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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 25, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Applied Developmental Psychology/Combined Studies in Early Childhood and Special Education (CASE), BS/MEd

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The CASE teacher preparation program in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education is a 4+1 accelerated program.  Undergraduate students earn a B.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology and the M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Special Education. Students are also prepared to take Pennsylvania Department of Education tests for state certification in PK-4 General Education and PK-12 Special Education.

The B.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology prepares students to teach using developmentally appropriate practices and humanizing pedagogies that respect the individualized learning of all students. The program emphasizes the promotion of positive outcomes in human development for children, youth and families, while at the same time developing strategies for teaching children in Grades PK-12.  The M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Special Education completes students’ studies in content area and special education teaching strategies and practices.

Students complete a community engagement project in their junior year, then enter into two practicum and two full-time student teaching experiences prior to the end of the graduate year. Field experiences build the foundation of preparation for students in various classroom settings.



Language and Literacy (12 credits)

  • English Composition (3)
  • Linguistics 1000 or CSD 1020 (3)
  • English Writing 1551 or 1552 (3)
  • Literature Course (3)

Math and Quantitative

and Formal Reasoning (7 credits)

  • College Math (3-4 credits)
  • Statistics (3-4 credits)

Natural Sciences (6 credits)

  • 6 credits from A&S General Ed Requirements

Social Sciences (6 credits)

  • History (3)
  • Social Science course (3)

Psychology (3 credits)

  • Psychology 0010

Philosophy (3 credits)

  • Any course except Logic 0500

HAA (3 credits)

  • Any course

Arts and Sciences Electives (12 credits)

  • Any courses

Education Courses (9 credits)

  • IL 1041
  • EFOP 1001
  • Additional Education Course

Total Prerequisite Credits

61 credits in freshman/sophomore years

Graduate Courses (40 credits)

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