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Frequently Asked Questions
  • 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.

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Correctional Studies

Take on challenging work.

Prepare to serve your community.

Corrections is a critical part of the criminal justice system, attracting people of integrity who have the skills, commitment, and dedication required to guard prisoners and detainees in accordance with established regulations and procedures. Corrections officers may work in a community corrections program, jail, detention center, prison, or other correctional institution.

Career Facts

$39,700

Median salary for Correctional Officers

4%

Estimated employment increase by 2022 for Correctional Officers

$49,060

Median salary for Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

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Overview

Overview

The Baker College Correctional Studies program prepares you to work in penal or rehabilitative institutions, jails, or correctional institutions to guard inmates in accordance with established regulations and procedures.

Our curriculum includes both class work and real-world training to provide the foundation for a career at the Federal, state or local level. In addition to exploring the underlying theories of criminology, justice, and social issues, you learn how to manage custody, security, and treatment of prisoners and detainees, and develop skills needed to make decisions, respond appropriately to complex situations, and perform assignments that involve face-to-face contact with prisoners or detainees.

Designed by working professionals, Baker’s program follows the standards of the Michigan Corrections Officers Training Council. As a graduate, you will have a solid foundation for pursuing a career as a  corrections officer within the state of Michigan.

Course Information

Course Information

Correctional Studies Major8 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CRJ 101

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the skills, tools, and methods needed for various criminal justice professions. This course explores philosophical underpinnings of crime and punishments among police, corrections, and the courts. Various ethical and duty related issues are also examined. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Introduction to Criminal Justice 4
CRJ 106

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the philosophy and history of corrections. This course also includes the development of current forms and approaches to corrections including probation, parole, security concepts, and related agencies. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Introduction to Corrections 4
Select 3 Courses from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CRJ 121

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a more in-depth study of corrections as part of the criminal justice system. Specific discussions include the evolution of corrections, organization and development of jails in America, alternatives to incarceration, probation, parole, and the concept of community-based corrections, management and organization of correctional institutions, custodial care, safety and security, and prisoner rights. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Correctional Facilities 4
CRJ 131

4 Quarter Hours

Examines the meaning and function of culture, the impact and meaning of discrimination, minorities, attitude formation, and professional responsiveness for criminal justice professionals. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Client Relations 4
CRJ 141

4 Quarter Hours

Examines normal versus criminal behavior, human development and criminal patterns, specific problems, and intervention strategies. This course explores psychological, sociological, and biological theories of criminal behavior. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Criminology 4
CRJ 151

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a thorough examination of how the law impacts corrections related decisions. This course also examines constitutional law, the court process, US courts, and prisoner rights. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Legal Issues in Corrections 4
CRJ 171

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on unarmed defensive tactics, control and movement of prisoners, control of uncooperative subjects, use of non-lethal weapons, and officer survival. Practical training is based on methods of both defensive and offensive techniques used in the control of violent subjects. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Defensive Tactics 4
CRJ 181

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an overview of the historical development and implementation of community-based correctional programs and the advantages, disadvantages, effectiveness, and community impact of such programs. Emphasizes supervision of individuals on probation and parole including interviewing, counseling and referral to resources, and preparing written court reports and oral presentations during pre-sentence investigations. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Community Corrections 4
CRJ 211

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with interpersonal communication and conflict management skills that can be used to manage cooperative and uncooperative individuals in criminal justice environments. Application of the skills will be practiced through the use of role play exercises in simulated situations. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 101

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations 4
PSY 111

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology 4
SOC 201

4 Quarter Hours

Examines social organization, culture, and the relationship between society and the individual. The areas studied are social groups, roles and statuses, institutions, social stratification, socialization, social change, and social policy.

Sociology 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 24
Program Description

Program Description

This program prepares students for meeting the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) requirements needed for positions in correctional facilities in the state, local and private sectors. Students could complete 24 credits in a minimum of two quarters. Students successfully completing this certificate program will have completed the requirements for initial employment by the MDOC.

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FAQ's

  • 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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