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Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program
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If you have a strong commitment to teaching but have yet to earn your certification, join a community of learners working at an accelerated pace toward a common goal.

The Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program is an undergraduate teacher preparation program designed to fast-track your entry into the teaching profession. It is designed for teacher candidates who hold existing bachelor's degrees and are seeking secondary provisional teacher certification. The program consists of 30 semester hours, a combination of hands-on field work and 5 university courses. 

FAST FACT – Some courses have a significant online component and are offered in a “hybrid” format where students complete work in both a traditional classroom setting and online.

  • About the Program
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • Field Experience
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Accreditation

Learn more about the Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program.

This program is designed for teacher candidates who:

  1. hold existing bachelor's degrees and
  2. are seeking secondary provisional teacher certification

This program is an undergraduate teacher preparation program. All coursework will be completed at the undergraduate level. It is not the intent of this program for any coursework to be applied to eventual masters degree programs, however, students may find that some colleges/universities will find the content of the coursework to be equivalent and thus transferable.

For more details about the Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program, click here.

What is the program all about?

Our candidates:

  • participate in multiple, school-based experiences
  • work with classroom teachers who demonstrate best practices
  • are provided with opportunities to explore the connection between theory and practice and to work with a variety of students

The flexibility of the ICP program enables a highly diverse clientele access to teacher education at nontraditional times and by means of non-traditional delivery modes.

Students in this program enjoy:

  • cutting edge instructional technologies
  • excellent facilities
  • one-on-one learning opportunities
  • a blend of traditional and online classes
  • some courses in a hybrid format that could include:
    • case studies
    • online quizzes
    • group collaborations
    • virtual drop box submission for assignments, homework and projects

Who is the program for?

The Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program is designed to fast-track your entry to the teaching profession.

Ideal candidates include:

  • College graduates seeking secondary provisional teacher certification.
  • Teachers and substitutes who currently do not have a provisional teacher certificate.
  • Baccalaureate degreed individuals presently in business/industry seeking a career change.

Meet or contact the faculty members of the Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program.

Rae, Sally

Rae, Sally

Associate Professor of Education; Associate Professor of Education; Program Coordinator Elementary and Secondary Education517-264-7892
Wollett, Eleanor Leigh

Wollett, Eleanor Leigh

Assistant Professor of Education517-264-7888
Ross, Julie

Ross, Julie

Assistant Professor of Education517-264-7887
Mitchell, Carrie

Mitchell, Carrie

Director, Education Program;Assistant Professor of Education;Program Coordinator, Special Education517-264-7899

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 ICP students will log 224 clock hours of field experience prior to the student teaching placement.

The mentored internship will consist of supervised observation, participation, and teaching primarily in Lenawee County middle and high schools. Michigan’s Entry Level Standards for Teachers are the focus of the assessment tool used for this field experience.

During the fall semester, students will spend two full days per week in their student teaching classrooms (14 clock hours x 16 weeks = 224 clock hours).

Learn more about the T.E.A.C.H. organization(Teacher Education Association for Community Help).

T.E.A.C.H.

Mission Statement

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.

Membership Fees

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.

Additional Info

Division:

  • Division of Visual and Performing Arts and Education

Location(s):

Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

Sally Rae

Sally Rae

Associate Professor of Education; Coordinator of Elementary and Secondary Programs
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.