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.

If you have previously taken classes at Baker and have access to MyBaker Portal, you may enroll through the portal. Download instructions.

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 $120/credit hour
Technology fee $10/credit hour

REGISTRATION

Register online or if you have previously taken classes at Baker and have access to MyBaker Portal, you may enroll through the portal. pdf Download instructions.

View course schedule.

MEET YOUR GO-TO PERSON

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

ON CAMPUS, ONLINE,  BLENDED

Take courses in Overland Park for face-to-face instruction and discussion. Or take courses online for maximum convenience. Blended 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 of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (312.263.0456, ncahlc.org) since 1913.

CONTINUING EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS

Study Smarts Workshop for Educators | Course Available Sept. 11 - Nov. 17, 2017

Learn How to Teach Study Skills That Help Students Reach Their Potential

Jeremy Cox, president of Study Smarts, presents a workshop for teachers (grades 5-12), superintendents, principals, and board members.

Online class opens Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.
Course work must be finished by Friday, Nov. 17.

REGISTER ONLINE

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!

This workshop is entertaining, educational, and equips every participant for lifelong educational success.

Cost | $115

  • 1 credit hour
  • Workbook

Benefits of Partnering With Study Smarts

  1. Drop-out rates dropped 7 points. Example: If a school had 100 students and 10% dropped out previous to Study Smarts training, that number to lowered to just 3% after Study Smarts training.
  2. GPAs increased by almost a half point (0.47).
  3. 98% of participants say they would recommend Study Smarts.
  4. 88% of teachers say Study Smarts provided them strategies to teach more effectively.
KSDE Annual Conference (1 hour of graduate credit) | Oct. 12 & 13, 2017

Earn graduate credit through Baker University | $70 for 1 credit hour

REGISTER ONLINE

Course Description

This course is designed for educators who aspire to gain knowledge and improve their educational practices and skills. Participants attending the 28th Annual KSDE Conference will focus on school improvement and the continuous improvement of academic performance for all students. Participants will have the opportunity to select sessions and workshops on topics connected to their area of interest. These sessions and workshops will provide knowledge and resources in the areas of academic and cognitive preparation, technical and employability skills, and civic engagement for all leadership levels of the district and community.

Course Objectives

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

  1. Illustrate engagement with the key issues presented in the sessions/workshops attended
  2. Model decision-making and planning skills that are based on knowledge of content area, best practices, and curriculum goals
  3. Articulate effective methods to manage and monitor student learning

Assignment

  1. At the KSDE Annual Conference attend the sessions/workshops of your choice.
  2. Write a reflection paper that identifies the sessions/workshops you attended. Identify the sessions you attended by session title and presenter(s). Your paper should be 3 to 5 pages double spaced.
  3. Give an overview and your reaction. Some questions to incorporate into your paper could include, do you agree/disagree with the information given, what did you learn, and how will you use this information in your work?  Thoughts and ideas you now have from the overall conference that may impact or change your professional and/or personal beliefs and practice.
  4. The deadline for this assignment is Sunday, Nov. 5 11:59 p.m. Email your paper to tzillig@bakerU.edu.
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.

REGISTER FOR COURSES

South Central Kansas Education Service Center

SCKESC offers both online and on-ground professional development and courses for Baker credit.

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

Workshops & Courses

View the SCKESC Website website for a calendar of upcoming workshops and courses.

REGISTER FOR COURSES

VESi Online Continuing Education Courses

VESi is committed to developing online education courses for professionals that are convenient, relevant, and affordable.

  • 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.

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 November 1. The deadline to complete and submit all course work is no later than November 17.

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