About: Education

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!

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.

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.

Through rigorous academic study, clinical experience hours, and continuous reflection on one's evolving philosophy of education, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Program Info

Secondary Teacher Certification

Learn more about Secondary Teacher Certification

Meet Siena


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Lucia Alfaro

Chemistry major, track and cross country, Adrian Campus

Faculty & Staff

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Gail A. Ryder

Associate Professor of Humanities


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Denise Washington

Bachelor & Master's degree graduate); adjunct instructor; Community Development Specialist, City of Battle Creek
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.