University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Education Division offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in more than seven areas of concentration. Students begin their coursework as pre-education majors. Our programs are designed to facilitate graduation in four years.

The mission of the Division of Education of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is to provide high quality programs that produce exemplary educators who are knowledgeable, resourceful, and well-prepared to make contributions to the schools and communities in which they work.

Degree Programs

Among Pitt-Johnstown's education division graduates:
  • 97% are employed in their desired career within a year
  • 82% are employed in Pennsylvania
    (source 2016-19 graduate survey)

Our graduates pursue advanced degrees or go on to enjoy successful careers in  their field as teachers, instructional supervisors or administrators. Pitt-Johnstown education alumni are making difference here in our community and across the country.

Degree Information

The Division of Education offers four-year programs of study leading to Pennsylvania teacher certification and the baccalaureate degree (Bachelor of Science BS, or Bachelor of Arts BA) in the following areas:

*General Science may be pursued concurrently with this major.

Through careful planning, students also may choose to complete a double major or to fulfill requirements for a minor.

Study Abroad 


Pitt-Johnstown Education Division
153 Biddle Hall

Gerald Zahorchak, DEd, Associate Professor of Education and Division Chair 
814-269-7961  |

Douglas Ledney, EdD, Director of Field Practicums and Clinical Experiences
814-269-7013  / 

Karen Clites, Division Administrative Assistant and Teacher Certification
814-269-7010  |
Fax: 814-269-7084

Education Division Faculty »

Degrees and Certificates Awarded (2018)
Bachelor's: 32

Certification and Licensing (2018)
Number of students taking state assessment to license or certify teachers: 30
Test takers who passed: 26 (87 percent)

Issuance of state certificates 2017-2018
26 Pennsylvania certificates issued
Note: Data does not reflect out of state certificates or certifications that were issued after 2018



All Pitt-Johnstown students intending to major in education are required to obtain and submit the following clearances:

Child Abuse History Clearance »    |  Criminal Record Check »   |  Federal Criminal History Background Check »

IdentoGO is PA's new fingerprint provider as of November 2017. Procedures, pricing, and locations are DIFFERENT, so please follow these instructions carefully.

Go to: Type in your service code (registering in PA as a student taking a course in a university teacher ed. program): 1KG6RT. On the next screen, select Schedule or Manage an Appointment. Complete the registration form, select a fingerprinting location, select the photo ID you will bring to your appointment (most select Driver's License), make an appointment or select "walk-in," pay for the service, and print your confirmation form. Take a print-out of your registration and your selected photo ID to an IdentoGO  fingerprinting site. Search for an IdentoGO location »
Student Teaching Resources

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Post-Baccalaureate FAQs

What are the Post-Baccalaureate admission criteria for the certification program?

To be admitted to the applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Applicants must have teaching certification and have passed the teaching concentration(s) PRAXIS II subject assessment. To remain in a certification program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

 How long will it take to complete the post-baccalaureate program?

After review of transcripts candidates will have a projected program timeline.  Availability to take courses when they are offered should be factored.

When are courses offered?

Courses will be offered during summer and evening formats to accommodate teachers in the field.  After applying please be sure to follow the survey link to fill out the survey monkey which will help to target desired times for availability.

Will I have to student teach?

Yes, PDE now requires experiences to be fulfilled for classroom course work through core competences.  Each candidates requirements will vary depending on current teaching experiences.

When are the application deadlines?

Please have your application and all materials in at least one month before the start of the new course session. Courses begin in June, August, and January.

What kind of advising is available for post-baccalaureate candidates?

All candidates will have a faculty program advisor. Candidates will meet with the advisor to develop a program plan and schedule courses. Candidates can also meet with their advisor to develop a professional development plan to meet specific career needs.

Are there other requirements for PA certification?

PDE requires that candidates pass the Special Education PECT exam.

Candidates will complete a Professional Educator Portfolio (PEP) to show competence in the Education Division's Candidate Learning Framework.

Upper Level Admission

Upon completion of specific courses comprising a broad liberal arts curriculum as well as several foundation courses in education, Pitt-Johnstown pre-education students typically apply to an upper-level program during their sophomore year. They then become education majors in a chosen area of concentration.

Admission to the elementary or secondary education programs is based on a number of criteria including grade point average, appropriate pre-education course work, and recommendations from faculty. Upper level early childhood and secondary education courses are taken during the junior year and first term of the senior year and all must be taken at Pitt-Johnstown. They are open only to students who have gained admission to the upper level. Upper level students typically complete their program with a full term of student teaching. Student teaching placements are arranged by the Division of Education at established sites.

Assessment Tests

Certification Test and Score Requirements »


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