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.

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

Kelly and Godley Team Up for NSF Grant

Published on 9/21/2017 5:54:00 PM

Sean Kelly, an associate professor in Department of Administrative and Policy Studies and Amanda Godley, a professor in Department of Instruction and Learning, have received funding of $236,928 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support new research on teacher discourse analytics. The pr... Read More...

Godley Receives Pair of NSF Grants for Upcoming Year

Published on 9/21/2017 3:32:00 PM

Amanda Godley, a professor of English Education and Language, Literacy, and Culture in the Department of Instruction and Learning, has received a pair of National Science Foundation (NSF) grants for the coming academic year. Godley, together with computer science faculty Diane Litman and Rebecca Hw... Read More...

High School Language Programs Immerse Students in Mandarin Chinese, Russian

Published on 9/6/2017 10:45:00 AM

Allderdice High School student Roman Burton (left) practices language speaking skills with program teaching aid LiuLiu Hu, a second-year MEd student in Foreign Language education, at a simulated Chinese marketplace during the STARTALK foreign language program at Pitt. The sounds of Mandarin Chinese... Read More...

Special Education Program and Center for Urban Education Receive $1 Million Leadership Training Grant

Published on 8/29/2017 3:38:00 PM

A group of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education has received a leadership training grant from the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for a new urban special education program. The grant, which totals more than $1 million, will operate the Urban Special Ed... Read More...

Pitt School of Education Well Represented on Leaders in Leaders of Education List

Published on 7/14/2017 3:52:00 PM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education is well represented on a list of top young local educators released this week by The Incline . Three alumni and one current doctoral student are among the 18 named to the website’s What’s Next: Education list, featuring everyone from classroom teache... Read More...

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), Housed in the School of Education, Admits 22 New Member Institutions

Published on 5/1/2017 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of CPED.] The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) and its Board of Directors have accepted 22 new graduate schools of education (see list below) as members into the consortium. These institutions join more than 80 current schools of education in the ... Read More...

Assistant Professors Sheila Conway and Michelle Sobolak Accepted for 2017 Innovation in Education Award

Published on 4/24/2017 6:00:00 AM

Sheila Conway Michelle Sobolak Assistant Professors Sheila Conway and Michelle Sobolak had a proposal for the 2017 Innovation in Education Award , entitled "Implementing a Video Coaching Platform to Provide E-Mentoring during Teacher Education Clinical Experiences,” accepted by the Advisory Council... Read More...

University of Pittsburgh School of Education Announces 2017 Spring Graduation Speaker

Published on 4/21/2017 10:12:00 AM

Chief of Schools of the Metro Nashville Public Schools Dr. Sito Narcisse will address Pitt’s School of Education graduates. The University of Pittsburgh School of Education is happy to announce that Dr. Sito Narcisse, Chief of Schools of the Metro Nashville Public Schools, will address their 2017 g... Read More...

EdD Student Sarah Wagner's Program Awarded Honorable Mention for the Excellence in 2017 Diversity & Inclusion in International Education

Published on 4/20/2017 6:00:00 AM

EdD student Sarah Wagner's Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership was awarded an honorable mention for the 2017 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) by Diversity Abroad. Wagner is director for the program, and Professor Jean Ferketish is faculty advis... Read More...

EdD Student Josh Novak Elected as Directorate to ACPA Commission for Two-Year Colleges

Published on 4/13/2017 6:00:00 AM

Higher education management EdD student Josh Novak was elected to serve a two-year term as a Directorate to American College Personnel Association's (ACPA) Commission to Two-Year Colleges. The Commission for Two-Year Colleges is "directly concerned with issues relevant to student development progra... Read More...
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