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Special Education Programs

Who We Are

Since its inception in 1964, the philosophy of Duquesne University's Special Education program has been one that acknowledges the dignity and uniqueness of each individual. Our mission is to prepare skilled educators who will maximize the potential for achieving a meaningful quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Our graduates serve as advocates recognizing that disability is a natural part of the human experience and that individuals with disabilities have a right to support allowing for full participation in the social, economic, and educational mainstream of life. Therefore, we are committed to the preparation of leaders distinguished not only by their academic and professional expertise, but also by their ethics and guided by consciences sensitive to the needs of global society.The philosophy and mission of the special education programs are rooted in the Duquesne University and School of Education Mission stressing excellence, values and a commitment to serve:

How We Prepare You

  • Our graduate curriculum in special education is designed to facilitate your development of state-of-the-art competencies.
  • Coursework is built on the three fundamental themes of the School of Education's Leading Teacher Program- leadership, technology, and diversity.
  • The curriculum helps you build the knowledge and skills in the five domains (Learning Theorist, Curriculum Designer, Expert in School Context, Instructional Leader, Master Practitioner) that provide the theoretical framework of professional development in the School of Education.
  • The knowledge base, skills, and dispositions of the program of study reflect Content Standards, Common Core Knowledge requirements, and the Individualized General Curriculum and Individualized Independence Curriculum standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).