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

EdD Student Patrick Graczyk Hired as Allegheny Valley School District Superintendent

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

Patrick M. Graczyk, who is beginning Pitt's School of Education doctoral program this summer, was named by the Allegheny Valley School District as its new superintendent . He will begin the job on August 1, succeeding superintendent Cheryl A. Griffith, who announced her retirement in January. Alleg... Read More...

Alumnus Timothy Wagner Named as Upper St. Clair Associate Principal

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

Timothy M. Wagner, a PhD graduate from the Administrative and Policy Studies Department, was voted unanimously by members of the Upper St. Clair Board of School Directors as associate high school principal for program planning and innovation, effective July 1. Currently serving as the middle school... Read More...

Research of Assistant Professor Lindsay Page Used as Basis for Getting St. Louis Students to College

Published on 6/12/2015 9:14:00 AM

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page's research on "summer melt" is being used as a basis for the High School to College Center in St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Summer melt is the concept of high school students--as many as 20 percent--planning to go to college who, due to lack ... Read More...

Four School of Education Professors Contribute as Editors to Book on Community Engagement in Higher Education

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

Four School of Education professors in the Administrative and Policy Studies Department, James Jacob, Stewart Sutin, John Weidman, and John Yeager, edited a new book , Community Engagement in Higher Education: Policy Reforms and Practice . The 18-chapter anthology, published by Sense Publishers, co... Read More...

PhD Student Lisa Brown Featured in "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" for Environmental Work

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

Lisa Brown, a PhD student in the Social and Comparative Analysis in Education ( SCAE ) program, was featured in the June 2 issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her environmental work with the Saw Mill Run stream in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Brown, who is coordinator of the new, nonprofit S... Read More...

Adjunct Instructor and Graduate Jorge Enrique Delgado Coedited New Book on Universities in Latin America

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

Jorge Enrique Delgado, an adjunct instructor in the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies as well as a PhD graduate of the same program in 2011, coedited the book Private Universities in Latin America: Research and Innovation in the Knowledge Economy with Gustavo Gregorutti. The book, whi... Read More...

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...
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