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Point Park University establishes School of Education

Jeff Himler
| Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, 12:06 p.m.
Point Park University elementary education majors work with students at the Clara Barton Elementary School in West Mifflin
Point Park University elementary education majors work with students at the Clara Barton Elementary School in West Mifflin

Point Park University has established a School of Education, responding to needs for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral education degrees.

University officials announced the move, an evolution of Point Park’s Department of Education, at a Wednesday event attended by faculty, students, alumni, education leaders and guests.

There are 492 students enrolled in the School of Education, with about 10 percent of the university’s student body majoring in one of its degree programs. The school offers 10 graduate programs in such areas as athletic coaching and a superintendent letter of eligibility, as well as more traditional areas such as special education and secondary education.

A three-year doctoral program in leadership and administration encompasses professional leadership, a superintendent’s letter of eligibility, K-12 administration and an individualized concentration.

Point Park’s 32 undergraduate programs include pre-K through grade four, fourth- through eighth-grade education, secondary education, instructional studies, early childhood education and special education dual certification.

Before the Pittsburgh university initiated the new school, its Department of Education saw an enrollment increase, particularly in graduate programs at the master’s level and through establishment of doctoral degrees and adding online options.

There are 103 education students enrolled in doctoral programs, while master’s program enrollment has increased from no more than 50 students to 261 over the past five years, according to university records.

Every state, including Pennsylvania, is experiencing teacher shortages in key subject and certification areas, including special education, science and math and middle school education.

“The field of teacher education is one that is multi-faceted with requirements at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The need for expanding programs and recruitment to meet state and national demands is without question,” said Darlene B. Marnich, professor of education and chair of the education programs at Point Park. “We have always looked at innovation programmatically, and our willingness to develop new programs will allow us to continue to meet and exceed the needs of current and future students.”

Visit PointPark.edu for more information.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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