Karen Levitt

Associate Professor, Program Director
School of Education
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

409A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6103


Ed.D, Science Education, University of Pittsburgh, 1996
M.Ed., Science Education, University of Pittsburgh, 1992
B.A., Elementary Education, Miami University (Oxford, OH), 1987

American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) - Topics: Infused Special Education in the Leading Teacher Program; Inquiry Science Endorsement; Assessment of Candidate Dispositions

American Education Research Association (AERA) - Topics: Teacher Inquiry; Professional Development; Portfolio Assessment

Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) - Topics: Formative Assessment; Teacher Inquiry; Inquiry Science Endorsement; Teacher in Residence

National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) - Topics: Teachers' Beliefs; Teacher Inquiry

National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) - Topics: Teaching Science with Toys; The ABCs of Teaching Science through Children's Literature; Kinderscience; Science for Your Favorite 5 Year Old

Professional Development Schools Conference - Topics: Multiple Models of Professional Development Schools within One Collaborative; Inquiry as a Means for Developing Professional Development School Relationships

Invited Presenter

ASSET: Science: It's Elementary (Keynote). Making the Case for Professional Development.

ASSET: Teacher's Inquiry Conference (Keynote). Why do teacher research?

Association for Materials Support Centers (ASMC) Topics: Continuous Improvement; Building a Community of Learners

Pittcon: Teaching Science with Toys


Teaching Science in the Elementary (K-6) School

Teaching Science in the Middle (4-8) Grades

Teaching Science with Toys

Orientation to the Teaching Profession

Intro to Teaching

Program Design


Stark Young Leadership Award, United Jewish Federation, 2007

Sonia and Aaron Levinson Award (for Pursuit of Social Justice), Community and Public Affairs Council, 2002

Teaching Fellow, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, 2001

Nominee for the Omicron Delta Kappa Teacher of the Year Award, Duquesne University, 2000

Creative Teaching Award, Duquesne University, 1996


A former classroom teacher, Dr. Karen Levitt is an associate professor and the program director of the Middle Level and Secondary Education programs in the Department of Instruction and Leadership in the School of Education. Dr. Levitt has been on faculty at Duquesne since 1995. She has served as the Director of the Leading Teacher Program (LTP), the undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs at Duquesne, since 2004. Dr. Levitt's primary area of expertise is elementary science education. She has become known within the state for a course titled, Teaching Science with Toys, for which she was awarded the Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award. Previously, she was selected as a Teaching Fellow for the Exploratorium's Institute for Inquiry in San Francisco. Dr. Levitt consults with area school districts on issues of science education, strategic planning, student assessment, and curriculum development. She has made scholarly and clinical presentations at state, national, and international conferences. She has had several articles published in professional journals, and serves her profession in a variety of capacities. Dr. Levitt participates on several professional committees within her field, and serves on a number of community boards.