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. The three pathways we offer for pursuing careers in education are:
  • Initial teacher certification (for individuals who wish to earn an initial instructional certificate in Pennsylvania)
  • In-service professional development (for current teachers looking to earn an MEd and deepen their knowledge of instruction and learning, or students looking to earn additional certification)
  • Doctoral education (for those interested in research on classroom learning or providing professional and curriculum development)

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

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...

Alumnus and North Hills High School Principal John Kreider Wins First Pennsylvania School Counselors Association’s Administrator Appreciation Award

Published on 1/9/2015 6:00:00 AM

Alumnus and North Hills High School Principal John Kreider was awarded as one of the first two winners of the Administrator Appreciation Award from the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA). PSCA's mission is to expand the image and influence of professional school counselors, to promote... Read More...

Western Pa Writing Project Collaborates with Carnegie Science Center to Explore Science and Literacy at SMASH JAM Workshop

Published on 1/7/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of the Carnegie Science Center.] Local middle and high school students will work together this weekend to transform their ideas about scientific topics into videos–in just a few hours–during Carnegie Science Center’s Digital Video SMASH JAM Workshop. The intensive ... Read More...

Sto-Rox Elementary Principal and MEd Graduate Maurice Wigley Interviewed for Oral History Radio Project

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

MEd in elementary education graduate Maurice Wigley was interviewed for SLB Radio Productions' award-winning public radio program, The Saturday Light Brigade , and specifically, the Crossing Fences series . Launched in 2012, the Crossing Fences series is an oral history project that connects generat... Read More...

CGSE Call for Proposals for Spring Colloquium

Published on 12/17/2014 6:00:00 AM

What are you working on? Share your research and projects with other graduate students. 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... Read More...

Alumna Cara Ciminillo is Helping Make Pittsburgh "More Playful"

Published on 12/15/2014 6:00:00 AM

Cara Ciminillo, an operations director at the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) and MEd graduate in international and developmental education, is part of a group of educators that are placing an importance on play for children’s development and the roles of cities in... Read More...

The Pastors Wives Honored Graduate Phyllis Davis-Jones as Community Difference-Maker in Pittsburgh at Black History Awards

Published on 12/12/2014 6:00:00 AM

The Pastors Wives of the Churches of God in Christ's Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania celebrated nine women who made a difference in their communities at its recent annual Black History Achievement Awards Banquet. One of these women was Phyliss Davis-Jones, who earned her master's ... Read More...

Western Pa Writing Project Partners with Central Catholic as One of 14 High Schools to Receive Innovation Grant

Published on 12/3/2014 6:00:00 AM

[Press released published on behalf of the National Writing Project.] Central Catholic High School, in collaboration with the School of Education's Western Pennsylvania Writing Project , is one of fourteen schools across the nation to be awarded a LRNG Innovation Challenge Grant from the National Wr... Read More...
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