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School of Arts and Sciences

Education Degree: 4th through 8th Grade

Education majors choose from four subject-area concentrations


Pictured is a Point Park education alum Robert Carnahan.

Prepare to Teach 4th - 8th Grade at Pittsburgh's Only Downtown University

This Bachelor of Arts in education program at Point Park University will prepare you to teach children in grades 4 through 8. Students choose one of four subject-area concentrations — English, math, science or social studies. You’ll take 30 credits in your specialty area and then round out your academic credentials with at least 12 credits in each of the other three concentrations.

Students are eligible to apply for the Instructional I Certificate issued by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania if they have:

  • Successfully completed the program leading to certification;
  • Passed the required PRAXIS exams, and
  • Demonstrated competence in student teaching.

Special Education Dual Certification Option

In addition to the initial certification program, Point Park education majors can choose to simultaneously complete the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s requirements for special education certification. The program guides below outline the courses required for dual certification.

Required Course Work to Teach 4th - 8th Grade

Follow the links below to see the degree requirements for each 4th grade - 8th grade subject-area concentration, along with the special education dual certificate option.