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The mission of Duquesne University is "serving God by serving students" and in the School of Education our students come first.

During your time in Canevin Hall, we want you to interact with faculty, visit your student success coach, and get involved with one or more of our various education-related student organizations.

Our services for you include:

We strive to assist you with various aspects of your academic career while providing you with a strong educational foundation.

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Student and Academic Services

Lisa Patrick

Undergraduate Student Success Coach (A-L)

Saundra Bondo

Undergraduate Student Success Coach (M-Z)

Education Student Services Receptionist

Student Teaching and Field Placement

Student Teaching and Field Placement

Our Office of Student Teaching and Field Placement (OSTFP) facilitates field experiences, internships, practicums, and student teaching experiences for various programs in the School of Education. 

Duquesne student teaching a lesson

We work to coordinate field placements for students that allow them to integrate information regarding teaching fundamentals and advanced pedagogies taught in their coursework into practical application in K-12 classrooms.

The mission of the OSTFP mirrors the overall mission of Duquesne University in that they strive to prepare students to become innovative, inclusive, and well-rounded leaders in society through providing a diverse range of field experiences.

Our team of staff within the OSTFP recognizes the importance of securing high-quality and meaningful field and student teaching experiences for School of Education students. The excitement students express over their field experiences is shared by the OSTFP, as they are passionate about helping students grow professionally, academically, and personally through their field experiences. The OSTFP works to maintain a culture of accessibility with students, and encourages all students to contact them at any time during their academic journeys.

Securing Field Placements

The process of securing field placements involves a collaborative effort between the OSTFP, academic advisors, School of Education staff and faculty members, K-12 school partners, and School of Education students.

OSTFP works with over 75 school districts in the Greater Pittsburgh Region including public, private, charter, and Catholic schools, and they are constantly building new, mutually beneficial K-12 school partnerships to expand upon experiential opportunities for students.

Partnership with Indiana University's Global Gateway for Teachers Program

In addition to local K-12 school relationships, Duquesne University is one of only three schools in Pennsylvania, and one of 22 colleges and universities in the United States, that have a partnership with Indiana University's Global Gateway for Teachers Program, which is located in Bloomington, Indiana.

As a partner university, Duquesne University students have the opportunity to be placed by IU Global Gateway in an overseas student teaching experience in one of 18 countries. Participating countries include, but are not limited to, Australia, Costa Rica, England, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and Tanzania. This is meant to be a cultural immersion experience in which student teachers are placed in a host nation school by a consultant who is an experienced overseas educator. Homestay recommendations are made for student teachers in many of the countries.

During their student teaching semester, students fulfill their Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements for student teaching locally prior to student teaching abroad. Duquesne University's Director of Student Teaching and Field Placement works with abroad student teaching applicants to assist in the preparation of application materials to be submitted to IU Global Gateway.

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Office of Student Teaching and Field Placement

Lisa George

Assistant to the Director

Undergraduate, Graduate, & Alumni Awards

School of Education Awards are for Duquesne University School of Education alumni as well as undergraduates and graduates who will have finished their program by the end of this academic year. The awards honor excellence in academic and career pursuits. Award recipients receive recognition and a monetary award. Applications are open toward the end of the spring semester. Awards are given at the end of the spring semester.

The Leading Teacher Program Excellence Award is given to an undergraduate student whose performance demonstrates excellence in one of the three Themes of the Leading Teacher Program: Leadership, Diversity, and Technology, and is framed in the Spiritan Tradition of Caring.

  • Leadership: A leading teacher is a life-long learner inspiring a community of learners to pursue continuous improvement and growth, who will serve as a practitioner guided by an ethical and moral framework
  • Diversity: A leading teacher is an advocate, creating learning experiences that demonstrate sensitivity, acknowledging students of all abilities and valuing human differences
  • Technology: A leading teacher is an architect building learning environments that acknowledge and incorporate the power of technology.

Criteria for Eligibility: Senior Bachelor's Level Award

  1. Full-time undergraduate student in the LTP
  2. Successfully completed student teaching within the current academic year
  3. Minimum 3.5 quality point average.

Application Requirements:

  1. Current resumé
  2. Essay and artifacts
  3. Two letters of recommendation (one from LTP faculty member, one from Student Teaching Cooperating Teacher or University Supervisor).

Instructions for Essay:
Describe how your accomplishments in coursework, field experiences, student teaching, extracurricular activities and community involvement relate to and exemplify one of the three Themes of the Leading Teacher Program and the Spiritan Tradition of Caring at Duquesne University. Provide specific descriptions and evidence of distinguished performance framed in the Spiritan Tradition of Caring in at least one LTP Theme area (e.g., artifacts demonstrating impact on student learning, impact on university, P-12 schools, or community-based efforts).

Essay length: maximum of 1,000 words

Application Materials Due: TBD

Award Recipient Receives:

  • Certificate of recognition
  • $500 award
  • Acknowledgment on School of Education website and social media.

Incomplete applications will not be considered by the committee.

The School of Education Distinguished Graduate Award is given to a graduate student (master's or doctoral) whose performance is demonstrative of excellence in one of the following goals of the School of Education:

  • Preparing educational and/or community leaders
  • Conducting scholarship for schools or the community
  • Providing practice that is guided by the Spiritan Tradition of Caring.

Criteria for Eligibility: Graduate Level Award

  1. Masters or doctoral student in the School of Education who has successfully completed program within the current academic year
  2. Minimum 3.5 quality point average.

Application Requirements:

  1. Current resumé or curriculum vitae
  2. Essay attesting to the merit of the candidate for the award (see below)
  3. Artifacts of excellence in one or more of the aforementioned goals (see below)
  4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members in the student's program.

Instructions for Essay:
Describe how your accomplishments in coursework, related experiences, extracurricular activities, and community involvement relate to one of the goals of the School of Education and exemplify the Spiritan tradition of caring at Duquesne University.

Essay length: maximum of 1,000 words

 

Instructions for Artifacts:
Provide specific descriptions and evidence of distinguished performance framed in the Spiritan Tradition of Caring (e.g., artifacts demonstrating academic excellence, impact on university, P-12 schools, or community-based efforts, research, etc.).

Application Materials Due: TBD

Award Recipient Receives:

  • Certificate of recognition
  • $500 award
  • Acknowledgment on School of Education website and social media.

Incomplete applications will not be considered by the committee.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an alumnus/alumna whose performance demonstrates excellence in one of the goals of the School of Education:

  • Preparing educational and/or community leaders
  • Conducting scholarship for schools
  • Providing practice that is guided by the Spiritan Tradition of Caring.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  1. An alumnus/alumna of a Duquesne University School of Education undergraduate program or a graduate program in any of the following: the Leading Teacher Program (Bachelor's and Master's), Counseling (Master's and Doctoral), School Psychology (Psy.D. & Ph.D.), Educational Studies (Master's), Program Evaluation (Master's), Administration & Supervision (Master's), ProDEL (Doctoral), IDPEL (Doctoral), Reading Specialist, Instructional Technology (Master's & Doctoral), ESL programs, Child Psychology program, and Special Education programs
  2. A minimum of five full years of continuous experience after degree was conferred.

Application Requirements:

  1. Current resumé or curriculum vitae
  2. Essay and artifacts
  3. Two Letters of professional recommendation (e.g. supervisor, colleague, student, etc.).

Instructions for Essay:
Describe how your accomplishments in your field relate to and exemplify one of the goals of the School of Education: Preparing educational leaders and/or community leaders, conducting scholarship for schools, and providing practice that is guided by the Spiritan Tradition of Caring.

Provide specific descriptions, evidence and artifacts of distinguished performance framed in the Spiritan Tradition of Caring in at least one goal area. Link all evidence to the goals of the School of Education. Finally, describe what you aspire to be your legacy in your field.

Essay length: maximum of 1,000 words

Application Materials Due: TBD

Award Recipient Receives:
• Certificate of recognition
• $500 award
• Announcement in DU Alumni Newsletter (Bulletin From Our Bluff)
• Post on DU Alumni and School of Education Facebook pages
• Acknowledgment on School of Education social media and website

Incomplete applications will not be considered by the committee.

Scholarships for Graduate Students

CHARITY RANDALL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP provides scholarship support for a student in the School of Education who has demonstrated need.
DR. N V DIPAOLO MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP provides support to graduate students with merit and need studying Administration & Supervision who supplement their core education with studies in negotiation, collective bargaining and labor-management relations. If interested, contact Patti Eckert at schooladminandsuper@duq.edu.

JEWISH SCHOLARSHIP SERVICE OF GREATER PITTSBURGH of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh provides a scholarship to a university student (undergraduate or graduate) or high school student (junior or senior) in financial need who is Jewish and has been a resident (for two or more years) of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, or Westmoreland county.

If you plan to apply for this scholarship, you must use a desktop/laptop computer (not a mobile phone/tablet) and turn off your pop-up blocker.

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LAY TEACHER 60% TUITION AWARD Current full-time lay teachers of pre-K through high school or school administrators in a Roman Catholic school in the Pittsburgh, Greensburg, or Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses pursuing a non-doctoral degree or certificate in the School of Education may be eligible to receive a 60% discount on School of Education tuition.
MUSCARI STUDENT RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT FUND provides financial support to students attending regional, national or international conferences to disseminate their research. Interested parties should complete a "Doctoral Student Request for Research Travel Funds" form, located in DORI.
RICHARD DUNCAN MEMORIAL RESOURCE provides support for educational expenses to students in the Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision Program. If interested, contact the counseling program at counselored@duq.edu.

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

CHARITY RANDALL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP provides scholarship support for a student in the School of Education who has demonstrated need.
COMPTARO, ELDEN, LEWIS COMBINED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS The William C. Comptaro Educational Fund, the Laura E. Elden Educational Trust and the Frances L. Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund were created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are residents of Allegheny County, PA planning on pursuing post-secondary education. If interested, please visit the The Pittsburgh Foundation.
ELORA’S H.O.P.E. SCHOLARSHIP FUND was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Special Education who plan to teach. If interested, please visit the Pittsburgh Foundation.
GLADYS R. AND CHARLES E. YOST MEMORIAL FUND  was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide educational assistance to incoming freshman at Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, or University of Pittsburgh. If interested, please visit the Pittsburgh Foundation.
JANKOWSKI FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP provides scholarship to a Sophomore in the School of Education at Duquesne University who has demonstrated financial need and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Preference will be give to students of Polish descent and of Catholic faith. If interested, please visit the Pittsburgh Foundation.

JEWISH SCHOLARSHIP SERVICE OF GREATER PITTSBURGH of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh provides a scholarship to a university student (undergraduate or graduate) or high school student (junior or senior) in financial need who is Jewish and has been a resident (for two or more years) of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, or Westmoreland county.

If you plan to apply for this scholarship, you must use a desktop/laptop computer (not a mobile phone/tablet) and turn off your pop-up blocker.

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LAWRENCE A. ROCHE MEMORIAL FUND is a need based scholarship available to a junior who demonstrates general excellence in the School of Education and possesses a QPA of 3.0 or higher.
RALPH & EDNA KIDDER RESOURCE FUND provides financial assistance to an undergraduate student to defray educational expenses such as textbooks. This award is need-based.
ROBERT BUZCEK MEMORIAL ENDOWED FUND assists students with the purchase of text books, travel and other such education expenses, with a preference for students of Eastern European descent.
CECLIA MARIE WALLER ENDOWED STUDENT RESOURCE FUND provides students with financial support to defray non-tuition, ancillary educational expenses such as textbooks, lab fees and supplies.
T. HELMINTOLLER TERM RESOURCE FUND supports educational expenses such as textbooks of a female student in good academic standing with a preference for students of Italian descent.
TOMORROW'S URBAN TEACHERS RESOURCE FUND provides financial assistance to an at-risk undergraduate student who demonstrates general excellence and possesses a QPA of 3.0 or higher. The student should have an interest in becoming a teacher in an urban school setting. Funds are to defray educational expenses such as textbooks, lab fees, supplies, etc.
VECCHIO TERM SCHOLARSHIP provides scholarship support to an undergraduate student in the School of Education with a preference to a graduate of Penn-Trafford School District. It is to be awarded based on merit and need and is renewable.
WILLIAM F. FAITH ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP is available to a sophomore who demonstrates general excellence in the School of Education and potential for excellence in teaching as evidenced by on-campus and/or off-campus involvement in professional development.

Student Organizations

Duquesne University School of Education offers multiple organizations for students to join. Joining these organizations allows students to gain new experiences, develop a professional identity, create research opportunities, and make new friends. By getting involved in one of the School of Education organizations, students will not only develop marketable skills but will also enhance their college experience.

Chi Sigma Iota (Delta Upsilon Chapter) is an international honor society that focuses on academic and professional excellence in counseling. This organization offers opportunities for professional development, research presentation, and social gatherings for graduate students pursuing a career in counseling.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization committed to improving the educational success of children with exceptionalities. This organization is open to all education majors.
The Duquesne University Student Education Association (DUSEA) offers members an opportunity to connect with the education community of Pittsburgh through service projects.
The Duquesne University Student PSEA is the student chapter of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). Their purpose is to provide a unified student voice in matters pertaining to teacher preparation and the education field.
Kappa Delta Epsilon is a professional fraternity engaged in the preparation of educators through the commitment to the Spiritan Mission and high academic standards.
Pi Lambda Theta is a national honor society of educators. The organization is a forum for exchanging and developing ideas, fostering individual leadership, and promoting professionalism. Invitations for membership can be given to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the requirement of a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) is a branch of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This organization encourages all majors in the School of Education to come together to help various programs in the Pittsburgh area.
Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP) is a student-led organization geared towards keeping graduate students informed of the issues in the school psychology field and encouraging participation in professional development opportunities. In addition, SASP creates opportunities for collaboration and communication between students and faculty in an effort to create meaningful and lasting professional relationships within the field.