What is teacher certification?
Whether your career goals include teaching French to sixth graders, transforming local public schools, or developing curricula and activities for special needs students, the School of Education offers you a wide variety of teaching certification options, each of which provide you with the training needed to achieve your career goals. Our faculty-led courses embody an essential combination of research and clinical-based instruction, providing you with up-to-date knowledge and on-the-job experience that will lead to your success as a professional educator.
The MAT program options, listed below, offer you the opportunity to simultaneously gain a Master of Arts in teaching degree and meet the requirements to obtain a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate. Our MAT program also offers the most current curriculum selections, a collaborative cohort structure, and an innovative mix of online and hybrid courses.
The School of Education also created the Urban Scholars Program, which helps prepare preservice teachers to be successful in urban schools by pairing them with skilled mentors who help build positive relationships with students. We also work with schools through programs like the Western PA Writing Project, which helps educators become better at teaching writing.
In addition, we offer Administrative and Professional Certificates, which are suited to those prospective students who have already achieved their initial teaching certifications. Please see our Teacher Certification FAQ for more general information about our teacher preparation programs, or investigate any of our individual program offerings below.
Single Certification Offerings
Early Childhood Education
Secondary Education (grades 7-12)
- English and Communications Education
- Foreign Language Education
- Mathematics Education
- Science Education
- Social Studies Education
Dual Certification Offerings
Applied Developmental Psychology
Secondary Education (grades 7-12) and Special Education (grades 7-12)
- English and Communications Education / Special Education: MOSAIC
- Foreign Language / Special Education: MOSAIC
- Mathematics Education / Special Education: MOSAIC
- Science Education / Special Education: MOSAIC
- Social Studies Education / Special Education: MOSAIC
Masters in Social Work with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Teaching in Secondary Education (MSW/CAST)
Advanced / Supplemental Certification Offerings
Reading Specialist (K-12)
Special Education PreK-8 Teacher Certification:
Special Education 7-12 Teacher Certification: