La Roche Univeristy announces new masters program, teaching

By Madeline Riccardi, Editor-in-Chief

La Roche University announces new Master of Arts in Teaching Program beginning fall 2022.

On Jan. 5, the University announced its newest graduate program that is available to students of all fields.

“Aspiring teachers who hold a bachelor’s degree in any field now can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at La Roche University,” the press release said.

The program, consisting of online and evening courses, requires 30 credits and students can complete it in as little as 15 months.

Graduate Program Coordinator Natalie Rugg, Ph.D., said, “The MAT program requirements can be completed in just 15 months, which makes it ideal for obtaining a teaching position within a short timeframe.”

Kate Silvis, D.Ed., chair of the La Roche Education Department, said, “With a growing shortage of teachers across the country and in the Pittsburgh region, we are thrilled to be able to offer this high-demand program for people who have always wanted to be teachers.”

At the end of the program, students will earn an initial Pennsylvania teaching certification.

“Upon completion of this program,” the University press release said, “students will be skilled to teach any core subject at the fourth to sixth grade level, and one of the following subject areas at the seventh and eighth grade levels: English/Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies.”

To earn their teaching certification, students must meet all the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

“Graduates will be eligible for Grades 4-8 Teaching Certification in Pennsylvania and may choose to add on additional certifications, such as PreK-4 and 7-12 subject areas, by passing the appropriate content exams,” the press release said.

To apply for the program, applicants must have previously received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA.

The program also requires “PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check and FBI Fingerprinting Check” within six months of applying according to the press release.

For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies & Adult Education at or 412-536-1260.

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