University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Instructional I Teaching Certificate

English and Communications - English (7-12) Instructional I Teaching Certificate

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, offers two post-baccalaureate programs for Secondary English and Communications teacher certification (grades 7-12). The two are an Instructional I Teaching Certificate and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program. Certification Studies are available in Comprehensive English and in three areas of Communication – Theater Arts Concentration, Film Media Concentration, and Speech Concentration. Certification in more than one English or Communication area is also available. Details of the Instructional I Teaching Certificate are outlined below:

  • 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 student teaching)
  • can be completed in two terms (fall and spring) of 15 credit hours each
  • can be designed to accommodate part-time students
  • requires 10 hours per week at a local school district in the fall term and a full-time student teaching experience in the spring term
  • requires obtaining all Federal and PA state clearances before entering schools
  • contains 18 credits which can be applied within three years toward a Master of Education degree
  • students may apply for financial aid

Contact Information

Admissions Inquiries and General Information

School of Education
Admissions and Enrollment Services
5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
PHONE: 412-648-2230
FAX: 412-648-1899
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