Certificate

Are you a classroom teacher who desires to learn more about how to support all readers?  Would you like to earn a M.Ed. to advance your career? The curriculum for the Reading Specialist Certificate of Advanced Study (K-12) program + M.Ed. is designed to provide candidates with opportunities to build specialized knowledge, engage in principled practice in supervised settings, and prepare for leadership roles in schools and school districts.  In addition, candidates take a six-credit sequence of research courses that allow them to study their own practice or advance their knowledge in the field of reading education.  

Quick Facts

Program Duration: 1 year (Full-time students); 2-3 years (Part-time students)
Time Commitment: Full and Part-Time options are available
Term of Enrollment: Rolling
Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
Course Requirements: 39 credits
Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required

Program Details

Coursework is completed in a blended format of on-campus and online study. Upon completion of the program and a passing score on the Praxis exam, candidates are eligible to earn the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Reading Specialist Certificate. In addition, upon completion of the program and successful performance on the comprehensive exam, candidates earn a Master of Education degree in Reading Education. This program  provides candidates with the PDE-required 24 post-baccalaureate credits to earn the level II teaching certificate. Candidates have the option to participate in a year-long internship in a local school district that provides participants with a tax-free tuition stipend. 

Degree Requirements

Candidates participate in two practicum courses (elementary and adolescent literacy).  Candidates must successfully complete  a comprehensive exam to earn the M.Ed. degree.

Prerequisites

All applicants must have a current teaching certificate.

Prerequisites Credits
Teaching of Reading OR Language Arts
Human Development OR Educational Psychology 3
Children's or Adolescent Literature 3
Teaching English Language Learners 3
Foundations of Special Education 3
Students with Disabilities in the Classroom (Elementary or Secondary) 3
Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Children with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings  

From the list above, the following courses may be taken as electives throughout the course of the program, if they have not been taken as prerequisites: Teaching of English Language Learners, Foundations of Special Education, Students with Disabilities (Elementary OR Secondary), and Literacy Assessment and Instruction.

Career Pathways

The majority of candidates pursue PreK-12 teaching positions as a reading specialist, literacy coach, or classroom teacher.  In addition, some candidates enter Ed.D. or Ph.D. programs in the field of education or educational leadership.  

The Vision Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh began preparing Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI), Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists, and doctoral leadership personnel in 1963, making it one of the longest-running programs in personnel preparation in the United States. Throughout that time, we have prepared thousands of highly specialized teachers to serve the education needs of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired nationwide.

Presently, there is a substantial demand for certified teachers of students with visual impairments to serve the needs of this population locally, regionally, and nationally. Positions far exceed the number of qualified personnel available. Our graduates have become expert instructors and leaders in the field of blindness and visual impairment and have made a significant impact upon improving the lives of individuals around Pennsylvania—and the world. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 2½– 4 years, (depending on whether the prospective student already completed the prerequisites) 
  • Time Commitment: Part time, generally one or two classes per semester. 
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall 
  • Application Deadline: Early admission ends June 1; applications considered until August 1 of each year. 
  • Course Requirements: 61 credits 
  • Admissions Requirements: No GRE exam required

Program Details

The program is primarily online with some required face-to-face sessions. 

Dual TVI and O&M certification with Master of Education Degree (61 credits): 

Dual Certificate Curriculum:

  • Education of Children with Visual Impairments, Part 1 (3 credits) 
  • Introduction to the Eye and Low Vision (3 credits) 
  • Braille (3 credits) 
  • Early Intervention for Children with Visual Impairments (3 credits) 
  • Technology for Children  with Visual Impairments (3 credits) 
  • Orientation and Mobility for the TVI (3 credits) 
  • Education for Children with Visual Impairments 2 (3 credits) 
  • Nemeth Code/Abacus (3 credits) 
  • Level 1 Observation Practicum (2 credits) 
  • Level 2 Student Teaching Practicum in Visual Impairments (5 credits) 
  • Foundations of O&M (3 credits) 
  • Techniques of O&M 1 (3 credits) 
  • Techniques of O&M 2 (3 credits) 
  • Program Development in O&M (3 credits) 
  • O&M for Diverse Populations (3 credits) 
  • Level 3 Internship Practicum in O&M (6 credits) 

Master of Education Curriculum

  • Psychology of Learning and Development for Educators (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Research Methodology (3 credits)
  • Education and Society (3 credits)
  • Research Seminar (3 credits)

Degree Requirements

  • Courses primarily online but but some courses require a face-to-face workshop on campus  
  • O&M hands-on techniques courses require a face-to-face obligation for 7 weeks during one summer 
  • O&M program requires an internship of 350 hrs (12-14 weeks) leading to certification through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) 
  • University of Pittsburgh certificate of completion of the TVI and O&M programs 
  • Teaching Certificate in Special Education for Students with Visual Impairments through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) 

Certifications

Students who complete this program are eligible for certifications as:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) certification as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI)
  • National professional certification in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals

Prerequisites

These prerequisite courses may be taken at the graduate or undergraduate level; students may also take these courses as co-requisites with TVI courses. 

  • Foundations of Special Education (3 credits) 
  • A curriculum course in the teaching of reading (3 credits) 
  • Students with Disabilities in the Classroom (Elementary or Secondary) (3 credits) 
  • Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Children with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings (3 credits) 
  • Teaching English Language Learners (3 credits) 

Career Pathways

The Vision Studies program addresses a critical shortage area in education. Research indicates a current need for approximately 28,000 professionals who can work with children who are blind or visually impaired. Students who complete the Dual Certification program are fully trained to meet the needs of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired, and are in very high demand nationally. 

Professionals in the field may work: 

  • in early intervention programs assisting families of young children who have visual disabilities;  
  • in public or private schools teaching children to be independent and successful; 
  • as itinerant teachers employed by school systems or intermediate units to travel between schools to provide instruction to children who are visually impaired; 
  • as independent contractors providing services to school systems; 
  • in center-based programs at specialized schools; 
  • at rehabilitation agencies for adults who are blind; 
  • as a COMS with the Veterans Administration or with Older Blind programs. 

The Vision Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh began preparing Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI), Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists, and doctoral leadership personnel in 1963, making it one of the longest-running programs in personnel preparation in the United States. Throughout that time, we have prepared thousands of highly specialized teachers to serve the education needs of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired nationwide.

Presently, there is a substantial demand for certified teachers of students to serve the needs of this population locally, regionally, and nationally. Positions far exceed the number of qualified personnel available. Our graduates habe become expert instructors and leaders in the field of blindness and visual impairment and have made a significant impact upon improving the lives of individuals around Pennsylvania—and the world. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 1-2 years, depending on whether the prospective student is already a certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI). Applicants already certified as a TVI may be eligible for our FastTrack O&M program, which takes a calendar year plus a required internship.  
  • Time Commitment: Part time, generally one or two classes per semester. 
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall; FastTrack students may start in spring semester. 
  • Application Deadline: Early admission ends June 1; applications considered until August 1 of each year. 
  • Course Requirements: 44 credits; FastTrack students 36 credits 
  • Admissions Requirements: No GRE exam required

Program Details

The program is primarily online with some required face-to-face sessions 

Option 1, FastTrack for students who already possess TVI certification (36 credits):

Certificate Curriculum 

  1. Foundations of O&M (3 credits) 
  2. Techniques of O&M 1 (3 credits) 
  3. Techniques of O&M 2 (3 credits) 
  4. Program Development in O&M (3 credits) 
  5. O&M for Diverse Populations (3 credits) 
  6. Level 3 Internship Practicum in O&M (6 credits) 

Master of Education Curriculum

  1. Psychology of Learning and Development for Educators (3 credits)
  2. Introduction to Research Methodology (3 credits)
  3. Education and Society (3 credits)
  4. Research Seminar (3 credits)

Option 2 for those without TVI certification (44 credits): 

The 10 courses listed above, PLUS 

  1. Introduction to the Eye and Low Vision (3 credits) 
  2. Education of Children with Visual Impairments, Part 1 (3 credits) 
  3. Early Intervention for Children with Visual Impairments (3 credits) 
  4. Level 1 Observation Practicum (2 credits) 

Degree Requirements

  • Courses primarily online but O&M hands-on techniques courses require a face-to-face obligation for 7 weeks during one summer 
  • O&M program requires an internship of 350 hrs (12-14 weeks) leading to certification through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) 
  • University of Pittsburgh certificate of completion of the O&M program 
  • Passage of a comprehensive exam

Certifications

Graduates are eligible for national certification as an O&M Specialist by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP). With this certification, the graduate is qualified to provide educational and rehabilitation O&M services needed by children and adults who are blind or visually impaired in public schools, rehabilitation agencies, and Veteran’s Administration hospitals.

Prerequisites

  • Prerequisite courses may be taken at the graduate or undergraduate level; students may also take these courses as co-requisites with TVI courses. 
  • Foundations of Special Education (3 credits) 

Career Pathways

The Vision Studies program addresses a critical shortage area in education. Research indicates a current need for approximately 28,000 professionals who can work with children who are blind or visually impaired. Professionals in the field may work: 

  • in early intervention programs assisting families of young children who have visual disabilities;  
  • in public or private schools as COMS teaching children to be independent and successful; 
  • as itinerant COMS employed by school systems or intermediate units to travel between schools to provide instruction to children who are visually impaired; 
  • as independent contractors providing services to school systems; 
  • in center-based programs at specialized schools. 
  • at rehabilitation agencies for adults who are blind; 
  • as a COMS with the Veterans Administration or with Older Blind programs. 

The Vision Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) began preparing Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI), Orientation and Mobility (O&M) specialists, and doctoral leadership personnel in 1963, making it one of the longest-running programs in personnel preparation in the United States. Throughout that time, the vision studies program has prepared thousands of highly specialized teachers to serve the education needs of children who are blind or visually impaired nationwide.

Presently, there is a substantial demand for certified teachers of students with visual impairments to serve the needs of this population locally, regionally, and nationally. Positions far exceed the number of qualified personnel available. Our graduates have become expert instructors and leaders in the field of blindness and visual impairment and have made a significant impact upon improving the lives of individuals around Pennsylvania—and the world. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 2-3 years (depending on whether the prospective student has already completed the prerequisites)  
  • Time Commitment: Part time, generally one or two classes per semester. 
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall 
  • Course Requirements: 43 credits 
  • Application Deadline: Early admission ends June 1; applications considered until August 1 of each year. 
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required


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Program Details

The program is primarily online with some required face-to-face sessions.

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) Certificate and Master of Education (MEd) (43 credits):

Certificate Curriculum  

  • Education of Children with Visual Impairments, Part 1 (3 credits) 
  • Introduction to the Eye and Low Vision (3 credits) 
  • Braille (3 credits) 
  • Early Intervention for Children with Visual Impairments (3 credits) 
  • Technology for Children  with Visual Impairments (3 credits) 
  • Orientation and Mobility for the TVI (3 credits) 
  • Education for Children with Visual Impairments 2 (3 credits) 
  • Nemeth Code/Abacus (3 credits) 
  • Level 1 Observation Practicum (2 credits) 
  • Level 2 Student Teaching Practicum in Visual Impairments (5 credits) 

Master of Education Curriculum

  • Psychology of Learning and Development for Educators (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Research Methodology (3 credits)
  • Education and Society (3 credits)
  • Research Seminar (3 credits)

Certificate Requirements

  • Hybrid program; mostly online but some courses require a face-to-face workshops on campus 
  • Requires student teaching for one full semester  
  • Teaching Certificate in Special Education for Students with Visual Impairments through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) 
  • University of Pittsburgh certificate of completion of TVI coursework 

Certifications

Students apply for their Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Instructional I teaching certificate upon successful completion of the following:

  • TVI Coursework
  • Student Teaching Practicum
  • Praxis II exams

Prerequisites

These prerequisite courses may be taken at the graduate or undergraduate level; students may also take these courses as co-requisites with TVI courses. 

  • Foundations of Special Education (3 credits) 
  • A curriculum course in the teaching of reading (3 credits) 
  • Students with Disabilities in the Classroom (Elementary or Secondary) (3 credits) 
  • Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Children with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings (3 credits) 
  • Teaching English Language Learners (3 credits) 

Career Pathways

The Vision Studies program addresses a critical shortage area in education. Research indicates a current need for approximately 28,000 professionals who can work with children who are blind or visually impaired. Being a TVI is a rewarding and creative career that is uniquely satisfying.

Professionals in the field may work: 

  • in early intervention programs assisting families of young children who have visual disabilities;  
  • in public or private schools as TVIs teaching children to be independent and successful; 
  • as itinerant TVIs employed by school systems or intermediate units to travel between schools to provide instruction to children who are visually impaired; 
  • as independent contractors providing services to school systems; 
  • in center-based programs at specialized schools. 

This continuing education course is an introduction to STEAM Education for K-12 educators, out-of-school educators such as museums, environmental centers, after-school programming, tech educators, or parents interested in STEAM. This course contains three modules: Introduction of STEAM Education, Components of STEAM, and Problem-based Scenarios. At the end of this continuing education course, you will understand what STEAM education is, how it engages youth in real-world problem solving, and how to implement STEAM into your setting.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Self-paced (most students report it takes 30-45 seat hours)
  • Time Commitment: Part-time
  • Term of Enrollment: No enrollment procedures. Simply pay online and begin today.
  • Application Deadline: None
  • Course Requirements: This is a continuing education course and therefore the credit hours roll over only if the student decides to become a Pitt graduate student
  • Price: $499

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Current graduate students are eligible to enroll in these courses.

Prerequisites

None

Additional Options

Students who complete this course are able to roll 3 credits toward our 12-credit STEAM Certificate program

More Information

For questions about the courses and program, please contact:

Professor Cassie Quigley
STEAM Program Director
cquigley@pitt.edu

Career Pathways

  • STEAM Teacher
  • Makerspace Educator
  • After-School Curriculum Coordinator
  • Technology Educator

STEAM Education is a powerful educational movement aiming to transform the way we think about schools today. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. By integrating the arts into STEM, we can increase innovation and provide an interesting, different, and collaborative way to view the world and solve problems. Furthermore, incorporating the arts and humanities into STEM engages learners who might not traditionally be interested in in these fields.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 4 courses (1 course is taken per semester)
  • Time Commitment: Part-time
  • Term of Enrollment: If you take the Continuing Education course in the Fall, the first course begins in the Spring.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Course Requirements: 12 credits
  • Format: Completely online and asynchronous
  • Admissions Requirements: No GRE exam required
     

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Current graduate students are eligible to enroll in these courses.

Program Details

The goal of STEAM is simple: to engage learners in real-world, relevant problem solving that requires a high level of discipline integration. The STEAM Education certificate is comprised of 4 courses, which, when combined, address four essential components of teaching and learning: instructional design, pedagogy, assessment, and application/reflection. The titles of the courses are:

  • IL-2008: STEAM Instructional Design (can be taken as a STEAM Continuing Education course)
  • IL-2007: STEAM Transdisciplinary Learning Approaches,
  • IL-2009: STEAM Assessment
  • IL-2010: STEAM Implementation

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Degree Requirements

You must have access to a classroom or other learning space to implement a STEAM unit in the third course. If you are applying for the PA STEM Endorsement or Act 48 credits, you must hold a current PA teachers license.

Certifications

After completion of this certificate, current PA teacher license holders are eligible for the PA Department of Education's STEM Endorsement.

Prerequisites

There are not any prerequisites. 

More Information

For questions about the courses and program, please contact:

Professor Cassie Quigley
STEAM Program Director
cquigley@pitt.edu

Career Pathways

  • STEAM Teacher
  • Makerspace Educator
  • After-School Curriculum Coordinator
  • Technology Educator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Engineering Teacher
     

The Special Education Teacher Preparation (SETP) PreK-8 specialization combines a graduate teaching certification in special education and a Master of Education degree in Instruction and Learning. It adds nine additional credits to the 30 credits required for the graduate teaching certification. Students will develop advanced knowledge in the fields of learning theory, and child development to enhance their teaching practice. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 1 year
  • Time Commitment: Full-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Summer/Fall/Spring 
  • Application Deadline: Applications are reviewed starting January 15 and acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis until the program is full. 
  • Course Requirements: 39 credits 


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Program Details

Students are required to complete a minimum of 39 credits beyond the prerequisite course work. MEd students will develop advanced knowledge in the fields of educational research, learning theory, and child development to enhance their teaching practice.

The summer term for MEd students begins in May with courses related to basic areas of education, which can be taken in person or online. In June, two additional courses meet in person three days a week from 8:30 am-4:15 pm.

During the fall term, in addition to coursework, students are required to spend one day per week in each school to which they are assigned in preparation for student teaching in the spring. Students complete two 8-week, full-time student teaching experiences in those same placements in the spring. During student teaching, teacher candidates are closely supervised by both a university supervisor and an experienced mentor teacher.

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Degree Requirements

Coursework, fall practicum experience, full-time student teaching (spring), and comprehensive exam 

Certifications

The Special Education Grades PreK-8 Teacher Certification satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate in Special Education Grades PreK-8, pending:

  • Earning a passing score on Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Special Ed PreK-8 exams; 
  • Completing the Pennsylvania Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430);
  • Demonstrating satisfactory performance in courses and the student teaching

Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of an initial teacher certification program (Elementary, PreK-4, Grades 4-8, Reading Specialist)
  • One prerequisite course:  Teaching English Language Learners (3 credits). 

Career Pathways

Most graduates begin their career in this field as special education teachers. With experience—and sometimes further training—many graduates go on to become: 

  • Private contractors 
  • Special education coordinators or directors 
  • Instructional coaches 
  • Principals or assistant principals 

The Primary Plus: PreK-4 Teacher Certification Program prepares students to teach young children ages 4-9 in Pre-kindergarten and K-4 classrooms and to work collaboratively with parents and other professionals. Students will develop skills for employment in public and private schools and early childhood centers.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Three academic terms (Summer, Fall, and Spring) 
  • Time Commitment: Full time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Summer 2 
  • Course Requirements: 36 credits 
  • Application Deadline: Rolling until April 15; Priority given to applications received by January 15 
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE exam not required


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Program Details

The Primary Plus: PreK-4 Teacher Certification Program is intended for individuals from a wide range of undergraduate degree and work backgrounds. Through coursework and field experiences with pre-kindergarteners and children in grades K-4, students will acquire an integrated understanding of academic content and child development in diverse inclusive settings.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I certificate for PreK-4. The requirements are listed in the Certifications section below. 

Additionally, students who complete Primary Plus are also eligible to count 18 credits toward our online Master of Education in Elementary Education program.  

Degree Requirements

Field Experiences: During their time in the program, candidates are placed in two different educational settings. In the Fall, the candidates spend three days a week in a PreK or K classroom, working closely with a mentor teacher and a university supervisor. Over the course of the semester the candidates support the mentor teacher, moving toward a full takeover of teaching responsibilities toward the end of the semester. In the Fall the candidates also spend one day a week in a K-4 elementary classroom, moving from observation to general classroom support. The candidates then continue in the same elementary classroom in the Spring for a semester of full-time student teaching. 

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Certifications

The Primary Plus program satisfies requirements for the Pennsylvania Instructional I PreK-4 Certification, pending:  

  • Earning a passing score on all three modules of the PECT Exam in PreK-4 (Pennsylvania Education Certification Test)
  • Completing the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430); and 
  • Demonstrating satisfactory performance in all courses and the student teaching experiences 

Prerequisites

General Education Courses 

  • College-level Math (or equivalent): 3 credits 
  • Science Lab or Field Course: 3 credits 
  • U.S. History: 3 credits 
  • Child Development: 3 credits 

Education Courses 

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education: 3 credits 
  • Math for Elementary Teachers: 3 credits 
  • Foundations of Special Education: 3 credits 
  • Young English Language Learners: 3 credits 
  • Teaching Health & Wellness: 3 credits 
  • Language and Literature for the Young Child: 3 credits 
  • In addition to the prerequisite courses, candidates must also: 
  • Have a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate 
  • Have passing scores for the PAPA Exam (Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment), or SAT/ACT scores that exempt them from taking the PAPA. 

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

Career Pathways

Most of our graduates become either Preschool or Elementary teachers in schools across Pennsylvania, and across the United States.

Many go on to get additional degrees and certifications, including the Reading Specialist certification, the master’s degree in Elementary Education, or the Special Education certification.  

Our hybrid certificate program prepares students and professionals to address the social-emotional and mental health needs of very young children and their families through the promotion of high-quality interactions and environmental experiences. Infant Mental Health is a cross-disciplinary field of study and practice. The IMH Certificate will provide you with specialized knowledge and skills that will allow you to practice within your discipline with very young children and families from an evidence-based infant and early childhood focus.  

Our program is organized to meet the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health set of core theoretical principles of infant and early childhood development and mental health practice: that all work with children, families, and the individuals who work with them should be relationship-based, culturally sensitive, grounded in an understanding of developmental theory and research, and supported by reflective practice. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 3 semesters (Fall/Spring/Summer)
  • Time Commitment: Part-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Summer or Fall 
  • Course Requirements: 18 credits 
  • Format: Online and/or Hybrid format 
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions 
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE exam not required


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Program Details

The Certificate in Infant Mental Health (IMH) provides the academic and skills developmental necessary for Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® through the Pennsylvania Association of Infant Mental Health at the Infant Family Specialist (Prevention/Early Intervention), Infant Mental Health Specialist (Treatment/Intervention), and Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical, Faculty, or Policy Leadership) levels. 

You will learn: 

  • Principles of infant and early childhood mental health. 
  • Develop skills to support the social-emotional development of very young children and their families. 
  • Learn about the scope of infant-mental health practice and opportunities for advocacy and action. 
  • Learn with researchers and community-based faculty engaged in the early childhood workforce.  
  • Learn how to apply infant mental health theory into practice. 
  • This certificate does not lead to licensure. 

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Prerequisites

  • BA/BS  

Career Pathways

Infant Mental Health is a multidisciplinary field of study and practice. IMH knowledge and skills are applied across all disciplines that serve very young children and their important people. 

  • Early Intervention 
  • Community-based program Administrators, Directors and Supervisors 
  • Home Visitors 
  • Pediatrics 
  • Child Life Specialists 
  • Behavioral Health Specialists 
  • Early Education 
  • Health Sciences 
  • Public Policy 
  • Research Associates 
  • Faculty in Community and 4-year Colleges 
  • Child Protective Services 

The newly redesigned supervisor of curriculum and instruction certificate program is an innovative model of preparation based on strategic practices and core content known to increase student learning and achievement. The program is intended to build the capacity of aspiring supervisors to work closely with school leaders to improve teacher effectiveness and thereby improve student learning. Drawing from the fields of education and management, the program equips the next generation of supervisors with expertise in instructional, supervisory, and curriculum leadership. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Four terms (Summer, Fall, Spring, and Summer) 
  • Time Commitment: Part-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Summer 
  • Course Requirements: 24 credits  
  • Application Deadline: Priority Deadline is March 1 
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required


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Program Details

Responding to the growing complexity of the of schools, the supervisor of curriculum and instruction will develop effective change agents through curricular blocks emphasizing: 

  • Executive-style seminar – instruction about topics essential for the preparation of school leaders is organized in the curricular blocks. 
  • Cohort Structure – A cohort structure provides a support base for professional growth and learning. Diversity in the cohort is sought and valued. 
  • Internships with Mentor Principals – Internship experiences are required of all participants during the academic year. Two internships are required for all participants: An elementary and a secondary internship each of at least 90hours of engagement.  Principals are usually selected from the districts that we work with regularly that are members of the Tri-State Area School Study Council or the Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents Pennsylvania. Other opportunities to network with regional school leaders are made available. 
  • Mentor Principals – We will encourage aspiring school leaders to reach excellence by engaging them in a range of internship experience with high quality mentor principals. Mentor principals know how to support teachers, manage curriculum and instruction to promote student achievement, and transform schools into more effective organizations that foster purposeful teaching and learning for all students. Mentor principals oversee the development of the critical competencies that principals need to ensure a high-performance learning environment for all students.   

Unique features of the program include: 

  • Off-campus cohorts at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 
  • Curriculum designed to accommodate working professions through use of: Intensive Summer Leadership Institutes, Executive Course Formats, an Online Courses in fall and spring, hybrid seminars, and mentored internship experiences.
  • The Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction certificate program is mostly online. The one-week Summer Institutes and the Internship will be face-to-face experiences. 

Degree Requirements

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A four credit internship (one credit a term) and fieldwork as part of the internship and coursework. 

Prerequisites

Minimum of two years full-time teaching experience is required. 

Career Pathways

  • Supervisor of Curriculum
  • Instruction K-12