University of Pittsburgh School of Education
 

Curriculum

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Curriculum

View suggested plan of study for students pursuing dual certification, TVI and O&M. Students pursuing dual certification will enroll for both online and campus-based courses. Courses are offered online in the fall, spring, and summer terms. Within the TVI certification tract, all courses are offered online, but for each course offered a face-to-face weekend workshop on Pitt’s Oakland Campus is required. The O&M program requires students to participate in a two 6-week on-campus courses spread over two consecutive summers.

In addition to these didactic courses, students complete three levels of clinical practice. The first is an observational experience focused on TVI and O&M instructional practices. The second is a TVI student teaching practicum. Students apply for a PDE Instructional I teaching certificate upon successful completion of the TVI didactic coursework, the student teaching practicum, and the required Praxis II exams.

The third practicum is a 350-clockhour O&M Internship required by ACVREP, which is scheduled at the completion of the O&M didactic courses. Students are also required to attend a weekend workshop on Pitt’s Oakland Campus prior to beginning the O&M internship. Students completing the academic and clinical requirements of the O&M curricula must pass a national certification exam in O&M (see the ACVREP website for details) in order to become eligible for O&M certification.

Students have multiple options towards program completion. The dual certification courses are typically offered in a two-course per term pairing. Students may also combine a Master's of Education (MEd) degree to their certification program of study. Students needing to complete a MEd degree and/or co-requisite courses may add additional courses to become a full-time student. The dual certification program takes approximately three years to complete.