Bachelor of Science (BS)

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

  • 52 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

This undergraduate major in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) develops the theoretical knowledge and real-world experience needed for work with children, youth and families within community programs, educational sites and other human service fields. ADP also prepares students for graduate school in such fields as education, psychology, child and youth work, child life, social work and counseling. The ADP program has formed partnerships with many institutions, agencies and educational programs throughout the Pittsburgh area which enable students to learn in actual work settings.  

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: The curriculum is organized into four terms of upper-division (junior and senior year) study.  
  • Time Commitment: Full-time
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall 
  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Course Requirements: Total 120 credits (60 credits upon entering program + 60 ADP credits junior and senior year) 


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Program Details 

The undergraduate major in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) provides students with a foundation in the theory and practice of developmental psychology.

Curriculum Information
  • PSYED 1002 Development: Conception Through Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • PSYED 1016 Development Curriculum And Activities (3 credits)
  • PSYED 1025 Professional Seminar (3 credits)
  • PSYED 1036 Developmental Meaning Cultl Distn (3 credits)
  • PSYED 1007 Methods Of Evidence-based Practice (3 credits)
  • PSYED 1013 Developmental Psychopathology (3 credits)
  • PSYED 1027 Child And Youth Development 2 (3 credits)
  • PSYED 1024 Family Dynamics (3 credits)
  • PSYED 1028 Developmental Practice Seminar 1 (3 credits)
  • PSYED 1042 Child & Youth Work Practice 1 (6 credits)
  • PSYED 1029 Developmental Practice Seminar 2 (3 credits) 
  • PSYED 1031 Senior Project (3 credits)
  • PSYED 1043 Child/Youth Practice 2 (6 credits)
  • PSYED 1050 Supervision and Administration Child Youth Work Setting (3 credits)
  • PSYED 1089 Evidence-Based Interventions in Real World Contexts (3 credits)

Degree Requirements

  • Courses include community-based field trips/observations and service-learning hours 
  • Senior year 12 credit internship (6 credits fall, 6 credits spring) 300 hours each term - 20 on-site hours per 15 weeks 
  • Updated Yearly Clearances (PA Criminal Record and Child Abuse, FBI Federal Criminal History) and current TB test 
  • Maintain a 2.5 QPA or above in order to remain in the program. 

Prerequisites

The B.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology program has the following requirements for entry:

  1. Minimum QPA of 2.5 
  2. Evidence of experience and ability to work with children/youth (e.g., volunteer work or employment) 
  3. A clearly written statement indicating relevant professional goals.

In addition, students must have the planned completion of 60 undergraduate credits, including 30 credits of approved prerequisite courses

Prerequisite Courses (30 credits)
  • Language and Literacy (6 credits)​
    • ENGCMP 0200
    • Any advanced composition course or any writing course "W"
  • Quantitative and Formal Reasoning (3 credits)
    • STAT 0200 Basic Applied Statistics
    • STAT 0800 Statistics in the Modern World​
    • SSTAT 1000 Applied Statistical Methods
  • Creative Expression/Humanities (6 credits from two different departments)
    Choose from:
    • Art - HAA
    • Communication - COMMRC
    • English Literature - ENGLIT
    • Music - MUSIC
    • Philosophy - PHIL
    • Political Science - PS
    • Theater - THEA
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)​
    • PSY 0010 
  • Natural Science (3 credits)
    Choose from:
    • Anthropology
    • Astronomy
    • Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Geology
    • Neuroscience
    • Psychology
    • Physics
  • Social Science (6 credits from two different departments)
    Choose from:
    • Anthropology - ANTH
    • Economics - ECON
    • History - HIST
    • Health and Physical Activity - HPA
    • Political Science - PS
    • Religious Studies - RELGST
    • Sociology - SOC
    • Classics -CLASS
    • Women's Studies - WOMST
    • Psychology - PSY
  • Non-Western Culture/International (3 credits)
    • Any course in this category

Career Pathways

ADP BS Graduates report working in the following areas/careers: 

  • HeadStart Educational Coordinator 
  • Community-based Program Director 
  • Child Care Director 
  • Home Visiting Program Coordinator 
  • Environmental Charter School – Para Educator 
  • Residential Treatment Center – Family-focused Therapist 
  • Propel Schools – Behavioral Coordinator 
  • Youth Mental Health/ Behavioral Treatment programs 
  • Educational Coordinator WQED 
  • Alternative Schools 
  • Children’s Theater Company 
  • Research Assistant 
  • Therapeutic Support Programs  
  • Professional Association Advocacy Specialist  
  • Homeless Shelter – Children’s Programs 

ADP BS Graduates also apply to various graduate programs or the School of Education’s Primary Plus program to obtain a teaching certificate.

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science is focused on training students to prepare for health-fitness and clinical careers related to exercise science.  

Specifically, this degree program prepares students for

  • Careers in health, fitness, or performance benefits of exercise and physical activity
  • Health-related careers related to exercise (cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, etc.
  • Preparation for admission to physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician assistant, or other health-related career programs
  • Preparation for admission to graduate training in exercise science, exercise physiology, public health, or a related field. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Students are admitted as a junior, and the program is completed during their junior and senior years (approximately two academic years) for a full-time student. 
  • Time Commitment: Full-time or Part-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall 
  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Course Requirements: Minimum of 120 credits 


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Program Details

The Bachelor of Science (BS) program in Exercise Science from the Department of Health and Physical Activity offers students rigorous training in the application of exercise science for prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and conditions, human performance, and health and well-being. This also prepares students for graduate training or additional training in areas of allied health (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, or other allied health opportunities). 

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Degree Requirements 

  • Completion of all general studies courses 
  • Completion of approximately 60 credits specific to the Exercise Science degree program 
  • Completion of Health-Fitness Practicum experiences 
  • Completion of a clinical internship 

Prerequisites

You must meet several prerequisites to transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science program. These include:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Current Official Transcript with a minimum of 60 credits earned
  • Meeting all other University of Pittsburgh and School of Education admission requirements. 
  • It is also preferred that applicants demonstrate completion of three of the following courses with a grade of at least a “C” grade at the time of application: biology, chemistry, physics, psychology. 

Career Pathways

  • Health, fitness, or performance benefits of exercise and physical activity 
  • Health-related career related to exercise (cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, etc.) 
  • Preparation for admission to physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician assistant, or other health-related career programs. 
  • Preparation for admission to graduate training in exercise science, exercise physiology, public health, or a related field.