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

Associate Professor Patricia Crawford Publishes Article in "Childhood Education" Journal

Published on 11/4/2015 6:00:00 AM

Associate Department Chair and Associate Professor Patricia Crawford wrote a new article in Childhood Education , which the Association for Childhood Education International publishes. The article is titled "Rock of Ages: Developing Healthy Perspectives of Aging in the Elementary Grades, in Childho... Read More...

Send in Nominations for School of Education 2016 Alumni Awards

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

We are seeking nominations for the School of Education’s 2016 Alumni Awards. Through this program, we honor the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni and students. Criteria for these awards include a recognition of professional achievement, commitment to the continued success of the School of Ed... Read More...

Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless Discusses Racial Identity and New Childhood Group for WESA-NPR

Published on 10/28/2015 6:00:00 AM

Shannon Wanless, an assistant professor in the Applied Developmental Psychology program, was interviewed on 90.5FM WESA-NPR about a new early childhood collaborative group between the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Public Schools, as well as parents and teachers, to learn how to better fos... Read More...

School of Education Brings Together Organizations to Offer Out-of-School Youth with Opportunity for Career Credentials and Diplomas

Published on 10/26/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of Smart Horizons Career Online Education and Cengage Learning.] The Garfield Jubilee Association, 3Rivers Workforce Investment Board, the City of Pittsburgh, and Cengage Learning are collaborating to connect Pittsburgh's out-of-school youth with career credentials... Read More...

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hufnagel Article Published in "Journal of Research in Science Teaching"

Published on 10/23/2015 6:00:00 AM

Elizabeth Hufnagel, an assistant professor of science education, had an article published in Journal of Research in Science Teaching on pre-service elementary teachers’ emotional connections and disconnections to climate change. Read More...

School of Education Joins Other Pitt Schools for Graduate School Week from November 2-5

Published on 10/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

In conjunction with the Office of the Provost, several participating graduate schools throughout the University of Pittsburgh will be hosting a Graduate School Week on Monday, November 2, through Thursday, November 5, 2015. The School of Education, along with various other graduate schools at Pitt, ... Read More...

Professor Emerita Rita Bean Releases Position Statement on Behalf of the International Literacy Association

Published on 10/16/2015 6:00:00 AM

Professor Emerita Rita Bean released a position statement last week on behalf of the International Literacy Association (ILA) to help clarify differences in expectations and preparations for literacy specialists. "Our research findings indicated clear distinctions among the roles of these three typ... Read More...

PhD Alumna Elizabeth Bishop Writes First Book, "Becoming Activist: Critical Literacy and Youth Organizing"

Published on 10/14/2015 6:00:00 AM

PhD alumna Elizabeth Bishop had her first book published, Becoming Activist: Critical Literacy and Youth Organizing , through Peter Lang Publishing. Bishop, whose degree is in Language, Literacy, and Culture, currently serves as the deputy director at the Center for Institutional and Social Change ... Read More...

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...
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