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Department Programs

"Serving God by Serving Students"

As a true Service Department, we pride ourselves on living the Duquesne University Mission of "serving God by serving students" by offering a range of classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our courses are integral not only to the study of teaching, evaluation, and educational leadership, but to disciplines across the university. In addition, our department houses a number of degree programs both at the Master's and Doctoral levels which train exemplary scholars and practitioners dedicated to fulfilling the School of Education's proud tradition of preparing educational leaders and conducting scholarship for schools.

M.S.Ed. Educational Studies

The Educational Studies concentration provides considerable flexibility personalizing a master's degree in education. Those who wish to can use the program's 18 elective credits to design a professional learning agenda that is uniquely suited to both their interests and their professional needs. The 18 electives can be pursued through any of the departments in the Duquesne University School of Education, or through any of the Schools of study at Duquesne University for which the graduate student is qualified. This option allows the graduate student to create a personalized graduate learning agenda. of study and concentration.

The Program Evaluation concentration prepares graduates who can address a national need for highly qualified evaluators to support funded programs across a variety of contexts. The strand prepares graduates for careers in both the private and public sector such as research analysts, internal evaluators, measurement consultants, evaluation coordinators, policy associates, project managers, and data analysts. Students enrolled in the Program Evaluation Strand learn to assess the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products and organizations to improve their effectiveness and develop the skills necessary to prepare evaluation proposals, create logic models, describe theories of change and theories of action, develop and apply qualitative and quantitative research tools to the evaluation process in order to analyze, summarize and report findings and make sound recommendations based on those findings.

The Classroom Assessment concentration is key for teachers, administrators and other educational professionals who seek to improve student learning and achievement. Courses focus on: formative and summative assessment, integrating assessment into instruction, designing scoring schemes (rubrics, checklists and rating scales that work with the assessments educators design); interpreting large-scale data sets including state tests, benchmark/interim assessments, informed grading and decision-making in classrooms and schools.

Administration & Supervision

The Educational Administration & Supervision Program at Duquesne University values the ability to access, conduct, interpret and apply research. Housed in the Department of Foundations and Leadership, the purpose of Educational Administration is to prepare educational leaders who are scholar-practitioners and exhibit the knowledge, skills, dispositions and ethics that promote equity and excellence for all students in a culturally diverse, and technologically complex, global community.

The Educational Administration & Supervision Program is a 30 credit-hour program that leads to both a Master of Science (M.S.Ed.) in School Administration and a K-12 Comprehensive Principal Certification. The certification is foundational for the candidate who wishes to attach additional coursework leading to additional certifications. This avenue for acquiring specific certifications, i.e. Supervisor of Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Guidance, et al. is both timely and financially responsible.

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Program at Duquesne University School of Education is a 3-year doctoral program. Our doctoral students are formed carefully into cohorts to establish a learning community that studies and grows together. Offered by the diverse and award winning faculty of the Department of Foundations and Leadership, the program is framed by the principles of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) and enriched by the contributions of leading educational practitioners in our Scholars of Practice Network. Interested students qualify to earn the Pennsylvania Letter of Eligibility for the Superintendency by completing two additional courses.

Come challenge your mind, heart, and spirit. Venture beyond problem-solving to create schools and educational communities where all children and youth learn and thrive.