Program

120

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Total Classes

On Ground

Format

The purpose of the Child Development program is to establish quality programs for young children and their families and prepare competent and ethical childcare workers and educators. 

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“I teach every day. I go in the classrooms. I am their coach and I am their helper. … If you are a teacher, then you are always a teacher.”
 
Katie Guilbault Decker ’89
PRINCIPAL, HOLLINGSWORTH STEAM, WALTER LONG STEAM AND WALTER BRACKEN STEAM ACADEMIES
LAS VEGAS
MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA’S 2013 NATIONAL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
Katie Guilbault Decker ’89

The Education Program at Siena Heights University.

At Siena Heights, the curriculum covers the growth, learning and development of children in three distinct age groups: Infant to Toddler, Pre-Primary, and Primary. The program offers a balance of educational theory and practical experience. Students observe and work regularly with children in schools and child development centers. 

The purpose of the Child Development program is to establish quality programs for young children and their families and prepare competent and ethical childcare workers and educators. 

Child Development is offered as a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentration in Montessori Education, a two-year Associate of Arts degree and Teacher Education endorsement (ZS) in Early Childhood Education. Students in Child Development also may pursue institute training to earn a Montessori credential through the Montessori Children’s House adjacent to campus.

The program offers a balance of educational theory and practical experience. The Child Development curriculum includes the growth, learning and development of children in three distinct age groups: Infant/Toddler, Pre-Primary and Early Primary. Course work focuses on developmental characteristics/behaviors, appropriate practices, assessment and administration.


Jennifer Haeussler
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
jbrewer1@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7841

This state approved program is only one of 12 in Michigan in compliance with standards and approved for state funded pre-K programs. All programs meet the national standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

 


Graduates in Child Development are prepared for a variety of careers working with young children and their families.

Career opportunities include direct service to children and families as child care program directors, lead/assistant caregivers, teachers (preschool, infant/toddler, elementary certification with early childhood endorsement), nannies, recreation leaders and early interventionists.

Careers providing indirect service include early childhood advocates, licensing specialists, consultants, researchers, consumer advocates, marketing representatives and software developers. In addition, graduates completing the Montessori concentration degree are prepared for placements with infants/toddlers (0-3) and early childhood (3-6) Montessori emphasis.

To prepare students for career placement, students compile a professional portfolio including résumé, log of field experience, professional statements and work samples. Students also participate in mock interviews which help to prepare them for future interviews.


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 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.


Costs & Aid

We know that college can be expensive, but we don’t want cost to keep you from attending Siena Heights University! We offer numerous financial aid opportunities. Federal aid is available to students who qualify by completing the FAFSA. Feel free to contact us with questions about financial aid opportunities, or click on one of the links below.