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School of Arts and Sciences

Instructional Studies Degree


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Become a Paraprofessional with a Degree in Instructional Studies

This Bachelor of Arts degree program in instructional studies is a useful alternative to the teacher certification curricula. Two sequences, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4 and Grades 4 to 8, are available. In addition, students can choose a concentration in child care administration or educational leadership or one of the University's minors. The instructional studies program is intended for students who have a strong interest in the field of education, but are seeking opportunities that would not require formal state certification. 

If you would like more information about this degree program, contact Point Park's Education department office at 412-392-3972. 

Instructional Studies Course Offerings

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the instructional studies major. Some of the courses include:

  • Family and Community Diversity
  • Assessment and Adaptation
  • Educational Psychology
  • The Adolescent Development 
  • Special Education and Inclusive Practices

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the program guide and School of Arts and Sciences course descriptions.

Career Opportunities

With an instructional studies degree, you will have the option to pursue career opportunities in various areas, such as:

  •     Paraprofessional in public schools
  •     Private schools not requiring PDE certification
  •     Extended school programs
  •     Community centers
  •     Profit and non-profit organizations focused on children, youth and families
  •     Youth service agencies