University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Instruction & Learning

The University of Pittsburgh offers various teaching certification programs specializing in early
childhood, elementary, secondary, special education and more.

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Inspiring and Preparing the Next Generation of Educators

“The School of Education master’s program was such an excellent experience for me, and the instruction and the strategies we were exposed to have shaped everything I have done and do in the classroom.” - Steve Vayanos, MAT Program Graduate

The Department of Instruction and Learning (DIL) in the School of Education unites educational theory, research, and practice, preparing you to enter the classroom ready to engage and support students in their learning. Our core belief is that by providing you with best practices in subject-specific instruction and a foundation in critical educational issues, you can become a highly accomplished teacher who meets the challenges of today’s classroom.

To achieve this goal, we feature a group of dedicated faculty members, who are active contributors to their professional organizations, and leaders in the fields of educational research and teacher development. This expertise provides you with a competitive edge in your career and the foundation to become a teacher-leader after graduation.

The end result is a unique class of graduates committed to making a difference in the lives of all students by transforming their experiences in school and influencing their futures. We offer a variety of degree options (listed below) for those pursuing a career in education: 1.) individuals who wish to earn an initial instructional certificate; 2.) current teachers looking to earn an MEd and deepen their knowledge of instruction and learning, or students looking to earn additional certification; and 3.) those interested in research on classroom learning or providing professional and curriculum development through doctoral education.

Department Contact

University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Learning
5300 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 S. Bouquet St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
PHONE: 412-624-7254
FAX: 412-648-7081

Latest News

CUE Director Rich Milner Writes Article for "Raising Race Conscious Children" Blog

Published on 10/12/2015 6:00:00 AM

Center for Urban Education Rich Milner wrote a guest article for the blog, Raising Race Conscious Children . Titled "Confronting White bias: Bringing my research to my parenting," the article goes into Milner's pursuits to bridge his research with his parenting responsibilities, as he attempts to h... Read More...

PhD Graduate Jane Bluestein Writes New Book, "The Perfection Deception"

Published on 10/9/2015 6:00:00 AM

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduate Jane Bluestein wrote a new book that was recently published, The Perfection Deception: Why Trying to Be Perfect Is Sabotaging Your Relationships, Making You Sick, and Holding Your Happiness Hostage . Bluestein, who also graduated with her master's and undergradua... Read More...

Alumnus Irving N. Rothman Publishes Article in "Swift Studies" on Language in "Gulliver's Travels"

Published on 10/7/2015 6:00:00 AM

Alumnus Irving N. Rothman, a professor of English literature and Jewish studies at the University of Houston, published an article in the summer 2015 edition of Swift Studies , an annual review of scholarship on the work of novelist Jonathan Swift from the Ehrenpreis Center. He theorizes that the "... Read More...

Open Forum for Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education Search on October 14

Published on 10/6/2015 6:00:00 AM

Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education Search Open Forum Wednesday, October 14, 2015 9:00-11:00 a.m. The Office of the Provost is conducting a search for the next Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education. As part of this process, the search committee will hold an... Read More...

Alumni Judith Summerfield Writes New Book, "A Man Comes from Someplace..."

Published on 10/2/2015 6:00:00 AM

Alumna Judith Summerfield, a professor emerita in English at Queens College, The City University of New York, published a new book , titled A Man Comes from Someplace, Stories, History, Memory of a Lost Time , through Sense Publishers. Summerfield has been the recipient of numerous awards and grant... Read More...

Alumnus Joel Thompson Named New Unit Principal at Mt. Lebanon High School

Published on 9/29/2015 6:00:00 AM

Joel Thompson, who graduated with a master’s degree in secondary social studies education from the University of Pittsburgh, was unanimously approved as the new unit principal at the high school at Mt. Lebanon. His start date has not yet been determined. He currently teaches social studies at Fort C... Read More...

Assistant Professor Katrina Bartow Jacobs Elected Secretary/Treasurer for AERA Special Interest Group

Published on 9/28/2015 6:00:00 AM

Katrina Bartow Jacobs, a visiting assistant professor in language, literacy & culture, was elected secretary/treasurer for one of the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Special Interest Groups (SIG). The purpose of the specific SIG, which is on literature, promotes research that exp... Read More...

Doctoral Graduate Jeff Evancho Featured in "Pittsburgh Tribune-Review" for Healthy Food Initiative

Published on 9/25/2015 6:00:00 AM

EdD program graduate Jeff Evancho was featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for his role in Quaker Valley School District's Studio Life after-school program and its healthy food initiative, which allows students to eat meals with food they have helped to grow. Evancho, who is a teacher at Quaker... Read More...

School of Education Offering Workshops on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language During Fall

Published on 9/17/2015 6:00:00 AM


Professor Rich Milner to Speak at the Harvard Graduate School Askwith Forum on October 15

Published on 9/16/2015 6:00:00 AM

Professor Rich Milner will be speaking at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Askwith Forum , a series of public lectures featuring a wide range of topics, including early childhood, civic and moral engagement, expanded learning models, educating for human rights, and international education... Read More...
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