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

Latest News

Associate Professor Cynthia Tananis Awarded for Service to Pitt University Senate

Published on 5/18/2015 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Cynthia Tananis was awarded by the University of Pittsburgh's University Senate for the Award for Service in the University Senate. Members of the Senate Executive Committee were unanimous in their selection of Tananis, which recognizes her service as a faculty member and the ro... Read More...

Alumna Shannon Varley Named Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Staff Development at Keystone Oaks

Published on 5/15/2015 6:00:00 AM

PhD graduate Shannon Varley was named director of curriculum, instruction, assessment and staff development at Keystone Oaks by a unanimous board vote on Thursday, April 30. Varley earned her doctorate from the Administrative and Policy Studies Department. Varley is currently director of curriculum ... Read More...

Students Huang Xinyu and Zhou Xudan Receive Scholarships from Pitt's Asian Studies Center

Published on 5/7/2015 6:00:00 AM

Two School of Education students, Huang Xinyu and Zhou Xudan, have received one-semester tuition remission scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year from the University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center . Xinyu and Xudan can choose whether to use the funding for fall 2015 or spring 2016. Read More...

School of Education Signs Agreement with Beijing Normal University to Create New Programs

Published on 5/1/2015 6:00:00 AM

Sharon Lesgold, Li Rui, Qing Xia, and Alan Lesgold The School of Education has signed a memorandum of understanding with Beijing Normal University (BNU), which will provide a platform for joint projects and a "hope that faculty in both institutions will pursue future collaborations," according to R... Read More...

Assistant Professor Gina Garcia Selected for 2015 Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute

Published on 4/22/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Gina Garcia has been selected to participate in the 2015 Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute (IQRMI) at the University of Maryland. Occurring in June 2015, the five-day institute will provide instruction in methods skills, writing, and navigation of institution... Read More...

Higher Education Management PhD Student Mary Utter Awarded Grant for Research on Transfer Students

Published on 4/15/2015 6:00:00 AM

Higher Education Management PhD student Mary Utter is being awarded a research grant from NODA (the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education) to conduct her dissertation research on transfer students titled, "An Exploration of How Previous Collegiate Experience Infl... Read More...

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page Interviewed on WHYY About Benefits of College Student Text Reminders

Published on 4/14/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page was the focus of a recent radio and web story on WHYY News in Philadelphia about her research work on using text messages to keep college students informed about subjects like completing paperwork, filling out housing forms, and taking placement tests. Read More...

Professor Mary Margaret Kerr Wins Innovation in Education Award

Published on 4/10/2015 6:00:00 AM

Administrative and Policy Studies Department Chair and Professor Mary Margaret Kerr has been approved for funding from the Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence ( ACIE ) as part of the Innovation in Education Awards 2015 program. Kerr's proposal, “Developing a ‘Best Practices’ App for Resear... Read More...

CEAC Undergraduate Researchers Brittney Brueggman and Taylor Wade Win Research Awards

Published on 4/9/2015 6:00:00 AM

Brittney Brueggman Taylor Wade The Eastern Evaluation Research Society ( EERS ) selected the work of two University of Pittsburgh CEAC undergraduate researchers, Brittney Brueggman and Taylor Wade, as notable student submissions. They will present at the EERS Annual Conference in Absecon, N.J., fro... Read More...

Alumna and Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5 Principal Virginia Hill Featured in "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" After School Receives STAR Honor

Published on 4/7/2015 6:00:00 AM

Alumna and Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5 Principal Virginia Hill was featured on the front page of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Local News" section for Lincoln being named a STAR school as one of the fastest-improving schools in the district. Lincoln ranked in the top 15 percent statewide for academic... Read More...
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