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.