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Parents: Q&A

Talk to a real person about a career in teaching:  You can talk to a college employee who can answer your questions regarding a career in teaching. 

Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)


California University of Pennsylvania (CALU)


Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)


Point Park University


Is the campus a safe place?

Most colleges place their safety record on their web page and include information about the campus police department, the emergency-notification system, and emergency plans.  Most colleges have campus patrols as well as safety seminars for students

What kinds of academic opportunities are available?

Most colleges have a parent web page that talks about faculty and student opportunities to interact, the potential to get involved in actual research projects with faculty, and how continue the learning process in student housing facilities.

What kinds of academic majors are available for my child?

Most colleges have an alphabetical list of majors on their web page. Typical colleges offer early childhood, middle school, and high school teacher certification programs.

What is the application process?

Perhaps you want to take a tour of the campus. Great! Most colleges have regularly scheduled tours for you to sign-up for.

Can my son apply on-line?

Yes. Every college now permits you to apply on-line.

What is the cost of tuition and how does it compare with other colleges?

Type in name of the college along with the term "costs and tuition" and you can find out tuition cost, the cost for room and board

Is financial aid available?

Type in the name of the college along with the term "financial aid" and you will find out how to apply for financial aid, your eligibility, the various types of aid, and how to contact the financial aid department.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. The Office of Financial Aid at most universities can provide information on scholarships. Beware, you need to know about Scholarship Scams. If something sounds too good to be true, then be on guard. The following web site tells you about scholarship scams:  http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml