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 Awarded Honorable Mention for Distinguished Research Article Award

Published on 4/24/2015 6:00:00 AM

Department of Instruction and Learning Associate Chair and Associate Professor Patricia Crawford was awarded an Honorable Mention from the Association for Childhood Education International ( ACEI ) as part of its Distinguished Research Article Awards. Each year, ACEI identifies an article published... Read More...

Alumni Alison Monk Named Finalist for PA Teacher of Year

Published on 4/23/2015 6:00:00 AM

Master's graduate Alison Monk is one of 12 educators from across the state in the running for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year . In addition to teaching second grade at Pine-Richland, she serves on the academic advisory council for the district and has run workshops at the Allegheny Intermediate Un... Read More...

CUE Awards Olga Welch with Inaugural Alan Lesgold Award for Excellence in Urban Education

Published on 4/17/2015 6:00:00 AM

Alan Lesgold, Olga Welch, and Rich Milner At the end of the Center for Urban Education's ( CUE ) spring speaker series, CUE Director Rich Milner awarded Olga Welch with the Inaugural Alan Lesgold Award for Excellence in Urban Education. Welch is dean of Duquesne University's School of Education as ... Read More...

Doctoral Student Joshua Childs Awarded with AERA Minority Fellowship in Education Research

Published on 4/2/2015 6:00:00 AM

The American Educational Research Association ( AERA ) Minority Fellowship Selection Committee has selected Learning Sciences and Policy doctoral student Joshua Childs for the 2015-2016 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research. The committee noted that it was "very impressed with... Read More...

School of Education Honors Alumni at 2015 Awards Reception

Published on 3/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education celebrated the 2015 Alumni Awards this past Friday, March 27, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Awards for the school’s departments and also individual categories were presented at the reception. The winners and some information about their background is list... Read More...

Alumnus Michael Caviris Hired by Georgetown County School District as Executive Director for Special Services

Published on 3/26/2015 6:00:00 AM

Michael Caviris, who graduated from the School of Education with a master's degree in special education, was announced as executive director for special services at the Georgetown County School District (GCSD). Caviris will work with principals at all of GCSD's 18 schools. This hire is also part of ... Read More...

Doctoral Student Kaitlyn Brennan Invited to First-Ever HECSE Short Course in Education Policy and Politics

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

Special Education Leadership and Applied Behavior Analysis student Kaitlyn Brennan was one of 11 doctoral students who participated in the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education's (HECSE) Short Course in Education Policy and Politics in Washington, D.C., on January 19-21 under the instru... Read More...

School of Education Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as 17th Among Public Education Graduate Schools

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

In newly released statistics from U.S. News & World Report , the School of Education was named as no. 17 among public universities and no. 27 overall in its 2016 Best Education Schools guidebook for graduate schools of education. The U.S. News & World Report ranking is calculated from a combination... Read More...

CUE Director Rich Milner is Recipient of the 2015 AERA Award for Research on Diversity in Teacher Education

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

Rich Milner , the Helen Faison Chair of Urban Education and Director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh, has been selected for the Division K Award : Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education by the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Mil... Read More...

Professor Ellice Forman Named 2015 AERA Fellow

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

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced the selection of 23 scholars as 2015 AERA Fellows, including School of Education Professor Ellice Forman, a faculty member in the Department of Instruction and Learning . AERA, which is the largest national professional organization... Read More...
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