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Teacher Education

Educating future teachers with purpose & passion

As a UD Teacher Education student, you'll prepare to be an educator at the early, middle or secondary level. Students build learning communities through hands-on educational experiences and practical implementation of the curriculum. You'll learn not only from your professors, but from your classmates and your own students to become an outstanding educator.

Whether you're pursuing one of seven undergraduate degree programs to begin your journey, one of eight graduate degree programs to advance your career, or a certificate or endorsement program, you'll receive the skills necessary to change lives through education and learning.

Did you know?: All undergraduate students earn a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) certificate. A STEM lab and Curriculum Materials Center are among the numerous resources available to Teacher Education students.

  • 600+

    field hours in local school districts (300 hours more than Ohio requires)

  • 100%

    of undergraduate students are employed, in grad school or in a full-time service program within six months of graduation

  • 96%

    first-time pass rate for Ohio Resident Educator license

A High-Quality Education

  • A Values-Based Approach
  • Observation & Field Experience
  • Teach in U.S. or Abroad
  • Education That Matters

    An education in UD's Department of Teacher Education is firmly rooted in our Catholic, Marianist values. That means you'll become a complete professional. You'll gain a well-rounded perspective from which to view life. You'll learn how to connect integrity with innovation, leading to a rewarding career where you can use your talents for the greater good. And you'll become a global citizen with a strong sense of moral responsibility and a profound understanding of your ability to shape it.

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    600+ Hours in the Field

    From year one, undergraduate students are in local schools, logging observation hours as part of their coursework and exposure to the profession of teaching. Field-based experience continues during years two and three. Student teaching (internship) takes place during year four. Undergraduate students studying Adolescence to Young Adult Education or Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5 benefit from learning opportunities at local demonstration schools: Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) and UD's 5-star rated Bombeck Family Learning Center.

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    Where Will Our Programs Take You?

    Graduates work in a variety of public and private educational settings. Many go on to earn advanced degrees or pursue careers as principals and superintendents. The map highlights states where alumni are teaching after they graduate. Interested in teaching abroad? Alumni also working in Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Malawi, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea and Thailand.

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    Interested in learning more about UD Teacher Education? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by contacting You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Urban Teacher Academy

    Prepares students who are interested in urban teaching to be culturally competent educators that can understand and respond to the needs and challenges of urban students, families and schools.

    Undergraduate Research

    Students participate in the University of Dayton's annual Stander Symposium, a campus-wide event that allows students from all disciplines to showcase their intellectual accomplishments.

    Study Abroad

    Summer programs in Ireland, England and Italy offer opportunities to explore museums, churches and schools through the lens of an educator. The Malawi Practicum allows opportunities to gain graduate-level research and fieldwork experience in Africa.


    Specialized program for teacher education graduates pursuing a master's degree at UD. Lalanne teachers benefit from two years of mentored teaching experience and live in community with other Lalanne teachers.

    Department News
    Teacher Education May 16, 2023
    UD earns an 'A'

    The University of Dayton's undergraduate teacher education program is one of just seven in the state to earn an 'A' rating for exemplary science-based reading instruction for elementary teacher candidates.

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    Campus and Community May 12, 2023
    Bombeck Family Learning Center wins Program of the Year award

    The Bombeck Center was selected as the 2022 Early Childhood Education Program of the Year by the Southwest Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children.

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    Teacher Education May 06, 2023
    Three students selected for Fulbrights

    Three students, all from University of Dayton's Department of Teacher Education, have been awarded Fulbright English teaching assistantships this year.

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    Teacher in a middle school classroom

    Experiential Learning

    Real-World Experience

    Through practical learning opportunities like classroom observation and student teaching (internship), you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


    Department of Teacher Education

    Fitz Hall, Room 680
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2966


    of undergraduate students are employed, in grad school or in a full-time service program within six months of graduation