Program Overview

The University of Pittsburgh offers an online Master of Education in Instruction and Learning with a concentration in English and Communications ideal for graduate students who want a professional degree to enhance their work in English Language and Literacy Education.  This program integrates research, theory and practice for beginning or experienced secondary teachers.  The online curriculum follows that of the on-campus program; however, course offerings may slightly differ.

The Master of Education in Instruction and Learning is a 36 credit hour program.  Course work includes: nine hours of Basic School of Education courses, five courses in the major field, three courses of electives, and a MEd Research Seminar.  Elective courses should be chosen to increase the student’s awareness of linguistics, literature, film, and sociology.  Therefore these courses are not taken through the School of Education.  

Those hoping to enroll in the online program should be aware that taking an oral comprehensive examination is also required.  This fulfills the following goals: determines the student’s eligibility to be awarded the master’s degree; provides an indication of the student’s depth of knowledge in selected fields; and provides evidence of the student’s ability to relate content fields to theoretical, research, and practical applications.  Two faculty members proctor this examination.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    A graduate degree

    School Overview

    The University of Pittsburgh, also known as Pitt, is a state research institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1787 as Pittsburgh Academy. In 1819, Pittsburgh Academy changed into the Western University of Pennsylvania, and in 1908 became The University of Pittsburgh. Pitt was a private university from the time that it was founded until 1966, when it became a member of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education.

    Pitt offers bachelor's, masters, professional, and doctoral degrees. Certificate degrees are also offered. Pitt’s academic programs are offered through the universities following academic units:

    • College of Business Administration
    • School of Dental Medicine
    • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
    • Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
    • College of Business Administration
    • School of Education
    • College of General Studies
    • Swanson School of Engineering
    • University Honors College
    • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • School of Law
    • School of Information Sciences
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Pharmacy
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Public Health
    • School of Public & International Affairs
    • School of Social Work



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