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

Graduate Kurt Kondrich and Daughter Chloe Named as Finalists in 2015 Health Care Heroes Awards

Published on 8/28/2015 6:00:00 AM

Kurt Kondrich, a graduate of the School of Education Early Intervention Program, and his daughter Chloe, have been named finalists for the 2015 Health Care Heroes Awards, a program honoring individuals and organizations in western Pennsylvania's healthcare industry. The honor will be formally annou... Read More...

Institute for International Studies in Education and Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity Cohosting Opening Reception on September 9

Published on 8/19/2015 6:00:00 AM


Center for Urban Education Presents Speaker Series with Russ Skiba on October 22

Published on 8/10/2015 6:00:00 AM


Western Pa Writing Project Explores "21st Century Notebooking"

Published on 8/5/2015 11:57:00 AM

The School of Education's Western Pennsylvania Writing Project (WPWP), with support from the National Writing Project, the Grable Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation, is leading an ongoing inquiry project of 20 teachers and educators who have committed to experimenting, documenting, and reflect... Read More...

School of Education Dean Alan Lesgold Announces Retirement

Published on 7/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University of Pittsburgh News Services.] Alan Lesgold, dean of the School of Education and a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Council of Deans since 2000, will step down as dean in August 2016. Under Lesgold’s leadership, the School of Education has emb... Read More...

Cooperative Undergraduate Program Between University of Pittsburgh and Beijing Normal University from China

Published on 7/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education and the School of Continuing Education and Teacher Training of Beijing Normal University (BNU) are now offering a program to help Chinese students prepare for undergraduate study in the United States. The program focuses on selecting top Chinese high... Read More...

Alumna and Pittsburgh Sci-Tech Teacher Edwina Kinchington Named Top Biology Teacher in Pa

Published on 7/6/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of Pittsburgh Public Schools.] The National Association of Biology Teachers is pleased to present Edwina Kinchington from the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy (SciTech) with the 2015 Pennsylvania Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. This honor, given annually... Read More...

Professor Rich Milner Featured on "Education Week" OpEducation Blog

Published on 7/1/2015 6:00:00 AM

Center of Urban Education Director and Professor Rich Milner wrote an article for the Education Week's OpEducation blog, titled "Educators Shouldn't Avoid the Tough Conversations." In the blog, Milner discusses an armed robbery he heard of while conducting research at a middle school, a robbery tha... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Director Rich Milner Interviewed on "Lynne Hayes Freeland Show"

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

Center of Urban Education Director Rich Milner was interviewed on KDKA-TV's The Lynne Hayes Freeland Show to discuss students, race, and equity in education . He also discussed his new book , Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms and editor-in-chief of Urban Edu... Read More...

Professor Rich Milner on HuffPost Live to Discuss Ending Racism in Schools

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

Rich Milner, director of the School of Education Center for Urban Education and a professor, was interviewed on HuffPost Live to discuss issues of race in education regarding a private New York school that separates young students based on race to teach them about racism. HuffPost Live is a live-st... Read More...
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