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Elementary Education Certification Options
A student coming into Siena Heights University Teacher Education Program has the option of gaining either elementary certification or secondary certification. Below are the options available for each.   
Elementary Teacher Certification Plan A: Academic Major and Planned Minor
In this plan, students may select any of the following academic subject areas as majors:
English/Language Arts, Integrated Science, Mathematics or Social Studies
Attach to that the Elementary Planned Minor (30-31 credits) consisting of the following courses:
EDU 360:   Practicum
SST 344:   Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom
MAT 150: Math for Elementary Teachers I
MAT 151: Math for Elementary Teachers II
NSC 371: Science in the Elementary Classroom 
TSC 341: Integreate Language Arts
EDU 211: Health and Movement
ART 352: Art in the Elementary School
MSC 214: Music Activities for Children
TSC 343: Teaching Creative Dramatics
*** ***: World Language
Plan B: Elementary Comprehensive Major with  and endorsement in Early Childhood Education, Special Education or a World Language
In this plan, students select the 45 credit comprehensive major. To that they attach one of the three endorsements: 
Early Childhood Education 26 credits (which leads to the ZS endorsement);
Special Education; minimum of 36 credits, either Learning Disabilities or Cognitive Impairements
Spanish; minimum 21 credits which allows the student to teach Spanish in grades K-8.

Secondary Teacher Certification

Siena Heights University is approved by the Michigan Department of Education to recommend candidates for secondary teacher certification. In Michigan, the term “secondary” refers to grades six through twelve (6-12), that is, junior and senior high school. The holders of secondary teaching certificates are authorized to teach their academic major and minor(s) in grades six through twelve. To become certified as secondary school teachers, students must complete the following:
(1) an academic major
(2) an academic minor
(3) the professional education sequence (37-40 semester hours)
(4) the liberal arts component (32-35 semester hours)
(5) successful passage of the MTTC state test in both the major and the minor