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Thank you for your interest in Lalanne!

Lalanne, a post-graduate teacher service program, specializes in supporting beginning Catholic school educators by combining service and teaching.

Lalanne teachers make a two-year commitment to teach in an under-resourced Catholic school, live together in a faith-based community, and pursue professional and spiritual/personal development. Generally, under-resourced schools are identified as schools located in urban or inner-city areas where at least 35 percent of the students live in poverty.

Service in Lalanne is a commitment to making a difference in the lives of children who face unique challenges in their urban settings. Named in honor of Father Jean Baptiste Lalanne, the Lalanne program is an initiative of the Center for Catholic Education of the School of Education & Health Sciences at the University of Dayton.

Lalanne Interview Dates


Lalanne applicants and principles will be on campus for interviews on the following dates: 
March 12-14 and March 20-21.

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Explore the many reasons to become a Lalanne teacher!

Among the many benefits of the Lalanne program are the following:

  • Answering your call to teach
  • Living in a supportive community with other Lalanne teachers
  • Monthly faith sharing with a chaplain
  • Two summers on the University of Dayton Campus for graduate studies and community formation
  • Winter retreat to renew friendships and spirits
  • School mentor
  • Living stipend of $16,000 per year
  • Loan deferment while in the program

LEARN AND LIVE IN COMMUNITY


At the University of Dayton, community is a key component of your education. With teaching as a connection, you’ll live in community where you can give and receive support – personal, professional and spiritual. As a community, you’ll determine a weekly pattern of community meals and shared time that fits your schedule. Teachers often live in former rectories, convents or parish houses in the cities that Lalanne serves.

We currently support Lalanne communities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Flint and Lansing, Michigan.  

SPIRITUAL GROWTH


As a Lalanne teacher, you will have the opportunity to enrich your connection to your faith and to strengthen your beliefs.

Orientation activities, retreat, living in community, discussions with colleagues and daily interactions with students provide times for you to reflect on your personal faith journey. Each Lalanne community is also assigned a diocesan contact, a person who acts as a local reference for faith activities that you may wish to explore and who assists you with living in community.

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We are committed to education, community, and leadership.

Mission Statement


To nurture the professional and spiritual development of new teachers committed to education, community, and leadership in the Marianist tradition, with the intention of revitalizing under-resourced Catholic schools through the teaching ministry of Christ.

Vision Statement


The University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education embodies Marianist values to serve and lead the local, national, and global Catholic School Community through collaboration, research and creative action.

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We offer several degree programs!

You can earn the following master's degrees from the University of Dayton through our Lalanne program:

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION and HEALTH SCIENCES (M.S.E.)


  • Teacher as Leader, M.S.E. The goal is to support the continued development of critical reflection, enhancement of professional practice, and meaningful contributions to community, which is designed for teachers who would like to become involved in a leadership position while still maintaining teaching responsibilities. Areas of concentration include Leadership, Literacy, Special Education, and Technology.
  • Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, M.S.E. This program is designed for individuals who want to pursue additional study in a discipline or content area as well as in the education profession, including in Special Education.
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning, M.S.E. (online only) This concentration prepares candidates to integrate technology-enhanced learning into their own teaching and to assist other professionals in their schools.
  • Literacy, M.S.E. (online only) This program prepares teachers to assume professional and leadership roles related to literacy in a school setting.

Masters in Mathematics Educations (M.M.E.)


This degree was developed to meet the needs of mathematics teachers who are now required to complete a master's degree program in their content area or general education in order to maintain a provisional teaching license for a second renewal. Only for those with a Bachelor's in Mathematics Education. Learn more about the program >>


RELIGIOUS STUDIES MAJORS


  • M.S.E., Interdisciplinary Educational and Religious Studies

NON-EDUCATION MAJORS


  • Initial licensure in content area

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what are the benefits to life as a Lalanne teacher?

Among the many benefits of the Lalanne program are the following:

  • Answering your call to teach
  • Living in a supportive community with other Lalanne teachers
  • Monthly faith sharing with a chaplain
  • Two summers on the University of Dayton Campus for graduate studies and community formation
  • Winter retreat to renew friendships and spirits
  • School mentor
  • Living stipend of $16,000 per year
  • Loan deferment while in the program

In the words of a Lalanne teacher


Image of Alyssa FliggeBut don't take our word for it! See what a teacher in the Lalanne Program has to say!

"I would strongly encourage someone to consider a program like Lalanne, because it really is the best of both worlds. There is a strong emphasis on service through teaching, but there also is support and genuine camaraderie within the communities. When I go home—whether from grad school or teaching—I know that there are loving, understanding, and faithful people who are going through similar experiences there for me. Additionally, the program was a perfect fit for me, because it balances real-world teaching experiences with the professional development of a Master's degree. As a young teacher, I can build rapport and credibility by getting my feet on the ground during my first years teaching, and I also have more credibility as a teacher since I am working towards another degree. I could not be happier with my Lalanne experience thus far! I get real teaching experience, a Master's degree, experience in a new city, and support through community living. It is a great transition into independent adulthood."

—Alyssa Fligge, Lalanne Teacher

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Let us know how we can help you today.

Our faculty and staff are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service on behalf of students, institution, professions and communities.
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Mergler, Jacinta 

Director, Lalanne ProgramStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Center for Catholic Education
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Brun, Peggy 

Coordinator, Lalanne ProgramStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Center for Catholic Education

Not sure? Have questions? Contact us!

Lalanne logoLalanne Program
Center for Catholic Education
School of Education & Health Sciences
Chaminade Hall, Room 313
300 College Park Drive
Dayton, OH 45469-0531

Phone: 937-229-3778
Fax: 937-229-3670

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Peggy Brun
Coordinator, Lalanne Program
937-229-3177

Jacinta Mergler
Director, Lalanne Program
937-229-3928

CONTRIBUTIONS


Our mission is to serve Catholic schools. If you are able to join us in this mission through a donation, please go to University of Dayton Giving >>

  • Under Gift Information, Direct Gift Information, select "Other."
  • In Comments section, write "Lalanne Program."

Thank you for your support!

Lalanne Program Affiliation

Image of UCCE logoLalanne is a member of the University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE). For more information on Catholic Education service programs, please visit UCCE >>

CCE Live on Radio Maria!

Radio Maria logoListen to representatives, members and affiliates of UD's Center for Catholic Education live on Radio Maria! 

January 22, 2014, with Susan Ferguson, Director of the CCE, and Dr. Toni Moore, Director of the St. Remy Initiative >>

Past podcasts >>