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School of Arts and Sciences

Instructional Studies Degree


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Pursue a Degree in Instructional Studies in Downtown Pittsburgh

Our Bachelor of Arts degree program in instructional studies is a useful alternative to the teacher certification curricula. Two sequences, Pre-Kindergarten through grade four and grades four through eighth, are available. Point Park's instructional studies program is intended for students who have a strong interest in the field of education, but are seeking opportunities that would not require formal state certification. 

Concentration Options

Students in the instructional studies program can choose one of the University's minors or a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Child care administrator
  • Educational leadership

Instructional Studies Course Offerings

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the instructional studies major. Some of the courses include:

  • Family and Community Diversity
  • Assessment and Adaptation
  • Educational Psychology
  • The Adolescent Development 
  • Special Education and Inclusive Practices

For a comprehensive list of courses, see the degree requirements and School of Arts and Sciences course descriptions.

Career Opportunities

With an instructional studies degree, you will have the option to pursue career opportunities in various areas, such as:

  •     Paraprofessional in public schools
  •     Private schools not requiring PDE certification
  •     Extended school programs
  •     Community centers
  •     Profit and non-profit organizations focused on children, youth and families
  •     Youth service agencies