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CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR EDUCATORS

Choose from professional development and recertification courses in diverse content areas on a variety of topics.

  • Earn graduate credits to meet state recertification requirements.
  • Increase knowledge in a particular subject area.
  • Increase your classroom effectiveness.
  • Enhance your earning power.

Take courses in Overland Park or online.

Continuing Education Partnerships

Baker’s School of Education partners with a variety of organizations to offer courses across the state and the greater Kansas City area.

Graduate Courses for Concurrent Credit Instructors

Work toward your 18 hours of graduate credit at a reduced tuition of $100 per credit hour. Learn More

EDUCATING WITH TECHNOLOGY

Gain the power to engage and inspire today’s tech-savvy students.

Continuing education courses for educators cover cloud productivity, social media, multimedia, and more:

  • Investigate and evaluate free classroom management apps, web tools, and web-based collaborative productivity tools.
  • Learn more about the Google tools developed specifically for educators.
  • Create academically challenging games that enhance your curriculum.
  • Create tablet-based lessons that foster digital collaboration.
  • Create powerful presentations and virtual field trips.
  • Explore digital storytelling and blogging.
  • Use social media to improve lessons, find resources, collaborate, and communicate.

TUITION & FEES

Tuition $125/credit hour
Technology fee $10/credit hour

HOW MAY WE HELP YOU?

Hi, I’m Tami, your main contact for continuing education and professional development courses. I work with educators who need to recertify or want to learn new skills for their classrooms but are nondegree seeking. As an educator myself, I enjoy helping teachers continue their education. I look forward to working with you!

tami.zillig@bakerU.edu
913.344.6038

Tami Zillig

Director of Continuing Education

Hello, I’m Britton. I can help answer questions about enrolling or direct you to the right department to answer other questions.

britton.erskine@bakerU.edu
913.491.4432

Britton Erskine

Operations Coordinator

ON CAMPUS, ONLINE,  HYBRID

Take courses in Overland Park for face-to-face instruction and discussion. Or take courses online for maximum convenience. Hybrid courses use face-to-face instruction of course content complemented with online discussion.

REGISTER  & START ANY TIME

Classes are held year-round; new courses start nearly every week. On-campus classes meet at night or on weekends. Day and evening courses are available in the summer.

FACULTY HAVE A PASSION FOR EDUCATION

All faculty are experienced educators and administrators, either currently working or recently retired. They care about the future of education and are driven to build effective leaders in the field.

ACCREDITATION

Baker University has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (312.263.0456, hlcommission.org) since 1913.

CONTINUING EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS

Teach Your Heart Out Bahamas | June 21-24, 2019

EDD 8408 Teach Your Heart Out Bahamas

Earn continuing education credits while you cruise the Bahamas!

Teach Your Heart Out provides teachers with innovative, life-changing, and one-of-a-kind professional development opportunities for teachers who aspire to create classrooms that promotes social emotional health, creativity, service learning, and positive classroom culture.

Location & Dates

Face-to-face in the Bahamas | June 21 – 24, 2019

Online | June 25 – July 12, 2019

Post-trip online coursework consists of a capstone reflection project of the lessons you experienced on the cruise and how you will apply them to your classroom in the fall.

Learn more about Teach Your Heart Out and register for the trip.

Baker University Graduate Credit Tuition

1 credit hour: $110

Register online for Baker credit. (In addition to registering for Baker credit, you must also register for the trip.)

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Apply new knowledge from pedagogical discussions
  • Develop skills on promoting social emotional health in the classroom
  • Design classroom experiences that are centered on the 21st century skills
  • Cultivate higher-level thinking through questioning, academic discussion, and writing strategies
  • Design personalized learning experiences for students using different modalities
  • Innovation in best practices for technology integration
  • Develop an action plan for implementing new skills

Instructors

Orff Workshops | Oct. 6, 2018 & Jan. 26, 2019

To earn 1 hour of graduate credit, you must complete both courses and turn in the assignment specified in the syllabus by Feb. 3, 2019:

Keeping the P.L.A.Y. in the Music Classroom

October 6, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Langston Hughes Elementary School, Lawrence

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Course Description: EDC: 8354

In this 6-hour workshop, participants will experience games, rhythmic and melodic activities, and recorder playing, as well as create dramatic interpretations and soundscapes using children’s literature as the springboard. Participants will engage in thoughtful discussions and reflection on creating a purposeful and playful curriculum in their music classroom.

Course Objectives

Participants will experience creative movement in groups, compose and notate short rhythmic ostinatos, melodies, and soundscapes, and create larger performance-style pieces in several elemental forms. Participants will use works of art, children’s literature, and games to enhance their musical experience.

Textbook & Materials

Children’s literature books, Rhythmische Ubung, Music for Children, Vol. I and II

Content Outline & Schedule

9 a.m. – noon Students will work in groups to compose short rhythmic and melodic ideas. Groups will explore adding creative movement to their compositions.

1 – 4 p.m. Students will use children’s literature to create soundscapes, play recorder and move in canon, and dramatize a story with movement and music.

Instructor

Erika Bridge teaches K-5 in East Lansing, Michigan, and is in her 11th year of teaching. She has her master’s in choral conducting from Central Michigan University, and has completed Levels I, II, III, and Masterclass in Orff Schulwerk. She is a regular local, state, and national presenter for AOSA, and has been accepted to present for the 50th Anniversary AOSA Professional Development Conference in November 2018. She recently published an article in the Michigan Music Educators state journal on Authentic Assessments in the Orff Process (Spring 2017) and is passionate about creating a spiraled and integrated curriculum. She is a certified Level 1 Pedagogy Teacher for AOSA and is currently a member of the AOSA National Technology Subcommittee. She lives in Okemos, Michigan, with her two children, Juliet and Henry.

Entry Points: Exploring Creative Approaches to Making Music and Movement

Jan. 26, 2019 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | State Street Elementary School, Topeka

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Course Description: EDC: 8354

In this one-day workshop, participants will explore approaching music and movement through playful games and other entry points. Participants will then take the material explored in those initial approaches and use it as fodder for making music and movement come to life together.

Course Objectives

Participants will compose original music using xylophones, unpitched percussion, body percussion, and the voice. Participants will create original movement pieces inspired by visual imagery and poetry. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of connecting learning activities in a sequenced music curriculum.

Textbook & Materials

Children’s literature books, folk songs and dances, artwork by StoryPeople, and music from Music for Children and the supplemental materials by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman.

Content Outline & Schedule

9 a.m. – noon Participants will experience a variety of ways to approach music and creative movement with primary elementary students.

1 – 4 p.m. Participants will experience a variety of ways to approach music and creative movement with upper elementary students.

Instructor

Andrew Ellingsen teaches elementary music and works as an instructional coach in Deborah, Iowa. He earned his B.A. at Luther College and his M.A.M.E. at the University of St. Thomas with a dual concentration in Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk. He has served on the OAKE national board, a committee for AOSA, and has held leadership positions in state and regional organizations for both Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly. Ellingsen teaches in the Orff Courses at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and the University of Memphis, and has presented at both OAKE and AOSA national conferences.

Voice-Overs...Now Is Your time | April 8, 2019

Voice-Overs…Now Is Your time

You’ve heard Will Kamp on TV and radio. Now hear Will live as he illustrates how you could begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, and videos! Most people go about it the wrong way. Will is going to show you a unique, outside-the-box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full-time or part-time careers our there. This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with practically no overhead!  And now is the best time to make this happen because new companies are looking for new voices like never before. This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you’ve been looking for. Will Kamp, a successful voice-over artist, actor, and comedy improv performer, has done voice work ranging from Honda radio commercials and on-camera work for nationally recognized TV stations, to having been nominated “Best Comedic Actor.”

Monday, April 8 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | $59

Location

Baker University
7301 College Blvd., Suite 120,
Overland Park, KS 66210

REGISTER ONLINE

Science City's ScienceWise Courses for Graduate Credit

Science City & Baker University

Baker University is a national graduate credit provider for Science City’s ScienceWise, which offers teachers, educators, and after-school providers two ways to complete high-quality, standards-based courses through fun and flexible professional development opportunities.

ScienceWise provides the course work, Baker University provides the graduate credit, and educators gain practical strategies, content and resources for the classroom.

REGISTER ONLINE

Take Courses Online or at Union Station in Kansas City

Courses are offered year-round.

PreK-12 Course Work Areas

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Math
  • Instructional Strategies
  • NGSS

Check the ScienceWise website for information on upcoming courses.

Cost

  • Each course has a registration fee and is payable to Science City.
  • Graduate credit is $70 per credit hour and is payable to Baker University. (Once you enroll in the ScienceWise course, you have the option within the course to sign up for graduate credit.)

To Receive Baker University Graduate Credit

Enroll directly through ScienceWise to view course options at https://www.unionstation.org/sciencecity/sciencewise-courses-2018-2019 and follow the Baker University graduate credit link.

Once the course begins, students have the option to complete the Baker University online registration form to gain graduate college credit. If you don’t complete the Baker University registration form, you will not receive graduate credit. Upon completion of the course, ScienceWise will send final grades to Baker University to be posted on transcripts.

pdf Graduate Credit Course Requirements

Please note: Students will be billed by ScienceWise and Baker University separately.

Learning Center in Haysville

The Learning Center in Haysville offers both on-ground and online workshops and courses for Baker credit.

Workshops & Courses

View the Learning Center in Haysville website for a calendar of upcoming workshops and courses.

Smoky Hill Education Service Center

Smoky Hill Education Service Center has offices in Hays and Salina.

Smoky Hill offers both on-ground and online workshops and courses for Baker credit.

Workshops & Courses

View the Smoky Hill website for a calendar of upcoming workshops and courses.

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Orion Education & Training (formerly South Central Kansas Education Service Center)

Orion Education and Training offers both online and on-ground professional development and courses for Baker credit.

Orion Education and Training offices and meeting facilities are located in Clearwater, Kansas, just a few miles southwest of Wichita.

Workshops & Courses

View the Orion Education and Training Website website for a calendar of upcoming workshops and courses.

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VESi Online Continuing Education Courses

VESi logoVESi is committed to developing online education courses for professionals that are convenient, relevant, and affordable—at a pace that fits your schedule.

  • Convenient because these interactive courses provide expert instruction at a pace that fits your schedule
  • Relevant to the significant educational and social issues in today’s schools as well as to the requirements you need to meet for relicensure or career advancement
  • Affordable because our format allows us to keep quality high and prices low

Workshops & Courses

View the VESi Website for courses, syllabi, tuition, and course descriptions. VESi courses are tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime and anywhere you have reliable, stable online access.

REGISTER FOR COURSES

Special Note: These courses have open registration. If the registration is received after 3 p.m. PST, the course link will be emailed to you the next business day. The latest a student may enroll is April 26. The deadline to complete and submit all course work is no later than May 10.

 

What Teachers Have to Say About Study Smarts

JEREMY | President of Study Smarts

Whether you have been teaching or overseeing a school for one day or 30 years, it is easy to spot students who lack effective study skills. In this workshop, you will learn the top three concepts and skills that make for a successful student. We will also teach you how to incorporate these into your school so you can empower students to reach their potential while at the same time reduce your own stress!

“The Study Smarts course is an ideal course for teachers wanting to create better learners in their classrooms and schools. All kids need to be taught this specific information about how to achieve in junior high, high school, and college!” —Ms. Kemme, Kansas Teacher
“Study Smarts is a dynamic course that has motivated me as a teacher to encourage my students to develop more effective study habits through the use of explicit step by step instructional techniques.  This course has given me the teaching tools to develop more organized and efficient learners. Study Smarts is both interactive and enjoyable!” —Ms. Reese, Kansas Teacher
“Jeremy, our instructor from Study Smarts, delivered a fun learning experience. He used positive reinforcements and real-world situations that are happening in our classrooms. He engaged his participants through his funny delivery of the lessons and provided us with a nice booklet for our notes. All of the strategies that were discussed were helpful for keeping our class organized and helping our students be more successful in our classes. I would highly recommend this class to other teachers.” —Victoria, Kansas Teacher

CONTINUING EDUCATION FAQ

1. Who is eligible to enroll in continuing education courses?

Anyone who has completed a bachelor’s degree is eligible to enroll in continuing education courses. Baker’s continuing education programs are designed for educators who seek additional graduate credit to meet state recertification requirements, increase knowledge in a particular subject area or enhance their earning power.

2. How do I register for classes?

Students are encouraged to register at least two weeks before a class starts because class sizes are limited. A confirmation letter is emailed following the receipt of registration. Baker University reserves the right to cancel a course because of insufficient enrollment. Students may register by calling, faxing, or mailing in the registration form.

  • Phone: 913.491.4432
  • Fax: 913.491.0470
  • Baker University
    7301 College Blvd.
    Overland Park, KS 66210
3. What are the restrictions on enrollment?

Guidelines of excellence and quality indicate that success is better ensured by continuing education participants if they limit the number of credit hours of enrollment per academic session. A continuing education participant may make a written appeal to enroll in additional credit hours.

4. What is the refund policy?
  1. Refund of full tuition requires written notification of withdrawal received prior to the first class session of a course.
  2. A 90 percent refund requires written notification of withdrawal received prior to the second class session of a course.
  3. Withdrawal after the second class of a course results in no tuition refund.
5. Do credits earned through Continuing Education apply to a degree program now or later?

Graduate credit hours earned through continuing education may apply to a degree program. However, students are strongly encouraged to contact the university they will apply to and inquire about their transfer policies.

CONTACT US

Tami Zillig
Director of Continuing Education
7301 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210
913.344.6038
tzillig@bakerU.edu

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