University of Pittsburgh School of Education



When students ask me why they should consider MOSAIC, I talk to them about the value of diverse experiences and training. The combination of student teaching experiences and course work provide a strong foundation of essential high leverage practices of good teaching in secondary content and special education.

Our students demonstrate incredible growth during their year in MOSAIC. I am always proud and impressed by our graduates, whom are well prepared and excited to share their passion for learning with all of their adolescent students.

100% of our alumni, to date, report that the dual certification is helpful in their current jobs. Dual certification at the secondary level is unique and helps MOSAIC graduates stand out in the job searching process. Dual certification also prepares MOSAIC graduates for for fulfilling careers of educational impact.

Sheila Conway
Co-Director of Teacher Education
MOSAIC Program Coordinator

MOSAIC Student Profile
Mark Onorato

Supporting Students through Special Education

MOSAIC Alumni Profile
Olivia Enders

Creating a Dynamic Atmosphere for Students

The classroom is a dynamic environment where teachers maintain the responsibility for instruction and behavioral support of students both with and without special needs. The MOSAIC program provides the skills and knowledge necessary to tackle situations ranging from routine to unconventional. Students who graduate from the MOSAIC program learn and practice effective and efficient techniques. Then, take those techniques into the classroom where they continue to receive support from both mentor and supervising teachers. As a continued level of support, graduates often contact program faculty to troubleshoot problems in an effort to provide effective learning situations. A MOSAIC graduate is prepared to address and accepts the challenge of educational and behavioral difficulties in the classroom.

Douglas Kostewicz
Associate Professor of Special Education

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