University of Pittsburgh School of Education

What is primary plus?

Primary plus is the new elementary education certification, a streamlined, full-time program running from June to April. Graduates will leave the program with string foundational abilities in teaching reading, math, science, and social studies to children ages 4-9 in prekindergarten and K-4 elementary classrooms.

Find out more about our internship and classroom experiences.

To help prepare students and give them an understanding of academic content and child development in diverse, inclusive settings, the program includes multiple classroom experiences comprised of:

  • Regularly scheduled time working in a preK classroom (fall)
  • Regularly scheduled time working in a K–4 elementary classroom (fall)
  • Twelve full weeks of student teaching in a K–4 classroom (spring)

Who are primary plus students?

Primary plus students come from all types of backgrounds. All you need is a bachelor’s degree and completion of all required prerequisite courses to get a jump start on admissions requirements. So who are the kinds of students attracted to this program? Find out more about a few: Maggie Gannon, Emily Izzo, and Beth Rimkus.

    Interested in earning your master's degree as well? Discover more.

    Graduates of the primary plus program can earn 18 additional credits and receive their: 1) master of education (MEd) degree in either early childhood education or elementary education (online program) 2) or a master of science (MS) degree in applied developmental psychology.

    For more program specifics, requirements, and the opportunity to apply:

    Read more here.