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The Leading Teacher Program

Program Description

The School of Education at Duquesne University aspires to become “Home of the Nation’s Leading Teachers.” The Leading Teacher Program meets the standards of excellence for the practice of teaching in the 21st century. Aspiring teachers are challenged throughout the Leading Teacher Program to develop beginning expertise in the critical aspects of becoming a leading teacher and to pursue continuous improvement in the following domains:

  • Domain I –Becoming a Learning Theorist - this domain emphasizes an understanding of pedagogy and the cognitive and affective process that will address the learning needs of people of all ages.
  • Domain II –Becoming a Curriculum Designer - this domain emphasizes curricular decisions based on research theory, informed practice, and recommendations of the learned societies.
  • Domain III –Becoming an Expert in School Context - this domain explores the intellectual, ethical, cultural, economic, political, and government influences upon schools including traditional and emerging perspectives.
  • Domain IV –Becoming a Master Practitioner - this domain develops competence in instructional strategies, technology, reflective practice, school-community-professional linkages and academic training.
  • Domain V –Becoming an Instructional Leader - this domain emphasizes the leader and knowledge of self in relationship with the group and the relationship with the community and society.

Additionally, learning experiences that reflect the themes of leadership, diversity, and technology are infused throughout the Leading Teacher Program.

Leadership: A leading teacher is a life long learner inspiring a community of learners to pursue continuous improvement and growth.

Diversity: A leading teacher is an advocate, creating learning experiences that demonstrate sensitivity, acknowledging students of all abilities and valuing human differences.

Technology: A leading teacher is an architect building learning environments that acknowledge and incorporate the power of technology.

LTP Handbook (pdf)- For those who began before Fall 2009

LTP Handbook (pdf)- Fall 2009-Spring 2012

LTP Handbook (pdf)- For those who began Fall 2012 and after