CASE Teacher Preparation

The Combined Accelerated Studies in Education (CASE) program is a dual-certification, dual-degree program in the Pitt School of Education. Students complete prerequisite courses in the freshman and sophomore years, and then apply to transfer into the Pitt School of Education. Students first work on their B.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology and then move directly onto the master's in education program. Students are prepared for both the Pennsylvania PK-4 General Education and PK-8 Special Education teacher certifications.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: On average,students can complete the CASE program with dual teacher certification and two degrees in five years.
  • Time Commitment: Full time
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall
  • Course Requirements:  Bachelor of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology–127 credits; Master of Education–40 credits. 
  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE exam not required


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Program Details

The CASE program spans over the Departments of Psychology in Education and the Instruction and Learning in the School of Education. Students gain a deep knowledge of child development and methodology in the content areas. There is a social justice and equity focus in the CASE program that prepares students for 21st-Century schools. Teacher certifications cannot be obtained until the completion of the graduate year of study.
 
Students complete prerequisite courses in the freshman and sophomore years, and then apply to transfer into the Pitt School of Education. Students first work on their B.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology and then move directly onto the master's in education program.
 
 

Degree Requirements

CASE students gain an extensive amount of experience in the field by participating in a community engagement project in the Pittsburgh community in the junior year, two practicum experiences in the senior year (Pre-kindergarten and Life Skills) and two full-time student teaching experiences in the graduate year (Elementary and Special Education). Students take written comprehensive exams in the graduate year of study. 

Certifications

Students are prepared for both the Pennsylvania PK-4 General Education and PK-8 Special Education teacher certifications.

Prerequisites

  • 55 credits of general education credits in Arts and Sciences
  • 9 credits of introductory education courses
  • Download the ADP Case Prerequisites Guide for specific information on all requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Pitt School of Education Admissions Application
  • Official college transcripts
  • Overall GPA of 3.0
  • Passing scores on the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) Tests. Information can be found at www.pa.nesinc.com. Students may be excempt from this test if they have met specific scores on the SAT or ACT exams. More information on exemptions is available here.
  • A goal statement addressing the applicant's interest in the program and prior experiences working with children
  • Fulfillment of all prerequisite coursework

Career Pathways

The dual degrees and dual certifications offered by the program provide students with many career opportunities, including positions as:

  • PK-4 Elementary teacher
  • PK-8 Special Education teacher
  • Community-based educator in non-profit organizations and many others
  • Education departments at museums, Disney, and Microsoft