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.

Teaching Certification Program

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.

Inspired by the life and work of Francis of Assisi, Siena’s education program prepares teachers to create a good and just society. Our program leads to certification in secondary (7-12) education.

Studying education at Siena

Once accepted into our Teacher Preparation Program, you will be required to meet all course requirements for your chosen major. At the same time, you will work toward your teaching certificate by completing our Teacher Preparation program requirements. When you graduate, you will be equipped to provide quality learning environments for secondary students with diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Certification in Adolescent Education

Siena’s education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is registered with the New York State Department of Education. Our programs lead to New York State Initial Teacher Certification in Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) in Biology, Chemistry, English Language Arts, French, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, and Spanish. We also offer a program leading to Initial Teacher Certification in Business and Marketing (all grades).

Educational Studies Minor

The Minor in Educational Studies offers students an opportunity to examine and develop informed opinions on questions pertaining to the role of education in a democracy, questions of opportunity, equity and access, and issues of justice, the common good and human rights. Through an integrated collection of courses, individual research and faculty guidance, students will develop a sophisticated understanding of an education-related area of concentration of their choice.

The minor helps prepare students 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 students build a solid foundation for graduate-level certification in:

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

Department Chair

Mark Jury

Mark R. Jury

Associate Professor of Education

210 Rosetti Hall

(518) 783‑4259

Saint Spotlight

Amy Peterson

Class of 2014

Mathematics Major

Garnerville, N.Y.


"I chose Mathematics Education because I knew I had to go into a helping profession, and also because I knew Math would be a challenge, and that is something I wanted in my college education," says Amy.