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DEd in Administration and Leadership: 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.

Potential candidates will be invited to attend a luncheon with ALS faculty, as well as current and former students. During the luncheon, candidates will have the opportunity to talk about their perceptions of leadership.

School Administrators

Summer 2014 Public School Cohort: Application process is closed. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact the ALS Office.

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 2016.
  • 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
      Current Fees:
      • $100 paid to the Commonwealth
      • $65 paid to IUP
    2. IUP is the certifying officer (136 Stouffer Hall).

College Administrators

Fall 2014 College Cohort: Application process is closed. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact the ALS Office.

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 2016.
  • All classes are presented in a seminar format that combines theory and application.
  • Professional Studies in Education Department
  • Davis Hall, Room 303
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1080
  • Phone: 724-357-2400
  • Fax: 724-357-2961
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.