Registered with and approved by New York State’s Department of Education, the Education Program at Siena College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and nationally recognized by the National Council for Social Studies, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, the National Science Teachers Association, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Our program leads to certification in secondary (7-12) education.

Siena’s education program offers students:

  • A commitment to coursework that addresses the full range of students’ abilities and needs.
  • A proven foundation for graduate school in childhood education, special education, guidance counseling, school psychology, and health education.
  • Guidance from the Franciscan values in seeing the unique worth of each person.
  • Small class sizes where students work closely with faculty members.
  • Encouragement to think critically and become effective educators.
  • Valuable student teaching experience at the middle and high school levels.
  • Diverse established partnerships with rural, suburban, and urban schools.
  • Students are mentored by professionals from the Education Department and experts in their academic disciplines.

New York State certification at the secondary level (7-12 grade)

Our program prepares students to teach at the secondary level in the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, English, social studies, mathematics, Spanish, French. We also offer the two courses required for the 5th and 6th grade extension.

Become a Business or Computer Science Teacher (K-12)!

Siena is proud to offer a pathway to initial certification in Business and Computer Science. Both of these certifications are K-12. Each of these certifications are highly sought after by districts all over New York State.

Our minor is major!

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.

You'll Make the Grade

Our Saints have a 92% pass rate on all New York State Certification Exams! Alumni are employed as teachers or administrators in every Capital Region school district, throughout New York, and all over the US. Our teachers also go on to teach abroad! Saints are everywhere!

Robert Colesante

Department Chair, Professor of Education