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

Alumna Ellen J. Dehouske Self-Publishes Book Through Amazon

Published on 10/23/2014 6:00:00 AM

Ellen J. Dehouske, who graduated from the School of Education with a PhD, self-published a book in June 2014, titled We Feed Each Other: Nourishment through Friendships—a Memoir of Sorts , available on Amazon. Dehouske spent her career as a high school English teacher; a special education teacher o... Read More...

CUE Offering Post Geneva Gay Lecture Discussion on Improving Education in Pittsburgh

Published on 10/22/2014 6:00:00 AM


Discussion with Shinil Kim on October 23 on "Achievements and Issues of Korean Education"

Published on 10/6/2014 6:00:00 AM


School of Education Seeking Nominations for 2015 Alumni Awards

Published on 10/3/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education is seeking nominations for its 2015 Alumni Awards. Through this program, the school honors the outstanding accomplishments of alumni and students. Criteria for these awards include a recognition of professional achievement, commitment to the continued success of the School of... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Presents Speaker Series with Geneva Gay on October 30

Published on 10/3/2014 6:00:00 AM


School of Education Celebrates Homecoming on October 24

Published on 10/1/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education invites its alumni to attend the school’s homecoming weekend reception for an evening of reconnecting with fellow alumni and friends. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the fireworks and laser show, which is part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Homecomin... Read More...

Pitt Alumna Awarded STEM Teaching Fellowship

Published on 9/4/2014 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of 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 tha... Read More...

Western Pa Writing Project Partnering with Clairton City School District

Published on 9/2/2014 6:00:00 AM

The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project (WPWP), an initiative within the School of Education, is partnering with Clairton City School District to create a cross-curricular writing institute in 2014-2015 , titled Clairton Writes, via a $35,000 Teacher Empowerment Grant provided by the Heinz Endowmen... Read More...

The School of Education Holding 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...
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