Meet or contact the faculty members of the Teacher Education program.
Associate Professor of Education; Program Coordinator Elementary and Secondary Educationsrae@sienaheights.edu517-264-7892 Director, Education Program;Assistant Professor of Education;Program Coordinator, Special Educationcmitchel@sienaheights.edu517-264-7899 Assistant Professor of Educationewollett@sienaheights.edu517-264-7888 Assistant Professor of Educationjross@sienaheights.edu517-264-7887
Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Education.
Students who graduate from the Teacher Education Program at Siena Heights University apply for an initial teaching certificate from the State of Michigan. They are prepared to seek employment as teachers in either elementary or secondary schools.
Other related careers include jobs in early childhood education centers, intermediate school districts, state departments of education, professional education associations, education publishing, and the educational divisions of industry. Further education could prepare students for professions such as school administrators, librarians, guidance counselors and school psychologists.
The job market for teacher in Michigan is tight, but there are some shortages present. Students’ chances for full-time employment can be increased if they are able to move within Michigan or into states which have shortages. Careful selection of majors, minors, and endorsement areas can also increase students’ chances for full-time employment.
Students at Siena Heights University can continue their education to the master’s level without attending another university. Siena Heights University offers graduate programs in early childhood, elementary, middle school and secondary education, as well as special education, math education with technology, teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and school counseling. Planned programs are available for candidates already holding bachelor’s degrees. These programs provide for teacher certificate renewal, upgrade, endorsement, and work toward the master of arts degree.
Learn more about the Field Experience requirement at Siena Heights.
The Michigan Department of Education requires a minimum of 100 clock hours of field experience prior to the student teaching placement. It is the belief of Siena’s Teacher Education Program that the more experience students have prior to student teaching, the greater their chances of a successful student teaching placement.
As a result, it is Siena’s policy that students will log 250 clock hours of field experience prior to the student teaching placement. These hours are to be logged in Appendix B of the Teacher Education student handbook and appropriate signatures are needed to verify these hours.
Prior to actually participating in the student teaching experience, students will be required to submit this documentation. Most of the needed 250 hours of field experience are built into the coursework within the Professional Education Sequence and the Elementary Planned Minor. Students will need to obtain on their own any additional hours needed to make the 250-hour requirement. Field experience done while attending other teacher education institutions may be used for these hours, provided they are documented with the appropriate signatures.
For more details about the field experience requirements, click here.
Learn more about the T.E.A.C.H. organization(Teacher Education Association for Community Help).
The Teacher Education Association for Community Help (T.E.A.C.H.) is an organization dedicated to reach out and help learners of the community who are in need, by providing supplies, support, and resources to enhance one’s education.
Statement of Eligibility
Those who are eligible:
- Must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5
- Must have three credits toward either educational or child development major at Siena Heights
All SHU students who are working toward an Education or Child Development major/minor without regard to race, religious creed, gender, national origin, differing abilities, or sexual orientation are eligible to participate in T.E.A.C.H.
An annual fee of $5 is required while an active member of T.E.A.C.H.
Siena Heights University’s Teacher Education Program was granted Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from May 3, 2013 to May 3, 2020. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.
For a Summary of the Case, click here.
Meet Katie Guilbault Decker, Class of 1989
Katie Guilbault Decker
Major: Teacher Education
What Katie is Doing: Award-Winning Principal of the Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, Las Vegas, Nev.
Katie Guilbault Decker has made learning fun again for students, teachers and parents at the Walter Bracken STEAM Academy in urban Las Vegas. As the recipient of the 2013 Magnet Schools of America Principal of the Year Award, Decker has transformed an underperforming, underprivileged school into one of the best in the state of Nevada.
Decker, who spent the previous 11 years as a teacher and an assistant principal in the Las Vegas area, saw an opportunity to improve the failing school. She made the shift to more of a science, technology, arts, engineering and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum. The results have been nothing short of remarkable. Bracken is now one of the top schools in the state. It received High Achievement status from the state of Nevada for Adequate Yearly Progress and ranked among the top 5 percent of all schools in the district.
She said Siena Heights—especially the late Sister Eileen Rice—helped in-still those teaching values in her.
“I adored (Sister Eileen). I would love to be even half of what she was. We used to joke that she never slept.She was probably one of the bigger influential people in my life.”
“We’re showing our community what a school can be.”