Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership
The Duquesne University Instructional Technology and Leadership Doctoral Program is located within the Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education (DILE). The School of Education is one of ten schools of study at Duquesne, and DILE is one of three departments in the School of Education. The Dean of the School of Education is Dr. Olga Welch. The School of Education offers the Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Science in Education degree, the Doctor of Education degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The Graduate School of Education is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership:
- Offers a 75 credit-hour Ed.D. curriculum
- Consists of approximately three years of coursework. Allow additional year(s) for completing a dissertation
- Offered on a full-time basis. Most students are able to maintain full-time employment
- Authorized to award the Ed.D. by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
- Housed within the NCATE-Accredited Duquesne University School of Education
- Offers courses in a cohort model
- Students typically enter the program with backgrounds in education, technology, administration, or other educational related backgrounds.
- 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
- Graduates possess the life-long learning skills necessary to be leaders in the evolving instructional technology market
Format of Courses
All classes in the Fall and Spring semesters are taught, in an on-line, synchronous format, within BlackBoard. Classes begin at either 5:30pm or 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time. Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings and students normally complete three classes per semester. Students are expected to attend each class and attendance is factored into the final grade.
During the summer, all students are required to attend Duquesne University's campus for a three week mandatory residency component (May 12 - May 30, 2014). 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 available too.
The Duquesne University Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology 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. 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. IT students critically and reflectively study issues of equality and opportunity and are committed to using their personal and professional positions of leadership to promote social justice in the democratic ideology of American education.