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The Teacher Education Program at Siena Heights University focuses on education in its broadest vision. Through rigorous academic study, an abundance of hours in classroom field experience, active participation in the performing and visual arts, and continuous reflection on one’s evolving philosophy of education, the Siena Heights Teacher Education student not only learns from those who have gone before, but also creates imaginative and innovative learning activities that will inspire their students to wholeheartedly engage in the learning process.

FAST FACT – Student Teaching is a cooperative endeavor of the personnel of Siena Heights University, the Lenawee County schools, and the Michigan Department of Education. It represents a significant part of the student’s total preparation for teaching. Consisting of a carefully planned sequence of field experiences, directed observations, related activities, conferences, and full-time teaching, it provides on-the-job experience under professional supervision. The comprehensive exit interview allows each student an opportunity to reflect on the entire experience and engage in the process of self-assessment, and provides an opportunity for the university and the teacher education program faculty to evaluate the progress of each candidate toward the achievement of the desired outcomes.

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

Learn more about the certifications and endorsements you can receive through the Education program.

The Teacher Education Program at Siena Heights University focuses on education in its broadest vision. Students are encouraged to explore various aspects of the teaching/learning process, in addition to the formal preparation required for classroom teaching.

Siena Heights University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation accrediting agency and has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education as an education preparation institution.

For details about the Teacher Education Program at Siena Heights University, click here.

At Siena Heights University, Teacher Education students choose from a variety of teachable majors and minors for either initial certification or additional endorsements. Siena Heights University has authorization from the Michigan Department of Education to recommend certification and/or additional endorsements in a variety of grade levels and content areas, including post-BA initial certification and degrees for Master of Arts and Specialist of Arts.


Elementary Education

Majors Minors

Click here for more details about an Elementary Education Certification at Siena Heights University.

Secondary Education

Majors Minors

Click here for more details about a Secondary Education Certification at Siena Heights University.

Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program
This is a Post-Baccalaureate program for college graduates seeking secondary Provisional Teacher Certification. The 12-month program prepares individuals for entry into the teaching profession. The same majors and minors available to students in the Secondary Education program are also available to those in the Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program.

Click here for more details about the Intensive Certification Program at Siena Heights University.

Child Development
This is a program that prepares child care providers to work in centers, homes and preschool classrooms. Michigan teaching certification endorsement (ZS) is also available through the Child Development Program.

Click here for more details about a Certification in Child Development at Siena Heights University.


  • Early Childhood Education (preK-3)
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • English as a Second Language (K-12)
  • Middle Level Endorsement (5-9)
  • Reading (K-12)
  • Secondary Education (6-12)
  • Special Education/Learning Disabilities (K-12)
  • School Counseling (NT)

Click here for more details about Teacher Education Endorsements at Siena Heights University.

Meet or contact the faculty members of the Teacher Education program.

Rae, Sally

Rae, Sally

Associate Professor of Education; Program Coordinator Elementary and Secondary Education517-264-7892
Mitchell, Carrie

Mitchell, Carrie

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

Wollett, Eleanor Leigh

Assistant Professor of Education517-264-7888
Ross, Julie

Ross, Julie

Assistant Professor of Education517-264-7887

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, education and special education. Planned programs are available for candidates already holding bachelor’s degrees. These programs provide for teacher certificate renewal, upgrade, endorsementand work toward the Master of Arts degree.

Learn more about the Field Experience requirement at Siena Heights.


We believe the more experience students have, the greater their chance of success. Field experience gives students the opportunity to apply theory into practice through a variety of placements. Siena Heights students will log more than 250 clock hours of field experience during their program of study.

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.

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).


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


  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Division of Visual and Performing Arts and Education


Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

Kathryn Burke

Kathryn Burke

Child Development Instructor; Child Development Program Coordinator
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.