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Business Computer and Information Technology (BCIT)

Duquesne University offers the opportunity to acquire the license to teach Business, Computer, and Information Technology subjects in grades K-12.  The BCIT Program is offered as an undergraduate (B.S. Ed.) and graduate (M.S.Ed.) degree, as well as an additional license for current teachers.

For those studens enrolling in the BCIT Program a 25% discount is being offiered.  Please visit the Graduate Admissions website for additional information.

  • The program, a joint effort between the School of Education and the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

  • The program is appropriate for undergraduates who wish to acquire a Bachelor’s degree in four (4) years.

  • For education graduates who are already certified and who wish to acquire an additional certification.

  • For graduates of business schools who would like to acquire teaching certification (license).

  • Transfer students from other schools within Duquesne University and other colleges and universities may be accepted into the program after meeting admission requirements and pending a review of their academic records.

Exit Criteria
Graduation Requirements
Graduation is a separate process from certification. Each process requires a separate application. A candidate must graduate first, and then, can apply for teacher certification. The minimum number of credits for graduation from Duquesne University for the Undergraduate Degree is 127 credits and for the Master's Degree is 30.  Program credits depend on competencies met with courses from Duquesne University and other approved institutions.

To graduate with a degree from the School of Education, candidates must:
1. Complete all course work prior to student teaching; remove all I and F grades from transcript
2. Earn a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of a minimum of 3.0 overall
3. Earn a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of a minimum of 3.0 in the academic content area (BCIT)
4. Complete student teaching successfully
5. Complete all requirements for the Undergraduate Bachelor's of Science or Master of Science in Education degree, as outlined on the program sheet.

Teacher Certification.
The School of Education has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to offer course-work leading to the Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate. This certificate is valid for six years beginning the first year the individual is actually employed as a teacher in the State of Pennsylvania. Requirements for teacher certification are established by the PDE. Candidates must meet the requirements established by the state at the time of application for certification in order to receive a School of Education recommendation for state certification.

The following requirements must be met for a candidate to be eligible for certification:
1. All requirements for graduation with a degree from the School of Education.
2. Successful completion of professional examinations as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
3. Completion of required field hours.
4. Completion of the application for certification.
5. Recommendation of the Certification Officer of the School of Education.

Please click here for a printable BCIT Brochure.

Practical Experience

Because the School of Education at Duquesne University uses the Leading-Teacher program in certifying all graduates, students enrolled in the BCIT Certificate program will have extensive field experiences before they begin actual student teaching. Visit Practical Experience page to learn more.

Graduate Coursework

The BCIT program is modular so that if a graduate student has completed a business program in a school accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, they only have to take the Education and the Instructional Technology courses to earn a master's degree and the PDE certificate (license), titled, BCIT - Business, Computer, and Information Technology. Visit BCIT Graduate Coursework page to learn more.

Undergraduate Coursework
What Can You Teach?

Visit What Can You Teach page.

Academic Accreditation

The School of Education is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business is accredited by AACSB.

  • BCIT is reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Consists of three components
  • Business, Education, Instructional Technology
  • To see the Certified Staffing Assignment from the PDE click CSPG No. 33 
  • Highly Qualified – Content Major

A person holding a valid license for Business, Computer, and Information Technology (BCIT) is qualified to teach Business, Computer and Information Technology courses in PK-12.

 

Prospective Students

Duquesne University offers the opportunity to acquire the license to teach Business, Computer, and Information Technology subjects in grades K-12.  The BCIT Program is offered as an undergraduate (B.S. Ed.) and graduate (M.S.Ed.) degree, as well as an additional license for current teachers.

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