Through an exclusive agreement with the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, Allegheny College offers students the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching and to obtain Pennsylvania teaching certification. For more information about the Pitt-MAT Program, contact Kirsten Peterson in The Allegheny Gateway, (814) 332-2845. Also, more information about specific coursework requirements and application information is available here.
Highlights of the Allegheny/Pitt-MAT program:
Allegheny’s Teacher Preparation Program advisor assists students as early as the first day they arrive on campus. Guidance includes:
- recommending courses that will best meet the requirements of the Pitt-MAT Program.
- connecting current students with Allegheny alumni in the field of education
- making students aware of formal and informal teaching opportunities available to them during their time at Allegheny College.
Allegheny students choose to apply to the Pitt-MAT program during their junior or senior year. Guaranteed admission requires:
- completion of specific disciplinary coursework.
- attainment of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
Admitted students begin the Pitt-MAT Program during the summer immediately following graduation from Allegheny College. Students undertake education coursework throughout the summer. For the duration of the next academic year, students intern with mentor teachers in Pittsburgh area school districts while taking education courses in the evenings. Students complete the Pitt-MAT Program in 13 calendar months, and typically have secured positions in schools by the end of this time.
Columbia Teacher’s College
Through an exclusive agreement with Teachers College, Columbia University, Allegheny College offers selected students the opportunity to secure an interview with an admissions representative from one of the most prestigious teachers colleges in the nation. Teachers College gives special consideration to Allegheny students who apply for admission guaranteed interviews to any students that Allegheny recommends for Columbia’s highly competitive graduate programs in teacher education. “Allegheny’s focus on providing undergraduates with strong preparation in a major and cognate courses in preparation for graduate study in teacher education is a model for our nation,” according to former Teachers College President Arthur Levine. “I applaud Allegheny College for its leadership in the area of teacher education.”
Allegheny students are given special consideration for graduate school admission at Xavier University. Xavier will guarantee admission of up to five qualified Allegheny students each year who apply to its master of education program. Allegheny is the only college in Pennsylvania to have such a partnership with Xavier.
Explore Other Graduate Programs
To explore other top-level graduate programs in Education that offer a combined Master’s degree (Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education) and teaching certification, follow the link below. Included are programs with special focus on Urban Education, Special Education, School Reform and Education Policy, as well as more traditional education offerings. Wherever your future calling as an educator leads you, Allegheny has prepared you well to meet the challenges of this most rewarding career.