University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Admissions for Special Education Teacher Preparation - Master of Education (MEd) with Special Education Pre-K - 8 Teacher Certificate

Students gaining admission to the SETP PreK-8 program typically start courses in the summer. Applications are reviewed starting January 15th and acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis until the program is full. Students pursuing the MEd degree in addition to their certification program follow the same timeline. We will consider alternate start dates when possible. Before making application to the program, we suggest you contact Dr. Amy Srsic at or by calling 412-648-1998 for further details.

Please Note: Evidence of a clear Act 33/151-PA Child Abuse History Clearance form, a clear Act 34-PA State Police Criminal Record Check form, and a clear Federal Fingerprinting form are required before beginning any practicum in a public or private school. Federal and State Background Checks and Clearances

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed School of Education Admissions Application.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) by credit card, check, or money order payable to 'University of Pittsburgh'.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Official, third-party evaluation of all international transcripts for applicants who have not received a master's degree within the United States. We strongly recommend using World Education Services (WES) to complete this service.
  • Earned a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university (applications from students who plan to earn their undergraduate degree before the term of admission will be considered).
  • A minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate QPA (or receive conditional admission contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 QPA or higher after 12 or more credits of post-baccalaureate coursework).
  • Evidence of an earned Elementary, Pre-K-4 General Education, 4-8 General Education, or Reading Specialist certificate.
  • Completed the appropriate number of prerequisite credit hours in Academic Prerequisites.
  • Copy of the spring registration form if enrolled in spring term courses.
  • Three letters of academic and/or professional recommendation.
  • A thoughtful, clearly written goal statement of two to three double-spaced typewritten pages.
  • A resume, including volunteer work.
  • Online Transcript Review.
  • Completed Intake Worksheet.


  • Applications are reviewed starting January 15th and acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis until the program is full.

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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Department Contact

Amy Srsic
University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
5147 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PHONE: 412-648-1998