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Instructional Technology Certificate Program

Instructor and students with robot at table

Gain the skills to improve curriculum through the use of technology in or out of the classroom.

Program Info

This certification will allow students to gain the skills necessary to successfully integrate technology into classes and to support professional development using instructional technology. Students will have the opportunity to obtain 75 faculty-approved field experience hours and will complete a portfolio based on the Pennsylvania Department of Education Competencies. This convenient online program allows students to become certified in 15 credits, through five updated and flexible courses. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires 9 credits of special education course work and 3 credits of ESL coursework. Some applicants enter this program with this coursework complete, others who do not have this background can complete these additional credits while in the program. 

Our students learn cutting-edge techniques including Design Thinking and Computation Thinking. In our online classrooms, you can learn how to build a robot and how to integrate this type of technology and creativity into your future classroom to foster engagement and meet learning objectives.

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Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements (Domestic and International)

  • 3.0 GPA*
  • Due to higher education regulation changes, Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students residing in certain states. Before applying, please review the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

*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 (Domestic and International)

Duquesne University Online Application

Official undergraduate transcripts

Submit all domestic and international application materials to:

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



International Applicants Only

Duquesne University requires submission of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for all non-native English speaking applicants.

Score Requirements
All international students must receive a score of 550 (paper version) or 80 (online version) of the TOEFL Exam or a score of 7.0 on the IELTS Exam, current to within one year.

Additionally, the English as a Second Language program conducts a review of each matriculated student upon arrival to determine individual needs for English instruction to support success in their chosen degree program.

Visit International Admissions for additional information and requirements.

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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 applications. 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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Sandra Quiñones

Sandra Quiñones, Ph.D.

Program Director
Associate Professor
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

412A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4517
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Sandra Quiñones (Ph.D., Teaching, Curriculum & Change, University of Rochester, 2012),is Program Director for the Instructional Technology programs and an associate professor in the Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education at Duquesne University. Her qualitative scholarship focuses on Latina/o education and family-community engagement issues, with an emphasis on bicultural-bilingual elementary teachers’ experiences and perspectives of being well educated. She specializes in the application of Chicana/Latina feminist concept of trenzas/braids as a metaphorical-analytical tool in life history and narrative inquiry approaches. A former elementary teacher in Rochester, New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Quiñones teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy education courses. Since joining Duquesne University in July of 2013, she has worked collaboratively on a mixed methods research study of a supplemental literacy program, a qualitative single case study of an exemplary community school in Eastern Pennsylvania, and a community-engaged mixed methods study of a mindfulness-based professional development program being implemented at multiple educational institutions.

David Carbonara

David Carbonara, Ed.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education

327A Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.4039
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

David Carbonara (Ed.D., Science Education/Educational Research and Methodology, University of Pittsburgh, 1990) is a leading teacher-scholar in the field of instructional technology for classrooms and online learning environments. He is a former Director of Technology for a large school district. He also taught math and science courses in grades 7-12. His focus for teaching and research is how to prepare pre-service teachers and in-service technology innovators in STEAM education to engage students in computational thinking. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education and presents and publishes regularly.

Misook Heo

Misook Heo, Ph.D.

Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education

729 Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.1662
Curriculum Vitae
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Misook Heo (Ph.D., Information Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, 2000) enjoys teaching subjects that focus on scientific approaches toward how people learn and its practical implications in multimedia and interactive instructional design. Her research interests include informal learning, knowledge sharing, and information visualization. Dr. Heo was a Fulbright Scholar in 2014.

Joseph Kush

Joseph Kush, Ph.D.

Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education

327C Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.1151
Curriculum Vitae
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Joseph Kush (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Arizona State University, 1984) is a Professor of Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He serves on the editorial boards of several school psychology, technology, and assessment journals. His research interests include intellectual assessment and issues of test bias and test fairness for children from minority backgrounds and issues related to instructional technology. He is also strongly committed to issues of social justice. He is an accomplished guitarist and uses Macintosh computers exclusively.

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