University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Instruction & Learning

The University of Pittsburgh offers various teaching certification programs specializing in early
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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 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...

CASE Students Among First in Pitt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society

Published on 5/4/2015 6:00:00 AM

Juniors in our Applied Developmental Psychology CASE Teacher Preparation are among the first students to be initiated in the University of Pittsburgh's chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society . The ceremony and installations were held on April 18-19. Read More...

School of Education Signs Agreement with Beijing Normal University to Create New Programs

Published on 5/1/2015 6:00:00 AM

Sharon Lesgold, Li Rui, Qing Xia, and Alan Lesgold The School of Education has signed a memorandum of understanding with Beijing Normal University (BNU), which will provide a platform for joint projects and a "hope that faculty in both institutions will pursue future collaborations," according to R... Read More...

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...
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