Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education

* This new program is launching in fall 2023*

Our Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education is a four-year degree program that prepares undergraduate students for instructional I certification. The curriculum is fully aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education certification areas and offers hands-on, equity- and justice-focused learning experiences. 

Taught by our world-class faculty, the program leads to teacher certification in the secondary education tracks (for grades 7-12 in English, Math, Science and Social Studies and for PK-12 for World Heritage Languages) and in the special education track (for grades PreK-12). 

For students who are interested in becoming certified to teach in elementary schools we recommend you explore our Combined Accelerated Studies in Education 4+1 program (for undergraduates) or the Primary Plus program (for master’s students).

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Four years (apply to School of Education after earning 48-60 undergraduate credits)
  • Time Commitment: Full-time, in-person study
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall
  • Course Requirements: Minimum of 120 credits
  • Application Deadline: This program is launching in Fall 2023.  Applications are due March 1. 

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Program Details

Our Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education prepares undergraduate students for teacher certification. 

Content Area Options
Students can become certified to teach in one of the following content areas:

  • Secondary Education (Grades 7-12) in either English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies
  • Special Education and World Heritage Languages  (Grades PreK-12) 

Interested in Enrolling? 

 Prerequisite Courses

 Semesters typically offered

 TLL 1580 Foundations of Special Education

 Fall, Spring, Summer (online)

 TLL 1581 Critical Histories of Education

 Fall, Spring

 TLL 1582 Cultures, Knowledge Traditions, and Social Systems of Schooling

 Fall, Spring

 Additionally, you should take one course in Human Development. You can choose from the following options:

  • HHD 1002 Development: Conception through Early Childhood

  • HHD 1003 Development: Middle Childhood through Adolescence

 Fall (HHD 1002); Spring (HHD 1003)

Additional Program Preparation

The program utilizes the Dietrich School of Arts and Science 48 credits of general education 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 Students may be exempt 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 certifications offered by the program provide students with an entry point into the teaching profession, including positions as:

  • Teacher in grades 7-12 in English, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies
  • Teacher in grades PreK-12 in World Heritage Languages
  • Teacher in grades PreK-12 in Special Education