Pedagogical Institute (PI) is a federal higher educational establishment and a legal entity, which offers programs of graduate, postgraduate and extended professional education. In 2007 Pedagogical Institute, the former Rostov State Pedagogical University, joined Southern Federal University and was renamed "Southern Federal University" Pedagogical Institute (a Federal State Organization of Higher Professional Education).
In 2000 Rostov State Pedagogical University was granted the status of federal experimental field of the RF Ministry of Education. It concentrates on "Training Instructors within the System of Continuing Multi-Level Professional Pedagogical Education in the Regional Complex "Pedagogical College vs Pedagogical Institute". PI is a leading institution of the Southern Federal District in the area of pedagogy and psychology. It is a multi-filed research and educational centre with huge research potential. Instruction at PI is based on the latest educational methodologies and technologies and uses modern computer facility. At present SFedU Pedagogical Institute comprises 5 educational institutes and 6 faculties with 50 departments. The Faculty includes 86 Doctors of Science and 378 Candidates of Science.