Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Educational Studies

Siena’s nationally recognized Education Department trains outstanding middle school and high school teachers. But your interest in education may lie elsewhere. After all, the field of education is broad and the work of education takes many forms. Whatever your intended major, a minor in Educational Studies will give you the tools you need to share your academic passion with the next generation of youth.

The minor will help prepare you for careers in:

  • corporate training and staff development
  • educational outreach in museums, national parks and environmental centers
  • lobbying and advocacy for educational organizations like school boards and teachers unions
  • working with children and adolescents outside traditional classroom settings

The minor will help you build a solid foundation if you want to pursue graduate-level certification in:

  • elementary education
  • special education
  • school guidance counseling
  • school psychology
  • school social work
  • school district business leadership

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.

Minors:


Career Opportunities

Education administrators 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

Wages:

The median annual wage was $88,380 in 2013.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. They adapt general education lessons and teach various subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with mild and moderate disabilities. They also teach basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques, to students with severe disabilities.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,060 in May 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 6% from 2012 to 2022.

Training and development managers plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees. Training and development managers work in nearly every industry. Candidates need a combination of education and related work experience.

Job titles include: Director of Education, Education and Development Manager, Manager of Staff Training and Development, Training and Development Coordinator, Training Director, Training Manager, Development Manager, Director of Educational Services, Director of Staff Development, Learning Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $95,400 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow by 11% from 2012 to 2022.

Elementary School Teachers teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $53,400 in 2013.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected grow by 12% from 2012 to 2022.

Investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.

Job titles include School Psychologist, Psychologist, Consulting Psychologist, Early Intervention School Psychologist, Bilingual School Psychologist, Child Study Team Director and School Psychometrist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $67,650 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

School Counselors counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.

Job titles include Guidance Counselor, Counselor, School Counselor, Academic Advisor, Career Counselor, College Counselor, Career Services Director, Academic Counselor, Advisor and Career Center Director.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $53,610 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Wages:

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

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% 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.

Wages:

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

GROWTH FORECAST:

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