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At Duquesne University's School of Education, we prepare you to become best-in-class educators, school psychologists, administrators, counselors, professors and so much more. Our nationally accredited undergraduate, master's, doctoral degrees and licensure/certification programs empower you to make a difference in the Pittsburgh region and throughout the world.

You will earn a quality education built on Duquesne's solid reputation as a top-tier university and learn from faculty who are a diverse group of teacher-scholars whose research has gained national and international recognition, earning them numerous grants and awards.

Frank Cortazzo decided to return to school in January 2023 to pursue an Education Administration Certificate in our School of Education. With a keen sense of what he wants to achieve and the impact he can make, he plans to use his certificate to become an advocate for education and to enhance his role as a longstanding school board member. Read Frank’s story and others.

DISCOVER YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS IN EDUCATION

Considering possible majors? Finding a way to combine interests? That’s good! Many students begin college before they decide on a major, and many students change their major at some point in their academic journey. Our Discover students have the opportunity to see how our majors operate together in a corporate setting, before they choose their major.

IMPACTING AT ALL LEVELS

Become the educator, school psychologist, counselor, administrator, professor or higher education professional you are meant to be. Learn how to take the first steps in the admissions process to pursue your dreams.

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Undergraduate Programs

At Duquesne, become the teacher you were meant to be.

Explore Our Undergrad Programs
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Master's & Doctoral Programs

Advance your career in the field and join an extensive network of scholars and professionals in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

Discover Our Graduate Programs
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Certification Programs

Choose from 10 certification and licensure programs we offer to help you enhance and diversify your current skill set.

View Our Certification Programs

Visit our School of Education

Attend our School of Education Representative Meeting to learn about our teaching degree program and explore our Curriculum Center. You can also observe our collaborative learning environment first-hand by visiting our “Fundamentals of Classroom Assessment” course taught by Dr. Amy Olson.


Hear from Our Students & Alumni

Photo of Education Administration graduate student Sgt. Frank Cortazzo in work gear outside on campus handing out candy at event with police car and campus building behind him

I’m looking to go back to my first love, which was education. When I started class, I thought it might interfere with my work and school board responsibilities....I found that it’s enhanced everything.

Sgt. Frank Cortazzo Education Administration Certification, K-12 Program '25
Discover Frank's story
School of Education B.S.Ed. Secondary Education alum Ezekiel Daure smiles and gives a thumbs-up with diploma in-hand and commencement crowd behind him

Duquesne's School of Education has effectively allowed me to make meaningful relationships with my students and impact them in positive ways. Without the School of Education, I would have never met some of the amazing students I have.

Ezekiel Daure B.S.Ed. Secondary Education '23 | M.S.Ed. Education Administration '25
Learn About Our B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education
Photo of graduate Val Luutran in graduation cap and gown in front of water fountain on Duquesne campus

The School of Education has offered me countless opportunities to explore different school contexts and cultures, in the Pittsburgh region and even as far as the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. Through these experiences, I have honed the skills I need to be a teacher who can support all students in all spaces.

Val Luutran MAT Secondary Education '24
Explore the MAT in Secondary Education
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When I talk to a student who struggles in the classroom, I tell them that they are capable of anything. Every single person learns differently, and that’s okay.

Maggie Burke B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Education '23 | M.S.Ed. Reading & Literacy Education '25
Learn About Our M.S.Ed. in Reading & Literacy Education
School of Education student Italia Cicione holding flowers with a field of flowers around her and a greenhouse and mountain behind her

I selected Duquesne because I felt at home...The people I’ve met so far are so kind and truly want you to succeed. Duquesne’s Education program and the Curriculum Center really stood out to me! I want to become a teacher because I’ve always had a passion for the classroom and believe children deserve a great education.

Italia Cicione B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Education '27
Explore Our B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education
Alum Dr. Kara Eckert smiling on School of Education Commencement floor with the stage behind her

I am extremely proud to be a two-time Duquesne University School of Education graduate. The experience I had as a student not only prepared me for a successful career, but instilled deeply rooted values that have enhanced my...leadership over the past 25 years.

Dr. Kara Eckert, E'12 Director of Instruction & Learning, Elementary at Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Discover Our M.S.Ed. in Education Administration

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What Are Our Education Graduates Doing?

96% of our School of Education graduates reported that their career position was related to their major. They are making an impact in the fields of K-12 education, higher education, healthcare and many other settings as educators, teachers, counselors & school psychologists, administrators, and more. 80% of our graduates who reported they will be attending graduate school, indicated that they will attend Duquesne University. This information is from the most recent graduate-reported outcomes data for our School of Education.

Great Education, Great Value

We are committed to providing students with a high-quality education at an affordable price. A Duquesne University education is an investment in your future. This investment will prepare you to reach the height of your career and provide a meaningful return on your investment.

50%Towards Tuition

Our 50% Tuition Scholarship is offered to full-time, first-year and transfer undergraduate School of Education students who start their studies in 2024.

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Dual Certification

Earn Dual Certification in General and Special Education to meet the diverse educational needs of students in the prek-4, middle level or secondary education classroom.

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Top 100 in the U.S. and #3 in PA

U.S. News & World Report ranked our online Master's in Education in the top 100 nationally and #3 in PA for the 2024 Best Online Master's in Education Programs.

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Student Teach Abroad

We are the only school in Pittsburgh to have a partnership with Indiana University’s Global Gateway for Teachers Program, in which we offer various student teaching abroad and other cultural immersion opportunities.

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Our Curriculum Center

Transform the learning and developmental experiences of K-12 learners inside or outside of the classroom through the resources in our Curriculum Center – a collection of PreK-12 educational resources designed to support schools and programs on campus working with children.

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Dual Degree

Earn your undergraduate teaching degree and a degree in your academic discipline (English, Math, Social Studies/History, Physics).

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Admitted Students

Take the next steps to become the teacher you were meant to be! Visit us on campus, complete your financial aid forms and enroll today!

Latest Education News

Authentic Collaboration Leads to Systemic Change in PA Mental Health Care Access

It's a long-held truth that access to mental health services is paramount for a healthy community. Thanks to the work of the Government Relations Committee for the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, led by School of Education Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Madeleine Stevens, Pennsylvanians now have better access to mental health care—and Duquesne counseling students can start practicing with increased compensation opportunities sooner to help fill the gap.

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Antonio Battista

Antonio Battista values the student-teaching experience so much he’s done it twice—first at Deer Lakes High School in the Pittsburgh region, then at Gosford Hill School in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.

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A Lifelong Bond: Best Friends Look Toward Graduation

Lifelong friends Lauren and Rachel have been side-by-side since preschool. Though Lauren enrolled in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne after high school and Rachel attended another university, it wasn't long before Rachel fell in love with Duquesne and Pittsburgh after spending many weekends visiting Lauren on the Bluff. The friends were thrilled to be reunited when Rachel transferred to join Lauren and continue her studies in the School of Education.

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$10M Student Teacher Stipend Program for PA

Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett, Dean of our School of Education, weighs in on the launch of the $10M student teacher stipend program just unveiled and available to college education students in the Pittsburgh region. School of Education Early Childhood Education student Zoe Brunick shares her excitement.

Education Faculty

Tara Abbott

Tara Abbott

Program Director | Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education

Rachel Ayieko

Rachel Ayieko

Interim Director for Teacher Certification Programs | Program Director | Associate Professor in Mathematics Education

Melissa Boston

Melissa Boston

Professor

Xia Chao

Xia Chao

Associate Professor, School of Education

Laura Metz  Crothers, D.Ed., NCSP

Laura Metz Crothers, D.Ed., NCSP

Program Director of School and Child Psychology | Professor of School Psychology

David Delmonico

David Delmonico

Professor, School of Education

Gretchen Generett

Gretchen Generett

Dean | Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Community Outreach | Professor, School of Education

Sergio Gonzalez

Sergio Gonzalez

Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Bridget Green

Bridget Green

Program Director | Assistant Professor, School of Education

Valerie Gresser

Valerie Gresser

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education

Christopher L. Harris

Christopher L. Harris

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education

Misook Heo

Misook Heo

Professor, School of Education

Ann Huang

Ann Huang

Associate Professor

Tammy Hughes

Tammy Hughes

Professor, School of Education

Matthew Joseph

Matthew Joseph

Program Director | Associate Professor, School of Education

Gibbs Kanyongo

Gibbs Kanyongo

Department Chair | Professor of Educational Statistics, School of Education

Jered Kolbert

Jered Kolbert

Professor

Joseph Kush

Joseph Kush

Program Director | Professor, School of Education

Karen Levitt

Karen Levitt

Associate Dean for Teacher Education | Associate Professor, School of Education

Kathryn Linich

Kathryn Linich

Associate Program Director | Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education

Yihhsing Liu

Yihhsing Liu

Clinical Associate Professor

Reva Mathieu-Sher

Reva Mathieu-Sher

Assistant Professor, School of Education

Elizabeth McCallum

Elizabeth McCallum

Department Chair | Professor, School of Education

Rick McCown

Rick McCown

Pierre Schouver Endowed Chair - School of Education | Professor

Kara McGoey

Kara McGoey

Professor, School of Education

Christopher Meidl

Christopher Meidl

Associate Professor

Carla Meyer

Carla Meyer

Program Director | Reading Clinic Director | Associate Professor

Cliff Oliech

Cliff Oliech

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education

Amy Olson

Amy Olson

Director of Graduate Studies | Associate Professor, School of Education

Jason Ritter

Jason Ritter

Department Chair | Professor, School of Education

Jaleah Robinson

Jaleah Robinson

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ara Schmitt

Ara Schmitt

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Advancement | Professor

Fran Serenka

Fran Serenka

Program Director | Associate Professor, School of Education

Michael Sickels

Michael Sickels

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education

Madeleine Stevens

Madeleine Stevens

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education

Julia Williams

Julia Williams

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Education

Duquesne - Pittsburgh Connection

Duquesne University School of Education students and faculty work with over 75 school districts (suburban, urban, rural, Catholic, private and charter schools) in the Greater Pittsburgh Region through student teaching and other hands-on learning experiences.

Learn more about Student Teaching opportunities at Duquesne.

School of Education's Dr. Christopher Meidl and his students assisted with the reopening of ABK Learning & Development Center. This opportunity aligned with Dr. Meidl's desire to work collaboratively within the Pittsburgh community as part of a socially just and culturally invested approach to the Leading Teacher Program at Duquesne, a main focus of the School of Education's mission. The reopening of the center was celebrated with a visit from Ben Carson, the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Listen to Dr. Meidl's WESA radio interview about how public-private partnerships could address gaps in childcare for struggling families.

Students in the Equity Education Certificate program engage in equity-focused course curriculums and  have the opportunity to learn alongside Pittsburgh community members as they complete community-engaged learning hours at various community organizations.

Explore the Equity Education Certificate Program.

Our Reading Clinic serves students and parents in Greater Pittsburgh and beyond through providing individualized, assessment-based reading intervention for children from ages 6-16. Experienced faculty, practicing reading specialists, and graduate students from our Reading Specialist program work to help young readers thrive.

Learn about our Reading Clinic's services

It's Time for Bigger Goals.

Earn your degree from one of our highly nationally-accredited programs. We are proud of our numerous undergraduate and graduate programs that have earned national accreditation from the following select accrediting bodies.

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American Psychological Association (APA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

Accreditation by the APA tells prospective students, other institutions of higher learning, and the public that our programs have met the standards that verify our ability to prepare graduates to provide outstanding, evidence-based clinical service to ensure the well-being of the public and promote best practices in education. Questions related to accreditation of the program should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association; 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002; Phone: (202) 336-5979

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Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

CACREP accreditation indicates that the program has a rigorous curriculum and provides comprehensive fieldwork supervision. Graduates of CACREP programs have greater portability for licensure and certification.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) logo

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

CAEP Accreditation is a select honor to nationally recognize program quality for educator preparation. This represents that our students are well equipped to meet the needs of K-12 students as well as their communities and schools. We are one of five institutions in Pennsylvania to receive this accreditation.

Accreditation Complaints:  APA | CAEP

 

 

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