M.S.Ed. School Supervision

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Become the educational leader who improves school settings for generations of learners with supervisory practice and sound student-centered leadership.

Program Info

The M.S.Ed. School Supervision program develops requisite supervisory skills as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and prepares students to function in district-level leadership positions. Students will develop cognitive and affective skills in leadership, management, and supervision.
This program offers three certification track options:

  • District-Wide Supervisory Certificate, Curriculum & Instruction
  • District-Wide Supervisory Certificate, Pupil Personnel Services
  • Single Area Supervisory Certificates, K-12 i.e.
    • Foreign Languages
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Reading
    • School Guidance Services
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Special Education

Graduates of the Master's of Science in Education in School Supervision program will be able to:

  • Apply the principles and concepts of Pupil Personnel Services in the school setting.
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written form.
  • Understand individual and group dynamics that will enable you to employ the qualities of empathy and respect in making decisions and in working with others. 

The curriculum (Curriculum & Instruction, Pupil Personnel Services, or Single Subject) includes a field-based internship, with guidance from a mentor of a student's choosing, in the mentor's home school or a school in their immediate area.

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Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA*
  • Graduates with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college, university, or seminary and a teaching certificate will be considered for admission.
  • Admission decisions are based primarily on the applicant's previous academic record as shown by official transcripts.

*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. 

Admission Materials

Duquesne University Online Application

Official transcripts from an accredited college, university, or seminary
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.

Resume that documents competence and effectiveness in professional work

One Letter of Recommendation prior to acceptance

  • Name and email address of recommender is needed
  • Recommender will receive an email prompting them to upload their recommendation for the applicant
  • Recommendation must be from individual who can speak about the applicant's academic/professional abilities (i.e. administrator/supervisor recommendation)
  • Note: Family, friends, and professional colleagues are not acceptable references

Send application materials to:

Duquesne University School of Education
Office of Graduate Admissions
214A Canevin Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282



Admission Procedure

After the application for admission and transcripts have been favorably reviewed by faculty, the Graduate Office will send the applicant official notification of admission to graduate study.

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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:

  • University-offered graduate assistantships are available for competitive application
  • 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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Fran Serenka

Fran Serenka, Ed.D.

Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

312 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5274
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Fran Serenka (Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Duquesne University, 2009) is a leading practitioner-scholar in the areas of education leadership, administration, and supervision. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Leadership Development Center offering professional development for educational leaders in the areas of customized learning, innovation, and collaboration helping organizations implement the most effective leadership practices. Dr. Serenka has presented in a variety of local, state, and national forums on strategic planning, program funding, and creating school cultures of excellence. Education law, policy, finance, and a continuum of care and support for students are her areas of expertise. Her research interests include leadership, resiliency and social/emotional wellness for students and school communities. Dr. Serenka remains active in the PK-12 schools and community by teaching and supervising internships and practicum experiences for program participants in collaboration with practicing educational leaders and practitioners. She also collaborates with school and district leaders nationally to remain current in practice.

Carol Parke

Carol Parke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

412C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6101
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

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.

Adjunct Faculty

Mr. Norman Catalano
Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. William Englert
Supervision and Evaluation

Dr. L. Rob Furman
Elementary School Administration and Management

Dr. Robert Furman
Middle Level School Practice and Organization

Jake McElligott, J.D.
School Law

Dr. Nina Sacco
Secondary School Administration and Management

Mr. Jack Tachoir
Pupil Personnel and Student Services

Program Expert Consultants

Charles Lanna, B.S., C.P.A.
Certified Public Accountant
Director of Finance - Consultant

Susan Tarasevich, Ed.D.
Clinical Educator in Prevention
Addiction Medicine Services
Western Psychiatric Hospital - UPMC

Sergeant William Vrbin
Penn Hills Police Department, Retired
School Safety and Crises Management

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