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.

Apply Now

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 Graduation - Save the Date

Published on 3/2/2015 10:36:00 AM

In preparation of 2015 spring graduation, the School of Education would like to share important information for both the University of Pittsburgh's Commencement and the School of Education's Spring Graduation Celebration. Pitt School of Education Spring Graduation Celebration: The University of Pitt... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Director Rich Milner to Publish New Book in April 2015

Published on 3/2/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of the Harvard Education Press.] In Rich Milner's incisive and practical new book, Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms , he provides educators with a crucial understanding of how to teach students of color who live in poverty... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Presents Speaker Series with Shaun Harper on March 19

Published on 2/23/2015 6:00:00 AM


Youssef Abdelwahab - Crossing Language and Culture Barriers

Published on 2/16/2015 6:00:00 AM

Born in Egypt, Youssef Abdelwahab's family moved to the United States when he was young and settled down in Pittsburgh. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, he traveled to Chile for six months to teach English. Upon his return, Abdelwahab joined the foreign la... Read More...

Call for Graduate Student Proposals for CGSE Spring Research Colloquium

Published on 2/10/2015 6:00:00 AM

The CGSE Conference Committee is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Spring 2015 Research Colloquium. This forum for education research will be held at The University of Pittsburgh on Thursday, March 27. The Colloquium provides an excellent opportunity to gain presentation experience an... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Hosting Spring 2015 Brown Bag Discussions in January, February, and March

Published on 2/9/2015 9:43:00 AM


MEd Graduate Thomas Samosky Named Principal at Trinity High School

Published on 2/6/2015 4:36:00 PM

Alumnus Thomas J. Samosky, formerly principal of student affairs at Chartiers Valley High School, was chosen as the new principal at Trinity High School . The Trinity Area School Board unanimously approved hiring Samosky during Monday’s agenda meeting. He will replace Donald Snoke, who was named the... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Director Rich Milner Named Among the Country's Most Influential Educational Scholars

Published on 1/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

Center for Urban Education Director and Professor Rich Milner was named by American Enterprise Institute director of Education Policy Frederick M. Hess on the “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings,” which recognizes 200 university-based scholars who shape public discussions of education. Using eig... Read More...

$20,000 Scholarships Available for Students Interested in Fall 2015 Early Intervention/Autism Specialization Program

Published on 1/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

Are you interested in a career working with young children with autism and their families? If so, consider applying to the Early Intervention with Autism Specialization program at the University of Pittsburgh ! We prepare graduate-level students to work effectively with young children (birth-five y... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Director Rich Milner Appointed to Governor Tom Wolf's Transition Team

Published on 1/12/2015 6:00:00 AM

Center for Urban Education Director Rich Milner was appointed by Governor-elect Tom Wolf to his transition committee for education issues . These individuals will work with the agency review heads and with the outgoing administration to better understand the issues and challenges that face the exec... Read More...
Page:   of 9