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

Doctoral Students Kaylee Wynkoop and Emily Sobeck Selected as Doctoral Student Scholars by the Council for Exceptional Children Division for Research

Published on 2/8/2016 6:00:00 AM

Emily Sobeck Kaylee Wynkoop Special education doctoral students Emily Sobeck and Kaylee Wynkoop were both selected as Doctoral Student Scholars by the Council for Exceptional Children Division for Research based on their CVs and descriptions of their dissertation research. Through this program, Sob... Read More...

Clyde Wilson Pickett - Being a Champion of Change for All People

Published on 1/29/2016 6:00:00 AM

Name: Clyde Wilson Pickett Role: Special Assistant to the President for Diversity & Inclusion at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Area of Concentration (ARCO) : Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Language, Literacy and Culture Problem of Practice: “To explore what institutions can do t... Read More...

EdD Student Rabiah Harris Receives #IAMCREATIVE Foundation Grant to Create Tech-Minded Fashion Course

Published on 1/20/2016 6:00:00 AM

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) EdD student Rabiah Harris received a grant from the #IAMCREATIVE Foundation to create a tech-minded fashion course, titled Urban Tech Fashionistas. It will be a combination of an after-school program that teaches kids to work with modern technol... Read More...

Professor Rich Milner and Assistant Professor Lindsay Page Ranked Among Most Influential Scholars in Education

Published on 1/18/2016 6:00:00 AM

Rich Milner Lindsay Page Rich Milner, a professor and director of the Center for Urban Education, and Lindsay Page, an assistant professor, were ranked on 2016 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings through Education Week . This marks Milner's fourth year on the list; it is Page's first. The 20... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Focusing on Disrupting the 'Cradle-to-Prison' Pipeline

Published on 1/15/2016 6:00:00 AM

The Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Pittsburgh is spending the 2015-2016 academic year focusing on disrupting a Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline, including a series of events on the theme and a new comprehensive, research-to-practice report. The goal of this forthcoming report is: (1)... Read More...

Institute for International Studies in Education 2016 Symposium Series on Wednesday, January 20

Published on 1/12/2016 6:00:00 AM


Center for Urban Education Presents Speaker Series with Maisha T. Winn on February 25

Published on 1/11/2016 6:00:00 AM


Christine Herring - Gaining the Confidence to Become a Leader

Published on 1/4/2016 6:00:00 AM

Name: Christine Herring Role: Grades 1 and 2 Primary Resource Teacher at Falk Laboratory School Area of Concentration (ARCO): Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Language, Literacy, and Culture Previous Degree Program: Master of Education (MEd) Problem of Practice: “I’m looking at how picture books can... Read More...

Alumnus Aaron Dunbar Publishes Second Novel, "A Wish for Giants"

Published on 12/18/2015 6:00:00 AM

Master's alumnus Aaron Dunbar recently published his second novel , A Wish for Giants , about a 9-year-old girl with an inoperable brain tumor who has one wish: to find Bigfoot. He is donating some proceeds from his book sales to Make-A-Wish Greater PA and WV. Read More...

Alumna Amiena Mahsoob Named Pittsburgh-Tribune Review "Newsmaker"

Published on 12/15/2015 6:00:00 AM

Master of arts in teaching alumna Amiena Mahsoob was named a "Newsmaker" by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review . Mahsoob was featured in "Newsmaker" for organizing Turkish Cultural Night , which was designed to introduce area residents to the country's music, cuisine, and culture. It is a joint project ... Read More...
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