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

Assistant Professor Sean Kelly Invited to American Educational Research Journal Editorial Board

Published on 1/16/2015 6:00:00 AM

Sean Kelly, an assistant professor in the Administrative and Policy Studies Department, has been invited to join the editorial board of the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), one of the flagship publications of the American Educational Research Association. Kelly has served as a periodic... Read More...

School of Education Hosting 2014 National Teacher of the Year and Alumnus Sean McComb for Presentation

Published on 1/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

The Pitt Alumni Association and the School of Education are happy to announce that alumnus and 2014 National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb will be returning to campus on Monday, February 2 to present, “Sparking Hope – Teaching as a Catalyst to Launching Great Learning.” McComb is a 9-12th grade E... Read More...

Assistant Superintendent Michael Loughead Featured in Remake Learning Article on Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit

Published on 12/22/2014 6:00:00 AM

More than 400 teachers, artists, students, and learning experts gathered at the Sprout Fund-hosted Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit on November 21, 2014, to "exchange ideas and help design new pathways that make best use of the rich educational resources Pittsburgh has to offer, both in school an... Read More...

EdD Graduate and Assistant Superintendent Todd Keruskin Helps Children Embrace Technology that Combines Art and 3D Printing

Published on 12/19/2014 6:00:00 AM

EdD school leadership graduate Todd Keruskin is helping teach children through art and 3D technology at Elizabeth Forward School District. Keruskin, who is assistant superintendent at Elizabeth Forward, works with 3D printing at every school level, including kindergarteners using an iPad app to desi... Read More...

Steel Valley Superintendent and EdD Student Ed Wehrer Implementing New Districtwide Plan to Use iPads

Published on 12/17/2014 6:00:00 AM

Ed Wehrer, a current EdD school leadership student, is helping implement a districtwide plan at Steel Valley to use iPads . The Steel Valley school board voted December 2 to accept a $291,791 donation from Apple Corp. to implement the new technology plan. Wehrer, who is superintendent at the school,... Read More...

CGSE Call for Proposals for Spring Colloquium

Published on 12/17/2014 6:00:00 AM

What are you working on? Share your research and projects with other graduate students. The CGSE Conference Committee is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Spring 2015 Research Colloquium. This forum for education research will be held at The University of Pittsburgh on Thursday, March... Read More...

The What Works Clearinghouse Releases a Single Study Review on Lindsay Page's Research

Published on 12/16/2014 10:30:00 AM

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) today released a single study review of Assistant Professor Lindsay Page's report, “Freshman year financial aid nudges: An experiment to increase FAFSA renewal and college persistence." The WWC, established in 2002, reviews and assesses research evidence for educa... Read More...

EdD Student Emily Sanders Guest Contributes for Tech Talk Live Blog

Published on 12/10/2014 6:00:00 AM

Emily Sanders, an EdD student in educational leadership, recently was a guest contributor for the Tech Talk Live blog , offering some best practices and resources for educators creating online professional development. Sanders is the director of assessment, data & technology at New Castle Area Schoo... Read More...

Graduate Timothy Wagner Receives 2014 Outstanding Young Educator Award

Published on 12/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

Timothy M. Wagner, a middle school language arts curriculum leader and gifted education coordinator at Upper St. Clair School District, received the 2014 Outstanding Young Educator Award [ a write-up is on page 3 ] from the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD).... Read More...

PhD Graduate K. Holly Shiflett Helps USIL to Become First University in Peru to Have U.S. Accreditation

Published on 12/5/2014 6:00:00 AM

In October, School of Education graduate K. Holly Shiflett participated in an American Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) accrediting visit at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) in Lima, Peru, with a team of international scholars. USIL, a for-profit career school with pr... Read More...
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