Allegheny/Pitt-MAT Program Information

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education offers Allegheny students the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree and to obtain Pennsylvania teaching certification in the areas shown below.¬† Click on the links to learn more about each program. Scroll down lower on this page for information about course prerequisites for each certification area.

Program Descriptions

  • Early Childhood Education: teaching young children (birth to age 8)
  • Foreign Language Education: teaching French, Spanish, German, Latin, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, or Russian at the elementary or secondary school level (K – grade 12); dual certification with elementary education is also possible

Course Prerequisites and Allegheny Equivalent Courses

Students intending to apply to take advantage of the articulation agreement between Allegheny College and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education in order to pursue teacher certification should consult with Kirsten Peterson, Liaison to Teacher Preparation Programs, about specific details of the program and about prerequisite courses that must be taken before beginning the Pitt MAT program.

Checklists identifying prerequisite courses for the Pitt MAT program for the certification areas are linked below. Consult Ms. Peterson for assistance in using these checklists. Note: Prerequisites are dictated by the education standards of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as interpreted by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education and are therefore subject to change.

Applying to the Pitt MAT Program

Students intending to apply to the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Arts in Teaching program must contact Kirsten Peterson, Liaison to Teacher Preparation Programs, in order to take advantage of the articulation agreement between Allegheny College and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. The application includes the following materials:

  1. Cover letter indicating students intent to apply and, if necessary, describing unusual features of the student’s application
  2. Completed application for Pitt School of Education (may be completed online)
  3. Resume
  4. Statement of career goals and degree objectives including any previous teaching experience or experience with children (2 – 3 double-spaced pages)
  5. Three letters of recommendation from faculty (may be sent from recommender directly to Pitt)
  6. Official transcript from every post-secondary institution attended (may be sent from institutional registrar directly to Pitt)
  7. Copy of spring registration form indicating courses that will be taken
  8. Application fee

Applicants are encouraged to submit additional materials that demonstrate their academic ability or their experience working with children.

Application materials (except those sent directly to Pitt or completed online) should be given to Ms. Peterson by December 1.