TEACHER LICENSURE | Professional Education Requirements

All teacher education candidates must take the required professional education courses. In addition, all education students must complete specific courses for an endorsement.

All licensed teachers must also have an earned college degree from Baker University or elsewhere. You must work closely with an advisor familiar with your content major requirements and teacher licensure requirements.

To obtain teacher licensure, graduates must pass the PLT standardized test and a content area test.

pdf General Education & Professional Education Requirements Checklist

Contact Angela Harvey, angela.harvey@bakerU.edu or 785.594.4502, if you have questions.

Required Professional Education Courses

ED 100* Teaching as a Career (first semester freshman or above) 1 hour Every Semester
ED 243* Introduction to Education (second semester freshman or above) 2 hours Every Semester
ED 244 Education Field Practicum (first semester sophomore or above) 1 hour Fall and Spring
ED 264 Foundations of Classroom Management 1 hour Fall and Spring
ED 265 Technology for Teachers 1 hour Fall and Spring
*Prerequisite for all professional education courses

A student who has successfully completed ED 100, ED 243, and ED 244 and who qualifies for either conditional or good-standing candidacy may enroll in the following courses:

ED 309 Evaluation Techniques for the Classroom 3 hours Every Semester
ED 311 Fundamentals of Teaching English Language Learners 1 hour Fall and Spring
ED 320 Education Field Service Practicum I 1 hour Fall and Spring (BME candidates meet this requirement through music education courses.)
ED 343 Educational Psychology 3 hours Every Semester
ED 345 Psychology of the Exceptional Learner 3 hours Fall and Spring
ED 366 Teaching Elementary Language Arts in the Content Areas 3 hours Fall and Spring
   or ED 368 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Areas 3 hrs Fall and Spring
ED 440 Elementary and Middle Level Methods, 3 hours Fall and Spring
   or ED 460 Secondary and Middle Level Methods Fall and Spring
ED 462 Education Orientation Internship 1 hour Fall only
IS 199 Diversity in Education Interterm (juniors or seniors) 3 hours January Interterm

Required Supporting Courses

CO 115 Oral Communication 3 hours
PY 111 General Psychology 3 hours
PY 243 Human Development 3 hours

A student must achieve candidate-in-good-standing status to be approved for the professional semester. During the student teaching semester, candidates enroll in one of the following courses:

Student Teaching Courses

Candidates in a preK-12 program take 6 hours each of ED 450 and ED 470.

ED 450 Student Teaching in the Elementary or Middle School 12 hours Fall and Spring
or ED 470 Student Teaching at the Secondary and/or Middle Level 12 hours Fall and Spring
or ED 480 Middle Level Student Teaching 12 hours Fall and Spring

Endorsements

Students pursuing a degree in education and teacher licensure work closely with faculty advisors from the School of Education to fulfill the requirements for a degree from Baker University and teacher licensure in Kansas. Baker University’s undergraduate education programs license teachers in the following areas.

Biology Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of biology (6-12) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

BI 151 Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology (4)
BI 152 Introduction to Genetics (4)
BI 251 Introduction to Ecological and Organismal Biology (4)
BI 252 General Zoology (4)
BI 298 Introduction to Research Biology (3)
BI 342 Botany (4)
BI 360 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (4)
BI 377 General Ecology (4)
BI 382 Comparative Physiology (4)
BI 410 Senior Seminar in Biology (2)
ED 410 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science (3)
One 300-level biology course, 3-4 hours
CH 137 General Chemistry (4)
GE 210 Geology (3)
PC 125 Introductory Physics I (4)
MA 145 College Algebra (3)
or MA 221 Statistics I (3)

pdfBiology Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

Business Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of Business (6-12) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

BS 141 Introduction to Business (3)
BS 251 Business Law I (3)
BS 271 Principles of Marketing (3)
BS 353 Fundamentals of Management (3)
BS 381 Corporate Finance (3)
BS 415 Methods of Teaching Business (3)
BS 456 Business Policy (3)
AC 141 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
AC 142 Managerial Accounting (3)
AC 351 Intermediate Accounting I (3)
AC 353 Accounting Information Systems (3)
EC 242 Principles of Economics: Micro (3)
EC 243 Principles of Economics: Macro (3)
BS 230 Quantitative Analysis for Business and Economics I (4)
BS 330 Quantitative Analysis for Business and Economics II (4)
BS 331 Business Information Systems (3)
BS 390 Business Internship (3)

pdfBusiness Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

Chemistry Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of chemistry (6-12) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

Course Requirements

CH 137 General Chemistry I (4)
CH 138 General Chemistry II (3)
CH 140 Quantitative Analysis (2)
CH 251 Organic Chemistry I (4)
CH 252 Organic Chemistry II (4)
CH 341 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)
CH 370 Biochemistry (3)
CH 381 or 382 Laboratory Teaching in Chemistry (1)
CH 491 Chemistry Seminar (2)
ED 410 Methods of Teaching Science (3)

One of the following courses (3 or 4 hours):

CH 350 Environmental Chemistry
CH 361 Physical Chemistry I
CH 440 Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry
CH 451 Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
CH 475 Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

Supporting Courses

BI 151 Molecular and Cellular Biology or BI 251 Ecological and Organismal Biology (4)
     MA 171 Calculus I (4)
     MA 172 Calculus II (4)
     PC 141 The Solar System (3)

PC 125 Introductory Physics I (4) and PC 126 Introductory Physics II (4)

or PC 225 General Physics I (4) and PC 226 General Physics II (4)

pdfChemistry Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

Elementary Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of elementary education (K-6) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

ED 262 Adolescent and Children’s Literature (3)
ED 331 Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle Level Math (3)
ED 348 Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Science (3)
ED 352 Essentials of Reading (3)
ED 354 Essentials of Reading – Supervised Practicum (3)
ED 363 Elementary School Social Studies (3)
ED 380 Elementary/Middle Level Methods – Music, Art & PE/Health (3)
ED 413 Methods for Teaching Adaptive Learners (3)
or ED 414 Characteristics of Adaptive Learners (3)
MA 261 Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I (3)
MA 262 Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II (3)
MU 120 Understanding Music AND AE 110 Visual Language (3)
or LS 111 Liberal Studies Seminar I and LS 112 Liberal Studies Seminar II (3)
One supporting course from two of the following areas, 3 hours each:

Economics
Geography
US, Kansas or world history
American politics or government

pdfElementary Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

English Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of English (6-12) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

EN 204 Research and Writing for Literary Studies (3)
EN 210 American Literature, Colonial Period to 1890 (3)
or EN 212 American Literature since 1890 (3)
EN 220 European Literature through the Renaissance (3)
or EN 222 European Literature since the Renaissance (3)
EN 226 Contemporary and Minority Literature (3)
or EN 315 Postcolonial Literature (3)
EN 330 British Literature to 1780 (3)
EN 331 British Literature since 1780 (3)
EN 361 Methods of Teaching Secondary and Middle Level English (3)
EN 363 The English Language (3)
EN 365 Advanced Composition (3)
EN 380 Shakespeare (3)
EN 460 Critical Approaches to Literature (3)
Two 400-level seminar courses in two different areas.

pdfEnglish Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

Health Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of health education (preK-12) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

HP 180 Concepts of Health (3)
HP 181 Introduction to Health, Sport and Human Performance (3)
HP 182 First Aid, CPR, and Safety (3)
HP 241 Techniques of Teaching Individual and Dual Sports (3)
HP 242 Techniques of Teaching Team Sports (3)
HP 244 Essentials in Sports Medicine (3)
HP 250 Practicum Experience in Health (3)
HP 339 Methods of Teaching PE and Health (3)
HP 343 Physiology of Exercise (3)
HP 346 Adapted Activities for Special Populations (3)
HP 347 Applied Kinesiology (3)
HP 388 Organization and Administration of Health, PE, Recreation, and Athletics (3)
HP 1XX Team Sports (1)
HP 167 Cross Training (1)
HP 245 Human Nutrition (3)
BI 246 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)

pdfHealth Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

History & Government Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of history and government (6-12) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

HI 127 History of the United States to 1877 (3)
HI 128 History of the United States since 1877 (3)
HI 142 World Civilization III: Western Imperialism and Reaction, 1500-1870 (3)
HI 143 World Civilization IV: The Rise of Globalism, 1870 to Present (3)
HI 226 Laboratory Course in Historical Method (3)
HI 346 History of Kansas: Its People and Cultures (3)
HI 436 Senior Thesis in History (3)
EC 111 Economics Analysis of Social Issues (3)
IN 101 Introduction to International Studies (3)
PS 115 Introduction to American Politics (3)
SO 115 Principles of Sociology (3)
SS 484 Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools (3)

pdfHistory & Government Teacher Licensure Checklist

Mathematics Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of mathematics (6-12) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

MA 171 Calculus I (4)
MA 172 Calculus II (4)
MA 271 Calculus III (4)
MA 281 Introduction to Linear Algebra (4)
MA 291 Introduction to Higher Mathematics (3)
MA 332 Geometry for Teachers (3)
MA 355 Advanced Introduction to Statistics (3)
MA 362 Modern Geometries (3)
MA 383 Introduction to Modern Algebra (3)
ED 412 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics (3)
CS 175 Introduction to Computer Science, C++ (4)

pdfMathematics Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

Middle-Level English Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of English for the middle level (5-8) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

EN 120 Introduction to Literature (3)
EN 204 Writing and Research for Literary Studies (3)
EN 212 American Literature since 1890 (3)
EN 226 Contemporary and Minority Literature (3)
or EN 315 Postcolonial Literature (3)
EN 232 Poetry Writing I (3)
EN 313 Mythology (3)
EN 331 British Literature since 1780 (3)
EN 361 Methods of Teaching Secondary and Middle Level English (3)
EN 363 The English Language (3)
EN 365 Advanced Composition (3)
ED/EN 262 Adolescent and Children’s Literature (3)
EN 342 Language and Communication Arts in the Middle Grades (3)
ED 409 Teaching Middle Level Learners (3)

pdfMiddle-Level English Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

Middle-Level Mathematics Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of mathematics for the middle level (5-8) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

MA 142 The Language of Mathematics (3)
MA 171 Calculus I (4)
MA 172 Calculus II (4)
MA 261 Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I (3)
MA 262 Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II (3)
MA 291 Introduction to Higher Mathematics (3)
MA 332 Geometry for Teachers (3)
MA 355 Advanced Introductions to Statistics (3)
ED 331 Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Math I (3)
ED 409 Teaching Middle Level Learners (3)
CS 151 Introduction to Computing (for non-science majors) (3)

pdfMiddle-Level Mathematics Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

General Music Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of music (preK-12) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better. The music education curriculum is divided into courses to enhance understanding of music theory, music history and music pedagogy and performance courses to provide a solid foundation in music performance.

Musicianship
MU 151 Music Theory Fundamentals (2)
MU 153 Sight-singing, Dictation, and Aural Skills (1)
MU 157 Class Piano (1)
MU 164 18th Century Functional Harmony (3)
MU 158 Class Piano (1)
MU 263 Chromatic Harmony (3)
MU 257 Class Piano (1)
MU 264 20th Century Compositional Techniques (3)
MU 258 Class Piano (1)
MU 320 World Music (3)
MU 331 History of Western Music I (3)
MU 332 History of Western Music II (3)
MU 362 Instrumental Arranging (1)
MU 354 Form and Analysis (2)
MU 244 Choral Conducting Techniques (1)
MU 246 Instrumental Conducting Techniques (1)
MU 249 English/Italian/Latin Vocal Diction (1)
MU 349 German/French Vocal Diction (1)
MU 282 Methods of Teaching Strings (1)
MU 283 Methods of Teaching Brass (1)
MU 284 Methods of Teaching Woodwinds (1)
MU 285 Methods of Teaching Percussion (1)
MU 286 Methods of Teaching Voice (1)
MU 287 Methods of Teaching Guitar (1)
MU 461 Teaching Choral Music (4)
MU 462 Teaching Instrumental Music (4)
MU 463 Teaching Elementary General Music (4)

Performance
MU 21XM Applied Primary Studio Lessons (4 hours total)
MU 41XM Applied Primary Studio Lessons (4 hours total)
MU 2XX Chamber Ensemble (2 hours total)
MU 480 Partial Senior Recital (1)

Depending on your primary focus, you will take applied lessons in two secondary areas, totaling 2 credit hours in each:
MU 217 Applied Secondary Voice (instrumental or piano major)
MU 21X Applied Secondary Inst. (instrumental, piano, or voice major)
MU 215 Applied Secondary Piano (voice major)
In addition, you will take part in a large ensemble pertaining to your area of interest:
MU 2XX Primary Large Ensemble (4 hours total)
MU 4XX Primary Large Ensemble (3+ hours total)
MU 2XX Secondary Large Ensemble – Secondary (4 hours total)

pdf General Music Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

Instrumental Music Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of music (preK-12) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better. The music education curriculum is divided into courses to enhance understanding of music theory, music history and music pedagogy and performance courses to provide a solid foundation in music performance.

Musicianship
MU 151 Music Theory Fundamentals (2)
MU 153 Sight-singing, Dictation, and Aural Skill (1)
MU 157 Class Piano (1)
MU 164 18th Century Functional Harmony (3)
MU 158 Class Piano (1)
MU 263 Chromatic Harmony (3)
MU 257 Class Piano (1)
MU 264 20th Century Compositional Techniques (3)
MU 258 Class Piano (1)
MU 320 World Music (3)
MU 331 History of Western Music I (3)
MU 332 History of Western Music II (3)
MU 362 Instrumental Arranging (1)
MU 354 Form and Analysis (2)
MU 246 Instrumental Conducting Techniques (1)
MU 249 English/Italian/Latin Vocal Diction (1)
MU 282 Methods of Teaching Strings (1)
MU 283 Methods of Teaching Brass (1)
MU 284 Methods of Teaching Woodwinds (1)
MU 285 Methods of Teaching Percussion (1)
MU 286 Methods of Teaching Voice (1)

Performance
MU 21XM Applied Primary Studio Lessons (4 hours total)
MU 41XM Applied Primary Studio Lessons (4 hours total)
MU 2XX Chamber Ensemble (2 hours total)
MU 480 Partial Senior Recital (1)

Depending on your primary focus, you will take applied lessons in two secondary areas, totaling 2 credit hours in each:
MU 217 Applied Secondary Voice (instrumental or piano major)
MU 21X Applied Secondary Inst. (instrumental, piano, or voice major)
MU 215 Applied Secondary Piano (voice major)
In addition, you will take part in a large ensemble pertaining to your area of interest:
MU 2XX Primary Large Ensemble (4 hours total)
MU 4XX Primary Large Ensemble (3+ hours total)
MU 2XX Secondary Large Ensemble – Secondary (4 hours total)

pdfInstrumental Music Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

Vocal Music Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of vocal music (preK-12) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better. The music education curriculum is divided into courses to enhance understanding of music theory, music history and music pedagogy and performance courses to provide a solid foundation in music performance.

Musicianship
MU 151 Music Theory Fundamentals (2)
MU 153 Sight-singing, Dictation, and Aural Skills (1)
MU 157 Class Piano (1)
MU 164 18th Century Functional Harmony (3)
MU 158 Class Piano (1)
MU 263 Chromatic Harmony (3)
MU 257 Class Piano (1)
MU 264 20th Century Compositional Techniques (3)
MU 258 Class Piano (1)
MU 320 World Music (3)
MU 331 History of Western Music I (3)
MU 332 History of Western Music II (3)
MU 354 Form and Analysis (2)
MU 362 Instrumental Arranging (1)
MU 244 Choral Conducting Techniques (1)
MU 249 English/Italian/Latin Vocal Diction (1)
MU 349 German/French Vocal Diction (1)
Two of the following four courses:
   MU 282 Methods of Teaching String (1)
   MU 283 Methods of Teaching Brass (1)
   MU 284 Methods of Teaching Woodwinds (1)
   MU 285 Methods of Teaching Percussion (1)
MU 286 Methods of Teaching Voice (1)
MU 287 Methods of Teaching Guitar (1)
MU 461 Teaching Choral Music (4)
MU 463 Teaching Elementary General Music (4)

Performance
MU 21XM Applied Primary Studio Lessons (4 hours total)
MU 41XM Applied Primary Studio Lessons (4 hours total)
MU 2XX Primary Large Ensemble (4 hours total)
MU 4XX Primary Large Enesmble (3+ hours total)
MU 2XX Secondary Large Eensemble – Secondary (4 hours total)
MU 2XX Chamber Ensemble (2)
MU 480 Partial Senior Recital (1)

In addition, you will earn credit in two of these three courses depending on the major performance area:
MU 217 Applied Secondary Voice (instrumental or piano major) 2 hours total
MU 21X Applied Secondary Instrument (instrumental, piano or voice major) 2 hours total
MU 215 Applied Secondary Piano (voice major) 2 hours total

pdfVocal Music Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

Physical Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of physical education (preK-12) must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

HP 180 Concepts of Health (3)
HP 181 Introduction to Health, Sport and Human Performance (3)
HP 182 First Aid, CPR, and Safety (3)
HP 241 Techniques of Teaching Individual and Dual Sports (3)
HP 242 Techniques of Teaching Team Sports (3)
HP 243 Movement and Rhythm (3)
HP 244 Essentials in Sports Medicine (3)
HP 339 Methods of Teaching PE and Health (3)
HP 343 Physiology of Exercise (3)
HP 346 Adapted Activities for Special Populations (3)
HP 347 Applied Kinesiology (3)
HP 388 Organization and Administration of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (3)
HP 1XX Team Sports (1)
HP 167 Cross Training (1)
HP 245 Human Nutrition (3)
BI 246 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)

pdfPhysical Education Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

Physical Education & Health Education

In addition to the professional education requirements, students pursuing licensure in the field of physical education and health (preK-12) must complete the following 50 hours of courses with a grade of C or better:

HP 180 Concepts of Health (3)
HP 181 Introduction to Health, Sport and Human Performance (3)
HP 182 First Aid, CPR, & Safety (3)
HP 241 Techniques of Teaching Individual and Dual Sports (3)
HP 242 Techniques of Teaching Team Sports (3)
HP 243 Movement and Rhythm (3)
HP 244 Essentials in Sports Medicine (3)
HP 250 Practicum Experience in Health (1)
HP 339 Methods of Teaching PE and Health (3)
HP 343 Physiology of Exercise (3)
HP 346 Adapted Activities for Special Populations (3)
HP 347 Applied Kinesiology (3)
HP 388 Organization & Administration of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (3)
HP 1XX Team Sports (1)
HP 167 Cross Training (1)
HP 245 Human Nutrition (3)
BI 246 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)

pdfPhysical Education & Health Teacher Licensure Requirements Checklist

Special Education

Candidates who wish to receive a two-year provisional license in adaptive special education must complete another area of concentration within the Education Department. Graduates are then provisionally certified to work with adaptive learners at the level specified within their primary area of licensure.

ED 413 Methods for Adaptive Learners
ED 414 Characteristics of Adaptive Learners
ED 415 Practicum for Adaptive Learners

 

CONTACT US

Angela Harvey
Department Assistant, Data Manager, 
& School of Education Licensure Officer
Office: Case
205 785.594.4502
angela.harvey@bakerU.edu