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

School of Education Honors Alumni at 2015 Awards Reception

Published on 3/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education celebrated the 2015 Alumni Awards this past Friday, March 27, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Awards for the school’s departments and also individual categories were presented at the reception. The winners and some information about their background is list... Read More...

Alumnus Michael Caviris Hired by Georgetown County School District as Executive Director for Special Services

Published on 3/26/2015 6:00:00 AM

Michael Caviris, who graduated from the School of Education with a master's degree in special education, was announced as executive director for special services at the Georgetown County School District (GCSD). Caviris will work with principals at all of GCSD's 18 schools. This hire is also part of ... Read More...

School of Education Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as 17th Among Public Education Graduate Schools

Published on 3/11/2015 6:00:00 AM

In newly released statistics from U.S. News & World Report , the School of Education was named as no. 17 among public universities and no. 27 overall in its 2016 Best Education Schools guidebook for graduate schools of education. The U.S. News & World Report ranking is calculated from a combination... Read More...

Doctoral Student Kaitlyn Brennan Invited to First-Ever HECSE Short Course in Education Policy and Politics

Published on 3/11/2015 6:00:00 AM

Special Education Leadership and Applied Behavior Analysis student Kaitlyn Brennan was one of 11 doctoral students who participated in the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education's (HECSE) Short Course in Education Policy and Politics in Washington, D.C., on January 19-21 under the instru... Read More...

Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception Information

Published on 3/10/2015 6:00:00 AM

Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception – 2015 IMPORTANT INFORMATION The School of Education will be holding its 2015 Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Seating for the School of Education ceremony is unlimited. All graduates who attend will be individual... Read More...

CUE Director Rich Milner is Recipient of the 2015 AERA Award for Research on Diversity in Teacher Education

Published on 3/6/2015 6:00:00 AM

Rich Milner , the Helen Faison Chair of Urban Education and Director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh, has been selected for the Division K Award : Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education by the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Mil... Read More...

Professor Ellice Forman Named 2015 AERA Fellow

Published on 3/3/2015 6:00:00 AM

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced the selection of 23 scholars as 2015 AERA Fellows, including School of Education Professor Ellice Forman, a faculty member in the Department of Instruction and Learning . AERA, which is the largest national professional organization... Read More...

School of Education Graduation - Save the Date

Published on 3/2/2015 10:36:00 AM

In preparation of 2015 spring graduation, the School of Education would like to share important information for both the University of Pittsburgh's Commencement and the School of Education's Spring Graduation Celebration. Pitt School of Education Spring Graduation Celebration: The University of Pitt... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Director Rich Milner to Publish New Book in April 2015

Published on 3/2/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of the Harvard Education Press.] In Rich Milner's incisive and practical new book, Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms , he provides educators with a crucial understanding of how to teach students of color who live in poverty... Read More...

Youssef Abdelwahab - Crossing Language and Culture Barriers

Published on 2/16/2015 6:00:00 AM

Born in Egypt, Youssef Abdelwahab's family moved to the United States when he was young and settled down in Pittsburgh. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, he traveled to Chile for six months to teach English. Upon his return, Abdelwahab joined the foreign la... Read More...
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