University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Programs in the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies

The School of Education offers three areas of programs in the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies.


  • Master of Education (MEd) - The MEd program allows full- or part-time students to earn a degree focused on Student Services in Higher Education.
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - The EdD is a part-time program for working professionals who have already earned a relevant master’s degree.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - The PhD is a full-time program for those committed to scholarship, research, and practice in the field of higher education.


  • K-12 Principal Certificate - Leadership Initiative For Transforming Schools (LIFTS) is our principal certificate program. Its purpose is to develop educational leaders of character and integrity who are inspired by a sense of justice to improve the achievement of all students. The program encourages the shift from teacher leadership to administrative leadership through academic rigor in the classroom, authentic experiences in schools, and reflective opportunities for integrating personal and professional growth.
  • Superintendents Letter of Eligibility - The Executive Cohort for Educational Leaders (ExCEL) is the University of Pittsburgh's Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility Certificate program. ExCEL's purpose is to prepare leaders who champion publicly supported schools and who are committed advocates for children and youth.
  • Supervisor of Curriculum and Instructional Certificate - The newly redesigned supervisor of curriculum and instruction certificate program is an innovative model of preparation designed to equip the next generation of supervisors with expertise in instructional, supervisory, and curriculum leadership.



  • Master of Education (MEd) - professional degree for the graduate student who wishes to pursue advanced study in at least one field of educational effort and to demonstrate a superior level of expertise and capacity for leadership in that field. 
  • Master of Arts (MA) - professional degree for the graduate student who wishes to pursue advanced study in education and to demonstrate through the master's thesis their capacity for planning and arranging original research related to professional practice.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - designed for those seeking a career in research and university teaching, the PhD degree offers methodological rigor in qualitative and quantitative research methods and close collaboration with faculty on ongoing research projects. 
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) – designed for those seeking to enhance their professional careers with scholarship, the EdD degree offers an intensive cohort experience and preparation for rigorous, applied research.