Mission & Vision

Mission & vision

The mission of the School of Education and Health Sciences is "Building learning communities through critical reflection." Our vision is to prepare distinctive graduates who will effectively and efficiently utilize the highest quality of learning, leadership and scholarship to build strong learning communities and develop collaborative, caring partnerships.


Our work is framed by our Marianist heritage, which obligates us toward community-building and service to others. Our mission merges the practice of critical reflection with the broader obligation to foster a learning community that focuses on educational theory and practice. We create best practices by merging past practices and future needs to create a learning community that is responsive to current demands.

Our conceptual framework grounds all programs within the School of Education and Health Sciences. Outcomes common to all departments are expected of our graduates:

  • Embracing diversity for the promotion of social justice
  • Facilitating the development of scholarly practitioners
  • Building community
  • Engaging in critical reflection

Our curriculum fosters both specialization and integration. The collaborative curriculum of the school is most evident in our undergraduate programs, because of the ways faculty from the School of Education and Health Sciences and the College of Arts & Sciences work together.

As a student in the School of Education and Health Sciences, you'll experience new ideas and opportunities in ways that enable critical reflection. In turn, you'll be able to interpret, analyze and generalize your understandings in order to better shape your future.

Our graduate programs rely heavily on inquiry perspectives, either through research or field experience.  Graduate candidates are expected to actively question the purposes of schooling and to discern the meaning of what educators as learners are expected to do in order to fulfill their responsibilities to the profession.

Clinical, internship and field experiences are essential elements of our undergraduate and graduate programs, and those experiences are incorporated in our programs in a way that enhances our students.

We seek to prepare professionals who possess both the disciplinary understanding and pedagogical skills needed to create value-added learning environments. In order to ensure authentic professional success, our students and graduates must know how to work in diverse settings and how to access and use the most scientifically-based and relevant findings to guide their professional work.

Our Marianist heritage

The philosophy and practice of the School of Education and Health Sciences is grounded in the Marianist heritage of the University of Dayton. Marianists lead and serve because they believe the more people they help to develop compassionate hearts and critical minds, the better our world will be.

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School of Education and Health Sciences

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