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Educational Leadership (PhD)

The University of Dayton's Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership program offers you the option to specialize in one of two areas:

  • PreK-12 School Administration: Designed to prepare educators for the following types of positions: Administrative roles in elementary and secondary education, educational researchers, consultants, professors of school administration. Students pursuing this concentration may take educator preparation programs which lead to a State of Ohio-issued license (principal or superintendent). Coordinator: Dr. David Dolph
  • Higher Education Administration: Comprises a seven-course sequence probing the important literature, concepts, and practices in higher education. Using reflective inquiry to generate right questions, moral inquiry to ground decisions and action inquiry to guide praxis, this program models an ongoing transformative process. Coordinator: Dr. Charles J. Russo


Residency is completed during the first three consecutive terms (fall, spring, summer) following admission to the program. A minimum of six semester hours of coursework must be completed in each of these terms.

Comprehensive exam

In addition to completing coursework and residency requirements, students must successfully complete written examinations based on the content of their coursework and dissertation research topics.

Scholarship available

The Dr. Ellis Joseph Scholarship is available to currently enrolled Ph.D. students who have been in the program for at least one academic year. The recipient must commit to write a dissertation in the general area of urban education. Dr. Joseph was Dean of the University of Dayton School of Education from 1973-95. He and his colleagues initiated the PhD in Educational Leadership program at UD.


Department of Educational Administration

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2963