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Please note:  There are more traditional options at Siena Heights University for Post-Baccalaureate initial certification. Please contact Sally Rae, Coordinator for Elementary and Secondary Programs for information concerning these programs at (517) 264-7892 or  

Historical Background:

On October 2, 2002 the Michigan Department of Education approved SienaHeightsUniversity’s Undergraduate Teacher Education Program to offer an experimental program for the purpose of providing an alternative route to teacher certification for post-baccalaureate secondary level certification candidates. This program is considered experimental under Rule 53 of the Administrative Rules Governing the Certification of Michigan Teachers because it provides for temporary exemption from the requirement to obtain a teachable minor for post-baccalaureate secondary level certification candidates in identified areas of high need.

Individuals interested in this program must be aware that the exemption from a certifiable minor is only temporary – addition of a certifiable minor is required by the Michigan Department of Education and must be completed within 6 years of the issuance of the secondary provisional certificate. Failure to add a minor within this time frame will result in the expiration of the teaching certificate.

Rationale for the Program:

The Michigan State Board of Education Report of the Ensuring Excellent Educators Task Force (April 11, 2002) states

A review of school data makes teacher supply a matter of great urgency in Michigan. Our schools are experiencing growing school enrollment, reduced class size, and rising standards during a time of increasing teacher retirements and waning interest in teaching. This has resulted in critical teacher shortages in specific areas in both urban and rural districts…Like many other states, Michigan has found it necessary to look beyond traditional undergraduate preparation programs to meet its staffing needs. (p 13)


The task force goes on to encourage the “review and revising of relevant policies that support alternative routes to teacher certification while providing greater access to the teaching profession for non-traditional teacher candidates.” (p 15)

The commitment of the Michigan Department of Education to encourage innovative programs that assist non-traditional teacher candidates to transition faster into the teaching profession, the Siena Heights University Division of Education has designed, and been approved to offer, the Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program.


Program's Design:

This program is designed for teacher candidates who:

1. hold existing bachelors degrees and
2. are seeking secondary provisional teacher certification

This program is an undergraduate teacher preparation program. All coursework will be completed at the undergraduate level. It is not the intent of this program for any coursework to be applied to eventual masters degree programs, however, students may find that some colleges/universities will find the content of the coursework to be equivalent and thus transferable.

Prior to acceptance to this program, students are required to have successfully completed the coursework equivalent to a content area major in the field they wish to teach. All content area majors and minors, or their equivalencies, must correspond to those content areas approved by the Michigan Department of Education for Siena Heights University. Siena Heights University is currently authorized to offer the following majors for secondary certification: Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Social Studies and Spanish.

What will the program actually look like?

A cohort group of no more than 15 students will be selected to begin the program during the summer of 2016. Acceptance to the cohort group will be highly competitive. Completing transcript evaluations, interviews, and meeting application requirements will not guarantee acceptance to the program. Program acceptance will be determined by the members of Siena’s Teacher Education Committee.

In essence, the program consists of 30 semester hours, a combination of hands-on field work and 5 university courses. A full- time commitment by students to the program is required. Financial aid possibilities are available through the Siena Heights University Financial Aid Office.

The program begins with an Introduction to the Teaching Profession course and a Perspectives In American Education course that will meet both during the summer of 2016 (class will meet from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on dates decided on by the faculty and cohort: tentatively scheduled for selected Saturdays throughout the summer). The fall semester will run from the end of August 2016 through the end of the traditional fall semester. The winter semester will begin in January 2017 and run through the end of the traditional spring semester. Successful completion of the coursework and fieldwork will result in students applying for secondary provisional certification in May 2017.

Prior to Formal Application:

Students wishing to apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program will need to meet with Sally Rae, Coordinator for Elementary and Secondary Programs to discuss their major and determine whether additional coursework is necessary to complete program requirements in those majors.

While meeting with Sally, students will also need to discuss the details of Michigan’s teacher testing process. Passage of the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification is required prior to application to the program. Students will need to pass both the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) and the content area test within their majors. Students interested in the Intensive Certification Program are urged to register for the appropriate tests as soon as possible. Registration materials are always available in the Division of Education office or on line:    

These tests are only given five times a year (January, April, July, October and November) and are given at 11 testing locations around the state of Michigan.



Application Materials to the Program:

Application to the Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program requires:

• Completion of Siena Heights University Admission’s Application;

• Completion of an existing bachelors degree; official transcripts must be attached to the application packet; a meeting with faculty must take place prior to application to determine status of certifiable major; undergraduate grade point average and/or quality/quantity of work experience in the field will be considered as part of the acceptance process/criteria;

• Completion of all coursework within the certifiable major;

• Passage of all appropriate Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification;

Two letters of recommendation from:           

either a college/university faculty member from where candidate’s bachelors degree was earned or from someone in the career field/profession where candidate was previously employed and
           b. an individual who has seen/supervised candidate’s work with teenagers/youth sometime within the past two years;

• A professional resume accompanied by a written statement of intention explaining why the candidate is interested in this program and how the program will assist in achieving the candidate’s personal and professional goals, and

• Passage of a criminal history check from the Central Records Division of the Michigan Department of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.


There will be an acceptance notification before the end of the 2016 winter semester. Once accepted into the program, students must maintain a Siena G.P.A. of 3.0 in order to enroll in the next semester’s coursework.




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The "Post Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program" page contents:
  • Learn About ICP
  • Important Information (Documents)
  • Websites and Resources
  • ICP field work

Coursework/Field Experiences for the Post-Baccalaureate Intensive Certification Program:

Summer 2012:

Students will take ICP (Intensive Certification Program) 201. The class will meet from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on  four dates in August and September decided on by faculty and the cohort..  

ICP 201: Introduction to the Teaching Profession……………………3 sh
A course that actively involves prospective teachers in the real issues of schooling and education – issues such as curriculum, lesson planning, methodology, politics, global perspectives, classroom management, governance structures, ethics, diversity, developmental stages of children, and rules and policies governing teacher preparation and certification. The history of American education will also be studied with a particular focus upon its impact on eight micro cultures: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, women, those with exceptionalities, the impact of religious education and education as it differs by social class. Students will be introduced to Michigan’s Entry Level Standards for Teachers, the Michigan Curriculum Framework, and the Revised School Code.

Students complete their first semester student teaching placement along with methods coursework that will complement, inform, and enhance the student teaching experience.

Fall 2012

ICP 372:
Methods and Materials for Secondary Teaching………….6 sh
A course designed to assist teacher candidates with the identification, analysis, and application of effective secondary (grades 6-12) teaching methods and materials. Topics to be explored include: classroom management, motivation, short and long term lesson and unit planning, learning styles and multiple intelligences, developmentally appropriate curriculum, authentic assessment, students with exceptionalities, technology as an enhancement to the teaching/learning process, and teaching as an art. Special focus will be given to the methods and materials needed to teach specific content disciplines. Students will be required to join professional organizations within their content areas.
This course is offered in hybrid format. Students will meet on Tuesdays from 6-9p.m. at Siena and onThursdays online (90 clock hours)

ICP 480: Mentored Internship ………………….………………………6 sh
Supervised observation, participation, and teaching in middle and high schools selected and agreed upon by the candidate and the program director. Michigan’s Entry Level Standards for Teachers are the focus of the assessment tool used for this field experience.
Students will spend two full days per week in their student teaching classrooms (14 clock hours x 16 weeks =224 clock hours. If the school is on a trimester schedule students will spend three full days per week in their student teaching classroom in order to complete the hours prior to Thanksgiving break) 
ICP 335: Teaching of Reading Through the Content Areas……………..3sh
This course deals with secondary content reading instruction with an emphasis on reading to learn. Various strategies for content area reading instruction will be presented and students will be given instruction on how to recognize, instruct, and support students with reading disorders. Students will examine the social, cultural and dynamic nature of language, the processes of second language acquisition, and the strategies utilized in the reading and writing processes.
Students will meet Thursday evenings – 6-8:45 p.m.

January – April 2013
Student complete a full-time mentored internship experience along with the state-required 3 semester hour reading course

ICP 490: Student Teaching ………………………………………………8 sh
Supervised observation, participation, and teaching in middle and high schools. Michigan’s Entry Level Standards for Teachers are the focus of the assessment tool used for this field experience. University content area and teacher education faculty will actively be involved as mentors in this experience
Students will be in their field placements all day M- F  for 15 for the full semester.

ICP 495: Mentored Internship Seminar……… ………………………1 sh
Seminar will include group discussions and analysis of problems/challenge
and joys/successes encountered during the mentored internship experience.
Class will meet Tuesday from 4:50-5:50pm.

ICP 312: Understanding Today’s Youth………………………….……3 sh
An overview of the needs of today’s youth and a study of the developmental stages of secondary students ages 12-18. Coursework and activities focus on examining attitudes and adaptations to enhance instruction and the learning environment for youth with exceptionalities, including those with handicapping conditions, the gifted and talented, and those with cultural differences. Students will also examine urban education and the needs of students who are part of the urban teaching and learning experience. Students will be required to observe and participate in secondary urban, special education, and inclusion classrooms. They will search for connections between these field experiences and their student teaching placements.
All four sessions will run from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. (36 clock hours)