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January 05, 2022

La Roche University Launches Master of Arts in Teaching

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 5, 2022 – 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 new 30-credit MAT program offers convenient online and evening courses for students to earn initial Pennsylvania teaching certification in just 15 months. The program will begin in Fall 2022.

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.”

Upon completion of this program, 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.

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

To earn state teaching certification, graduates of the MAT program must meet all of the teaching competencies and certification requirements set by 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.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, a minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA and security clearances within the past six months: PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check and FBI Fingerprinting Check. A full list of application requirements is available online.

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


About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,300 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.