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At the University of Dayton, we're dedicated to transformative education.

We believe in "building community." It's a distinctly Catholic, Marianist educational philosophy that gives our graduates a competitive edge. They are prepared to build strong learning communities based on compassion, justice and collaboration. Our graduates develop critical minds and compassionate hearts, honed by real-world experiences that are part of the curriculum, no matter what major they choose.

At the School of Education and Health Sciences, we offer an array of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Master of Physician Assistant Practice and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Teachers and administrators at public, private and Catholic schools may earn Master's degrees available online. Graduate degrees are also available in counseling and higher education as well as in health and sport sciences.


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We rank in the upper echelon of Catholic higher education for faculty productivity, externally funded research and prominence within national initiatives. We are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

We also are part of an elite national network of colleges and universities dedicated to radically changing the way students are prepared to teach. The reform initiative, Teachers for a New Era (TNE) Learning Network, is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Annenberg Foundation. It includes the premiere teacher preparation programs in the nation and focuses on disciplinary rigor, disciplinary studies and academically focused clinical experiences for pre-service teachers.

Academic success

Below are just a few of the examples of student and faculty success that can be found at the School of Education and Health Sciences:


Both here and across the region, partners in education, industry and government are collaborating to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) across disciplines from early childhood through college. We're fulfilling a tremendous national need by developing talent in fields at the root of the new economy.

We excel at urban and early childhood education:

  • Urban Teacher Academy prepares teachers to change the lives of urban schoolchildren.
  • Students in the Lalanne Program teach for at least two years in a Catholic urban school, live together in a faith community and receive free tuition for master's degree courses taken during the summers.
  • Bombeck Family Learning Center serves as a model for its approach to early childhood education.
  • Dayton Early College Academy, a high school operated by the University of Dayton and located in Fitz Hall, has received national attention for the way it's preparing high school students to earn a diploma as well as up to two years of college credit. DECA enjoys a 100 percent college acceptance rate. It's the only charter school in the country operated by a Catholic university, and it's the first early college in Ohio to enroll seventh graders.

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