Meet or contact the faculty members of the Teacher Education program.
Assistant Professor of Child Developmentkburke2@sienaheights.edu57-264-7841 Associate Professor of Educationsrae@sienaheights.edu517-264-7892 Assistant Professor of Education/Director of Special Education Programcmitchel@sienaheights.edu517-264-7899 Assistant Professor of Educationewollett@sienaheights.edu517-264-7888
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.
To learn more about T.E.A.C.H., click here.
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.