Duquesne University

School of Education

Educational Leadership


600 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Ed.D. Educational Leadership Program in Duquesne University’s School of Education enjoys a national reputation and a proud legacy of preparing educational leaders of distinction beginning with the programs first graduating class in 1996.  Recently reorganized as a 36-month accelerated experience, the program focuses on developing leaders for schools, districts, and other educational organizations and agencies working to improve education and learning opportunities for children and youth. Each year, the program admits a select and diverse cohort of 15 students who collaboratively develop the skills to address today’s educational issues with integrity conviction. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Program curriculum, aligned with the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC)Standardsand framed by core beliefs in social justice, community engagement and improvement research—intentionally develops educational leaders who engage their minds, hearts, and spirits in the moment of action.  Cohort members learn to critically analyze contemporary educational issues through evidence-based collaborations with professors, educational administrators and practitioners, and colleague doctoral students.  Beginning in their first semester and continuing across the three-year program, doctoral students hone their leadership skills by advancing strategic educational initiatives and addressing real-world issues of practice guided by a mentor of their choosing from the field.  Program graduates can qualify for the Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility by completing two additional courses.

Duquesne’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program was one of 22 research universities selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2007 to participate in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)—an ongoing effort to rethink and redesign the professional doctorate in education to better serve those who aspire to practice educational leadership. Duquesne’s School of Education is a member institution in the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a consortium comprising the top 10% of universities granting doctoral degrees in educational leadership. Duquesne’s School of Education is home to the UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice, one of only eight UCEA centers in the nation. As a result, the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Program reflects its cutting-edge efforts in CPED, its role as a national center for educational leadership and social justice, and the unique identity of Duquesne’s School of Education. 


NCATE - National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education PDE - Pennsylvania Department of Education Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools UCEA - University Council for Educational Administration

International Student Requirements:

Please see the program website for additional details.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Duquesne University's Office of Financial Aid provides information regarding loan opportunities. Special military/veteran tuition rates are available for some programs.

Locale: Large City

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