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. The three pathways we offer for pursuing careers in education are:
  • Initial teacher certification (for individuals who wish to earn an initial instructional certificate in Pennsylvania)
  • In-service professional development (for current teachers looking to earn an MEd and deepen their knowledge of instruction and learning, or students looking to earn additional certification)
  • Doctoral education (for those interested in research on classroom learning or providing professional and curriculum development)

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

Considering Graduate Studies? Join the School of Education Open House on November 15

Published on 8/27/2014 6:00:00 AM

Are you considering graduate studies at Pitt's School of Education? Come spend the morning with faculty, staff, and current students and hear about your program of interest and the application, admissions, and financial aid processes. The open house is on Saturday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m., followe... Read More...

Faculty Member George J. Zimmerman Given Highest Honor in the Field of Orientation and Mobility

Published on 8/15/2014 6:00:00 AM

In late July, Associate Professor George J. Zimmerman received the Lawrence E. Blaha Award at the Association for Education and Rehabilitation (AER) of the Blind and Visually Impaired International Conference 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. The Lawrence E. Blaha Award was created to "honor people who h... Read More...

Graduate Margot Goldberg Awarded Teaching Fellowship from Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Published on 8/13/2014 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation.] The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) recently announced its 2014 cohort of Teaching Fellows, one of whom is a 2010 and 2014 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh—Margot Goldberg. Selected from a pool of more... Read More...

MOSAIC Students Tutor Local High School Students in Literacy Skills

Published on 8/11/2014 6:00:00 AM

MOSAIC students are in the top row, and the ASHS students are in the bottom row, with Mandi Skerbetz on the far left, and Sheila Conway on the far right. The 2015 cohort of School of Education MOSAIC students recently completed three weeks of literacy tutoring with high school students at the Prope... Read More...

Western Pa Writing Project Sponsors Summer Workshop that Results in Three New Art and Poetry Books

Published on 8/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project (WPWP), which is a teacher-centered professional development program hosted in the School of Education, recently offered a four-week poetry and art workshop with the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation that resulted in three books. WPWP, which works to ... Read More...

Western Pa Writing Project Works with Carnegie Science Center on Science and Literacy Workshop for Students

Published on 8/6/2014 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of the Carnegie Science Center.] In the span of just a few hours, 12 middle and high school students transformed ideas about scientific topics into videos during Carnegie Science Center’s Digital Video SMASH JAM Workshop this weekend. The intensive workshop is part... Read More...

Alumnus Sean McComb Featured on Cover of "Parade" Magazine

Published on 8/5/2014 9:20:00 AM

Alumnus Sean McComb, who was honored this past spring as the 2014 National Teacher of the Year , was featured on this past week's edition of Parade magazine with some back-to-school advice for parents. Read More...

Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Early Childhood Education Take School of Education's First Study Abroad Trip

Published on 7/16/2014 6:00:00 AM

A group of School of Education undergraduate and graduate students traveled to Italy during May 2014 for the school's first-ever study abroad trip. Accompanying the students were faculty members Patricia Crawford, Anna Arlotta-Guerrero, and Shannon Wanless, who also conceptualized the trip. Wanless... Read More...

School of Education Receives $3 Million from Alumni to Establish Dean’s Chair

Published on 7/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh has received a $3 million gift from alumni Renée K. Goldman and Richard M. Goldman to establish the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean’s Chair in the School of Education. The gift has established an endowment that will be used by the University to support the salary, profes... Read More...

New Workshop on Incorporating Sociological Skills into Social Studies Teaching Set for Fall 2014

Published on 6/9/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education is holding a Sociology for Social Studies Workshop in fall 2014, a two-day professional development event to promote the incorporation of sociological concepts and skills into the secondary social studies curriculum. The event will occur from October 20-21, 2014, in Posvar Ha... Read More...
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