The University of the arts


Mission + History

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The Professional Institute for Educators empowers educators across disciplines to continually advance their teaching skills to improve learning for all students. Through graduate courses, certificates and degree programs, PIE develops innovative and creative educational programming to serve the professional development needs of K-12 teachers in and through the arts.

Professional Institute for Educators Student Learning Outcomes

  • Educators will enhance skills to design and develop high-quality curriculum and instruction.
  • Educators will explore diverse ways to assess student learning.
  • Educators will gain skills, tools and techniques to enrich creative education through the arts.
  • Educators will strengthen their role in the lives of students through participation in and exploration of the arts and humanities to integrate cultural resources into the classroom.


The Professional Institute for Educators was founded as the New Teacher Center in 1973. The Center offered community outreach courses within the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. The mission has remained - to provide innovative and creative graduate-level courses to expand the knowledge and skill base for teaching in and through the arts.

Serving educators for over 40 years, PIE has featured a wide range of educational experiences - including studio intensives, arts travel, cultural partnerships, custom programming, and more.

In recognition of the ever-changing needs of today’s educator in today’s classroom, PIE continues to design and develop rewarding and practical educational experiences for educators across all experience levels throughout the region.

PIE is an approved provider for PA Act 48 and NJ Professional Development.