University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Education Leadership

The mission of Education Leadership Program is to educate leaders who can transform schools from those we have, to those we need in an information-based, technological society during a period of radical change. This mission is pursued through a coherent program of studies that features issues of practice an emphasis on transformational leadership concepts and problem-based learning experiences.

The goal of Education Leadership is to ensure that all graduates acquire competence through the integration of knowledge and skills necessary for formulating and implementing a clear vision of educational processes and outcomes associated with responsible data orientation pertinent to organizational and professional development of staff and related to effective and responsive management of educational institutions.

Degree and Certification Options


  • 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.


Contact Information

Admissions Inquiries and General Information

School of Education
Admissions and Enrollment Services
5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
PHONE: 412-648-2230
FAX: 412-648-1899
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Department Contact

Charlene Trovato
University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
5910 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PHONE: 412-648-7429