Majors, Minors, & Certificates


Siena College's Teacher Preparation Program is designed to allow students to complete New York State requirements for Initial Certification (Grades 7-12, with an opportunity for a grades 5-6 extension) at the undergraduate level. The program's excellence is recognized not only by New York State's Department of Education, but also, and equally important, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the gold standard for teacher preparation.

​Program Highlights

  • Students major in the discipline they seek to teach.
  • Development of effective communication, mentoring, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Supervision is shared by faculty in the Education Department and the department in which the student is majoring.
  • Siena, located in the Capital Region of the State of New York, is well situated to have students work in urban, suburban and rural school settings.
  • Fieldwork is required in all Education courses required for certification in a variety of school settings.
  • The student teaching experience is a two-semester experience in the same schools. Students-teachers are lead instructors working under the mentorship of cooperating teachers.
  • Preparation for education careers in public schools, charter schools, private schools and parochial schools across the country as well internationally. Many of our graduates are also administrators.

Employers of our Graduates

Siena alumni are employed as teachers or administrators in every Capital Region school district, as well as many others throughout New York State.

Education Department

At Siena, we’ve been committed to teacher preparation since our founding in 1937. Our renowned Teacher Preparation Program prepares you to teach or serve in other roles in schools and educational organizations. Siena’s education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and is registered with the New York State Department of Education.



Career Opportunities

Education Professors teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Education Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor of Education, Instructor, Assistant Professor of Education, Associate Professor of Education, Faculty Member, Lecturer


The median annual wage was $59,350 in 2012.


Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

People who work in community and social service occupations are concerned with improving society and the lives of individuals. These workers perform a diverse array of duties that may include counseling individuals with substance abuse and behavioral problems, providing social assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of families, and offering spiritual and moral guidance to members of a faith.


The median annual wage was $44,240 in 2012.


Employment in the social service industry is expected to grow 17.2% by 2020.

Directors of Religious Activities and/or Education plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.

Job titles include: Children’s Ministries Director, Christian Education Director, Religious Education Director, Christian Education Minister, Youth Ministry Director, Youth Pastor, Youth Director, Associate Pastor, Children’s Minister, Women’s Ministry Director


The median annual wage was $37,280 in 2012.


Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Education Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.

Job titles include: Principal, Assistant Principal, Superintendent, Middle School Principal, Elementary Principal, High School Principal, School Superintendent, School Administrator, Athletic Director, Special Education Director


The median annual wage was $87,760 in 2012.


Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Higher education administrators, or postsecondary educational administrators, plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

Job titles include: Dean, Registrar, Academic Dean, Provost, Academic Affairs Vice President, College President, Admissions Director, Dean of Students, Financial Aid Director, and Academic Affairs Dean.


The median annual wage was $86,490 in 2012.


Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Secondary school teachers teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.


The median annual wage was $55,050 in 2012.


Employment is projected to experience 3-7% growth from 2012 to 2022.

The education sector comprises establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges, universities, and training centers.


Depends on job function.


​Employment in the education is expected to grow 9.4% by 2022.