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MAT Secondary Education, 7-12

Engage your passion for learning and teaching.

Program Info

The Secondary Education (7-12) graduate teacher education certification programs prepare you for Grade 7-12 classrooms in Pennsylvania and in many other states. The programs combine professional education with an academic curricula area in EnglishMathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics),or Social Studies, or Latin.

Those who are new to teaching will learn how to lead in the classroom. Those who are currently teaching and looking to teach a different grade level or subject area will be prepared with the skills for a smooth transition. Our graduate teacher education certification programs are nationally accredited and guided by standards from the State of Pennsylvania and national professional organizations. The program faculty are experts in their field. Students will complete formal classroom visits, known as field experiences, explore different perspectives, and be face-to-face with social justice issues in the field. With Duquesne's premier location, in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, candidates will have the opportunity to visit classrooms in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

In addition to field experiences in local and regional schools, you will have the opportunity to study abroad by student teaching for eight weeks in English-speaking classrooms in Italy, Ireland, or England.

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Application Procedures

Complete Duquesne University Online Graduate Application.

Submit Official transcripts.

Applicants who are a returning secondary education teacher must submit a copy of their Instructional I Teaching Certificate in their secondary content area.

Send application materials to:
Duquesne University School of Education
Office of Graduate Admissions
214A Canevin Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282



Materials will be reviewed by a graduate secondary education advisor. If the minimum program requirements are met, applicants will be asked to:

  • Attend an interview with the graduate secondary education program advisors
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from academic or professional contacts (no personal contacts)
  • Provide a one-page letter of intent, describing "why you want to become a teacher".

Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA*
  • Applicants seeking initial certification must have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA
  • Applicants who are returning secondary education teachers must have an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in secondary education content courses.

*Applicants are customarily expected to have a 3.0 grade point average, based on a four-point scale, in their undergraduate work. However, exceptions may be granted on a limited basis, in which there is substantial additional evidence of a student's academic competency. 

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 1

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Tuition and Aid

A Duquesne degree is an investment in your future. Join one of the nation's top-tier universities with the best value, considering cost and academic quality, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. At Duquesne, you'll become part of a community of nearly 9,500 students studying at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

In addition to graduate tuition rates, students may also incur fees for administrative services, room, and meals, if applicable. At Duquesne University, we believe that financing your education is a partnership between the student and the university. As part of that partnership, The School of Education offers financial assistance in many forms including:

  • Tuition awards between 25-35%
  • University-offered graduate assistantships are available for competitive applications.
  • 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% tuition award. This Lay Teacher award does not apply to the doctoral programs. Only one Duquesne University degree may be earned under this reduced tuition program. The Catholic School Lay Teacher & Administrator Award Form details information pertaining to this award.

For further assistance, please contact the Duquesne University Office of Financial Aid.

Federal government financial aid options:

In addition to awards and scholarships, you may be eligible for financial aid with the federal government. The federal government has loan options that can cover education and living costs. Loan forgiveness options are also available for those working inside and outside of the classroom, these include:

  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

For further assistance, please contact FedLoan Servicing.

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Rachel Ayieko

Rachel Ayieko, Ph.D.

Program Director
Assistant Professor
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

G4B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1164
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Rachel Ayieko (Ph.D., Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education, Michigan State University, 2014) is an Assistant Professor and Program Director. She has been teaching mathematics methods and content to PK-12 pre-service teachers since 2014. A former high school mathematics teacher (1993-2001) and middle-level college lecturer (2004-2008), Dr. Ayieko focuses her teacher education classes around "productive struggle" to promote problem-solving. Her research explores the opportunities to learn mathematics, mathematics teacher education, teacher quality, and equitable practices using comparative large scale data analysis and classroom observation schemes.

Karen Levitt

Karen Levitt, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

409A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6103
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Karen Levitt (Ed.D., Science Education with Administration and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1996) a former classroom teacher, is an associate professor in the Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education. Dr. Levitt primarily teaches science methods courses in the PreK4 and Middle Level programs, although she also teaches a variety of other courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels including Intro to the Teaching Profession. Her academic interest is in observing how teachers change their practices and their beliefs, especially when teaching science. Her goal through all of her courses is to for teachers to develop a curiosity and passion for education that they will in turn pass along to their students. Dr. Levitt has developed a national reputation for a course titled, Teaching Science with Toys, for which she was awarded the Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award. Dr. Levitt has consulted with area school districts on issues of strategic planning, student assessment, and curriculum development. Dr. Levitt has made scholarly and clinical presentations at state, national, and international conferences and has had several articles published in professional journals. Dr. Levitt earned her doctorate and master's degree in education at the University of Pittsburgh and her undergraduate degree in elementary education at Miami University (Oxford, OH).

Jason Margolis

Jason Margolis, Ph.D.

Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

413 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6106
Curriculum Vitae
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Jason Margolis (Ph.D. Teacher Education, University of Michigan, ‘03) served as DILE Department Chair from 2011 to 2018. A former New York City public high school English teacher (1993-1999), Dr. Margolis focuses his teacher education classes around "3rd space approaches" to engage diverse learners. His research explores the intersection of school change, teacher professional development, and teacher leadership.

Carla Meyer

Carla Meyer, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Teacher Education
Associate Professor
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

G14 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5837
Curriculum Vitae
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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.

Jason Ritter

Jason Ritter, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

414A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4515
Curriculum Vitae
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Jason Ritter (Ph.D., Social Studies Education, University of Georgia, 2008) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education and currently serves as Department Chair. A former public high school Social Studies teacher in Georgia, Dr. Ritter understands his teaching as a process of critical inquiry capable of fulfilling the democratic mission of schooling, and teaches for advanced understanding of democratic citizenship. His research incorporates qualitative methodologies to explore social studies teacher education and the professional learning and development of teachers and teacher educators.

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