University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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Secondary Education

Overview (See Division of Education Student Handbook for complete information)



Pitt-Johnstown offers four-year degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in seven Secondary Education areas of concentration. Education majors begin their program as Pre-Education majors, following a broad liberal arts curriculum as well as selected education courses. Pre-education students typically apply for admission to an Upper-Level program, in the second term of their sophomore year.

Admission to the Upper-Level programs of Elementary or Secondary Education is based on a number of criteria including grade point average, appropriate pre-education course work, and recommendations from faculty.

Secondary Education
Biology, B.S.
Chemistry, B .S.
Social Studies, B.A.
Earth and Space Science, B.S.
English, B.A.
General Science, B.S.
Mathematics, B.S.

The Secondary Education major prepares students to teach adolescents in Grades seven through twelve and in State approved middle schools. The Secondary Education graduate is certified to teach one of the areas of concentration listed above. The curriculum includes a distribution of courses in the Arts and Sciences, field connected Education courses, and courses in the appropriate content area of concentration.

In Secondary Education, certification is available in more than one concentration, although coursework must be selected carefully and more than the traditional eight terms of study may be needed. In addition, certification is available in all areas for students already holding a baccalaureate.

Special Note: The University's School of Education on the Pittsburgh Campus now offers teacher certification only at the post-baccalaureate (fifth-year) level. However, the baccalaureate programs in both Elementary and Secondary Education offered by the Division of Education at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown typically can be completed in four years.

Last Reviewed: September 12, 2007