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

Alumna and Pittsburgh Sci-Tech Teacher Edwina Kinchington Wins Biology Award

Published on 7/2/2015 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...

Student Kaitlyn Brennan Travels to D.C. to Advocate for Special Education Grants in Higher Ed

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

Kaitlyn Brennan, a Special Education Leadership and Applied Behavior Analysis graduate student, traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to speak with members of the Appropriations Committee about the importance of Special Education Personnel Preparation Grants in Higher Education. She met ind... Read More...

Assistant Professor Michael Lovorn Elected President of the National Social Studies Supervisors Association

Published on 6/5/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Michael Lovorn was elected president of the National Social Studies Supervisors Association ( NSSSA ), which is an affiliate organization of the National Council for the Social Studies ( NCSS ), and serves K-12 and higher education social studies supervisors, leaders, and teache... Read More...

Alumnus Jeff Tripodi Receives 2015 Roy A. Hunt Foundation Award for Commitment to Education in the Arts and Humanities

Published on 5/27/2015 6:00:00 AM

Jeff Tripodi, who earned his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the School of Education in 2007, was presented last night with the 2015 Roy A. Hunt Foundation Award for Commitment to Education in the Arts and Humanities​​. In 1999, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation worked with the Frick Art & Historic... Read More...

Graduate Stephanie Jones Gives Talk at TEDx

Published on 5/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

Stephanie Jones, a PY (Professional Year) and MEd graduate from the English education program, presented at a TEDxUGA event in March 2015. TED is a global set of conferences featuring presentations on scientific, cultural, and academic topics. In her talk, titled "The kids are reading, let's join t... Read More...

Professor Rich Milner Featured on NPR About the Difficulty of Discussing Race in the Classroom

Published on 5/7/2015 6:00:00 AM

Center for Urban Education Director and Professor Rich Milner was interviewed for NPR about the resistance to bringing students' experiences outside of school into the classroom, the difficulty of talking about race, and his new book, Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and ... Read More...

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page in "University Times" to Discuss Summer Melt

Published on 5/5/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page was the focus of an article in Pitt's University Times to discuss the concept of "summer melt," which is one of her main research areas and refers to the subset of accepted students who pay their deposit to reserve a spot in an institution’s freshman class but ultim... Read More...
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