Education

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 

Contact

Pitt-Johnstown Education Division
153 Biddle Hall


Gerald Zahorchak, DEd, Associate Professor of Education and Division Chair 
814-269-7961  |  jzahorch@pitt.edu

Jackie Myers, DEd, Director of Field Practicums and Clinical Experience
814-269-7014  |  Jmm275@pitt.edu

Karen Clites, Division Administrative Assistant and Teacher Certification
814-269-7010  |  clites@pitt.edu
Fax: 814-269-7084

Education Division Faculty

Clearances

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: https://uenroll.identogo.com 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

The Professional Brochure

Professional Brochure Guidelines 
Professional Brochure Sample 1 
Professional Brochure Sample 2

The Cooperating Teacher
Field Practicum Cooperating Teachers:

Student Teaching Cooperating Teachers:
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

Candidates may combine individual tests from different vendors to meet the basic skills requirement. The policy is retroactive for all open applications.

Information regarding PAPA, SAT, ACT or CORE skills assessment tests.

There are several options regarding testing:

PAPA »

  • PAPA Mathematics – Qualifying score of 193 or minimum composite score of 174
  • PAPA Writing – Qualifying score of 220 or minimum composite score of 192
  • To meet the qualifying composite score, you must meet a minimum score in each test area (Math, Reading and Writing) and then exceed the passing score by an amount equal to the Standard Error of Measurement in one or two of the other test areas. Your test scores are added together, and if the scores total 663, then you have passed the PAPA.
  • PAPA Reading –  Qualifying score of 220 or minimum composite score of 193
  • Sum of the 3 PAPA tests must total or exceed 663. The total does not represent the sum of the 3 minimum scores. You much achieve a Qualifying Score (at least 193 or 174 in Mathematics) in at least one of the PAPA tests AND also reach the Minimum Composite Score Total of 663 when all three test scores are added together.

SAT

  • The Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) score of 500 or higher in each individual section – Critical Reading, Writing, Mathematics. There is no composite scoring option.

ACT

  • Tests taken prior to September 2015 require a composite score of 23 accompanied by a combined English/Writing score of 22 or higher and a Math score of 21 or higher. Tests taken after September 2015 require separate scores of Reading - 22; Mathematics - 21; and Writing - 21. 

CORE

  • CORE Academic Skills for Educators: Reading – Qualifying Score of 156 or minimum composite of 148
  • CORE Academic Skills for Educators: Writing – Qualifying Score of 162 or minimum composite of 158
  • CORE Academic Skills for Educators: Math – Qualifying Score of 142 or minimum composite of 132
  • Composite Score Method (for non-vocational certification) CORE tests:
  • Minimum Composite Score Total: 467
  • Sum of the three CORE tests must total or exceed 467. This total does not represent the sum of the 3 minimum scores. You must achieve a Qualifying Score in at least one CORE area AND also reach the Minimum Composite Score Total of 467 when all three test scores are added together.