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Our secondary education program is unique because it is a collaborative effort among various departments in the University.

You have the opportunity to integrate academic content courses in your chosen subject area — biological sciences, citizenship, English, mathematics or social studies — with courses in education. Ultimately, you’ll combine your academic programs with certification courses, so you’re ready to teach grades seven through 12. 

You will explore subjects like assessment and adaptations, technological literacy for teaching, literacy and learning in secondary school, in-depth content area exploration and have a student teaching practicum. And you will benefit from state-of-the-art resources and a variety of choices for student teaching placements, which will prepare you to teach most anywhere.

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.

Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom

Courses are taught by faculty taught who have years of real-world experience both as teachers and administrators in the education field.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Associate Professor of Education Stanley Denton, Ph.D.
  • Practitioner in the fields of multicultural education, human relations and social psychology for more than 40 years
  • Created a national award-winning model program for incorporating diversity across curriculum
  • Leader in the Black Men Teaching Initiative 

Alumni Success

Learn where our graduates have gone on to build their teaching careers.

More profiles
Pictured is education alumnus and teacher Robert Michael. Photo by Chris Rolinson
"My student teaching experience was one of the best experiences of my life! From day one, I truly felt as though I had found what it is I was supposed to do with my life — and Point Park found the best possible location for me to do that! "
Pictured is secondary education alumna Alicia Lyons. | Photo by Chris Rolinson
"I did my student teaching at Franklin Regional High School under Mrs. Becky Magness and had an incredible experience with the district and the kids. I learned so much there on how to teach lessons in my concentration and what it means to be a true educator."