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Pitt-Johnstown to Begin Offering Graduate Program in Education

Pitt-Johnstown to Begin Offering Graduate Program in Education

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     Local educators will soon be able to expand their credentials through a new master’s-level program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  Beginning this summer, Pitt-Johnstown will begin offering a Leadership Initiative for Transforming Schools (LIFTS) K-12 Principal Certificate program.  The program will be offered in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.  An open house for interested students will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in 220 Krebs Hall.

     “This new program has been added in direct response to an expressed need by our alumni and our community for graduate programming in the field of education.  Through this new partnership with the School of Education, Pitt-Johnstown will provide educators with the access to the latest educational research in a program that is of highest quality and offered locally,” said Dr. Jem Spectar, Pitt-Johnstown president.

     This 15-month program, which is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will include course combinations of online and face-to-face interactions, executive-style weekend formats, summer institutes, internships and mentoring experiences.  Teachers will be given support online via webinars, wikis, and videoconferencing throughout the school year.  Curriculum is designed to meet the Pennsylvania State Standards for School Leaders and the ISLLC Standards.  Several University research and practice institutes, centers, and partners that will inform the design, delivery, and evaluation of the certificate, include: Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business; Institute of Learning; Learning Research and Development Center; Learning Policy Center; Urban Education Center, and Watson Institute/Pittsburgh Public Schools/School of Education.

     The LIFTS and principal preparation programs promote leadership in the field of education and offer practical, real-world study rooted in disciplinary literacy and organizational theory.  Participants will engage in modules and graduate classes grounded in the latest educational research taught by a core team of highly qualified academicians, researchers, authors, and practitioners in their respective fields.

     The LIFTS Program is the newest graduate degree to be offered at the Johnstown campus.  Existing programs, which are offered in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, include a Master of Social Work, the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, and the Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

     Additional information on the program is available by contacting Dr. Nina Girard, Pitt-Johnstown associate professor of mathematics education and site coordinator for graduate education, at 814-269-2934 or via email:  Anyone interested in attending the April 16 open house can RSVP online at:

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.   A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 4/8/2009 3:55:00 PM