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Mission & Goals

Duquesne's Professional Doctorate in Educational Leadership (ProDEL) mission is to transform the practice of educational leadership through a program that is informed and framed by Duquesne University's mission and the School of Education's identity resting on the pillars of educational leadership, the Spiritan tradition of caring, and scholarship for schools. As such, the program of study will focus problems of practice in schools through the lens of social justice.


The goals of ProDEL are

  • to prepare leaders who can collaborate effectively across school, academic, and community boundaries to understand, design, and develop solutions to real problems in real schools;
  • to establish and grow intra- and inter-institutional capacity for continuous, evidence-based improvement of schools;
  • to advocate effectively for and drive efforts to achieve educational equity and excellence.