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

Assistant Professor Katrina Bartow Jacobs Elected Secretary/Treasurer for AERA Special Interest Group

Published on 9/28/2015 6:00:00 AM

Katrina Bartow Jacobs, a visiting assistant professor in language, literacy & culture, was elected secretary/treasurer for one of the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Special Interest Groups (SIG). The purpose of the specific SIG, which is on literature, promotes research that exp... Read More...

Doctoral Graduate Jeff Evancho Featured in "Pittsburgh Tribune-Review" for Healthy Food Initiative

Published on 9/25/2015 6:00:00 AM

EdD program graduate Jeff Evancho was featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for his role in Quaker Valley School District's Studio Life after-school program and its healthy food initiative, which allows students to eat meals with food they have helped to grow. Evancho, who is a teacher at Quaker... Read More...

School of Education Offering Workshops on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language During Fall

Published on 9/17/2015 6:00:00 AM


Professor Rich Milner to Speak at the Harvard Graduate School Askwith Forum on October 15

Published on 9/16/2015 6:00:00 AM

Professor Rich Milner will be speaking at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Askwith Forum , a series of public lectures featuring a wide range of topics, including early childhood, civic and moral engagement, expanded learning models, educating for human rights, and international education... Read More...

Assistant Professor Amber Pabon Elected Executive Secretary of the National Council for Teachers of English Black Caucus

Published on 9/15/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Amber Pabon was elected executive secretary of the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Black Caucus for the 2015-2016 academic year. In the role, Pabon, who is also a School of Education Center for Urban Education faculty fellow, will direct communications of the cau... Read More...

School of Education Homecoming Reception on October 9

Published on 9/14/2015 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education Cordially Invites You and Your Guest to Our Homecoming Weekend Reception Please join us for an evening of reconnecting with alumni and friends before the Fireworks & Laser Show Friday, October 9, 2015 7-9:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will ... Read More...

Associate Professor Amanda Godley Published Article for the "English Journal"

Published on 9/10/2015 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Amanda Godley published an article for the English Journal , which is produced through the National Council of Teachers of English. Titled "Increasing Access to and Success in Advanced Placement English in Pittsburgh Public Schools," the article is a collaboration with Pittsburg... Read More...

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...

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...
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