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School Administration and Supervision

For those students enrolling in the MSED School Administration or Supervision Program, a 25% discount is being offered. Please visit the University Graduate Admissions website for additional information.

The Program of Educational Administration & Supervision at Duquesne University values the ability to access, conduct, interpret and apply research. Housed in the Department of Foundations and Leadership, the purpose of the Department 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 for a culturally diverse, technologically complex, global community.

The Educational Administration & Supervision Program is a 30 credit-hour program that leads to both a Master of Science in School Administration and a K-12 comprehensive principal certification. This comprehensive principal certification provides a foundation upon which a candidate can attach additional course work 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.

K-12 School Administration

This program, involving 30 semester hours, meets the requirements for the Principal's Comprehensive Certificate and the Master of Science in Educational Administration.  The Principal's Certificate will not be issued until the candidate has completed three years of professional school experience and passed the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (6011).  The following are the specific courses that are required in the program:

Courses Credits
GADS 700 Orientation to School Leadership* 2
GADS 557 Supervision 3
GADS 681 School Law 3
GADS 574 Pupil Personnel 3
GADS 701 Principal Field Experience #1 1
GADS 671 Elementary School Admin. & Management 3
GADS 575 Middle Level School Practice & Organization 3
GADS 675 Secondary School Admin. & Management 3
GADS 702 Principal Field Experience #2 1
GREV 500 Statistics in Behavioral Research 3
GADS 547 Advanced Curriculum 3
GADS 703 Administration and Practice 2
*This course must be taken in the first semester of registration.
Total 30 Credits
Super. of Curriculum & Instruction

This program, involving 20 semesters hours, meets the requirements for the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Certificate.  A master's degree in Education or a related field is a prerequisite.  The Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Certification will not be issued until the candidate has completed five years of professional school experience and passed the Educational Leadership:  Administration and Supervision Test (0411).  The following are the specific courses that are required in the program:

Courses Credits
GADS 700 Orientation to School Leadership 2
GADS 557 Supervision 3
GADS 532 Curriculum Development 3
GADS 501 Collaboration 3
GADS 704 Supervisory Field Experience 1 1
GADS 547 Advanced Curriculum 3

GILT 511 Technology & Education* or

GILT 512 Instructional Design*

3
GADS 706 Supervision and Practice 2
*Need permission from Instructional Technology Department to register for this course.
Total 20 Credits
Super. of Elementary Education
Courses Credits
GADS 700 Orientation to School Administration 2

GFDE 502 Action Research or

GREV 500 Statistics in Behavioral Research

3

GFDE 505 Educational Philosophy or

GFDE 507 History of American Education or

GFDE 605 Modern Educational Thought or

GFDE 607 History of Western Education or

GFDE 609 Comparative Education

3
Choose 2

GPSY 511 Psychology of Learning

GPSE 611 Psychology of Exceptional Persons

GPSY 514 Human Growth and Development

6
GADS 532 Curriculum Development 3
GADS 704 Supervisory Field Experience 1 1
GADS 547 Advanced Curriculum 3
GADS 557 Supervision 3
GADS 681 School Law 3
GELP 553 Teaching Language Arts 3
GELP 552 Teaching Social Studies 3
GELP 554 Teaching Elementary Math 3
GELP 555 Teaching Elementary Science 3
549 Elementary School Literature 3
GRLA 521 Reading Programs and Instruction 3
GRLA 524 Psychology of Reading 3
GADS 671 Elementary School Administration & Management 3
GADS 706 Supervision and Practice 2
Total 50 Credits
Super. of Reading

This program is open to persons with a Masters Degree in Reading and Language Arts and possesses Pennsylvania Certification as a Reading Specialist.  the program requirements are 50 graduate credits of combined studies in reading, language arts, educational administration, and supervision.  The Supervisor's Certificate will be issued after five years of successful teaching experience as a certified reading specialist. 

Courses Credits
GADS 700 Orientation to School Adminstration 2

GFDE 502 Action Research or

GREV 500 Statistics in Behavioral Research  

3

GPSY 511 Psychology of Learning or

GPSE 514 Human Growth and Development or

GPSE 611 Psychology of Exceptional Persons or

GPSE 662 Introduction to Learning Disabilities

3
GPSY 512 Psychological Testing 3
GADS 532 Curriculum Development 3
GADS 547 Advanced Curriculum 3
GADS 557 Supervision 3
GADS 681 School Law 3
GADS 704 Supervisory Field Experience 1 1
GRLA 521 Reading Programs & Instruction 3
GRLA 523 Teaching the Language Arts 3
GRLA 524 Psychology of Learning 3
GRLA 529 Reading in the Secondary School 3
GRLA 625 Reading Disabilities 3
GRLA 627 Reading Diagnostic Lab 3
GRLA 628 Reading Tutorial Lab 3
GRLA 630 Seminar in Reading & Language Arts 3

GADS 671 Elementary School Administration & Management or

GADS 675 Secondary School Administration & Management

3

GADS 706 Supervision and Practice

2

Total

50 Credits
Super. of Music
Courses Credits
GADS 700 Orientation to School Leadership 2
500 Introduction to Graduate Study 3
561 Foundations of Music Education 3
562 Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning 3
670 Leadership in the Arts 3
668 Music Education Seminar I 3
669 Music Education Seminar II 3
GADS 704 Supervisory Field Experience 1 1
GADS 547 Advanced Curriculum 3
GADS 557 Supervision 3
GADS 681 School Law 3

GADS 671 Elementary School Administration & Management or

GADS 675 Secondary School Administration & Management

3
*Approved Electives

GPSE 611 Psychology of Exceptional Persons

567 Music & Movement for the Exceptional Person

601 SMI:  The Music Administrator

641 SMI:  Technology in Music Education

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9

GADS 706 Supervision and Practice

2
Total 44 Credits

* To be determined by the two Departments and the student based on student needs.

SMI:  Summer Music Institutes

Super. of School Counseling Services

This program is open to persons with a Master's degree and a Pennsylvania Educational Specialist Certificate in Counseling who have an overall quality point average of 3.0 or better in study completed at an accredited graduate school.  In addition, an applicant must give evidence of competency in curriculum development and must also submit a letter of recommendation attesting to the counselor.  Students may qualify for a Pennsylvania Supervisor's Certificate in School Counseling Services by completing a minimum of 17 semester hours of graduate study on the post-master's degree level.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education Supervisor's Certificate will not be issued unless the candidate has completed five years of counseling experience. 

Courses Credits
GADS 700 Orientation to School Leadership 2
GADS 547 Advanced Curriculum 3
GADS 557 Supervision 3
GADS 704 Supervisory Field Experience 1 1
GADS 574 Pupil Personnel 3
GADS 681 School Law 3
GADS 706 Supervision and Practice 2
Total 17 Credits

All requirements for Duquesne University endorsement for an

Educational Specialist I Certificate in Elementary or Secondary Counseling

Super. of Special Education

The Special Education Supervision Certification will be issued after the candidate has completed 5 years of satisfactory teaching in Special Education. 

Courses Credits
GADS 700 Orientation to School Leadership* 2
GFDE 502 Action Research in Education OR

GREV 500 Statistics in Behavioral Research

 3

GADS 704 Supervisory Field Experience 1

1

GFDE 505 Educational Philosophy or

GFDE 507 History of American Eduction or

GFDE 609 Comparative Education

3
GPSY 511 Psychology of Learning 3
GPSY 514 Human Growth and Development 3
Required Special Education Courses 9-18
 (Option 9 credits electives)
Total 30
GADS 574 Pupil Personnel 3

GADS 547 Advanced Curriculum

3
GADS 705 Supervisory Field Experience 2 1
GADS 557 Supervision 3
GADS 681 School Law 3

GADS 671 Elementary School Admin and Management OR

GADS 675 Secondary School Admin and Management

3

GADS 706 Supervision and Practice

2
Total 48 Credits
*This course must be taken in the first semester of registration.
Super. of Pupil Personnel Svcs.

This program, involving 20 semester hours, meets the requirements for the Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services Certificate. The Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services Certification will not be issued until the candidate has completed five years of professional school experience and passed the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (0411.) The following are the specific courses that are required in the program:

Courses Credits
GADS 700 Orientation to School Leadership 2
GADS 557 Supervision 3
GADS 547 Advanced Curriculum 3
GADS 704 Supervisory Field Experience 1 1
GILT 512 Instructional Design * 3
GADS 574 Pupil Personnel 3
GADS 502 Strategic Resource Management 3
GADS 706 Supervision and Practice 2
Total 20
* Need permission from the Instructional Technology Department to register for this course.
M.S.Ed. School Administration

The Master of Science in Educational Administration Program is a fully accredited program preparing educational leaders in K -12 schools. Candidates can achieve both their degree and comprehensive principal's certificate in 30 credit hours. Five years of professional school experience and earning a passing score on the School Leadership Licensure Assessment is a prerequisite in applying for the certificate.

A choice of venue is available to students enrolled in this program. These include membership in one of our cohorts or taking courses on campus in a traditional format. The Principal Network Cohort combines both face to face instruction during the summer and online study during the school year. A new cohort begins every June and concludes in just 15 months. Cohorts also meet in the New Castle Area School District's Boardroom and at the Intermediate Unit #1 in Coal Center, PA.

M.S.Ed. School Supervision
This program enables a student to develop competencies needed to meet the criteria for a Pennsylvania Supervisor's Certificate. Requirements for completion of the program will vary depending on the specific program of specialization and the candidate's background. Eligibility for certification requires graduate study and five years of certified experience in a cognate or specialization field. Students may begin at the graduate level in any of the following cognate or specialist areas:
  • Elementary Education
  • Reading
  • School Counseling
  • Special Education Services
  • Secondary Subject
    • English
    • Foreign Language
    • Mathematics
    • Music Education
    • Science
    • Social Studies
Application Requirements
Along with the Online Application, the following are necessary requirements:

Graduates with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college, university or seminary and a teaching certificate will be considered for admission to graduate study in the School of Education. Admission decisions are based primarily on the applicant's previous academic record as shown by official transcripts.

The admission criteria used to guide decisions include:

A minimum overall 3.00 GPA (grade point average) OR A minimum 3.00 GPA on the most recent 48 credits OR A minimum overall 2.80 GPA with a Miller Analogies qualifying score of at least 396
A resume that documents competence and effectiveness in professional work
Three letters of professional reference - from either faculty members or K-12 administrators
After the application for admission and transcripts have been favorably reviewed by faculty, the Graduate Office will send the applicant official notification of admission to graduate study.

Transfer Students

Consistent with university policy, a maximum of six credit hours may be accepted in transfer from other accredited institutions. Transfer credits will be allowed only for courses which closely match existing program requirements, and courses must be taken no more than five years prior to the date they are transferred. Decisions concerning the appropriateness of transfer credit are made by the Program Director. Appeals may be made to the Committee on Student Standing in instances of dispute.

Course Information
Program Standards

Development of cognitive and affective behaviors in administration, leadership, management, supervision, and curriculum as they related to and are identified in the following knowledge outcomes.

1.0 The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories of administration and be able to translate administrative theories to concrete situations and practices.

2.0 The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories of supervision and be able to use supervisory techniques.

3.0 The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of curriculum, curriculum theory and development; and be able to translate theory of curriculum to concrete situations.

4.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of individual and group dynamics and human relations and the ability to employ humanistic qualities of empathy and respect in making decisions and in working with others.

5.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.

6.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of financial management concepts, program budgeting procedures, and resource allocation; and the ability to use these in practical situations.

7.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and ability to plan and implement school programs.

8.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of educational research, design, and evaluation.

9.0 The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of technology and information systems and be able to utilize them.

10.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of pupil personnel services and apply them in the school setting.

11.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of community and media relations and apply them in the school setting.

12.0 The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of educational law, public policy, and political systems, and apply them to school settings.