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Educational Leadership

The University ... plays a significant role in preparing Ohio principals, with nearly 20 percent of the state's newly licensed principals graduating from the University of Dayton. Students of these principals also meet or exceed expectations at a higher rate than those of graduates of other Ohio principal license programs, according to the Education Preparation Performance Report, 2012, by the Ohio Board of Regents. (Grading Teachers, Jan. 4, 2013, UD News)

The Department of Educational Leadership offers graduate-level programs that prepare educational professionals to serve effectively at all levels of leadership in pre-kindergarten to grade 12 public, Catholic and other non-public schools.

We also seek to contribute to the knowledge base in school administration and provide service to all pre-kindergarten to grade 12 schools. With courses offered at our main campus, at satellite locations and online, our students can achieve their educational goals at their own pace while maintaining their professional responsibilities.

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a master's degree and a specialist degree. In addition, a related Ph.D. in educational leadership is available from the School of Education & Health Sciences. We also offer licensure programs for principals, CIPD and superintendents.

We offer six programs!

Our practices reflect our Catholic Marianist traditions and principles. We aspire to educate for the formation of faith; to provide an integral and quality education; to educate in the family spirit; to educate for service, justice and peace; and to educate for adaptation and change.

The Department of Educational Leadership offers graduate courses on its main campus in Dayton and at various off-campus locations.  In addition, all courses in the master's program and principal licensure program are also offered online. Learn more about online degree options >>

Master's Degree Programs >>


  • M.S.E. in Educational Leadership
  • M.S.E. with a Catholic School Leadership Concentration
  • Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) 

Licensure Programs >>


  • CIPD Licensure
  • Principal Licensure
  • Superintendent Licensure 

We offer three programs in conjunction with the Department of Teacher Education!

Our practices reflect our Catholic Marianist traditions and principles. We aspire to educate for the formation of faith; to provide an integral and quality education; to educate in the family spirit; to educate for service, justice and peace; and to educate for adaptation and change.

The Department of Educational Leadership offers graduate courses on its main campus in Dayton and at various off-campus locations.  In addition, all courses in the master's program and principal licensure program are also offered online.

Programs in Conjunction with the Department of Teacher Education

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SUMMER REGISTRATION


Graduate and Doctoral registration for the Summer 2014 term is set to begin March 27, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. Log into your Porches account (Flyers First Academics) for registration instructions >>

Educational Leadership Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service on behalf of students, institution, professions and communities. Let us know how we can help you today.
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Dolph, Ph.D., David A.

Chair, Department of Educational LeadershipFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Educational Leadership
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De Luca, Ph.D., Barbara 

Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research, and Associate Professor, Department of Educational LeadershipFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Doctorate of Educational Leadership, Educational Leadership
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Keivel, Janice 

Administrative AssociateStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Educational Leadership
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Kidder, Tammy 

Senior Administrative AssistantStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Educational Leadership
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Kowalski, Ph.D., Theodore 

Professor and Kuntz Family Chair in Educational AdministrationFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Educational Leadership, Doctorate of Educational Leadership
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Massucci, Ph.D., Rev. Joseph 

Associate ProfessorFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Educational Leadership
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Oldenski, SM, Br. Thomas 

Associate ProfessorFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Educational Leadership
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Pearn, Elizabeth 

Publications AssistantStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Educational Leadership
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Ridenour, Carolyn S.

Professor and Br. Joseph J. Panzer, S.M., Chair in EducationFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Educational Leadership, Doctorate of Educational Leadership
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Russo, J.D., Ed.D., Charles J.

Director, Doctor of Educational Leadership ProgramFull-Time FacultySchool of Law
College of Arts and Sciences: Prelaw
School of Education and Health Sciences: Doctorate of Educational Leadership, Educational Leadership
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Young, Ph.D., Pamela Cross

Assistant Professor and Director of AccreditationFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Educational Leadership, Office of the Dean

University of Dayton grads are in demand!

Students who earn a Master's degree in Educational Leadership can go on to earn the Principal license in the State of Ohio. With an additional 12 semester hours of coursework, the educator can go on to earn the Superintendent license to lead a school district. The Department of Educational Leadership also offers the Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development (CIPD), which prepares the educator to work as a Curriculum Director or as a Special Education Director. The Educational Specialist degree prepares the student to work in a school district's central office.

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We believe that the School of Education & Health Sciences offers some of the best academic and student-services programs. Our students are some of the most accomplished and motivated students anywhere. Explore the university for yourself. Use the links below to learn more about what it takes to be a Flyer.

Admissions Requirements


Students wishing to pursue a master’s degree in educational leadership are required to:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university.
  • Submit an application online.
  • Submit an official undergraduate transcript with bachelor’s degree and grade point average posted.
  • Hold an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For tests administered prior to August 1, 2011, a scaled score of 430 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from qualified professionals.
  • Submit a personal statement or a professional resume.

Let us know how we can help you!

Department of Educational Leadership
School of Education & Health Sciences
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, OH 45469

Phone: (937) 229-3755
Fax: (937) 229-3392

Janice Keivel
Administrative Associate
(937) 229-3755

Tammy Kidder
Senior Administrative Assistant
(937) 229-3288

Campuses


We offer classes at two locations in Dayton and one in the Columbus area! Please visit our campuses page to learn about the three campuses where you may attend classes >>