The University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, offers a post-baccalaureate program for Science teacher certification (grades 7-12), the Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT). This program is appropriate for individuals with non-education backgrounds in their baccalaureate studies. A strong science background and educational methodology are the foci of studies. Professional development is stressed through the use of teaching portfolios showing content background, teaching competencies, and technology in the design of instruction. Certification studies are available in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science, and General Science. Details are below:
- requires Teaching Interns to take and pass the Content Knowledge test (Praxis II) during the first semester of their program in order to obtain their Intern Certificate
- satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate (pending passing scores on the national PRAXIS II Exam, successful completion of the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430), and satisfactory performance in courses and in the internship)
- is completed in three terms (fall, spring, summer 1 session) beginning in late August of the admission year and concluding in mid-June of the following year
- consists of 36 credits of graduate course work combined with a maximum 4.5 day per week internship in a local school district from September through June
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