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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  May 16, 2022
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Social Studies Education, MAT

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The University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, offers a post-baccalaureate program for Secondary Social Studies certification (grades 7-12), the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program. Details of the MAT program are outlined below:

  • requires Teaching Interns to take and pass the Content Knowledge test (Praxis II) during the first semester of their program in order to obtain their Intern Certificate
  • satisfies the requirements for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate (pending passing scores on the national PRAXIS II Exam, successful completion of the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430), and satisfactory performance in courses and in the internship)
  • is completed in three terms (fall, spring, summer 1 session) beginning in late August of the admission year and concluding in mid-June of the following year
  • consists of 36 credits of graduate course work combined with an internship in a local school district from August through June


Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

This option provides qualified graduates in the social science disciplines with the opportunity to obtain Instructional I teacher certification in social studies education for grades seven through 12 and the MAT degree. All applicants are required to have completed 30 credits in one of the social science disciplines along with another 18-30 credits across the other six disciplines in addition to general arts and sciences prerequisites. The MAT option requires 36 credits.

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