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

Assistant Professors Sheila Conway and Michelle Sobolak Accepted for 2017 Innovation in Education Award

Published on 4/24/2017 6:00:00 AM

Sheila Conway Michelle Sobolak Assistant Professors Sheila Conway and Michelle Sobolak had a proposal for the 2017 Innovation in Education Award , entitled "Implementing a Video Coaching Platform to Provide E-Mentoring during Teacher Education Clinical Experiences,” accepted by the Advisory Council... Read More...

University of Pittsburgh School of Education Announces 2017 Spring Graduation Speaker

Published on 4/21/2017 10:12:00 AM

Chief of Schools of the Metro Nashville Public Schools Dr. Sito Narcisse will address Pitt’s School of Education graduates. The University of Pittsburgh School of Education is happy to announce that Dr. Sito Narcisse, Chief of Schools of the Metro Nashville Public Schools, will address their 2017 g... Read More...

EdD Student Sarah Wagner's Program Awarded Honorable Mention for the Excellence in 2017 Diversity & Inclusion in International Education

Published on 4/20/2017 6:00:00 AM

EdD student Sarah Wagner's Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership was awarded an honorable mention for the 2017 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) by Diversity Abroad. Wagner is director for the program, and Professor Jean Ferketish is faculty advis... Read More...

EdD Student Josh Novak Elected as Directorate to ACPA Commission for Two-Year Colleges

Published on 4/13/2017 6:00:00 AM

Higher education management EdD student Josh Novak was elected to serve a two-year term as a Directorate to American College Personnel Association's (ACPA) Commission to Two-Year Colleges. The Commission for Two-Year Colleges is "directly concerned with issues relevant to student development progra... Read More...

Associate Professor and LRDC Research Scientist Jennifer Lin Russell Named to NERD Advisory Board

Published on 4/10/2017 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor and LRDC Research Scientist Jennifer Lin Russell has been named to the National Education Researcher Database ( NERD ) National Advisory Board. NERD is scheduled to launch in fall 2017 with a searchable database of profiles for more than 10,000 education researchers, including a... Read More...

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Associate Professor Lina Dostilio Writes New Book

Published on 4/6/2017 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Practice Lina Dostilio has written a new book , The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for An Emerging Field , which was the result of a national research project on the Community Engag... Read More...

Alumna Kristin Shymoniak Receives The School Superintendents Association (AASA) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Women in School Leadership Award

Published on 4/3/2017 6:00:00 AM

Alumna Kristin Shymoniak, a graduate in the MEd early intervention program and the special education certification program, has received The School Superintendents Association (AASA) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Women in School Leadership Award. She is the lead special education teacher at... Read More...

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page Receives Association for Education Finance and Policy Early Career Award

Published on 3/30/2017 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page has been selected to receive the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Early Career Award . The AEFP Early Career Award recognizes junior scholars (between 1 and 6 years post doctorate) with "exemplary early career trajectories whose research substanti... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Receives $800,000 Grant from The Heinz Endowments to create The Heinz Fellows Program

Published on 3/29/2017 6:00:00 AM

The Heinz Fellows Program offers an extraordinary, year-long opportunity for forward-thinking, social justice-oriented individuals who are interested in the future of education. Fellows will work in collaboration with each other to support students while building the knowledge and skills to work in ... Read More...

Associate Professor Sean Kelly Honored with AERA Outstanding Reviewer Award

Published on 3/27/2017 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Sean Kelly has been chosen as a 2016 Outstanding Reviewer on behalf of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis . Kelly will be honored at the AERA Journal Publications Committee reception in San Antonio, Texas, on Frida... Read More...
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