Master's degree programs

About our programs

Click on the links below to learn more about our master's degree options:

Master's degree in Education in Educational Leadership

Students may earn a master of science degree in Educational Leadership (M.S.E.) by successfully completing 30 semester hours of required coursework. The curriculum covers topics such as:

  • educational leadership
  • supervision and professional development
  • instructional leadership
  • curriculum
  • school law
  • internship
  • research
  • community relations
  • leadership in diverse communities
  • school finance

The Educational Leadership program serves as a stepping stone to obtaining a principal license or a Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development license. The principal license may be earned by completing 12 additional semester hours and providing evidence of two years of teaching experience under a standard teaching certificate. A student who has earned a principal license may choose to pursue a superintendent license.

Master's degree in Education in Educational Leadership with a Catholic School Leadership Concentration

The University of Dayton also offers a summer program for Catholic school educators on the main campus and online that prepares individuals to work as effective Catholic school leaders and administrators, meet state licensure requirements and accommodate individual goals. These students earn a master's degree in Educational Leadership (M.S.E.) with a Catholic School Leadership Concentration.

SEHS Graduate Tuition Award available

The School of Education and Health Sciences understands the financial burden of graduate education on educators in Catholic schools. Teachers and administrators employed full time by a Catholic school or diocese are eligible for the SEHS Graduate Tuition Award, which reduces tuition costs by 50 percent while the student pursues the online M.S.E. in Educational Leadership with a Catholic School Leadership Concentration.

The SEHS Graduate Tuition Award is available to teachers and administrators working full time in Catholic schools or diocesan offices and enrolled in online courses only.

Note: Students will be invoiced at the regular tuition rate until the department provides Financial Aid with student verification letters and accounts will be adjusted.

For more information, contact Janice Keivel.

Educational Specialist degree

Students who have completed a master's program may also earn an educational specialist degree (Ed.S.). The Ed.S. program is designed to enhance individual capabilities for educational leadership, and prepare graduates to work in a school district's central office. The program of study requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate work beyond the master's degree. The University of Dayton partners with Wright State University to offer this program, and courses may be taken on both campuses.

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