Instruction and Learning

A teacher in a classroom

Inspiring the Next Generation of Great Teachers

The Instruction and Learning Department at the Pitt School of Education is focused on the pursuit of excellence in teacher education programs and research. Our affiliated faculty cover K-12 teacher certification, special education, and multidisciplinary educational studies. Above all else, their focus is on creating supportive and engaging learning environments that can stand up to the challenges of today's changing classrooms.

Academic Offerings

Our Department of Instruction and Learning supports graduate and undergraduate students in three primary areas: (1) teacher preparation for aspiring teachers, (2) teacher profession development for practicing teachers, and (3) doctoral level programs devoted to research in subject matter teaching and teaching learning, development, and disciplinary study.

  • Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Foreign Language Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • Special Education

Faculty Impact

The faculty members in our Department of Instruction and Learning actively engage in research, school-based projects, local, regional, and national professional and community organizations, and in work that crosses school and university boundaries.

Research funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEF), and the U.S. Department of Education. 

Our faculty serve on the editorial boards of major journals, including Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Critical Issues in Language Studies, the International Literacy Association, Dialogic Inquiry, and the Cambridge Journal of Education.

Faculty Members