Administration and Leadership Studies, DEd

  • Students in an ALS cohort talk with a teacher

    The doctoral program in Administration and Leadership Studies is designed for administrators and leaders in public school and higher education settings. The program offers a rich mixture of theory and application through specifically designed courses. Professor DeAnna Laverick coordinates the Administration and Leadership Program.

  • Administration and Leadership Studies DEd Virtual Information Session

    January 29, 2020
    4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

    You’re ready to Go for More at IUP, and we’re here to help. Join us for a virtual information session to learn more about the Administration and Leadership Studies, DEd program.

    To register, visit Administration and Leadership Studies DEd Virtual Information Session Registration Form.

  • Advance with a Doctoral Program Designed for Your Workplace

    The Doctor of Education in Administration and Leadership Studies program is a three-year, part-time program designed to enhance administrative skills for school and college administrators.

    The program focuses on budgeting techniques, communication skills, team building, leadership theory, conflict resolution, implementing change, research, adult development, and case studies.

  • One cohort of public school and college (P-16) administrators and leaders in education settings will be admitted to the program each summer.  Applications for the summer 2020 cohort are being accepted, and the review process will begin in summer 2019 for this cohort. Rolling admissions will occur until the cohort is full.

    • Students progress through the program as a cohort.
    • All classes meet five times per semester—on Fridays from noon to evening and on Saturdays through out the day.
    • The program is designed to accommodate the schedules of school administrators, college faculty, and college administrators.

    Mission Statement

    The doctoral program in Administration and Leadership Studies is designed for administrators and leaders in P-16 education settings. The program offers a rich mixture of theory and application through specifically designed courses. We expect our cohorts to develop a spirit of a camaraderie that promotes the development of ethical beliefs and a constructivist philosophy.  

    The Leadership Program

    We want to attract leaders into this program who can think critically, who can write well, and who can speak effectively. In addition, candidates for this program must be sensitive, must be able to analyze complex problems, must be able to make rational decisions, and must be able to articulate their own personal philosophy. Our intent is to help P-16 leaders and administrators develop leadership attributes through extensive reading, through analysis of administrative leadership case studies, through self-assessment leadership profiles, and through application of leadership skills in a field setting. 

    We believe that by keeping the program small, as well as highly selective, we will be able to attract top quality candidates into the program. We want to develop a program whose major objective is to educate quality leaders who can implement visionary programs in educational organizations. We believe that leadership skills can be taught. We believe that by creating an atmosphere of high expectations, by requiring students to prepare manuscripts for publication, and by requiring students to organize professional leadership seminars we will promote the development of leadership skills.

    The DEd in Administration and Leadership Studies Program at IUP is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council.