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Learning Sciences & Policy

The Learning Policy Center advocates for advanced educational ideas and learning through
research and development.

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Staying on the Leading Edge of Policy and Learning


The Learning Sciences and Policy (LSAP) PhD program produces nationally competitive research scholars who have the training, track-record, and vision to become leaders in understanding and promoting educational change. Our program brings together three kinds of faculty expertise into a collaborative research and training environment: 1) learning sciences in education, 2) content-based educational research, and 3) education policy and organizational change. Our students work at the intersection of research and practice, collaborating with faculty mentors on research programs that explore education in real-world learning environments such as K-12 classrooms, museums, community organizations, online and cyber environments, university classrooms, and more.

The LSAP program has close connections with the Learning Research and Development Center, a multi-disciplinary research center where many of our faculty hold cross-appointments. Students also have access to a wealth of research and internship opportunities through faculty research projects and groups such as the Learning Policy Center, the Institute for Learning, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments, the Higher Order Cognition Collective, the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, and RAND, among others.

Our training follows a professional mentorship model where students work closely with a faculty advisor. Most students are supported by faculty research grants and most work as part of dynamic and collaborative research groups that include multiple faculty, graduate students, post-docs, undergraduates, and research staff. LSAP students are immersed in the fundamentals of being a research scholar, including presenting their work at national research conferences, publishing peer-reviewed research articles, developing and testing educational innovations, participating in writing research grants, and peer reviewing. Our students go on to pursue research careers in both university and non-university settings.


Department Contact

University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Department of Learning Sciences and Policy
5811 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-7677
Fax: 412-624-2662

Latest News

Associate Professor Sean Kelly Honored with AERA Outstanding Reviewer Award

Published on 3/27/2017 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Sean Kelly has been chosen as a 2016 Outstanding Reviewer on behalf of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis . Kelly will be honored at the AERA Journal Publications Committee reception in San Antonio, Texas, on Frida... Read More...

School of Education Honors Alumni at 2017 Award Reception

Published on 3/24/2017 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education is celebrating the 2017 Alumni Awards on Friday, March 24, at the University Club 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 below. Distingui... Read More...

School of Education Will Lead New University of Pittsburgh Healthy Lifestyle Institute

Published on 3/20/2017 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University News.] The University of Pittsburgh has established an umbrella organization coordinating internal efforts to improve the health and wellness of society at large. “Pitt is, in essence, marshaling its considerable and dynamic resources toward helping A... Read More...

School of Education Rises to 27 in U.S. News & World Report Best Schools Ranking

Published on 3/14/2017 6:00:00 AM

In newly released statistics from U.S. News & World Report , the School of Education rose three spots, to no. 27, on the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Schools of Education in the country. The school also ranked as no. 47 among Best Online Programs for the list. And the University of Pit... Read More...

University of Pittsburgh Wins Prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for its International Education Programs

Published on 3/9/2017 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh.] The University of Pittsburgh was honored today with a national award recognizing its commitment to international education and the strength of its global programs. It is one of only four institutions nationwide to receive the 2017 ... Read More...

Associate Professor Ming-Te Wang Honored with Richard E. Snow Award for Early Career Contributions in Educational Psychology

Published on 3/2/2017 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Ming-Te Wang has been honored with a Richard E. Snow Award for Early Contributions , which honors an individual's significant career contribution in the field of educational psychology. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant career contribution and comple... Read More...

Professor John Weidman Awarded the Exemplary Educator Award from the Government of Mongolia

Published on 2/27/2017 6:00:00 AM

Professor John Weidman was awarded the Exemplary Educator Award from the Government of Mongolia in recognition of his contributions to the development of higher education in Mongolia through research, technical assistance, and advising of Mongolian graduate students dating from 1992. He was nominat... Read More...

Technology & Media Services Director Katrina Loutzenhiser Honored with Blackboard Exemplary Course Award

Published on 2/22/2017 6:00:00 AM

[ Press release published on behalf of Blackboard. ] The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that Katrina Loutzenhiser, an instructional designer for the School of Education, has been named a winner in Blackboard’s 2016-17 Exemplary Course Program (ECP). The biannual awards program reco... Read More...

2017 Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception Information

Published on 2/1/2017 6:00:00 AM

Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception – 2017 IMPORTANT INFORMATION The School of Education will be holding its 2017 Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Seating for the School of Education ceremony is limited to eight guests per graduate. All graduates wh... Read More...

Save the Date: Pitt Day of Giving on February 28, 2017

Published on 1/26/2017 6:00:00 AM

We are proud to announce the University of Pittsburgh’s first-ever Day of Giving! Click here to save the date. On February 28, 2017, we will all come together to celebrate the University’s founding, which represents 230 years of education and innovation. We will give generously—out of gratitude for... Read More...
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