Pitt2Pitt - School of Education

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Preparing Recent Pitt Grads for Jobs in Teaching

As a spring 2020 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, you may be planning what comes next.

Have you thought about working as an educator? The School of Education is preparing Pitt graduates of all majors for fulfilling careers in teacher education and school administration through the University of Pittsburgh Pitt2Pitt program. Under this initiative, you are eligible for scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 and a streamlined admissions process.

Our Pitt2Pitt Programs

We are offering priority entry for Pitt graduates into our three paths to teacher certification:

Who Should Apply

All spring 2020 University of Pittsburgh graduates are eligible for our teacher certification programs. Depending on your academic major, you may enter the program with more prerequisites already met. For example, students who majored in English or Mathematics will meet more required prerequisites in the teaching subject areas of English or Mathematics.

Application Details

Aplication deadlines vary by program:

  • May 30, 2020 - Master of Education (MEd) in Special Education with Academic Instruction Certificate (MOSAIC)
  • July 31, 2020 - Master of Arts in Teaching
  • July 31, 2020 - Certificate in Teaching

Other application highlights include:

  • No GRE Exam is required for admission
  • Students should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for guaranteed eligibility
  • Scholarships from $2,500 to $5,000 are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Streamlined admissions process for applicants

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Pitt2Pitt Program Prerequisites

The program prerequisites vary by teaching subject area. If you do not meet all of the prerequisites, don't worry! You are still eligible to apply and can complete the courses at the beginning of the program. Please email us at soeinfo@pitt.edu if you have questions about prerequisites.

English Education (MAT and Teaching Certificate)

The English Education program has the following prerequisites.

  • 3 credits of Foundations of Special Education
  • 12 credits of English Literature 
    • This area requires a minimum of 4 three-credit courses. Courses must include reading, analysis, interpretation, and writing about literatures which reflect a diversity of genders, races, and cultural perspectives. A single course may satisfy more than one of these required foci. Examples include, but are not limited to literature courses such as, American, Women’s, African American, Native American, African, Latino/a, Caribbean, LGBTQ, Asian, World, British, or Adolescent
  •  3 credits of English Composition 
    • This area requires a minimum of 1 three-credit course. This course must have a composition or writing focus. Examples include, but are not limited to, Fiction Writing, Journalism, Poetry, or Prose. 
  •  6 credits of English Electives 
    • This area requires a minimum of 2 three-credit courses. Courses should focus on writing, English language, or English-related areas. Examples: Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Uses of Literacy, Fiction, Non-fiction, Journalism, Poetry,  Media Studies, Theater Arts, Film Studies, Film Production, Film Analysis, or Rhetorical Studies. 

In addition, 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; Sunday school; Hebrew school; tutoring; or other volunteer or paid work with children. 

All applicants are encouraged to use the program’s online transcript review to track your progress online.

Foreign Language Education (MAT and Teaching Certificate)

Foreign Language Education has the following prerequisites for all students:

  • All applicants are also required to take the course Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)
  • 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; Sunday school; Hebrew school; tutoring; or other volunteer or paid work with children

The following prerequisites apply for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish language students:

A total of 30 credits are necessary, with a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits in each of Area 1 and Area 2. 

Area 1: Languages and Linguistics (12-18 credits)

  • Conversation and Advanced Conversation (3 credits)
  • Composition/Writing (3 credits)
  • Stylistics (3 credits)
  • Phonetics (3 credits)
  • Grammar (3 credits)
  • Syntax (3 credits)
  • Structure of the Language (3 credits)
  • Dialects (3 credits)
  • Morphology (3 credits)
  • Listening Comprehension (3 credits)
  • Advanced Reading (not a literature course) (3 credits)
  • Professional Translation (3 credits)
  • History of the Language (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Linguistics (may be taught in English) (3 credits)

Area 2: Literature and Culture (12-18 credits)

  • Civilization I (3 credits)
  • Civilization II (3 credits)
  • Major Cultural Periods (3 credits)
  • Cultural Heritage Courses (3 credits)
  • Literature Surveys (3 credits)
  • Author Courses (3 credits)
  • Genre Courses (3 credits)
  • Literary Period Courses (3 credits)
  • Cultural Period Courses (3 credits)
  • Thematically-based Literature Courses (3 credits)​

The following prerequisites apply for Latin language students:

Latin Area 1

  • Roman Civilization (3 credits)
  • Latin Prose Composition (3 credits)

Latin Area 2

  • At least 24 credits above intermediate Latin with a maximum of 144 credits
Mathematics Education (MAT and Instructional Certificate)

Mathematics Education has prerequisite requirements for all applicants:

  • A major in mathematics or a mathematics-related field (e.g. physics, engineering, economics)
  • Completion of the college-level Calculus Sequence (Calculus 1, 2 & 3, or its equivalent) 
  • College-level experience in Abstract Algebra, Number Theory, Linear Algebra, Geometry,Probability, and Statistics (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents)  will be required to make a case for approval).
  • Foundations of Special Education 
  • 30 hours of experience working with K-12 children (preferably adolescents). Typical experiences include work at summer camps, tutoring, community involvement, or other volunteer or paid work with children. 
  • Interview with a program faculty member following application submission.

All applicants are encouraged to use the program’s online transcript review to track your progress online. 

Science Education (MAT and Teaching Certificate)

Science Education has the following requirements for all applicants:

  • Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)
  • 30 hours of experience working with K-12 children (preferably adolescents). Typical experiences include work at summer camps, tutoring, community involvement, or other volunteer or paid work with children.
  • Interview with a program faculty member following application submission. 

In addition, the different subject areas of Science have additional prerequisites for applicants:

Biology Applicants

  • A minimum of 38 credits of college-level coursework in Biology or related fields (e.g., Biochemistry, Environmental Science, etc.) with at least 9 of these credits at the upper level (junior/senior) and/or research internships; 
  • Foundations of Biology I and II (with labs); General Chemistry I and II (with labs); Organic Chemistry I (with lab); Calculus I (not included in 38 credit total) 
  • Evidence of coursework (or equivalent academic or professional experiences) in Molecular or Cellular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, and Environmental Biology or Ecology (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents) will be required to make a case for approval)

Chemistry Applicants

  • A minimum of 38 credits of college-level coursework in Chemistry or related fields (e.g., Biochemistry, Geochemistry, etc.) with at least 9 of these credits at the upper level (junior/senior) and/or research internships;
  • Foundations of Biology I (with lab); General Chemistry I and II (with labs); Organic Chemistry I and II (with labs); Introduction to Physics I; Calculus I and II (not included in 38 credit total);
  • Evidence of coursework (or equivalent academic or professional experiences) in Analytic Chemistry or Instrumental Analysis; Physical Chemistry; Biochemistry, Environmental Science, or Geochemistry; (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents) will be required to make a case for approval).

Earth and Science Applicants

  • A minimum of 38 credits of college-level coursework in Earth and Space Science or related fields (e.g., Physics, Geochemistry, etc.) with at least 9 of these credits at the upper level (junior/senior) and/or research internships;
  • General Chemistry I and II (with labs); Introduction to Physics I (with lab); Calculus I (not included in 38 credit total);
  • Evidence of coursework (or equivalent academic or professional experiences) in Astronomy; Physical Geology; Historical Geology; Oceanography; Earth Systems Science or Meteorology; Environmental Science; and Geological Laboratory Techniques; (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents) will be required to make a case for approval).

General Science Applicants

  • A minimum of 38 credits of college-level coursework in the natural sciences and/or mathematics (at least 9 credits at the upper level (junior/senior) and/or research internships
  • Foundations of Biology I and II (with labs); General Chemistry I and II (with labs); Organic Chemistry; Introduction to Physics I and II; Physics Lab; Calculus I (not included in 38 credit total)
  • Evidence of coursework (or equivalent academic or professional experiences) in Molecular or Cellular Biology, Environmental Biology or Ecology, Geology, and Astronomy (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents) will be required to make a case for approval).  

Physics Applicants

  • A minimum of 38 credits of college-level coursework in Physics or related fields (e.g., Biophysics, Mathematics, etc.) with at least 9 of these credits at the upper level (junior/senior) and/or research internships;
  • Introduction to Physics I and II (with labs); General Chemistry I and II (with labs); Calculus I, II, and III (not included in 38 credit total);
  • Evidence of coursework (or equivalent academic or professional experiences) in Mechanics (above introductory level); Electricity and Magnetism (above introductory level); Optics; Wave Motion; Ethical, Human, and/or Environmental Applications of Contemporary Physics; (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents) will be required to make a case for approval).​​

All applicants are encouraged to use the program’s online transcript review to track your progress online.

Social Studies Education (MAT and Teaching Certificate)

Social Studies Education requires students to have completed coursework in the following areas.

Area 1: Content Prerequisites (15–18 credits) 

This area requires a minimum of 5 three-credit courses. Courses must directly address content in the following topic areas. A single course may satisfy more than one of these required foci. If regional, period, and/or topic specific courses are used to meet these prerequisites, up to 3 additional credits will be required in order to meet content expectations.

  • U.S. History;
  • Western European History; 
  • World History (non-Western); 
  • Ancient History; 
  • Geography; and
  • World Cultures 

Area 2: Civics (3 credits) 

The course must focus on general themes of political science, particularly those related to democracy, civic engagement, American political systems, or related topics. 

Area 3: Economics (3 credits) 

A course in basic or advanced Economics is required.

Area 4: Sociology and Social Foundations (3 credits) 

This prerequisite may be satisfied by a course in either the humanities, social sciences, or education that examines how socially constructed categories create advantages and disadvantages in social or educational institutions. 

Examples include courses that explore the history, nature, or implications of:

  • classism and capitalism;
  • heterosexism, homophobia, genderism, and sexism;
  • racism, xenophobia, and ethnocentrism;
  • religious oppression;
  • ableism; and/or
  • other, interrelated forms of subordination 

Area 5: Special Education (3 credits)

All students must also complete Foundations of Special Education (3 credits) before entering the program.

Master of Education in Special Education with Academic Instruction Certificate (MOSAIC)

The MOSAIC program has the following requirements for all applicants:

  • Foundations of Special Education course (3 credits)
  • Teaching English Language Learners course (3 credits)
  • 30 hours of experience working with children. Typical experiences include work at summer camps, tutoring, community involvement, or other volunteer or paid work with children
  • Interview with a program faculty member following the submission of your application

In addition, there are additional prerequisites based on the academic subject area. Please see the accordion tabs above for these requirements in English Education, Foreign Language Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, and Social Studies Education.

Have Questions?

Our admissions team is here for you. Contact us at soeinfo@pitt.edu so that we can answer questions and support you during every step of the process. 

You can also reach out to our admissions director personally for support:

Wes Vaina pictureWes Vaina
Director, Admissions and Enrollment
wvaina@pitt.edu