Elementary Teacher Certification

Elementary Teacher Certification

When I look back, those were the teachers I remembered the most. Those were the best ones I had. … There was this culture that said, ‘this was the place you want to be a part of.’
Anthony Butler ’04
Director of Religious Education at Saint Augustine Catholic Church, Rensselaer, Ind.
  • About: Education
  • Meet the Faculty
  • 3 Things: Elementary Certification
  • Accreditation
  • Field Experience
  • Career Opportunities
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • THE SIENA EFFECT: Education
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.

The Division of Education is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education to serve as a preparation institution.

Teacher Education at SHU focuses on education in its broadest vision. We believe teaching is both an art and a science. Students are encouraged to explore various aspects of the teaching/learning process, in addition to the formal preparation required for teaching. 

Through rigorous academic study, clinical experience hours, and continuous reflection on one's evolving philosophy of education, the Siena Heights education student not only learns from those who have gone before, but creates imaginative and innovative learning activities that will inspire prospective students to wholeheartedly engage in the learning process.

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.


Approved Program Areas 

Major Endorsements Minors/Endorsements
  • Biology (secondary)
  • Chemistry (secondary)
  • Child Development
  • English (Secondary)
  • History
  • Integrated Science
  • Language Arts (elementary)
  • Mathematics
  • Music Education
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Special Education (K-12 Learning Disabilities or Cognitive Impairment endorsements)
  • Biology (secondary)
  • Chemistry (secondary)
  • Computer Information Systems (secondary)
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education (secondary)
  • Planned Program (elementary)
  • Spanish

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.

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

Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Special Education
Division of Education
Associate Professor of Education; Program Coordinator Elementary and Secondary Education
Division of Education
Assistant Professor of Education
Division of Education
Associate Professor of Education, Coordinator of Language Arts Program
Division of Education
Associate Professor of Education
Division of Education
#1. Volunteering focused on student/community service to the underserved in the community

#2. Professional sequence courses have nearly 300 hours of clinical field experience (the Michigan Department of Education requires 100 hours)

#3. High employment rates within candidates’ fields.

Siena Heights University’s Division of Education was granted national accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for the full seven years, from Spring 2020 to Spring 2027. This accreditation certifies the forenamed professional initial certification programs has provided evidence of meeting all CAEP’s standards.


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 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 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.


In December 2016, SHU Professor Tyler George's Social Studies Teacher Education class took part in an innovative learning experience called Twitter Chat. 

Katie Guilbault Decker 

Major: Teacher Education

What Katie is Doing: Award-Winning Principal of the Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, Las Vegas, Nev.




Additional Info


  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Education Division



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