Duquesne University

School of Education

School Administration K-12


600 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.Ed.School Administration K - 12

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The building-level leadership program is designed for candidates seeking a Master of Science (M.S. Ed.) in Education Administration K - 12 / Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Principal Certification.  Coursework involves 30 semester hours.  For certification, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires each candidate to have completed three years of professional experience in an educational setting that is related to the instructional process and earned a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.  Additionally, the principal candidate is required to participate in 360 hours of authentic simulations in field experience and practicum that include a minimum of 180 hours of job embedded internship split between the elementary, middle, and secondary school.  Many of the required hours are course embedded.  A choice of venue is available to candidates enrolled in this program. On campus and off-site cohorts are available.  Face to face, online and hybrid formats are utilized.

School Supervision Concentrations

The district-level leadership program enables candidates to develop competencies needed to meet the criteria for a Pennsylvania Supervisor’s Certificate.  A master’s degree is a prerequisite to entering the program and certification will not be granted until the candidate has completed five years of certified experience in a specialization field and earned a passing score on the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision Assessment.  Course programs are currently offered for certificates in Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services, Supervisor of School Guidance Services and Supervisor of Special Education.  Single subject supervisory is available but rarely requested.

Standards, Outcomes, and Topics


Program Standards used are ISLLC, ELCC, PA-PIL, and the Leading Teacher Program themes and domains.  The development of cognitive and affective behaviors in administration, leadership, management, supervision, and curriculum are identified in twelve program outcomes. Duquesne University is the home of the UCEA Center for Transformation and Social Justice.  There is a rigorous core of courses, and students in the Program for School Administration and Supervision will study and discuss; Leadership Theory, Systems Thinking, Improvement Science, Applied Research,  Culturally Relevant Leadership, Ethical Decision Making, Education Law, Community Involvement, Budgeting and Finance, Politics, Communications, Leadership Etiquette, and a variety of other topics necessary to strong administrative skills for educational leadership.


NCATE-National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education,PDE-Pennsylvania Department of Education Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, UCEA-University Council for Educational Administration,ELCC-Edu. Leadership Constituent Council

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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