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

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...

Center for Urban Education Director Rich Milner Published in "Education Week" About His Search for a Diverse Preschool

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

Rich Milner, director of the School of Education Center for Urban Education and a professor of education, recently had an article published in Education Week . In the article, he talks about how his work with preparing teachers to effectively educate black students focused mainly on middle and high... Read More...

The Q&A: Alumnus Sean McComb Walks Through the "Door of Opportunity" and Pulls Others Through--On Way to Being Named Teacher of the Year

Published on 4/30/2014 6:00:00 AM

Out of more than three million teachers in the United States, Sean McComb was named as National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) on Wednesday, April 30. A 2007 alumnus of the School of Education, McComb, who is 30 years old, currently works as a high school... Read More...

School of Education Honors Alumni at Annual Awards Ceremony

Published on 4/11/2014 11:42:00 AM

Pictured from left to right: (back row) Sean McComb, Dean Alan Lesgold, Robert Robertson, Brent Johnson, Joshua “JC” Childs; (middle row) Katie Clark Patterson, Miray Tekkumru Kisa, Francesca Amati, Cynthia Reed, R. Rudy Filek; (front) Ellen Falk Hirsch. Not pictured: Antoinette Y. Farmer. The Scho... Read More...

Alumnus Sean McComb Named as Teacher of the Year at Local, State, and National Levels; Donates $10,000 Winnings to His School

Published on 3/26/2014 6:00:00 AM

Sean McComb, an English MAT alum, was named as one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year , the winner of which will be announced in April. With this honor, he was also invited to Washington to meet with First Lady Michelle Obama to take part in discussions on how to improve access to h... Read More...

Western PA Writing Project Earns $20,000 SEED Teacher Leadership Development Grant

Published on 3/24/2014 6:00:00 AM

The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project (WPWP) has been awarded $20,000 of federal funds over two years for it's 2014-2016 SEED Teacher Leadership Development Grant, given by the National Writing Project . The purpose of the grant is to expand and develop teacher leadership to improve the teaching ... Read More...

The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation Awards $100,000 to the Institute for Learning

Published on 3/20/2014 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Learning , embedded within Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center , has been given a $100,000 grant by The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation to provide video case studies for the Paterson Public School District. The project will begin in July 201... Read More...

Western Pennsylvania Writing Project Appoints Laura Roop as Director

Published on 3/19/2014 6:00:00 AM

The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project (WPWP), a teacher-centered professional development program hosted in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, today announced the hiring of Laura Roop as its new director. In her position, Roop will develop and promote core Writing Project programs;... Read More...
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