Master of Special Education with Academic Instruction Certificate (MOSAIC)

Build the skills you’ll need to teach adolescents both with and without disabilities in the Pitt School of Education's Master of Special Education with Academic Instruction Certificate (MOSAIC) program. MOSAIC offers the unique opportunity to earn dual certification in Special Education and a Secondary Content Area, making graduates stand out in the job field. This rigorous 12-month program blends challenging coursework with full-time student teaching, giving candidates not only the knowledge but the experience to thrive in the classroom.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration:  12 months over four terms (Summer II, Fall, Spring, and Summer I)
  • Time Commitment: Full time
  • Term of Enrollment: Summer
  • Course Requirements: 42 credits
  • Application Deadline: Rolling; Priority given to applications received by January 15
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required


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Program Details

The Master of Special Education with Academic Instruction Certificate (MOSAIC) program provides future teachers with the skills, knowledge, and experience to effectively teach adolescents with and without disabilities.

Candidates graduate with dual teaching certification for grades 7–12, in Special Education and one of the following Secondary Content Areas:

  • English Education
  • Math Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education; or
  • Foreign Language Education

The program’s rigorous academic curriculum centers on evidence-based practices in Special Education and Content Area coursework. Candidates develop their teaching skills through practical experiences in a variety of public middle- and high-school classrooms.

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Degree Requirements

Practicum Experiences: Requires a full-time practicum experience (5 days per week) at a local school district in both the fall and spring terms. Fall practicum includes content area and low-incidence disabilities placements. Spring practicum includes content area and high-incidence disabilities placements.

Certifications

MOSAIC satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate in Special Education Grades 7–12, pending:

  • Earning a passing score on Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Special Ed 7–12 exams; 
  • Completing the Pennsylvania Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430);
  • Demonstrating satisfactory performance in courses and the student teachingEarning a passing score on the national PRAXIS II Exam;

MOSAIC also satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate in a Specified Content Area Grades 7–12, pending:

  • Earning a passing score on the national PRAXIS II Exam;
  • Completing the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430); and
  • Demonstrating satisfactory performance in courses and the student teaching

Prerequisites

MOSAIC’s prerequisite requirements vary depending on the candidate’s intended area of specialization. Please visit the "Prerequisites" section of the following Master of Arts in teaching pages for more detail on the prerequisites in the subject matter areas:

Additionally, all applicants to the program are expected to provide documentation of 30 hours of experience working with K–12 children. These hours can be fulfilled by obtaining experiences with children through summer camp, community involvement, tutoring, or other volunteer or paid work with children.

Career Pathways

MOSAIC alumni are employed as high school and middle school English, Science, Math, Foreign Language, Social Studies, and Special Education teachers in Pittsburgh, across Pennsylvania and around the country.