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PREPARED. CONFIDENT. EMPLOYED. Those are some of the words our graduates use to describe their experience in the education program at Siena Heights University. We believe in experience. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, students acquire significant hours of field experience. In fact, Siena’s program more than doubles the state requirement!

Our full-time faculty average more than 30 years of classroom experience. Additionally, students in our graduate programs bring their diversity of experience with them to class, providing an enriching learning environment.

FAST FACT – With a student-teacher satisfaction rate of more than 96 percent, our students graduate prepared for the head of the class. We continue to be a resource for them even after graduation.

  • About the Program
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • Field Experience
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Accreditation
  • THE SIENA EFFECT: Education

Learn more about the certifications and endorsements you can receive through the Education program.

The Teacher Education Program at Siena Heights University focuses on education in its broadest vision. Students are encouraged to explore various aspects of the teaching/learning process, in addition to the formal preparation required for classroom teaching.

Siena Heights University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation accrediting agency and has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education as an education preparation institution.

For details about the Teacher Education Program at Siena Heights University, click here.

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 and Specialist of Arts.


Elementary Education

Majors Minors

Click here for more details about an Elementary Education Certification at Siena Heights University.

Secondary Education

Majors Minors

Click here for more details about a Secondary Education Certification at Siena Heights University.

Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program
This is a Post-Baccalaureate program for college graduates seeking secondary Provisional Teacher Certification. The 12-month program prepares individuals for entry into the teaching profession. The same majors and minors available to students in the Secondary Education program are also available to those in the Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program.

Click here for more details about the Intensive Certification Program at Siena Heights University.

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.


  • Early Childhood Education (preK-3)
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • English as a Second Language (K-12)
  • Middle Level Endorsement (5-9)
  • Reading (K-12)
  • Secondary Education (6-12)
  • Special Education/Learning Disabilities (K-12)
  • School Counseling (NT)

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

Meet or contact the faculty members of the Teacher Education program.

Rae, Sally

Rae, Sally

Associate Professor of Education; Program Coordinator Elementary and Secondary Education517-264-7892
Mitchell, Carrie

Mitchell, Carrie

Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Special Education517-264-7899
Wollett, Eleanor Leigh

Wollett, Eleanor Leigh

Associate Professor of Education517-264-7888
Ross, Julie

Ross, Julie

Assistant Professor of Education517-264-7887

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 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 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.

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.

Meet Katie Guilbault Decker, Class of 1989

Katie Guilbault Decker 

Major: Teacher Education

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

Katie Guilbault Decker has made learning fun again for students, teachers and parents at the Walter Bracken STEAM Academy in urban Las Vegas. As the recipient of the 2013 Magnet Schools of America Principal of the Year Award, Decker has transformed an underperforming, underprivileged school into one of the best in the state of Nevada.

Decker, who spent the previous 11 years as a teacher and an assistant principal in the Las Vegas area, saw an opportunity to improve the failing school. She made the 
shift to more of a science, technology, arts, engineering and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum. The results have been nothing short of remarkable. Bracken is now one of the top schools in the state. It received High Achievement status from the state of Nevada for Adequate Yearly Progress and ranked among the top 5 percent of all schools in the district.

She said Siena Heights—especially the late Sister Eileen Rice—helped in-still those teaching values in her.

“I adored (Sister Eileen). I would love to be even half of what she was. We used to joke that she never slept.She was probably one of the bigger influential people in my life.”

“We’re showing our community what a school can be.”

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Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

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Kathryn Burke

Child Development Instructor; Child Development Program Coordinator


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Andy Switzer '13

Social Studies Education Graduate; Teaching English in China
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
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