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Meet our Administrators and Academic Departments


Laura Crothers

Laura Crothers, Ed.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

409C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1409
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Laura Crothers (Ed.D., School Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2001) is a professor in the School Psychology program in the Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education, and holds the Rev. Martin A. Hehir, C.S.Sp. Endowed Chair in Scholarly Excellence. Dr. Crothers is a former school psychologist who conducts research on childhood bullying, and particularly, regarding indirect bullying in children and adolescents.

Carla Meyer

Carla Meyer, Ph.D.

Co-Associate Dean for Teacher Education
Associate Professor
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education

G14 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5837
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Carla Meyer (Ph.D., Literacy Development and Learning Problems, University of Delaware, 2009) is an associate professor in the School of Education at Duquesne University. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy education. Dr. Meyer is committed to preparing and supporting teaching candidates in their efforts to become life-long learners, collaborators, and problem-solvers. Dr. Meyer has published in several scholarly journals including but not limited to, The Journal of Literacy Research, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The Journal of Literacy Research and Instruction, and The Reading Teacher.

Darius Prier

Darius Prier, Ph.D.

Co-Associate Dean for Teacher Education
Assistant Professor
Department of Foundations and Leadership

101D Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4470
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Darius Prier (Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Miami University, Oxford, 2009) is an Associate Professor for the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the School of Education. In addition, he serves as the current Chair for the School of Education Faculty Council. Prier uses prophetic criticism as an intellectual and methodological practice for interrogating transdisciplinary approaches to educational leadership within their moral, political, and social justice contexts. Dr. Prier uses popular culture (e.g. media, film, news, music, memoir, sports, etc.) as a cultural site by which the cultural production, reading, and evaluation of innovative practices in educational leadership might take shape. For educational leaders, prophetic criticism challenges traditional Western-based discourses, works across and between multiple theories/disciplines/cultural sites, and advocates for cross coalition building across and between diverse communities.

Academic Departments

There are three academic departments within the School of Education: the Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership (DEFL), the Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education (DILE), and the Department of Counseling, Psychology, & Special Education (DCPSE).  Each of our programs, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, are housed under one of these unique departments.


Duquesne University's Department of Counseling, Psychology & Special Education (DCPSE) prepares ethical leaders, distinguished by their academic and professional expertise, who respect the uniqueness and promote the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through teaching, scholarship, and service. This department houses master's programs, doctoral programs, and other certification/licensure programs including:

Master's Programs

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), M.S.Ed.
  • Addiction Counseling- M.S.
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling-M.S.
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling-M.S.
  • School Counseling-M.S.Ed
  • School Couneling for Certified Teachers-M.S.Ed.
  • Child Psychology- M.S.Ed.
  • Special Education: Cognitive, Behavior, Physical/Health Disabilities-M.S.Ed.
  • Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis-M.S.Ed.

Doctoral Programs

  • School Psychology-Ph.D.
  • School Psychology-Psy.D.
  • Counseling Education & Supervision-Ph.D.
  • Special Education-Ph.D.

Other Certification/Licensure

  • Autism Endorsement
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Exam Preparation 
  • Licensure as a Professional Counselor
  • School Counseling

As a true service department, the Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership (DEFL) prides ourselves on living the Duquesne University Mission of "serving God by serving students." We offer a range of classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our courses are integral not only to the study of teaching, evaluation, and educational leadership but also to disciplines across the university. In addition, our department houses a number of degree programs both at the master's and doctoral levels which train exemplary scholars and practitioners dedicated to fulfilling the School of Education's proud tradition of preparing educational leaders and conducting scholarship for schools.

The programs housed in this department include:

  • Education Administration (K-12)-M.S.Ed. & Pennsylvania Certification
  • School Supervision-M.S.Ed. & Pennsylvania Certification 
  • Higher Education Administration-M.S. 
  • Educational Leadership-Ed.D.

When students join a program in the Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education (DILE), their degree or credential(s) can take them anywhere. Collectively, our faculty has extensive experience in local schools as well as national and international prominence in the areas of research and teaching. The Department of Instruction & Leadership in education houses teaching certification programs, master's degrees, doctoral degrees, and other certification programs. These programs include:

Teaching Certification

  • Early Childhood Education (PreK-4)-B.S.Ed. & MAT
  • Middle-Level Education (4-8)-B.S.Ed
  • Secondary Education (7-12): English-B.S.Ed & MAT
  • Secondary Education(7-12): Mathematics-B.S.Ed. & M.S.Ed
  • Secondary Education(7-12): Social Studies-B.S.Ed & M.S.Ed
  • Secondary Education(7-12): Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)-B.S.Ed & M.S.Ed
  • World Languages  - MAT

Master's Degree

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)-M.S.Ed.
  • Instructional Technology-M.S.Ed.
  • Reading and Language Arts-M.S.Ed.

Doctoral Degree

  • Educational Technology -Ed.D.

Other Certification

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Instructional Technology
  • Online Teaching Endorsement