and work cooperatively.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, 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 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. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • 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 accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is 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.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

Program Availability

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

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 Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate 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.

An Introduction to Your Life at Baker College

The Academic Welcome Experience provides students with a smooth and helpful transition to college life. Students will become familiar with campus life, academic requirements, student expectations, learning environments, and the many services and resources available to them. It is also an important time for forming relationships and connections with fellow students, program advisors, and other members of the Baker College community.

Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

Getting Started

There’s a lot you can learn about Baker College here on the Web, but talking with an admissions advisor will help you get a better understanding of everything we offer. Contact us to request more information, schedule a visit to the campus nearest you, or get started by applying online.

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Level Change – Elementary Education

Be a positive presence in children’s lives.

Expand your teaching options.

Elementary school teachers usually instruct one class of students in several subjects. They use a variety of activities, computers, books, art, and music to teach fundamental skills, explore talents, solve problems, and develop thought processes that students will use throughout their lives. Teachers also use activities as a vehicle to teach students how to interact socially and work cooperatively.

Career Facts

$53,760

Median salary for Kindergarden and Elementary School Teachers

6%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$61,550

Median salary for Instructional Coordinators

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Overview

Overview

Baker’s Elementary Education – Level Change program allows you to add an elementary endorsement to your existing Michigan Secondary Teaching Certificate, allowing you to teach:

  • All subjects in kindergarten through grade 5
  • All subjects in kindergarten through grade 8 self-contained classrooms

The level change may also extend the validity of existing endorsements to additional grade levels.

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 elementary studies minor, along with 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, you will be eligible to apply for the endorsement.

Course Information

Course Information

Program Requirements:
Bachelor Degree

Elementary Studies Requirements38 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 321

4 Quarter Hours

Applies linguistic theory to language arts education. Includes an overview of structural and transformational linguistics and its impact on oral and written communication and explores the theory and techniques of listening, speaking, and writing effectively in the English language.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 101
Corequisite(s):
ITP 111 or SPN 101
Language Arts and Linguistic Foundations 4
HIS 311

4 Quarter Hours

Integrates the disciplines of geography, history, political science, and economics into an overview of the structure of the respective disciplines. Provides solid content background and resources for the elementary school teacher.

Prerequisite(s):
GEO 101B, GEO 102B, HIS 201, POL 201A.
Social Studies Foundations 4
HSC 341

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the importance of health and physical education for children in grades K-8. Students will learn how to incorporate health and physical education into their curriculum using research-based teaching strategies.

Health, Physical Education, and Nutrition for Elementary Teachers 4
HUM 351A

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elementary teacher preparation candidates to concepts of integrating the visual and performing arts into the elementary curriculum. Studies elements of art with orientation to a variety of media and techniques. Emphasizes preparation of innovative, motivating art lessons appropriate to elementary grades. Provides students with a basic knowledge of the melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic elements of music and the opportunity to read and play music using classroom instruments. Incorporates drama and dance into lesson design.

Visual and Performing Arts for Elementary Educators 4
LIT 321A

4 Quarter Hours

Studies classical and contemporary writing for children. Examines a selection of materials with reference to the interests, needs, and abilities of children.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Children’s Literature 4
MTH 211A

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 that could be used for teaching elementary school mathematics.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 111
Number Concepts for Educators 4
MTH 212A

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the principles of key mathematical concepts in a problem-solving environment. Focuses on mathematical logic, properties of two- and three-dimensional figures, similarity and congruence, motion geometry, common and metric measurement, statistical methods to describe, analyze, and use data, and probability applied in everyday life. Includes a variety of materials, activities, and strategies for teaching elementary school mathematics.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 211A
Geometric and Statistical Concepts for Educators 4
SCI 351

5 Quarter Hours

Introduces the basic concepts of inorganic chemistry: atoms, molecules, the periodic table, chemical reactions, and chemical equations. This course also introduces the principles of life science: plant and animal cells, ecosystems, human body systems, genetics, evolutionary change, and natural selection. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 108 or MTH 111.
Science Foundations I: Chemistry and Life Science 5
SCI 352

5 Quarter Hours

Studies the solar system, the earth’s structure, and the laws and forces which govern our planet and the universe as a whole. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 108 or MTH 111.
Science Foundations II: Astronomy, Earth Science, and Physics 5
Professional Education Requirements23 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDU 321A

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 Instruction 4
EDU 421A

5 Quarter Hours

Studies the principles, techniques, and processes of literacy instruction needed to help candidates become independent, strategic learners in the content areas taught in the elementary school. Applies learning principles and practices to real-world teaching situations. Includes 20 hours of observation and participation in K-8 classroom settings. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 321A and student background check, acceptance in the program.
Reading in the Content Areas 5
EDU 451A

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the theory of instruction, methods, and materials in the elementary school focused on language arts, social studies, and the visual and performing arts. Includes observations of classroom procedures, participation in simulation, and micro-teaching in elementary classrooms. 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 P-8 classroom settings. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 351. Program Director/Dean approval, acceptance in the program, student background check
Theory and Techniques: Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies 4
EDU 452

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the theory of instruction, methods, and materials for teaching elementary mathematics, science, health, physical education and nutrition. Includes observations of classroom procedures, participation in simulation, and micro-teaching in elementary classrooms. 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 P-8 classroom settings. A grade of C or better must be attained to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 351. Program Director/Dean approval, acceptance in the program, student background check
Theory and Techniques: Elementary Mathematics and Science 4
EDU 482A

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 II 6
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 61
Program Description

Program Description

This program provides teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to add an elementary 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. Students complete the elementary studies minor 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 endorsement.

Accreditation

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 is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, 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 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. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • 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 accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is 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.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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