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Administration and Leadership Studies, DEd Admission Requirements

  • The following materials are required for admission:

    • All applicants must have a master’s degree.
    • Neither the GRE or MAT is required.
    • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Application fee of $50.
    • Goal statement (approximately one paragraph in length).
    • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

    For more information about admission requirements at IUP, please visit Graduate Admissions.

    School Administrators

    Summer 2018 Public School Cohort

    Candidates who satisfactorily complete this program, along with the first three chapters of their dissertation, may then apply for the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility. The Pennsylvania State Department of Education also requires five years of educational administrative experience.

    Candidates who satisfactorily complete this program and are not eligible for the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility can still receive a doctoral degree in Administration and Leadership Studies.

    • This cohort is composed of elementary, middle, and high school principals as well as central administrators.
    • The next cohort will begin in summer 2018.
    • All applicants should have their principal certification.
      • After completion of all program requirements, students in this cohort can obtain the Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility.

    How do I obtain the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility?

    1. Toward the end of your program, you should prepare for your Praxis exam. You must pass the School Superintendent Assessment: Test Code 6021. Former candidates have stressed the importance of buying the ETS Study Guide for the School Superintendent Assessment.
    2. You must complete all course requirements in the ALS program as well as the first three chapters of your dissertation.
      1. Once you have completed the first two steps, you can apply online to the Pennsylvania Department of Education: (TIMS) Teacher Information Management System.
      2. Please contact the Educator Preparation Office, 104 Stouffer Hall, (724) 357-2485, for current fees, which are payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and IUP.  
      3. IUP is the certifying officer (136 Stouffer Hall).

    College Administrators

    Fall 2018 College Cohort

    Candidates who satisfactorily complete the program will receive a doctoral degree in Administration and Leadership Studies. 

    • This cohort is comprised of college faculty, individuals seeking careers in higher education, social service agents and administrators, and college personnel.
    • The next cohort will begin in fall 2018.
    • All classes are presented in a seminar format that combines theory and application.