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 programs of study in the related areas of higher education management, school leadership, and social and comparative analysis of education. 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.

The ADMPS Department offers a wide variety of programs and certificate options and takes great pride in ensuring that these educational opportunities provide the cutting edge in both content and instruction. Students can pursue a masters degree, certification, or doctoral degree in education (PhD, EdD) through a mix of both on-campus and online education. 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.

The ADMPS Department provides three main areas of study: Higher Education Management, School Leadership, and Social and Comparative Analysis of Education.
  • The Higher Education Management program 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).
  • Our School Leadership program 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.
  • Finally, ADMPS also offers an MEd, Master of Arts (MA), EdD, and PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education. 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.

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

Lindsay Page's Research on Summer Melt Featured in Washington Post and ABC News

Published on 8/5/2014 6:00:00 AM

Research Assistant Professor Lindsay Page's research on "summer melt" was recently featured in the Washington Post as well as on ABC News , based on an AP story that had been written about her work. Summer melt is the concept of high school students planning to go to college who, due to lack of res... Read More...

Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Early Childhood Education Take School of Education's First Study Abroad Trip

Published on 7/16/2014 6:00:00 AM

A group of School of Education undergraduate and graduate students traveled to Italy during May 2014 for the school's first-ever study abroad trip. Accompanying the students were faculty members Patricia Crawford, Anna Arlotta-Guerrero, and Shannon Wanless, who also conceptualized the trip. Wanless... Read More...

Alumnus Terence P. Meehan Named as Superintendent for Neshannock Township School District

Published on 7/15/2014 6:00:00 AM

Terence P. Meehan, an alumnus of the School of Education's Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, is the new superintendent at Neshannock Township School District. He was voted in during April 2014, and began his role on July 1, 2014, following the retirement of Mary Todora. Meehan, 50, is... Read More...

Alumna Cynthia Reed Named Dean of Education and Human Services at Northern Kentucky University

Published on 7/10/2014 6:00:00 AM

Cynthia J. Reed, an alumna of the Administrative and Policy Studies Department, was named dean of the Northern Kentucky University College of Education and Human Services. Reed currently serves as Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor of Educational Leadership and Truman Pierce Institut... Read More...

School of Education Receives $3 Million from Alumni to Establish Dean’s Chair

Published on 7/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh has received a $3 million gift from alumni Renée K. Goldman and Richard M. Goldman to establish the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean’s Chair in the School of Education. The gift has established an endowment that will be used by the University to support the salary, profes... Read More...

Alumnus Matt Fuchs Teaches English with Video Games

Published on 7/3/2014 3:28:00 PM

Matt Fuchs, a Department of Instruction and Learning graduate from 2010, was recently featured on WQED's monthly Learning Innovation series. Fuchs, who teaches English at Propel Braddock Hills High School, is having students use Minecraft to study the "abuse of power as well as a narrative writing u... Read More...

Using Text Messaging to Help College Freshmen Stay in School

Published on 6/30/2014 6:00:00 AM

Research Assistant Professor Lindsay Page, along with colleague Ben Castleman, were featured in a recent The Chronicle of Higher Education story as well as on NPR about their research on helping college freshmen stay in school via text message reminders. Their work is based on the information that ... Read More...

Alumna Holly Shiflett Scheduled to be a Keynote Speaker at Teaching and Learning Conference in England

Published on 6/30/2014 6:00:00 AM

Holly Shiflett, a PhD graduate as well as learning solutions consultant at Deltak, is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the University of Birmingham's (England) 11th University Teaching and Learning Conference this Friday, July 4, in Muirhead Tower on the Edgbaston Campus. She graduated from the ... Read More...

Professor Mary Margaret Kerr Leads Team in Creating Children's Book for Flight 93 Memorial

Published on 6/26/2014 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of the National Park Service.] Flight 93 National Memorial will release their new Junior Ranger Program for its youngest visitors this Saturday, June 28 by holding a "Junior Ranger Day." The Junior Ranger Program is a national program offered at National Parks acro... Read More...

New Workshop on Incorporating Sociological Skills into Social Studies Teaching Set for Fall 2014

Published on 6/9/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education is holding a Sociology for Social Studies Workshop in fall 2014, a two-day professional development event to promote the incorporation of sociological concepts and skills into the secondary social studies curriculum. The event will occur from October 20-21, 2014, in Posvar Ha... Read More...
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