a higher pedagogical school in prerevolutionary Russia, established by the League of Education in St. Petersburg.
After its charter was ratified by the Ministry of Public Education in 1907, the Pedagogical Academy opened in 1908. Its goal was to train highly qualified teachers, experts on public education, organizers of extracurricular education, directors of educational institutions, and school physicians. The academy’s students were persons with a higher education. The two-year program of studies included such subjects as pedagogy, the history of pedagogy, pedagogical psychology, secondary-school teaching methods, and the theory and practice of school administration. Other subjects included psychology, human anatomy and physiology, and the history of philosophy, of the arts, and of literature.
The teaching staff of the Pedagogical Academy included such well-known scholars, scientists, and educators as I. P. Pavlov, A. P. Nechaev, G. A. Fal’bork, I. I. Kareev, D. P. Ovsianiko-Kulikovskii, M. M. Kovalevskii, I. A. Baudouin de Courtenay, V. A. Vagner, S. I. Shokhor-Trotskii, and A. V. Vasil’ev. The academy published a series of books, The Pedagogical Academy in Essays and Monographs (vols. 1–15, 1909–14). The Pedagogical Academy, which was maintained by private contributions, closed down in 1915 owing to insufficient funds.