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

Four Alumni Invited to ConnectED to the Future Event at White House

Published on 11/18/2014 6:00:00 AM

On Wednesday, November 19, President Obama, Secretary Duncan, and senior leadership at the U.S. Department of Education will welcome over 100 superintendents to the White House as part of the "ConnectED to the Future" event , four of whom are graduates of the School of Education in the Administrativ... Read More...

Lauren Silverstein - Starting a Work Preparation Program for Hartford Teens

Published on 11/11/2014 6:00:00 AM

Typically, pilot programs need some time to find their footing and get things off the ground. However, for Lauren Silverstein, founder and director of the Jr. Apprentice program in Hartford, Conn., this was not an issue. When she began the nonprofit program with the Hartford Consortium for Higher E... Read More...

CUE Offering Post Geneva Gay Lecture Discussion on Improving Education in Pittsburgh

Published on 10/22/2014 6:00:00 AM


Lindsay Page's Research on Summer Melt Featured in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and ABC News

Published on 10/21/2014 6:00:00 AM

Research Assistant Professor Lindsay Page's research on "summer melt" was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times , Washington Post , The Chronicle of Higher Education , ABC News , and NPR's Essential Pittsburgh . Summer melt is the concept of high school students planning to go to college who, ... Read More...

Assistant Professor and WPWP Director Laura Roop Publishes Book

Published on 10/13/2014 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor and Director of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project (WPWP) Laura Roop co-wrote a book titled Doing and Making Authentic Literacies . The book features educators in construction trades, English, math, and multidisciplinary teams who have created empowering disciplinary class... Read More...

Alumna Amy Allinson Publishes Preteen Book, "The Force of 3-6-9"

Published on 10/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

Amy Allinson, who graduated from the School of Education in 1972, has written a children's preteen book that was published in May 2014, titled The Force of 3-6-9 . From Trafford Publishing's Web site, " The Force of 3-6-9 tells the story of three boys living in a distant galaxy in the future. Due t... Read More...

School of Education Alumnus and Plum Borough Superintendent Selected as PDK Emerging Leader

Published on 10/6/2014 4:07:00 PM

[Press release published on behalf of The Professional Association in Education.] Timothy S. Glasspool, the superintendent for Plum Borough School District in Plum, Pa., has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by PDK International, a global association of education professionals. “I take satisfact... Read More...

School of Education Seeking Nominations for 2015 Alumni Awards

Published on 10/3/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education is seeking nominations for its 2015 Alumni Awards. Through this program, the school honors the outstanding accomplishments of alumni and students. Criteria for these awards include a recognition of professional achievement, commitment to the continued success of the School of... Read More...

School of Education Celebrates Homecoming on October 24

Published on 10/1/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education invites its alumni to attend the school’s homecoming weekend reception for an evening of reconnecting with fellow alumni and friends. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the fireworks and laser show, which is part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Homecomin... Read More...

IISE Welcoming Reception for Indonesian Delegation Academic Writing Workshop

Published on 9/26/2014 6:00:00 AM

The Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) is organizing an academic writing workshop for the Indonesian delegations, consisting of 15 university lecturers during October 4-14, 2014. To welcome the group, IISE will host the welcoming reception on October 7, 2014 from 12:00-1:30 p.m... Read More...
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