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Online Teaching Endorsement

Graduate student on laptop in hallway

Learn the aspects of what makes a quality online teacher and how to foster student development through a cyber community.

Program Info

The Online Teaching Endorsement program curriculum prepares candidates to successfully complete up to four classes (12 credits) in order to be recommended for a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) endorsement. In this program, candidates work to develop instructional lesson plans, create active learning environments in an online world, and assess student success.

If you are returning to Duquesne and you have completed GILT 512 - Design as well as GILT 513 - Development of Applications and GILT 518 - Assessment, you may have already completed three of the four courses necessary for the PDE Online Teaching Endorsement. The required courses needed to obtain the Online Teaching Endorsement are also courses needed to complete the M.S.Ed. Instructional Technology degree. Students who continue on to the Master's program in Instructional Technology will be eligible for additional financial aid.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, or minimum 3.0 GPA on the most recent 48 credits

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).

Admission Materials

Duquesne University Online Application

Official transcripts

Send 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

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

Visit International Admissions for additional information and requirements.

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.


David Carbonara

David Carbonara, Ed.D.

Program Director
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education

327A Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.4039
Curriculum Vitae
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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 has served as Program Director of Instructional Technology since 2004 and 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
Full Profile

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
Full Profile

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.