Director - Doctoral Program

Misook Heo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
327B Fisher Hall

Program Assistant

Saundra Bondo
327 Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.1995

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Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership

The Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership at Duquesne University is located within the Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education (DILE) in the School of Education. The School of Education is one of ten schools at Duquesne, and DILE is one of three departments in the School of Education. The Graduate School of Education is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The Doctoral Program offers students a primarily online course structure with optional face-to-face choices, providing flexibility for a variety of professionals wishing to pursue doctoral studies. Duquesne University's online program was recently ranked number one in the state of Pennsylvania.

The Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership:

  • Offers a 57 credit-hour Ed.D. curriculum
  • Consists of approximately three years of coursework, plus additional year(s) for completing a dissertation
  • Is offered on a full-time basis
  • Allows most students to maintain full-time employment
  • Awards the Ed.D. as authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Offers courses in a cohort model
  • Provides opportunities for students with a diverse range of backgrounds including education, technology, administration, and industry.
  • Prepares students for a variety of professional positions; graduates are typically employed as university faculty, educational consultants in K-12 settings, or as training managers in corporate settings
  • Equips graduates with the life-long learning skills necessary to be leaders in the evolving instructional technology market

Format of Courses

All courses in the Fall and Spring semesters are taught in an online format, within BlackBoard. Online classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and class meetings begin at either 5:00pm or 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time . Students are expected to attend each class (real-time, online class meetings), and attendance is factored into the final grade. Students typically complete three to four classes per semester.

During the first summer, all students are required to attend Duquesne University's campus for a continuous, two week mandatory residency component. During this time, students are oriented to the program, attend classes, interact with faculty and cohort members, review graduation requirements, and participate in social activities. Students are expected to make their own arrangements for housing during this time. A very limited number of dormitory rooms may be available on campus and a variety of off-campus options are also available.


The Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology at Duquesne University is committed to the development of educational leaders who support learning through exemplary teaching, scholarship, and service in the Spiritan tradition of action and caring. Instructional technology can serve as an important tool in preparing individuals to address educational issues through the improvement of instruction across a wide variety of settings. Students critically and reflectively study issues of equality and opportunity and are committed to using their personal and professional positions of leadership to promote a democratic ideology of education.