University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Learning Sciences & Policy

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

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

Dean Valerie Kinloch Named 2019 AERA Fellow

Published on 2/15/2019 2:03:00 PM

WASHINGTON (Feb. 15, 2019) - The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced the selection of 10 prominent scholars as 2019 AERA Fellows. AERA Fellows are selected on the basis of their notable and sustained research achievements. The 2019 Fellows, listed below, were nominated by... Read More...

Grants Office Update: December 2018

Published on 1/9/2019 11:25:00 AM

Congratulations to the all the School of Education faculty members who have recently been awarded grants. With $2.96 million in new projects, 27 principal investigators have now been awarded 41 new grants totaling $23,814,044 for fiscal year 2019, surpassing last year's total. Principal Investigato... Read More...

Grants Office Update: November 2018

Published on 11/27/2018 2:36:00 PM

The grants office provides a monthly update of new grants and news, typically towards the middle of each month. Congratulations to the following faculty members on their recent grants. Principal Investigator: Colleen Young Department: Office of Child Development Project Title: Real Help, Real Time ... Read More...

On the Road with the Admissions Office

Published on 9/24/2018 10:28:00 AM

Representatives from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education will travel to locations across the region and nation during the fall to provide information and meet with prospective graduate and doctoral candidates. Take advantage of these opportunities to meet with admissions representatives... Read More...

From the Grants Office: September Grants Update

Published on 9/19/2018 2:28:00 PM

The grants office will provide a monthly update of new grants, typically towards the middle of each month. The following grants have been recently awarded and total more than $632,415, bringing the School of Education's total to more than $20.2 million of funded research this academic year. Congrat... Read More...

IFL and CUE Receive $7.4 Million Grant from the Gates Foundation

Published on 8/28/2018 12:12:00 PM

The Institute for Learning (IFL) in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Center for Urban Education (CUE) and Dallas Independent School District will serve as a network improvement hub in literacy for 12 Dallas ISD secondary schools serving predominantly African Americ... Read More...

Update from the Grants Office: Recent Grants Awarded Total $19.6 Million

Published on 8/15/2018 3:14:00 PM

The grants office will provide a monthly update of new grants, typically towards the middle of each month. The following grants have been recently awarded and total more than $19.6 million of funded research to start the academic year. Congratulations to the following faculty members on their recen... Read More...

Pitt School of Education Position Statement on the Detainment and Separation of Migrant Children from Their Families

Published on 8/3/2018 10:07:00 AM

Over the past month, the world has watched, aghast, as thousands of children were separated from their families when seeking to cross the border into the United States. Families were detained together and apart, and the federal government failed to meet the Justice Department’s deadline of reuniting... Read More...

Pair of Doctoral Students Receive Dissertation Fellowships

Published on 5/16/2018 4:27:00 PM

A pair of University of Pittsburgh School of Education doctoral students are among the 35 recipients of dissertation fellowships from the National Academy of Education for the 2018-19 academic year . Jamie Amemiya , a doctoral candidate in the Applied Developmental Psychology program, and Oscar E. ... Read More...

AERA Selects H. Richard Milner IV to Deliver 2018 Brown Lecture in Education Research

Published on 4/26/2018 11:45:00 AM

courtesy of American Educational Research Association Dr. H. Richard Milner IV, a leading scholar of urban education and teacher education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, has been selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to present the 2018 Brown Lecture... Read More...
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