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

School of Education Launches New Urban Education Certificate Program

Published on 5/18/2016 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University News .] In America’s classrooms, a cultural divide exists between teachers, who are most often white, and a student population that continues to expand in ethnic diversity. This is especially true in Pittsburgh, where nearly 85 percent of public schoo... Read More...

Associate Dean and Associate Professor Lindsay Clare Matsumura Named School of Education Interim Dean

Published on 4/25/2016 3:00:00 PM

Lindsay Clare Matsumura, the School of Education associate dean of research and faculty development, has been named by University of Pittsburgh Provost Patricia Beeson as interim dean of the School of Education. "We will be continuing the search for a new dean of the School of Education," said Bees... Read More...

Associate Professor Linda Kucan Collaborates on Article for "The Science Teacher" with U-Prep Teacher Juanita Boliha

Published on 4/20/2016 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Linda Kucan collaborated on an article for The Science Teacher with Pittsburgh University Prep Milliones high school biology teacher Juanita Boliha. The article, titled “Learning About Language in the Service of Learning About Science,” describes a yearlong collaboration between... Read More...

School of Education Celebrates Alumni at 2016 Awards Ceremony

Published on 4/18/2016 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education celebrated the 2016 Alumni Awards on Friday, April 1, 2016, 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 listed... Read More...

Associate Professor Amanda Godley Awarded with 2016 Spencer Foundation Midcareer Grant

Published on 4/13/2016 6:00:00 AM

Amanda Godley, an associate professor of English education and language, literacy, and culture in the School of Education, has been awarded a 2016 Spencer Foundation Midcareer Grant . She is one of only seven recipients in the nation. The award provides support for faculty who are seven to 24 years... Read More...

Visiting Assistant Professor Katrina Bartow Jacobs to Receive Outstanding Service Award from the "Urban Education" Journal

Published on 4/8/2016 6:00:00 AM

Visiting Assistant Professor Katrina Bartow Jacobs has been selected to receive this year's “Outstanding Service Award” from the Urban Education journal. Urban Education , which is published through the School of Education's Center for Urban Education, recognized Bartow Jacobs based on her overall ... Read More...

MEd Alumna Debra K. Sullivan Appointed by West Virginia Governor to the West Virginia Library Commission

Published on 3/25/2016 6:00:00 AM

MEd Alumna Debra K. Sullivan, who recently retired as principal of Charleston Catholic High School, was appointed to the West Virginia Library Commission by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. The Library Commission consists of nine members who are appointed by the Governor, by and with the ad... Read More...

Mark Onorato - Supporting Students through Special Education

Published on 3/23/2016 6:00:00 AM

Name: Mark Onorato Degree Program: Master of Special Education with Academic Instruction Certificate ( MOSAIC ) What is the best part about MOSAIC and how is the program preparing you for the field? MOSAIC is an incredible program in many ways. From the faculty and mentors to my fellow classmates, ... Read More...

Olivia Enders - Creating a Dynamic Atmosphere for Students

Published on 3/15/2016 6:00:00 AM

Name: Olivia Enders Role: Middle School Learning Support Teacher at Peters Township Middle School Graduating Degree Program: Master of Special Education with Academic Instruction Certificate ( MOSAIC ) What and where is your current position and what is your favorite aspect about your job? I am cur... Read More...

Graduate Student Myriam Abdel-Malek Receives Research Award from the National Conference of Less Commonly Taught Languages

Published on 3/14/2016 6:00:00 AM

Graduate student Myriam Abdel-Malek has received a research award from the National Conference of Less Commonly Taught Languages . Abdel-Malek is a third-year PhD student in language, literacy, and culture, and is currently conducting her dissertation research. Her advisor is Professor Rick Donato.... Read More...
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