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

Online SOE Graduate Programs Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Published on 1/9/2018 1:38:00 PM

Complete Rankings | U.S. News & World Report The University of Pittsburgh School of Education has been ranked the No. 28 school in the nation in online graduate education programs by U.S. News & World Report , the publication announced Tuesday. At Pitt, School of Education online courses are taught... Read More...

Mary Kay Stein and Collaborators Receive $2.5 Million Grant to Study Teacher Learning

Published on 12/14/2017 9:20:00 AM

Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) Associate Director for Educational Research and Practice Mary Kay Stein has been awarded a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. The grant is part of the McDonnell Foundation’s newly formed Teachers as Learners (TAL) in... Read More...

SOE Helps Lead Cross-disciplinary Conference on Family and Healthy U

Published on 11/9/2017 10:40:00 AM

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SOE Enrollment Managers on the Road

Published on 10/4/2017 4:17:00 PM

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

Thomas Akiva and Research Team Receive National Science Foundation Grant

Published on 8/16/2017 10:00:00 AM

Thomas Akiva, a faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, received a grant of nearly $300,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to undertake a project entitled "Remake Making: Understanding Adoption and Adaptation of Facilitated Making in Libraries." Akiva leads t... 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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