The University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, offers two post-baccalaureate programs for Foreign Language teacher certification (grades K-12). The two programs are an Instructional I Teacher Certificate Program and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program. 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 Advanced-Low rating on an oral proficiency interview by an individual certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Details of the Instructional I Teaching Certificate Program are outlined below.
- satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate (pending passing scores on the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and national PRAXIS II Exam of Fundamental Content Knowledge, successful completion of the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430), and satisfactory performance in courses and student teaching)
- can be completed in two terms (fall and spring) of 15 credit hours each
- can be designed to accommodate part-time students
- requires 10 hours per week at a local school district in the fall term and a full-time student teaching experience in the spring term
- requires obtaining all Federal and PA state clearances before entering schools
- contains 18 credits which can be applied within three years toward a Master of Education degree
- students may apply for financial aid