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.

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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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A maximum of 10 students will be admitted into the July 2022 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 17, 2022.

Note: Applications received after February 17 may be considered on a rolling basis if slots remain open in the cohort. Those who submit by the February 17, 2022 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
      If your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions.

Admission Process and Deadlines:

  • Completed application packet due no later than Thursday, February 17, 2022
  • Phone Interviews occur last weeks of February 2022
  • Group interview will take place Saturday, March 26, 2022
  • Successful applicants notified end of March
  • Classes begin Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Admission Events Calendar 

Our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 admission events are scheduled to accommodate those who wish to come to campus or those who wish to speak privately with the director. If you are interested, please send your request to providing your name and email address.

Connect with us

Chat or Zoom with the Program Director, Dr. Rick McCown, at a time that is convenient for you. If you are interested in connecting, please email to schedule a time.

Coffee and Conversation, 10 a.m. to Noon, Saturdays

Visit our campus and join the Program Director, Dr. Rick McCown, for a pre-admission program overview experience where you will be able to discuss the details, visit a class and meet the students and faculty. The following Coffee and Conversation dates available are:

October 9, 2021
October 23, 2021
November 6, 2021
November 20, 2021
January 15, 2022
January 29, 2022

Application Information

All applications must be received by 4:00 PM, Thursday, February, 17 2022.

Download the Following Application Resources:
Application Packet Guide and Instructions

Submit application materials to:
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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Rick McCown

Rick McCown, Ph.D.

Program Director, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
Pierre Schouver Endowed Chair
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

106 C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5856
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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.

Liliana Castrellon

Liliana Castrellón, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Director of the UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

410 A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1213
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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 and the Director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice (CELSJ) 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. Dr. 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.

Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Community Outreach

107 A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1360
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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 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.

Department Chair
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

401 B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5190
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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 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.

Amy Olson

Amy Olson, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

101 C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5712
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Amy Olson (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Arizona, 2014) is the Director of Graduate Studies and 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.

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