Offered in conjunction with the Pitt School of Social Work, the MSW/CAST program students with both a master's degree in social work and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Teaching in Secondary Education.
The program is designed to cultivate more well-rounded teachers who have a rich understanding of working with vulnerable adolescents and their families. Graduates are trained not only to design and administer creative programmatic responses to the changing needs of children in schools but also to enhance classroom teaching and student learning through their specialized expertise. The curriculum design incorporates the theoretically driven framework for appropriate socio-cultural assessments and evidence based learning methods for urban education.
Graduates will be prepared and certified to serve as both a classroom teacher and a school social worker. Graduates bring therapeutic and family-relations perspectives that will uniquely equip them to build positive relations and supports for students in particularly challenging contexts. More broadly, a teacher with a social work education will be able to construct and deliver instruction more effectively to impact change and understanding among clients, colleagues, and staff.