PA Dept. Ed. Cert (PDE)

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 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.  

This degree option is focused on training students to prepare for academic research careers related to exercise and physical activity to prevent and treat chronic health-related conditions, health and well-being, and the underlying physiological and/or behavioral mechanisms. Specifically, this degree will prepare students for academic careers focused on research, teaching, mentoring, and translation of research findings to a variety of settings. For students interested in primarily an academic research career, this degree will also prepare students for post-doctoral fellowships.

The Professional Year (PY) program in Science Education offers students a rigorous course of instruction in teaching Earth and Space Science in grades 7-12, combining methodological course-work and practical experience student teaching in a public-school classroom. Candidates graduate satisfying the requirements to earn a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate.

Program Requirements

Student Teaching

During the school year, candidates complete student teaching in a local public school under the supervision of a mentor teacher. In the fall term, PY students spend approximately 10 hours per week working with their mentor teacher. In the spring term, students in the PY program are in their school sites daily from bell to bell (35-40 hours per week), culminating in a two-week take-over of their mentor teacher’s full responsibilities. Student teachers observe, analyze, and practice teaching skills in the grade levels and subjects of their mentor teacher.  

Certifications

The PY program satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I certificate in Grades 7-12 Earth and Space Science, pending:

  • Earning a passing score on the national PRAXIS II Exam in Earth and Space Science;
  • Completing the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430); and
  • Demonstrating satisfactory performance in courses and the student internship

Prerequisites Requirements

The PY program in Earth and Space Science has prerequisite requirements for all applicants:

  • A minimum of 38 credits of college-level coursework in Earth and Space Science or related fields (e.g., Physics, Geochemistry, etc.) with at least 9 of these credits at the upper level (junior/senior) and/or research internships;
  • General Chemistry I and II (with labs); Introduction to Physics I (with lab); Calculus I (not included in 38 credit total);
  • Evidence of coursework (or equivalent academic or professional experiences) in Astronomy; Physical Geology; Historical Geology; Oceanography; Earth Systems Science or Meteorology; Environmental Science; and Geological Laboratory Techniques;  (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents) will be required to make a case for approval);  
  • Foundations of Special Education
  • 30 hours of experience working with K-12 children (preferably adolescents). Typical experiences include work at summer camps, tutoring, community involvement, or other volunteer or paid work with children. 
  • Interview with a program faculty member following application submission.

Potential Careers

Secondary Science PY alumni are employed as High School and Middle School Science Teachers in Public and Independent schools in Pittsburgh, across Pennsylvania and around the country. Many graduates of the PY program continue their education while they are teaching by enrolling in our online MEd program. This positions them to become teacher leaders.

 

The Special Education Teacher Preparation (SETP) PreK-8 specialization is a graduate teaching certification in special education. It is a certificate-only option in which students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits beyond the prerequisite coursework. Students will develop advanced knowledge in the fields of learning theory, and child development to enhance their teaching practice. 

We also offer the opportunity to combine your special education teacher certification with a Master of Education degree in Instruction and Learning for nine additional credits. 

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: 30 credits 


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Program Details

Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits beyond the prerequisite course work. MEd students will develop advanced knowledge in the fields of learning theory and child development to enhance their teaching practice. 

The summer term for students begins in June with two courses, which 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 Special Education Teacher Preparation program (SETP) Grades 7-12 is a graduate teacher certification program. The program combines special education teacher certification with a Master of Education (MEd) degree in the area of Instruction and Learning. You will develop advanced knowledge in the fields of educational research, learning theory, and child development to enhance your teaching practice. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 1 year
  • Time Commitment: Full-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Summer/Fall/Spring/Summer 
  • Course Requirements: 37 credits 
  • Application Deadline: Applications are reviewed starting January 15 and acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis until the program is full. 
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required


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Program Details

Students are required to complete a minimum of 37 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 late June with courses related to teaching special education.  Summer courses meet in person four days a week from 8:30 am-4:15 pm. During the fall term, in addition to coursework, students are required to spend 10 hours per week in a school placement. Students complete 15 week, full-time student teaching experiences 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 a comprehensive exam. 

Certifications

The Special Education Grades 7-12 Teacher Certification satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate in Special Education Grades 7–12, pending:

  • Earning a passing score on Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Special Ed 7–12 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 (Grades 7-12 or Reading Specialist)
  • Two prerequisite courses: Foundations of Special Education and Teaching English Language Learners (3 credits each)

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 

Develop a career teaching social studies with the Pitt School of Education's Instructional I program in Social Studies Education. This intensive two-term program pairs rigorous coursework with substantial classroom time to prepare graduates with both the theoretical knowledge and the real-world experience that they will need to forge successful teaching careers. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Eight months over two terms (Fall, Spring)
  • Time Commitment: Full-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall 
  • Course Requirements: 30 credits  
  • Application Deadline: Rolling until June 1; Priority given to applications received by January 15 
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required

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Program Details

The Instructional I program in Social Studies Education offers students a rigorous course of instruction in teaching Social Studies topics in grades 7-12. The program satisfies the requirements for earning a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certification. This intensive, two-term program combines rigorous coursework with substantial hands-on teaching experience to give graduates both the theoretical grounding and real-world skill they will need to embark upon their teaching careers.  

Our program is focused on research-based best practices that support all children to learn and is committed to fostering practices that further social justice.

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Degree Requirements:  

Student Teaching

During the school year, students complete their student teaching in a local school. Students are placed for an entire school year under the supervision of a mentor. In the fall, students spend approximately 10 hours working with their mentor teacher. In the spring semester, students in the Instruction I program are full-time in their school sites, culminating in a full take-over of teacher responsibilities for two weeks in the late spring. Students observe, analyze, and practice basic teaching skills in different grade levels and subject fields. 

Placements occur in a number of districts around the University of Pittsburgh, including Pittsburgh Public Schools, and many local suburban districts. Placements are made by the University, based on student interests and commuting information. During the time in the placement, a Pitt supervisor will visit a minimum of five times per semester; these observations provide direct and specific feedback for improvement and make sure all students are on track to successfully graduate the program and obtain their certification. 

Certifications

The Instructional I in Social Studies Education satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate, pending: 

  • earning a passing score on the national PRAXIS II Exam; 
  • completing the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430); and 
  • demonstrating satisfactory performance in courses and the student internship 

Prerequisites

Entrance to the Instruction I in Secondary Social Studies Education requires students to have completed coursework in the following areas. 

Area 1: Content Prerequisites (15–18 credits) 

This area requires a minimum of 5 three-credit courses. Courses must directly address content in the following topic areas. A single course may satisfy more than one of these required foci. If regional, period, and/or topic specific courses are used to meet these prerequisites, up to 3 additional credits will be required in order to meet content expectations. 

  • U.S. History; 
  • Western European History; 
  • World History (non-Western); 
  • Ancient History; 
  • Geography; and 
  • World Cultures 

Area 2: Civics (3 credits) 

The course must focus on general themes of political science, particularly those related to democracy, civic engagement, American political systems, or related topics. 

Area 3: Economics (3 credits) 

A course in basic or advanced Economics is required 

Area 4: Sociology and Social Foundations (3 credits) 

This prerequisite may be satisfied by a course in either the humanities, social sciences, or education that examines how socially constructed categories create advantages and disadvantages in social or educational institutions. 

Examples include courses that explore the history, nature, or implications of: 

  • classism and capitalism; 
  • heterosexism, homophobia, genderism, and sexism; 
  • racism, xenophobia, and ethnocentrism; 
  • religious oppression; 
  • ableism; and/or  
  • other, interrelated forms of subordination 

All students must also complete Foundations of Special Education (3 credits) before entering the program. 

In addition, applicants to the program are expected to provide documentation of 30 hours of experience working with K–12 children. These hours can be fulfilled by obtaining experiences with children through: 

  • summer camp; 
  • Sunday school; 
  • Hebrew school; 
  • tutoring; or 
  • other volunteer or paid work with children 

Applicants may wish to try the interactive online transcript review feature to track their progress online. Graduate enrollment managers are available to work with you to streamline the admissions process and make sure you have all the courses you need. 

Career Pathways

The majority of our graduates go on to become Social Studies teachers in secondary settings. Many also teach classes in civics, economics, or global studies in their schools.

Some of our graduates ultimately decide to return to school and obtain either their masters or doctorate degree, focused in various areas of educational practice and research.  

Prepare for a rewarding career as a secondary (grades 7-12) science education teacher with the Pitt School of Education Instructional I certificate program in Science Education. This rigorous two-semester program provides a thorough foundation for teaching and pairs challenging coursework with simultaneous experience in the classroom to support candidates in developing the disposition, knowledge, and experience to thrive in diverse school settings. 

We prepare science teachers for state certification in the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Space Science
  • General Science
  • Physics

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 8 months over two semesters (Fall and Spring) 
  • Time Commitment: Full time (can be completed over a longer period of time on a part-time basis)
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall 
  • Course Requirements: 30 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 Instructional I Certificate program in Science Education offers students a rigorous course of instruction in teaching grades 7-12, combining methodological course-work and practical experience student teaching in a public-school classroom. In our program, students select one of the following areas of specialization in science: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, General Science, or Physics. 

Our program is focused on research-based best practices that support all children to learn and is committed to fostering practices that further social justice. 

Candidates graduate satisfying the requirements to earn a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate.

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Degree Requirements

Student Teaching: During the school year, candidates complete student teaching in a local public school under the supervision of a mentor teacher. In the fall term, students spend approximately 10 hours per week observing and working with their mentor teacher. In the spring term, students iare in their school sites daily from bell to bell (35-40 hours per week), culminating in a two-week takeover of their mentor teacher’s full responsibilities. Student teachers observe, analyze, and practice teaching skills in the grade levels and subjects of their mentor teacher. 

Certifications

The Instructional I program in Science Education satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I certificate in Grades 7-12 in either Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, General Science, or Physics pending:

  • Earning a passing score on the national PRAXIS II Exam in the science subject area
  • Completing the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430); and
  • Demonstrating satisfactory performance in courses and the student internship

Prerequisites Requirements

The Instructional I program in Science Education has the following requirements for all applicants:

  • Foundations of Special Education 
  • 30 hours of experience working with K-12 children (preferably adolescents). Typical experiences include work at summer camps, tutoring, community involvement, or other volunteer or paid work with children.  
  • Interview with a program faculty member following application submission. 

Based on subject area, there are additional prerequisites for applicants.

Biology Applicants
  • A minimum of 38 credits of college-level coursework in Biology or related fields (e.g., Biochemistry, Environmental Science, etc.) with at least 9 of these credits at the upper level (junior/senior) and/or research internships; 
  • Foundations of Biology I and II (with labs); General Chemistry I and II (with labs); Organic Chemistry I (with lab); Calculus I (not included in 38 credit total) 
  • Evidence of coursework (or equivalent academic or professional experiences) in Molecular or Cellular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, and Environmental Biology or Ecology (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents) will be required to make a case for approval)
Chemistry Applicants
  • A minimum of 38 credits of college-level coursework in Chemistry or related fields (e.g., Biochemistry, Geochemistry, etc.) with at least 9 of these credits at the upper level (junior/senior) and/or research internships;
  • Foundations of Biology I (with lab); General Chemistry I and II (with labs); Organic Chemistry I and II (with labs); Introduction to Physics I; Calculus I and II (not included in 38 credit total);
  • Evidence of coursework (or equivalent academic or professional experiences) in Analytic Chemistry or Instrumental Analysis; Physical Chemistry; Biochemistry, Environmental Science, or Geochemistry;  (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents) will be required to make a case for approval).​
Earth and Space Science Applicants
  • A minimum of 38 credits of college-level coursework in Earth and Space Science or related fields (e.g., Physics, Geochemistry, etc.) with at least 9 of these credits at the upper level (junior/senior) and/or research internships;
  • General Chemistry I and II (with labs); Introduction to Physics I (with lab); Calculus I (not included in 38 credit total);
  • Evidence of coursework (or equivalent academic or professional experiences) in Astronomy; Physical Geology; Historical Geology; Oceanography; Earth Systems Science or Meteorology; Environmental Science; and Geological Laboratory Techniques;  (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents) will be required to make a case for approval).
General Science Applicants
  • A minimum of 38 credits of college-level coursework in the natural sciences and/or mathematics (at least 9 credits at the upper level (junior/senior) and/or research internships 
  • Foundations of Biology I and II (with labs);
  • General Chemistry I and II (with labs); Organic Chemistry; Introduction to Physics I and II; Physics Lab; Calculus I (not included in 38 credit total)
  • Evidence of coursework (or equivalent academic or professional experiences) in Molecular or Cellular Biology, Environmental Biology or Ecology, Geology, and Astronomy (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents) will be required to make a case for approval).  ​
Physics Applicants
  • A minimum of 38 credits of college-level coursework in Physics or related fields (e.g., Biophysics, Mathematics, etc.) with at least 9 of these credits at the upper level (junior/senior) and/or research internships;
  • Introduction to Physics I and II (with labs); General Chemistry I and II (with labs); Calculus I, II, and III (not included in 38 credit total);
  • Evidence of coursework (or equivalent academic or professional experiences) in Mechanics (above introductory level); Electricity and Magnetism (above introductory level); Optics; Wave Motion; Ethical, Human, and/or Environmental Applications of Contemporary Physics; (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents) will be required to make a case for approval)

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

Career Pathways

Alumni of the Instructional I Certificate in Science Education are employed as high school and middle school science teachers in public and independent schools in Pittsburgh, across Pennsylvania, and around the country. 

Many graduates of the program continue their education while they are teaching by enrolling in our online MEd program. This positions them to become teacher leaders. 

Prepare for a rewarding career as a secondary (grades 7-12) mathematics teacher with the Pitt School of Education's Instructional I Certification program in Mathematics. This rigorous two-semester program provides a thorough foundation for teaching and pairs challenging coursework with simultaneous experience in a mathematics classroom to support candidates in developing the disposition, knowledge, and experience to thrive in diverse school settings. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration:  8 months over two terms (Fall and Spring)
  • Time Commitment: Full time (Can be completed over a longer period of time on a part-time basis)
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall term
  • Course Requirements: 30 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 Instructional I Certificate program in Mathematics Education offers students a rigorous course of instruction in teaching Mathematics in grades 7-12. The program combines methodological course-work and practical experience student teaching in a public-school classroom.

Our program is focused on research-based best practices that support all children to learn and is committed to fostering practices that further social justice.

Candidates graduate satisfying the requirements to earn a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate. 

View Program Curriculum >>

Degree Requirements

Student Teaching: During the school year, candidates complete student teaching in a local public school under the supervision of a mentor teacher. In the fall term, students spend approximately 10 hours per week observing and working with their mentor teacher. In the spring term, students are in their school sites daily from bell to bell (35-40 hours per week), culminating in a two-week "takeover"of their mentor teacher’s full responsibilities. Student teachers observe, analyze, and practice teaching skills in the grade levels and subjects of their mentor teacher.

Certification

The Instructional I Certificate program in Mathematics Education satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I certificate in Grades 7-12 Mathematics, pending:

  • Earning a passing score on the national Mathematics PRAXIS II Exam;
  • Completing the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430); and
  • Demonstrating satisfactory performance in courses and student teaching.

Prerequisites

The Instructional I Certificate program in Mathematics Education has prerequisite requirements for all applicants:

  • A major in mathematics or a mathematics-related field (e.g. physics, engineering, economics)
  • Completion of the college-level Calculus Sequence (Calculus 1,2 & 3, or its equivalent)
  • College-level experience in Abstract Algebra, Number Theory, Linear Algebra, Geometry, Probability, and Statistics (single courses may satisfy multiple areas; a portion of a course that substantially addresses one of the areas may also be accepted. In either of these cases, further information (e.g. syllabi, course documents) will be required to make a case for approval). 
  • Foundations of Special Education
  • 30 hours of experience working with K-12 children (preferably adolescents). Typical experiences include work at summer camps, tutoring, community involvement, or other volunteer or paid work with children.
  • Interview with a program faculty member following application submission.

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

Career Pathways

Secondary Mathematics alumni are employed as high school and middle school mathematics teachers in public and independent schools in Pittsburgh, across Pennsylvania, and around the country.

Many graduates of the program continue their education while they are teaching by enrolling in our online MEd program. This positions them to become teacher leaders.

Prepare for a rewarding career as a teacher with the Pitt School of Education's Instructional I Certification program in English Education. From drawing up lesson plans to managing the classroom, the program provides you with a a rigorous and thorough foundation in the fundamentals of teaching. The program pairs intensive coursework with student teaching opportunities to ready the next generation of English teachers.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Eight months over two terms: (Fall and Spring )
  • Time Commitment: Full Time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall 
  • Course Requirements: 30-credit program combined with an internship in a local school district from September through June (10 hours in the fall, full time in the spring).  
  • Application Deadline: Rolling until June 1; Priority given to applications received by January 15 
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required


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Program Details

The Instruction I Teaching Certification Program in English Education offers students a rigorous course of instruction in teaching English topics in grades 7-12. The program satisfies the requirements for earning a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate in Secondary English Education. 

Our program approaches pedagogy centered on dialogic, student-centered instruction that addresses literature, literary theory, and writing in the secondary ELA classroom. We also focus on issues of equity, justice, and engagement in today’s schools. 

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Degree Requirements

Student Teaching: During the school year, students complete their student teaching in a local school. Students are placed for an entire school year under the supervision of a mentor. In the fall, students spend approximately 10 hours working with their mentor teacher. In the spring semester, students in the Instruction I program are full-time in their school sites, culminating in a full take-over of teacher responsibilities for two weeks in the late spring. Students observe, analyze, and practice basic teaching skills in different grade levels and subject fields. 

Placements occur in a number of districts around the University of Pittsburgh, including Pittsburgh Public Schools and many local suburban districts. Placements are made by the University, based on student interests and commuting information. During the time in the placement, a Pitt supervisor will visit a minimum of five times per semester; these observations provide direct and specific feedback for improvement and make sure all students are on track to successfully graduate the program and obtain their certification. 

Certifications

The Instruction I program satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate, pending: 

  • earning a passing score on the national PRAXIS II Exam; 
  • completing the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430); and 
  • demonstrating satisfactory performance in courses and the student internship 

Prerequisite Requirements

The MAT program in English Education has the following prerequisite requirements: 

All applicants are required to have completed: 

  • 3 credits of Foundations of Special Education 
  • 12 credits of English Literature 
    • This area requires a minimum of 4 three-credit courses. Courses must include reading, analysis, interpretation, and writing about literatures which reflect a diversity of genders, races, and cultural perspectives. A single course may satisfy more than one of these required foci. Examples include, but are not limited to literature courses such as, American, Women’s, African American, Native American, African, Latino/a, Caribbean, LGBTQ, Asian, World, British, or Adolescent
  • 3 credits of English Composition 
    • This area requires a minimum of 1 three-credit course. This courses must have a composition or writing focus. Examples include, but are not limited to, Fiction Writing, Journalism, Poetry, or Prose. 
  • 6 credits of English Electives 
    • This area requires a minimum of 2 three-credit courses. Courses should focus on writing, English language, or English-related areas. Examples: Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Uses of Literacy, Fiction, Non-fiction, Journalism, Poetry, Media Studies, Theater Arts, Film Studies, Film Production, Film Analysis, or Rhetorical Studies. 

In addition, applicants to the program are expected to provide documentation of 30 hours of experience working with K–12 children. These hours can be fulfilled by obtaining experiences with children through: 

  • summer camp; 
  • Sunday school; 
  • Hebrew school; 
  • tutoring; or 
  • other volunteer or paid work with children 

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

Career Pathways

The majority of our graduates go on to become English teachers in secondary settings. Many also teach classes in theater, film, or creative writing in their schools. 

Some of our graduates ultimately decide to return to school and obtain a master’s or doctorate degree focused in various areas of educational practice and research.  

Prepare for a rewarding career as a teacher with the Pitt School of Education's Instructional I Certification program in Foreign Language Education. Our program pairs intensive coursework with student teaching opportunities to ready the next generation of foreign language education teachers.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Eight months over two terms (Fall and Spring)
  • Time Commitment: Full time
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall 
  • Course Requirements: 30-credit program combined with an internship in a local school district from September through June (10 hours in the fall, full time in the spring). 
  • Application Deadline: Rolling until June 1. Priority given to applications received by January 15
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required


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Program Details

The Instructional I Teaching Certification Program in Foreign Language Education offers students a rigorous course of instruction in teaching specific foreign language areas in grades K-12. The program satisfies the requirements for earning a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate and provides students.

Certification studies are available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, or Latin. 

Native speakers of the language of certification are not exempt from prerequisite course work in the culture, civilization literature, and structure of their language. Applicants who are non-native speakers of the language of certification are also required to achieve at least an Advanced-Low rating on an oral proficiency interview by an individual certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

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Degree Requirements

Student Teaching: During the school year, students complete their student teaching in a local school. Students are placed for an entire school year under the supervision of a mentor. In the fall, students spend approximately 10 hours working with their mentor teacher. In the spring semester, students in the Instruction I program are full-time in their school sites, culminating in a full take-over of teacher responsibilities for two weeks in the late spring. Students observe, analyze, and practice basic teaching skills in different grade levels and subject fields. 

Placements occur in a number of districts around the University of Pittsburgh, including Pittsburgh Public Schools and many local suburban districts. Placements are made by the University, based on student interests and commuting information. During the time in the placement, a Pitt supervisor will visit a minimum of five times per semester; these observations provide direct and specific feedback for improvement and make sure all students are on track to successfully graduate the program and obtain their certification. 

Certification

The Instructional I program satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate, pending:

  • earning a passing score on the national PRAXIS II Exam;
  • completing the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430); and
  • demonstrating satisfactory performance in courses and the student internship

Prerequisites

For all students

  • In addition, applicants to the program are expected to provide documentation of 30 hours of experience working with K–12 children. These hours can be fulfilled by obtaining experiences with children through: summer camp; Sunday school; Hebrew school; tutoring; or other volunteer or paid work with children
  • All applicants are also required to take the course Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)

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

For Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish language students:

A total of 30 credits are necessary, with a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits in each of Area 1 and Area 2. 

Area 1: Languages and Linguistics (12-18 credits)

  • Conversation and Advanced Conversation (3 credits)
  • Composition/Writing (3 credits)
  • Stylistics (3 credits)
  • Phonetics (3 credits)
  • Grammar (3 credits)
  • Syntax (3 credits)
  • Structure of the Language (3 credits)
  • Dialects (3 credits)
  • Morphology (3 credits)
  • Listening Comprehension (3 credits)
  • Advanced Reading (not a literature course) (3 credits)
  • Professional Translation (3 credits)
  • History of the Language (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Linguistics (may be taught in English) (3 credits)

Area 2: Literature and Culture (12-18 credits)

  • Civilization I (3 credits)
  • Civilization II (3 credits)
  • Major Cultural Periods (3 credits)
  • Cultural Heritage Courses (3 credits)
  • Literature Surveys (3 credits)
  • Author Courses (3 credits)
  • Genre Courses (3 credits)
  • Literary Period Courses (3 credits)
  • Cultural Period Courses (3 credits)
  • Thematically-based Literature Courses (3 credits)
For Latin language students only

The following prerequisites must be fulfilled by all applicants of Latin only.

Latin Area 1

  • Roman Civilization (3 credits)
  • Latin Prose Composition (3 credits)

Latin Area 2

  • At least 24 credits above intermediate Latin with a maximum of 144 credits

Career Pathways

The majority of our graduates go on to become Foreign Language Education teachers in secondary settings.

Some of our graduates ultimately decide to return to school and obtain a master’s or doctorate degree focused in various areas of educational practice and research.