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.

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)
  • Education 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: 412-648-7036
Fax: 412-648-1784
Twitter: @ADMPSnews

Latest News

Pitt School of Education Position Statement on the Detainment and Separation of Migrant Children from Their Families

Published on 8/3/2018 10:07:00 AM

Over the past month, the world has watched, aghast, as thousands of children were separated from their families when seeking to cross the border into the United States. Families were detained together and apart, and the federal government failed to meet the Justice Department’s deadline of reuniting... Read More...

Pair of Doctoral Students Receive Dissertation Fellowships

Published on 5/16/2018 4:27:00 PM

A pair of University of Pittsburgh School of Education doctoral students are among the 35 recipients of dissertation fellowships from the National Academy of Education for the 2018-19 academic year . Jamie Amemiya , a doctoral candidate in the Applied Developmental Psychology program, and Oscar E. ... Read More...

AERA Selects H. Richard Milner IV to Deliver 2018 Brown Lecture in Education Research

Published on 4/26/2018 11:45:00 AM

courtesy of American Educational Research Association Dr. H. Richard Milner IV, a leading scholar of urban education and teacher education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, has been selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to present the 2018 Brown Lecture... Read More...

Shannon Wanless, PhD, Named Director of the Office of Child Development

Published on 4/25/2018 12:52:00 PM

For the first time in over 30 years, the University of Pittsburgh School of Education Office of Child Development is under new leadership. Shannon B. Wanless, Ph.D. has been named the Director of the Office of Child Development, Valerie Kinloch, Ph.D., the Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the Scho... Read More...

Pitt SOE Faculty Recognized at AERA Conference

Published on 4/17/2018 3:18:00 PM

A pair of University of Pittsburgh School of Education faculty members received early career awards over the weekend at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in New York. Lindsay Page, PhD, assistant professor of research methodology, was named the 2018 Division L Early Car... Read More...

Educators Team Up to Develop Flexible Curricula on Ethiopia for K-12 Students

Published on 4/9/2018 11:48:00 AM

Maureen Porter, associate professor in Pitt’s School of Education’s Social and Comparative Analysis in Education program, led the group of Pitt educators in determining what types of Ethiopian folklife should be included in the new curricula. via PittWire The development of a rich new curriculum fo... Read More...

M. Najeeb Shafiq Serves as Key Contributor to 2018 World Development Report

Published on 3/8/2018 1:40:00 PM

M. Najeeb Shafiq, department chairperson of Administrative and Policy Studies in the University of Pittsbugh School of Education, and Professor of Education, Economics, and International Affairs, contributed to the 2018 World Development Report (WDR) : Learning to Realize Education's Promise. The W... Read More...

Pitt Experts Active in Drafting National Physical Activity Guidelines

Published on 3/7/2018 5:07:00 PM

A pair of University of Pittsburgh faculty members, along with 15 other top researchers from across the nation, recently steered the creation of the federal 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. John Jakicic, a D... Read More...

SOE Alumni Awards Reception Slated for April 6

Published on 3/6/2018 11:33:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education cordially invites you and your guest to our Alumni Reception to present the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards and recognize our outstanding students. Friday, April 6, 2018 from 6–9:30 p.m. | The University Club • Ballroom B (123 University Place, Pitt... Read More...

Online SOE Graduate Programs Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Published on 1/9/2018 1:38:00 PM

Complete Rankings | U.S. News & World Report The University of Pittsburgh School of Education has been ranked the No. 28 school in the nation in online graduate education programs by U.S. News & World Report , the publication announced Tuesday. At Pitt, School of Education online courses are taught... Read More...
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