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School of Education—Department of Administrative and Policy Studies

 

Programs within the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies prepare graduates for educational leadership careers in K–12 schools, school districts, and higher education institutions, for research and teaching careers in colleges and universities, and for research and policy study careers in local, state, national, and international agencies.

Students specialize within three areas of concentration: (1) school leadership, educational leadership (EdD degree) (2) higher education management, and (3) social and comparative analysis in education. The department offers programs leading to the MEd, MA, EdD, and PhD in administrative and policy studies, as well as certification programs. It also provides service courses for students from other departments and schools at the master's and doctoral levels in education and society, history and sociology of education, education and culture, educational anthropology, supervision, administration, education law, qualitative and quantitative inquiry, interpretive research, and evaluation.

Detailed program information appears below.

• General Contact Information

Department Administrator, Mary Mollor
Department of Administrative and Policy Studies
5902 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
412-624-7881
E-mail: mmollo@pitt.edu

• Admission Information

Admission Inquiries

Application Form

The Department of Administrative and Policy Studies has a “rolling admissions” policy for PhD applicants that assures that all completed applications will be reviewed regularly. However, priority for admissions decisions will be given to those applications that are sent in by established deadlines www.education.pitt.edu/Portals/0/Future Students/AdmissionDeadlineDatesByProgram.pdf  For EdD admissions full consideration is given to applicants who submit a completed application by February 1st; however, the EdD admissions committee will begin meeting later in the fall semester, and applications will be reviewed for admission once all required materials have been submitted.  Applications received after February 1st may be considered if there is space available.  Cohorts begin in the summer term of each academic year.  GRE scores are not required for the EdD program.

For all programs, application materials should be directed to the University of Pittsburgh, Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services, 5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, or telephone 412-648-2230.

• Financial Aid Information

The Department of Administrative and Policy Studies offers financial aid in the form of teaching assistantships and fellowships, research assistantships, graduate student assistantships, tuition remission, and scholarships. Applicants may apply through the departmental office. The deadline for submitting the completed financial aid application is March 1.

Program Information

• Higher Education Management Program

(Area of Concentration)

The Higher Education Management Program serves graduate students who wish to pursue advanced study in student affairs, academic affairs, and institutional management and policy, and who demonstrate a superior level of expertise and capacity for leadership in the field of higher education.

Contact Information

For Student Affairs:

Dr. Gina Garcia (ggarcia@pitt.edu)

Dr. Linda DeAngelo (deangelo@pitt.edu)

 

For Higher Education Management:

Dr. James Jacob (wjacob@pitt.edu)

Dr. Stu Sutin (ssutin@pitt.edu)

Dr. John Weidman (weidman@pitt.edu)
www.education.pitt.edu/admps
 

Degree and Certification Requirements:

The  following degrees in administrative and policy studies are offered with a concentration in higher education management:

  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Master of Education Degree

The Master of Education (MEd) in Higher Education Management prepares scholar practitioners for positions working within institutions of higher education. Designed for domestic and international students seeking positions as early career professionals and those already working in the field, students pursue one of two tracks, either management or student services, depending on their professional focus.

Degree Requirements: The MEd requires 36 credits and a comprehensive examination. For additional degree requirement information, refer to the school section on Master’s Degree Requirements.

Doctor of Education Degree

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program is intended for mid-career practitioners in higher education who desire the skills and credentials needed to advance their careers. It offers a rigorous theoretical and practical orientation for scholar practitioners aspiring to senior administrative careers in post-secondary education in the United States and internationally. It also prepares students to undertake applied research and develop careers in governmental agencies and policy research centers.

Degree Requirements: The Doctor of Education program (EdD) is a three-year structured program, built on a cohort model and goal driven. By cohort model we mean that the program is built on the premise that students are admitted as a group, have shared courses and go through the program on a shared timeline. The cohort of students admitted complete a three-year 90 credit program, which includes 30 credits transferred from a relevant mater’s degree. As a terminal professional degree program the ideal EdD student enters the program. Therefore, the program is built to guide students towards achieving these goals through targeted milestone projects and core foundation courses. The program is designed to support working professionals meet their professional goals.

While the vast majority of EdD experiences will be shared, students will choose an area of concentration. Higher Education Management is intended for mid-career practitioners who desire the skills and credentials needed to advance their careers. It offers a rigorous……

Doctor of Philosophy Degree


The University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs prepare students to be nationally competitive and highly qualified for research careers in both academic and non-academic institutions. Our full-time, research-intensive PhDs produce scholars who demonstrate excellent writing and research skills, independent scholarship and productivity, and proficiency in teaching. Under the guidance of our distinguished graduate faculty, students will have the opportunity to produce peer-reviewed publications, present at professional conferences, and collaborate on grant-writing and review, positioning them to excel in their careers as researchers and faculty. Because the PhDs are full-time, students can be fully immersed in their coursework and research in preparation for an impactful scholarly career.

The Higher Education Management program is committed to advancing scholarship, research, and practice in the field of higher education. Designed for domestic and international students who aspire to careers as scholar-researchers, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree prepares students for positions as university faculty, researchers at major policy institutes, and as leaders of administrative units with teaching and research responsibilities.

Degree Requirements: This degree requires a minimum of 90 credits. For additional degree requirement information, see the school section on Doctoral Degree Requirements.

• School Leadership Program

(Area of Concentration)

The mission of the program is to deliver a preeminent preparation program for aspiring school leaders that provides a relevant and balanced course of studies, which includes rigorous field experience. The goal of the School Leadership Development Program is to ensure that all graduates acquire competence through the integration of the 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.

Contact Information

For K-12 Principal or Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Certificate Programs
           Dr. Charlene A. Trovato
trovato@pitt.edu
 
           For Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility
 Dr. Diane Kirk
           dlk31@pitt.edu
 

Degree and Certification Requirements:

The following degrees in administrative and policy studies are offered with a concentration in school leadership:

  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Certification programs: K–12 Principal, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility. The certification programs meet Pennsylvania Standards for Commonwealth Certification.
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Master of Education Degree

The Master of Education in administrative and policy studies may be earned in combination with the certification programs in K–12 principal or supervisor of curriculum and instruction.

The Master of Education degree requires 36 credits.

The Master of Education degree with K–12 principal certification requires a minimum of 36 credits.

Requirements for completing the certification  program without the MEd is as follows:

  • K–12 Principal: 24 credits
  • Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction: 24 credits
  • Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility: 24 credits

For additional degree requirement information, refer to the school section on Master’s Degree Requirements.

Doctor of Education Degree

The Doctor of Education program (EdD) is a three-year structured program, built on a cohort model and goal driven. By cohort model we mean that the program is built on the premise that students are admitted as a group, have shared courses and go through the program on a shared timeline. The cohort of students admitted complete a three-year 90 credit program, which includes 30 credits transferred from a relevant master’s degree. As a terminal professional degree program the ideal EdD student enters the program. Therefore, the program is built to guide students towards achieving these goals through targeted milestone projects and core foundation courses. The program is designed to support working professionals meet their professional goals.

While the vast majority of EdD experiences will be shared, students will choose an area of concentration. Education Leadership is intended for school leaders who desire the skills and credentials needed to become district leaders. Education Leadership students in the EdD can earn a superintendents letter of eligibility as part of the degree program.

Up to 30 credits may be transferred for work completed for a master’s degree. Up to 9 additional credits may be transferred for additional doctoral-level work. For additional degree requirement information, refer to the school section on Doctoral Degree Requirements.

• Social and Comparative Analysis in Education Program

(Area of Concentration)

The social and comparative analysis in education concentration is available at two degree levels.

Contact Information

Dr. Noreen Garman (ngarman@pitt.edu)
Dr. Maureen Porter (mporter@pitt.edu)
Dr. Maureen McClure (mmcclure@pitt.edu)
Dr. Najeeb Shafiq (mnshafiq@pitt.edu)
 

Degree and Certification Requirements:

The following degrees in administrative and policy studies  are offered with a concentration in social and comparative analysis in education:

  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Master of Arts Degree

Degree Requirements: The Master of Arts degree requires 36 credits distributed as follows: Basic Areas of Education (9 credits), Program Area (12 credits), Supporting Field (9 credits), and MA Thesis (6 credits). For additional degree requirement information, refer to the school section on Master’s Degree Requirements.

Master of Education Degree

Degree Requirements: The Master of Education degree requires 36 credits distributed as follows: Basic Areas of Education (9 credits), Program Area (15 credits), Related Electives (9 credits), and an MEd Research Paper (3 credits). For additional degree requirement information, refer to the school section on Master’s Degree Requirements.

Doctor of Education Degree

Degree Requirements: The Doctor of Education program (EdD) is a three-year structured program, built on a cohort model and goal driven. By cohort model we mean that the program is built on the premise that students are admitted as a group, have shared courses and go through the program on a shared timeline. The cohort of students admitted complete a three-year 90 credit program, which includes 30 credits transferred from a relevant mater’s degree. As a terminal professional degree program the ideal EdD student enters the program. Therefore, the program is built to guide students towards achieving these goals through targeted milestone projects and core foundation courses. The program is designed to support working professionals meet their professional goals.

While the vast majority of EdD experiences will be shared, students will choose an area of concentration (ARCO). Social and Comparative Analysis is Education ARCO is designed for those seeking to enhance their professional careers with scholarship to take on various roles of leadership in their chosen fields or specializations, such as master educators, leaders of organizations devoted to non-formal education, leaders of national and international educational agencies, officials of educational and cultural ministries, and faculty members in higher education.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs prepare students to be nationally competitive and highly qualified for research careers in both academic and non-academic institutions. Our full-time, research-intensive PhDs produce scholars who demonstrate excellent writing and research skills, independent scholarship and productivity, and proficiency in teaching. Under the guidance of our distinguished graduate faculty, students will have the opportunity to produce peer-reviewed publications, present at professional conferences, and collaborate on grant-writing and review, positioning them to excel in their careers as researchers and faculty. Because the PhDs are full-time, students can be fully immersed in their coursework and research in preparation for an impactful scholarly career.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in SCAE prepares creative and innovative professionals to take leadership in inquiry about critical problems and questions in education. As scholar/practitioner/citizens, Doctor of Philosophy students conduct original research and extend the boundaries of study in education, creating methods for educational practice and inquiry that promote praxis and critical agency. SCAE at Pitt spans educational systems from pre-kindergarten to higher education and includes non-formal educational

Degree Requirements: The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires a minimum of 90 credits in the following areas: Department Core (6 credits), Program Core (3 credits), Specializations (18–36 credits), Research Methodology (12 credits), Supporting Field (18 credits), Electives (9 credits), Supervised Research (6 credits), and Dissertation (18 credits). For additional degree requirement information, refer to the school section on Doctoral Degree Requirements.

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