The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

"Leadership that engages the mind, heart, and spirit in the moment of action." Learn to venture beyond problem solving to engage educational issues with skill and courage.

Program Info

The world needs transformative leaders in education-individuals whose passion for educational quality and equity is matched by a knowledge of learning and development; a firm grasp of public policy issues; and, the organizational leadership skills to translate visionary ideas into real-world success. Our graduates are uniquely prepared for systems-level leadership in schools and universities, nonprofits and philanthropies, mission-driven for-profits, and state and national educational organizations.

A Quarter Century Legacy of Success
In educational leadership, experience matters. Sharing those experiences can generate insights that are hard to come by in other ways. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Duquesne University has produced exceptional educational leaders for schools, universities, and communities for over a quarter century. Our graduates currently serve the needs of children and youth in Pre-K 12 classrooms, organizational boardrooms, and university administration buildings across the country and around the world. Apply today to join an exceptional community of ethical leaders equipped with the courage and intellectual discernment to lead systems-level improvements for social justice as university administrators, principals, superintendents, assistant superintendents, curriculum directors, counselors, leaders of non-profits, and directors of message driven for profits.

Enjoy Immediate Benefits
Our cohort members are regularly promoted within their current organization or secure a leadership position in another educational organization while still candidates in our three-year doctoral program. Up your profile, increase your impact, as you apply what you learn to the challenges and opportunities of real-world practice in real time with confidence.

Profit from a Schedule That Honors the Life Demands of Working Professionals
Our 3-year program is built on a cohort-learning model of collaborative professionals (school leaders, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, principals, teachers, and university administrators) who progress through the program together. The 36-month, 54-credit program is delivered on campus during 8 full-day Saturday sessions in the Fall (6 credits), 8 full-day Saturday sessions in the Spring (6 credits), and 8 full week-day seminars each July.

Strategically Designed Curriculum
Our curriculum balances multidisciplinary coursework with real-world issues to promote learning inside of educational leadership practice. All courses taught by the full time faculty in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership. These renowned scholars are recognized for their expertise and research in the areas like evidence-based improvement, policy analysis, program evaluation, culturally relevant pedagogy, classroom assessment, organizational improvement and innovation, immigration, social justice, and effective educational leadership for schools, universities, and communities. Our dynamic curriculum is responsive and relevant to the challenges real leaders face and will empower you to better serve children and youth in public and private schools, colleges and universities, educational organizations, and communities.  


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Admission

A maximum of 10 students will be admitted into the July, 2021 Ed.D in Educational Leadership cohort based on their academic qualification, appropriate experience, and application packet quality. Admission decisions are made without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

Five years of educational experience or experience in a related field is preferred. The admission committee will not consider incomplete applications.

All applications must be received by noon, Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Note: Applications received after February 18 may be considered on a rolling basis if slots remain open in the cohort. Those who submit by the February 18, 2021 deadline will be considered for graduate assistantships and other supportive funding before late applicants.

Admission Criteria

  • Master's degree in education or related field
  • Five years of experience in PK-12 Schools or related educational field preferred
  • A 3.0 in graduate work
  • Completed application packet
    • Cover Letter
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Professional Resume
    • 2 essays
    • Transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate work

Admission Process and Deadlines:

  • Completed application packet due no later than Thursday, February 18, 2021
  • Phone Interviews occur last weeks of February, 2021
  • Group interview will take place Saturday, March 20, 2021
  • Successful applicants notified end of March
  • Classes begin Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Admission Events Calendar

In response to COVID-19 and in accordance with guidelines from federal and county agencies, all On-Campus Information Sessions, Class Visits, and Coffee and Conversation sessions with the Program Director and faculty have been canceled until further notice.

We are very sorry for this inconvenience. We know many of you enjoy visiting our campus and sitting in on a class session, but it is our responsibility to do our part to protect the public and our campus community.

Admission Events Calendar (All Events Held via Zoom)

Browse all of our upcoming Fall, 2020 admission events. Check out our calendar regularly. Sign up to receive personalized invitations and information. To make sure you are on our list and first to hear about the dates of our exciting admission events, send a request to: edleadership@duq.edu providing your name, email address, and requesting admission events updates. All events held via Zoom.

Saturday, September 12, 2020, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (Pittsburgh Time)
Chat with the Director, Join Dr. Connie Moss for an interactive overview of the program. Get your questions answered and learn about the program.

Date and Time TBA
Diverse Perspectives, Chat with Program Director and a group of alumni who represent schools, universities, and community organizations.

Date and Time TBA
Real Talk, Chat with current students about the realities of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Program.

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Professional Impact, Chat with Alumni and students about the impact of the program on their professional lives. Over 60% of our cohort members are promoted or are hired in a different organization for a position of increased stature.

Date and Time TBA
Balancing Act, Chat with Alumni and Current cohort members the built in structures that allow working professionals to balance job, home, and academic lives.

All applications must be received by 4:00 PM, Thursday, February, 18, 2021.
Download the Following Application Resources:
Application Packet Guide and Instructions

Submit application materials to:
soegrad@duq.edu
or
School of Education
Office of Graduate Admissions
Duquesne University
214 Canevin Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

In addition to completing all the requirements of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Application packet detailed above, all applicants must complete Duquesne University's online application.


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Tuition and Aid

A Duquesne degree is an investment in your future and increases in value over time. 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. By making this investment in yourself, you will receive the highest level of academic quality from our highly regarded, diverse faculty who are at the forefront of the field of education. 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.

University-offered graduate assistantships are available for competitive application. For graduate assistantships offered by the School of Education, please contact the Program Director or Chair of the Department for your desired program.

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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Faculty

Connie Moss

Connie Moss, Ed.D.

Program Director
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

406 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4038
moss@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Connie Moss (Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Duquesne University, ‘96) has served as Director of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Duquesne University since 2015. A former public school teacher and curriculum director (1978--1996), she authored best selling books on formative assessment that established a “Learning Target Theory of Action” to promote deep student learning and raise student achievement and educator effectiveness. Her research engages educators at the nexus of classroom assessment, educational leadership, educator impact, and social justice. She is deeply committed to programs and initiatives that foster the education, health, and safety of all children, the development, growth, and respect of women, and the eradication of violence against women and girls in all of its forms.


Liliana Castrellon

Liliana Castrellón, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

410A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1213
castrellonl@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Liliana E. Castrellón (Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at Duquesne University. Her research lies at the intersections of immigration and education policy. She analyses the ways in which immigration and education policy intersect and affect the educational trajectories of students with immigrant backgrounds, in particular undocumented students. Her work has been has been featured in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Bilingual Research Journal, Information Age Publishing, Routledge, SAGE Encyclopedias, and IGI Global. Dra. Castrellón also is active in national conferences such as University Council for Educational Administration, Association of the Study of Higher Education, American Educational Research Association, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, and the Critical Race Studies in Education Administration.


Gretchen Givens Generett

Gretchen Givens Generett, Ph.D.

Interim Dean
Professor
Department Chair of Educational Foundations & Leadership
Director of the UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice
Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Community Outreach

107 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1890
generettg@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Gretchen Givens Generett (Ph.D., Foundations of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel). Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett leads the School of Education as the interim dean. Her work supports adult development by creating learning experiences that are generative, that serve disempowered groups, are co-created, and that are built with communities through actions that break down barriers to deeper understandings of group processes.


Gibbs Kanyongo

Gibbs Kanyongo, Ph.D.

Interim Department Chair
Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

410E Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5190
kanyongog@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Gibbs Kanyongo [Gibbs Kanyongo, Ph.D. [Educational Research and Evaluation (Statistical Analyses & Design), Ohio University, 2004] is Professor of Educational Statistics and Research and the Interim Chair of the Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership. His research interests are in the areas of statistics education, multivariate analyses of large-scale datasets, and international mathematics education. His work has been published in several peer -reviewed journals and he has presented his work at several international, national, and regional conferences. Dr. Kanyongo served as an Associate Editor for the journal, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice from 2006 to 2009. He is the previous chair of the Research and Methodology division of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association. He is an active member of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. Dr. Kanyongo served as a PI and Co-PI on several grant-funded evaluation projects. He also served on a panel of expert reviewers to evaluate the Center for Disease Control (CDC) grant proposals. He also served as an external examiner at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, and The University of South Africa. He teaches courses in: quantitative research methods, univariate statistics, multivariate statistics, and statistics modeling courses in the School of Education, and together with a colleague, Dr. Kanyongo was awarded the Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award in 2005.


Rick McCown

Rick McCown, Ph.D.

Pierre Schouver Endowed Chair
Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

101B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5856
mccown@duq.edu
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Rick McCown (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Indiana University, 1980) is a Professor of Education and the Pierre Schouver, C.S.Sp. Endowed Chair in Mission. He has served as Department Chair and as Interim Dean of the School of Education. He teaches educational psychology course to undergraduates who aspire to teach and improvement inquiry to doctoral students. His research efforts focus on community-engaged educational improvement as well as the educational applications of restorative and disruptive justice.


Amy Olson

Amy Olson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

405A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5712
olsona@duq.edu
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Amy Olson (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Arizona, 2014) is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Classroom Assessment in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at Duquesne University. Her research is primarily focused on the ways in which student, teacher, and principal self-beliefs and beliefs about academic content influence instruction and assessment decisions. Although much of her work has taken place in mathematics classrooms, she is also interested in issues of equity more broadly. Her teaching focuses on supporting future teachers to create engaging learning environments in which learning is made visible to both students and teachers.


Carol Parke

Carol Parke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

412C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6101
parke@duq.edu
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Carol Parke (Ph.D., Research Methodology, University of Pittsburgh, 1998) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership. Dr. Parke's early research focused on the impact of middle school math performance assessments and using psychometric analysis to improve items and rubrics. She also examined the impact of large scale math performance assessments and their alignment with math teaching in the classroom. Recent research has focused upon math teachers’ beliefs, mindsets, and classroom practices that support equitable math instruction.


Darius Prier

Darius Prier, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

101D Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4470
prierd@duq.edu
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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.


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