Master of Education (MEd)

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. 

The Master of Education in Early Intervention with an Infant Mental Health (IMH) Certificate at the Pitt School of Education adds an additional focus to our early intervention program. The program provides you with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate interventions for young children with delays and disabilities related to infant mental health.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: About 2 years (4 semesters)
  • Time Commitment: Full time
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall
  • Application Deadline: March 1, priority admission deadline
  • Course Requirements: 46 credits
  • Admissions Requirements: No GRE exam required


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Program Details

In addition to coursework covered through the Master of Education in Early Intervention, students will complete courses in the foundations of IMH. Subject matter includes specific IMH interventions and early childhood development knowledge. This program will emphasize building supportive relationships with caregivers, as well as teaching them to implement interventions to maximize the potential of children served.

The program prepares students to:

  • Acquire skills that support the social-emotional development of young children and their families
  • Apply infant mental health theory and principles
  • Implement infant mental health advocacy and action. 

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Early Intervention with an Infant Mental Health Certificate is a 46-credit program. It includes coursework in early intervention (e.g. assessment, programming, working with families, inclusion, consultation, community resources, and leadership), plus additional courses in infant mental health that focus on the rirsk factors faced by some families, such as toxic stress, trauma, and substance abuse challenges. 

Three supervised practicum experiences are integrated into the program. Reflective supervision and consultation courses to accompany these practices are available for those interested in pursuing the national IMH Endorsement.

Certifications

The IMH certificate courses have been carefully aligned to the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health®. Students are prepared to take the national exam for this endorsement.

Prerequisites

The Master of Education in Early Intervention has the following prerequisites:

  • Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)
  • Child Development (3 credits)

Career Pathways

The Master of Education in Early Intervention program with an Infant Mental Health Certificate prepares practitioners in the assessment and educational programming of young children with disabilities.

Students are particularly qualified to take on roles in the treatment of very young children. 

The Master of Education (MEd) program with a specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) is a professional degree for individuals wishing to pursue advanced study in the field of teaching and learning English as a Second or Foreign Language. Course content emphasizes current theories and methods for teaching and evaluating students as well as curriculum and materials development. Students also complete a one-credit practicum experience that requires students to teach a course in the university’s English Language Institute. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 2 years over four semesters (Full time) or 3-5 years (Part time)
  • Time Commitment: Full time or Part time
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall-only for full-time students; Fall/Spring/Summer for part-time students 
  • Course Requirements: 36 credits
  • Format: Most courses are face to face. Some courses are offered online
  • Application Deadline: Rolling; priority give to applications received by March 1
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required
  • Language Proficiency: Minimum TOEFL score of 95 and IELTS score of 7.0


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Program Details

The program incorporates coursework in both the Department of Instruction and Learning and the Department of Linguistics. Course content emphasizes current theories and methods for teaching and evaluating students as well as curriculum and materials development. Students also complete a one-credit practicum experience that requires students to teach a course in the university’s English Language Institute. 

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Degree Requirements

Students complete a guided research project on a topic of their choice and must successfully pass the Foreign Language Education Comprehensive Exam near the end of their program.

Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisites for this program.

Career Pathways

Many of our students gain positions teaching English as a second or foreign language in higher education institutions in either the U.S. or internationally. Several of our part-time students enter the program with teaching positions and maintain their positions, but become leaders in their school contexts. Some of our students continue their graduate work in either PhD or EdD programs. 

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 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

Build the skills you will need to work with individuals with disabilities and intervene in an evidence-based manner.  The Applied Behavior Analysis MEd program will provide you an opportunity to learn in depth about the theories and practical applications of applied behavior analysis while preparing you to sit for the BACB exam regulated by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc (BACB).  This rigorous program blends challenging coursework and possible practicum opportunities preparing you to sit for the BACB exam.  

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 12 months (Full Time) or 24 months (Part Time) 
  • Time Commitment: Full or Part-Time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Summer/Fall 
  • Course Requirements: 39 Credits 
  • Application Deadline: Rolling. Priority given to applications received by January 15. 
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE exam not required

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Program Details

The Applied Behavior Analysis MEd program provides intensive instruction in the theoretical bases of Applied Behavior Analysis as well as the clinical and pedagogical application of the theory and principles. The courses are aimed at special educators and behavioral health providers and are designed to specifically prepare students to apply for the certification examination of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc (BACB). Students may have the opportunity to complete supervised practicum as well. 

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Degree Requirements

  • The ABA MEd program fulfills the coursework requirement set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc (BACB). 
  • Students must be able to obtain all federal and Pennsylvania state clearances before entering placements. 
  • Students must successfully complete a Comprehensive Exam.  

Prerequisites

  • IL 2500 – Foundations of Special Education (or an equivalent course) 

ABAI certified

 

Career Pathways

  • Alumni currently work in a variety of important areas such as public and private schools and in the private sector helping students with disabilities
  • Majority of alumni pursue and pass their BACB exam to become board certified behavior analysts

The Master of Education in English Education is an online program that allows you to develop greater specialization of English/Language Arts Education. The program is designed to help beginning and experienced elementary and secondary teachers to acquire the concepts, skills, and attitudes of master teachers in their fields.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Candidates must complete the degree within 5 years of starting the program. Most candidates complete the M.Ed. within 2 years. 
  • Time Commitment: Part time or Full Time
  • Term of Enrollment: Rolling start date
  • Course Requirements: 36 credits
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required


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Program Details

The Master of Education student prepares a Plan of Studies of a minimum of 36 credits including School of Education requirements for Basic Areas of Education (BAE) courses, a research seminar, required courses in a major field (specialization), and any additional departmental requirements. A comprehensive examination is also required.

Students will work with an English Education faculty advisor to develop a Plan of Studies in the major field that combines work in English Education courses, related studies in education, and related electives from across the university.

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Degree Requirements

Students must complete a Comprehensive Exam. The comprehensive exam will consist of a take-home exam that will be evaluated by two faculty members from within the English Education program. The exam will be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation that the student could use to support his/her professional community, drawing on the work done during the program. The student will usually take this examination during his or her last term of study for the master's degree.

The purposes of the comprehensive exam are to:

  • determine the student's eligibility to be awarded the master's degree
  • provide some indication of the student's depth of knowledge in a selected field
  • provide evidence of the student's ability to relate a content field to theoretical, research, or practical applications.

Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisites for this degree/certification, but interested students should verify that they fulfill the admissions requirements.

Students who have completed the English Education certification program at the University of Pittsburgh may transfer up to 18 graduate-level course credits from their certification coursework to the MEd program. Students should consult their advisors for the exact number of credits they can transfer.

Career Pathways

The Master of Education in English Education online program is designed to help beginning and experienced elementary and secondary teachers acquire the concepts, skills, and attitudes of master teachers in their fields.