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New Flexible Format for Educational Leadership Ph.D.

The University of Dayton's long-standing Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership is expanding its offerings and reach by moving to a flexible hybrid format. Starting in fall 2024, students may opt to attend classes in-person at our Dayton, Ohio, campus or online via state-of-the-art web conferencing and distance learning technology. 

The hybrid format advances the program's goals of remaining responsive to students' complex realities balancing work and family while pursuing a Ph.D. It will also bring our inquiry-based student-centered course experiences to students all over the globe, adding further depth and excellence to the vibrant learning community built through the program.

Classes will be held concurrently in person and online. Students local to the University of Dayton will be able to attend class in person, using a classroom equipped with Electronic Simultaneous Multi-Site classroom technology. While some students may choose to spend the entire semester learning remotely, this option will also allow a student who is out of town for work or home with a sick child to log in to still attend class.

Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program is designed for educators who are committed to providing leadership at elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels. Students in the program choose between two concentration areas: PK-12 School Administration or Higher Education. Students pursuing the PK-12 concentration may take courses which lead to a State of Ohio-issued principal or superintendent license. 

The program prepares transformative and culturally proficient scholar-practitioners who:

  • Value research and practical knowledge while collaborating and engaging in continuous inquiry on professional concerns.
  • Contribute to the generative exchange of ideas and to the extension of professional, academic, and community-based funds of knowledge.
  • Commit themselves to building inclusive and equitable communities of practice.

For more information about the program, including application requirements and instruction, visit the Educational Leadership Ph.D. program webpage.

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