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The Para2Teacher Program at Point Park University, in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools Districtprovides paraprofessionals at Pittsburgh Public Schools the opportunity to complete one of the following two-year, fully online Master of Education degree programs while remaining employed by the District.

All graduate education programs at Point Park are fully accredited for Instructional I certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

Participating PPS paraprofessionals will receive their full salaries while enrolled in the program, tuition assistance, test prep assistance and preferential hiring.

Candidates approved by Pittsburgh Public Schools for the Para2Teacher program need to submit only their application and official transcripts.

Key Benefits

As an institution of higher education, Point Park University recognizes its responsibility to create and maintain an environment that affirms the diversity of people and ideas.

Among the many advantages and benefits we offer to Para2Teacher Program students include:

  • Cohort model with eight-week asynchronous courses
  • Small class sizes with personalized attention from faculty 
  • Highly-qualified faculty who possess many years of experience working in K-12 schools and are trained in research-based online teaching best practices
  • 98% Point Park graduate education student satisfaction rate 
  • Teacher preparation coursework that emphasizes culturally responsive practices at all times and high expectations for all students

Student Support Services

At Point Park University, we embrace, support and actively pursue a policy of inclusiveness that recognizes, values and reflects the diversity of the community we serve and the world in which we live.

Our key student support services include:

  • On-campus orientation sessions
  • Library with individualized research consultations, as well as extensive print resources and online databases 
  • Accessibility Services
  • Financial aid services
  • Personalized advising
  • Opportunities to attend Pittsburgh sporting events, museums and theater productions at free or reduced rates
Point Park: A Pioneer in Culturally Responsive Curriculum
Before the Pennsylvania Department of Education mandated culturally responsive pedagogy into teacher certification requirements, Point Park University had already incorporated it into its curriculum.