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Program Structure

A Balance of Electives and Required Courses

The program's 30 graduate credits are organized into two specific categories-Electives and Required Courses. This structure affords exceptional flexibility for students in the program to create a distinctive program of study to match a variety of individual needs and professional goals.


Candidates in the M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies can choose 18 additional credits from any Department in the Graduate School of Education or any other master level course at Duquesne University for which they qualify. Candidates can select courses to deepen or expand content knowledge and technical skill.

Required Coursework

The program requires that candidates complete a minimum of 12 graduate credits from the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership - with three of those twelve credits earned in educational research.

A representative list of eligible courses follows:

Eligible Graduate Educational Research Courses
(Students select one course.)

GREV 500 Statistics in Behavioral Research (3 credits)
GREV 525 Educational Research Literacy (3 credits)
GREV 701 Research Methods & Design (3 credits)
GREV 721 Theoretical Foundations of Qualitative Research (3 credits)

Eligible Graduate Courses
(Students select three courses.)

GFDE 503 Multicultural Education (3 credits)
GFDE 508 Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education (3 credits)
GFDE 510 Theories of the Teaching and Learning Process (3 credits)
GFDE 520 Motivation in Education (3 credits)
GFDE 552 Educational Psychology in Pre-K Elementary Classrooms (3 credits)
GFDE 553/554 Social Justice in Educational Setting / Field Experience (3 credits)
GFDE 555 Foundations of Assessment Grades PreK-4 (3 credits)
GREV 501 Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
GREV 502 Proposal and Grant Writing (3 credits)
GREV 550 Instrument Design (3 credits)