University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Administrative & Policy Studies

The University of Pittsburgh provides doctoral and Master's programs in education for students interested in educational policy and administration.

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From Managing Educational Organizations to Achieving Educational Objectives

The Department of Administrative and Policy Studies (ADMPS) offers three programs of study in the related areas of higher education management, school leadership, and social and comparative analysis of education.

  • Higher Education Management focuses on preparing students to become leaders in post-secondary education, with options for a Master of Education (MEd), Doctor of Education (EdD), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • School Leadership includes the option for an MEd, EdD, and PhD as well as several certificate options, including a K-12 Principal Certificate, a Superintendents Letter of Eligibility, and a Supervisor of Curriculum and Instructional Certificate. These School Leadership programs are designed to develop strong leaders, focusing on providing students with the skills necessary to give them the competitive edge.
  • Social and Comparative Analysis in Education offers an MEd, Master of Arts (MA), EdD, and PhD degree. These programs prepare students to use various research tools, theory, and practice to address problems in education. For the MEd and MA programs, students may specialize in either the Social Context of Education or Comparative and International Education Policy.

ADMPS faculty are renowned experts in the integration of theory and practice on reforming educational organizations and developing effective educational policy. Drawing from an interdisciplinary knowledge base, we cultivate global and cross-cultural perspectives and embrace innovative research methods in the service of educational improvement.

Beyond teacher education, students have the opportunity to expand their horizons and gain a truly global perspective, including interacting with other students from more than 20 countries and working with faculty on projects in countries as broad as Indonesia, Mongolia, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Korea, and Chile. This global viewpoint has become increasingly valuable in the 21st century workplace, which increases the marketability of our students by expanding their worldviews. And with the advances in distance education and courses scheduled in the evening, Pitt’s ADMPS degrees can provide the flexibility that working students need to obtain their degrees without sacrificing their employment.

Graduates from our ADMPS programs have gone on to achieve success in a variety of roles, including leadership, administrative and staff positions in schools, school districts, higher education institutions, and national ministries of education. Education graduates also go on to research and policy positions in local, state, national, and international agencies, as well as careers in research and teaching at the collegiate level.

Department Contact

University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Department of Administrative and Policy Studies
5902 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 S. Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-7428
Fax: 412-648-1784
Twitter: @ADMPSnews

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Lindsay Page's Reports Reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse

Published on 3/27/2015 6:00:00 AM

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) today released two single study reviews of Assistant Professor Lindsay Page's report, “The Forgotten Summer: Does the Offer of College Counseling After High School Mitigate Summer Melt Among College-Intending, Low-Income High School Graduates?," one for Atlanta an... Read More...

Associate Professor Najeeb Shafiq Organizes Panel at Comparative and International Education Society Conference

Published on 3/25/2015 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Najeeb Shafiq organized a special panel honoring the work of pioneering education economists Martin Carnoy and George Psacharopoulos (formerly of the World Bank) at the recent Comparative and International Education Society ( CIES ) annual conference in Washington, D.C. CIES is ... Read More...

James Jacob and Maureen Porter Co-Edit Book "Indigenous Education: Language, Culture and Identity"

Published on 3/24/2015 6:00:00 AM

James Jacob Maureen Porter Associate Professors James Jacob and Maureen Porter have contributed as co-editors to a new book by Institute for International Studies in Education ( IISE ) Visiting Scholar Sheng Yao Cheng of National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. The book is titled Indigenous Educa... Read More...

Three Alumni Named as Semifinalists for 2016 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year

Published on 3/23/2015 6:00:00 AM

Three School of Education alumni, Matt Roberts, Alison Monk, and Janice Kazalas, are all in the running for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year honors. Roberts, Monk, and Kazalas, who all work at Pine-Richland, were recently featured in a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article about their nominations. Matt... Read More...

Assistant Professor Sean Kelly Writes for "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" on How to Reduce Inequality Through Merging School Districts

Published on 3/16/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Sean Kelly wrote an op-ed in this past Sunday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on how the federal government can provide incentives to merge school districts, with the goal of helping break the cycle of poverty in certain communities. In the article, Kelly suggests that when President ... Read More...

Alumnus David Barkovich Featured in "Pittsburgh Tribune-Review"

Published on 3/12/2015 6:00:00 AM

Alumnus David Barkovich was included in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's "Newsmaker" section. Barkovich, who graduated with both his master's degree in Applied Developmental Psychology and PhD in School Leadership from the School of Education, is currently head of school counseling and dean of stude... Read More...

School of Education Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as 17th Among Public Education Graduate Schools

Published on 3/11/2015 6:00:00 AM

In newly released statistics from U.S. News & World Report , the School of Education was named as no. 17 among public universities and no. 27 overall in its 2016 Best Education Schools guidebook for graduate schools of education. The U.S. News & World Report ranking is calculated from a combination... Read More...

EdD Student John Rozzo Featured as Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Newsmaker"

Published on 3/10/2015 6:00:00 AM

Doctoral student John Rozzo was featured by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in its "Newsmaker" section on Monday, March 3. Rozzo, who is graduating this April with a doctor of education (EdD) degree in Education Leadership , is currently assistant superintendent for the Upper St. Clair School Distric... Read More...

Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception Information

Published on 3/10/2015 6:00:00 AM

Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception – 2015 IMPORTANT INFORMATION The School of Education will be holding its 2015 Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Seating for the School of Education ceremony is unlimited. All graduates who attend will be individual... Read More...

School of Education Graduation - Save the Date

Published on 3/2/2015 10:36:00 AM

In preparation of 2015 spring graduation, the School of Education would like to share important information for both the University of Pittsburgh's Commencement and the School of Education's Spring Graduation Celebration. Pitt School of Education Spring Graduation Celebration: The University of Pitt... Read More...
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