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)
  • Education 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

PhD Student Shaun Tomaszewski Invited to First-Ever White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools

Published on 11/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

On November 10, Pittsburgh Public Schools education coordinator and PhD student Shaun Tomaszewski joined other students, educators, and philanthropists from across the country for the White House's first-ever Summit on Next-Generation High Schools . Hosted by the Office of Science Technology, the e... Read More...

EdD Student Named Assistant Principal of Carson Middle School

Published on 11/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

The North Allegheny school board hired EdD student Erin Crimone as assistant principal for Carson Middle School. Crimone is currently a unit principal at Mt. Lebanon High School. She has also been assistant to the principal, a teacher, and a coach at Keystone Oaks Middle School. She is working on a ... Read More...

EdD Student Sean Aiken Hired as Shaler Area School District Superintendent

Published on 11/12/2015 6:00:00 AM

Sean Aiken, who is currently studying in the doctorate of education (EdD) program, was hired by Shaler Area School District as its superintendent. Aiken, assistant superintendent in the West Allegheny School District, will take over at Shaler on December 1. "Mr. Aiken has proven himself as an educa... Read More...

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page and LRDC Research Associate Jennifer Iriti in Pittsburgh Business Times for Pittsburgh Promise Research

Published on 11/10/2015 6:00:00 AM

Lindsay Page Jennifer Iriti Assistant Professor Lindsay Page and LRDC Research Associate Jennifer Iriti, who is also an adjunct faculty member, were quoted in the Pittsburgh Business Times as part of a research report on the Pittsburgh Promise, which helps students in Pittsburgh plan, prepare, and ... Read More...

EdD Alumna Lindsay Pfister Hired as Director of Human Resources for West Jefferson Hills School District

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

EdD graduate Lindsay Pfister was hired by West Jefferson Hills School District as its director of human resources. Pfister started her career as a teacher, teaching for 12 years from kindergarten through eight grade in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She then became principal of Our Lady of Grace School,... Read More...

Send in Nominations for School of Education 2016 Alumni Awards

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

We are seeking nominations for the School of Education’s 2016 Alumni Awards. Through this program, we honor the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni and students. Criteria for these awards include a recognition of professional achievement, commitment to the continued success of the School of Ed... Read More...

PhD Graduate Linda Conlon Publishes Article in the AASA "School Administrator"

Published on 11/2/2015 6:00:00 AM

PhD graduate Linda Conlon published an article in School Superintendents Association's (AASA) publication , School Administrator . Titled "The Stories They Tell About the Gifted," Conlon based the article on her School of Education dissertation. She is currently Quaker Valley School District's spec... Read More...

Alumni and Principals Shannon Balch and Julie Moore Both Honored with 2015 Pa Blue Ribbon School Awards

Published on 10/30/2015 6:00:00 AM

Shannon Balch Julie Moore The schools of both Shannon Balch and Julie Moore, graduates from the Administrative and Policy Studies Department, have been honored as Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon Public Schools for "achieving superior standards of academic excellence." Balch is a principal at First Street ... Read More...

School of Education Joins Other Pitt Schools for Graduate School Week from November 2-5

Published on 10/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

In conjunction with the Office of the Provost, several participating graduate schools throughout the University of Pittsburgh will be hosting a Graduate School Week on Monday, November 2, through Thursday, November 5, 2015. The School of Education, along with various other graduate schools at Pitt, ... Read More...

Associate Professor Sean Kelly Discusses School District Mergers in Point/CounterPoint for "UCEA Review"

Published on 10/19/2015 6:00:00 AM

In the fall 2015 issue of UCEA Review , and specifically its "Point/Counterpoint" segment, Associate Professor Sean Kelly discusses school district mergers. Kelly, who teaches in the Administrative and Policy Studies program, discusses research in the sociology of education on the effects of school... Read More...
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