Ed.D. 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 12 students will be admitted into the July, 2020 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, Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

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 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 Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
  • Phone Interviews occur end of February
  • On campus group interview Saturday, March 21, 2020. (At distance interview date will be announced to distance applicants).
  • Successful applicants notified end of March.
  • Classes begin Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Admission Events: Coffee/Conversation/Classroom Visits
Join us on the following Saturdays from 10:30 am to 11:30 a.m. to talk with the program director, meet the faculty, learn about the program, and sit in on a class:

  • September 28, 2019
  • October 12, 2019
  • October 26, 2019
  • November 23, 2019
  • January 11, 2020
  • January 25, 2020
  • February 8, 2020

All sessions held in 406 Canevin Hall • Complimentary Parking Forbes Avenue Parking Garage
RSVP: 412.396.4038 or email: edleadership@duq.edu

All applications must be received by noon, Tuesday, February, 18, 2020.

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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Connie Moss

Connie Moss, Ed.D.

Program Director
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

406 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4038
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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.

Launcelot Brown

Launcelot Brown, Ph.D.

Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

103B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1046
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Launcelot Brown (Ph.D, Educational Research, Evaluation, and Policy Studies, Virginia Tech University) is a Professor of Educational Research and Evaluation at Duquesne University. At Duquesne University he teaches courses in educational statistics. Dr. Brown is a former teacher, special educator for students with emotional and behavioral difficulties, and a former principal of the School for Deaf Children in Trinidad and Tobago. He has served on many national educational boards in Trinidad and Tobago, including the National Advisory Committee on Special Education. His research interests are in the area of school leadership, student achievement and school effectiveness, and inclusive education. In conducting his research, he utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Dr. Brown has been invited speaker and presented his work at several international, national, and regional conferences. He served as an Associate Editor for the journal, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice from 2006 to 2009 and is an active member of CIES and AERA where he is actively involved with the Caribbean and African Studies in Education SIG.

Liliana Castrellon

Liliana Castrellón, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

410A 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 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.

Chair of the Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership.
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

401B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1890
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Gretchen Givens Generett (Ph.D., Foundations of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel) joined the faculty in 2007. Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett is the Chair of the Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership. 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 of Educational Foundations & Leadership

410E Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5190
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Gibbs Kanyongo (Ph.D., Educational Research and Evaluation (Statistical Analyses & Design), Ohio University, 2004) is Professor of Educational Statistics and Research at Duquesne University. 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, American Educational Research Association and the American Evaluation Association. Dr. Kanyongo served as a PI and Co-PI on several grant-funded evaluation projects. Recently, he served on a panel of expert reviewers to evaluate the Center for Disease Control (CDC) grant proposals. He was also appointed to the board of Monticore Consulting Group (which is a Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research firm) as a Statistical Adviser. 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
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

101B 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.

Amy Olson

Amy Olson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

405A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5712
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Amy Olson (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Arizona, 2014) is an Assistant 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
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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 Dean for Teacher Education
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

101D Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4470
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Darius Prier (Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Miami University, Oxford, 2009) is the Associate Dean for Teacher Education and 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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