Program

120

Total Credits

37-40

Total Classes

On Ground

Format

The philosophy of the Special Education program is based on beliefs that influence the nature and content of instructional offerings. Emphasis is placed on incorporating practical application with theoretical discussion and legal/ethical aspects of facilitating learning of children with disabilities.

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“It’s a very rigorous program. You have so much field experience that by the time you are done student teaching, you are ready to be in the classroom and be in charge.”
 
Jessica Dilyard Tillotson ‘13
TEACHER, ONSTED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ONSTED, MICH.
Jessica Dilyard Tillotson ‘13

Learn about the Education Program at Siena Heights University.

The primary goal of the Special Education program is to develop self-confident, inquisitive, and thoughtful educators who are grounded in the breadth and depth of Learning Disabilities and Cognitive Impairments.

The philosophy of the Special Education program is based on beliefs that influence the nature and content of instructional offerings. Emphasis is placed on incorporating practical application with theoretical discussion and legal/ethical aspects of facilitating learning of children with disabilities.

The philosophy of the endorsement program of Learning Disabilities is based on beliefs that influence the nature and content of instructional offerings. Beliefs related to this program are:

 

  • All exceptional children and adults can benefit from educational programs.
  • All facets of learning must be addressed: academic subjects as well as social skills and study skills.
  • Education for persons with a learning disability should begin as early as possible and continue as long as needed. Attention should be paid to the periods of transition.
  • Exceptional individuals have the right to be placed in the educational setting that is least restrictive. Consulting teachers, resource programs, and inclusive settings can be alternatives for most children with learning disabilities.
  • Special educators are a resource to the educational community. Through their knowledge and skills, special educators provide both direct service to exceptional children and supportive services to other persons, both professional and lay, who are responsible for teaching exceptional children.

Carrie Mitchell
Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Special Education
cmitchel@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7899

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.


  • Graduate hiring rate of 100 percent
  • A total of 74 percent of courses have clinical field experience
  • Hands-on modeling of instruction

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.