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Become an Educator: Teacher Certification Programs

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Born to lead, driven to inspire.

Undergraduate Teacher Certification

For our undergraduate students, the Leading Teacher Program is designed to support you in becoming a leading teacher. Becoming a learning theorist, a curriculum designer, an expert in school content, a master practitioner, and an instructional leader are five domains critical to becoming a leader in the classroom. The curriculum is taught by faculty who are leaders themselves. You will learn to lead in the Pre-K-4, Middle Level (4-8), or Secondary (7-12) classroom. While enrolled in the program, you will complete a set of core experiences in teaching methodology and participate in guided fieldwork, as well as complete the university core classes. The five domains are infused with three themes of Leadership, Diversity, and Technology. The Leading Teacher Program curriculum bases the learning experiences of becoming a teacher in social justice and professional ethics at the heart of becoming a teacher at Duquesne.

Our undergraduate teacher education certification programs are nationally accredited and guided by standards from the State of Pennsylvania and national professional organizations. Freshman and Transfer students accepted to our School of Education are eligible to receive a 50% tuition scholarship. These scholarships are renewable for four years of undergraduate study as long as the student remains enrolled full-time in the School of Education.

Graduate Teacher Certification

For our graduate students who are looking to teach a different grade level or subject area, or for our graduate students who are new to the teaching profession, Duquesne University's graduate teacher certification programs will allow you to learn the skills you need to further your career. The core experiences found within The Leading Teaching program are also found within the curriculum of the graduate certification programs. Our program teaches you to be a leader in the PreK-4 or Secondary (7-12) classroom.

Our graduate teacher education certification programs are nationally accredited and guided by standards from the State of Pennsylvania and national professional organizations. Depending upon the program and eligibility, our awards range from 25%-60% towards tuition.