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Center for Catholic Education

Faith, service & excellence through collaboration and innovation

The Center for Catholic Education at the University of Dayton — founded in 1996 — promotes, enhances, energizes and supports Catholic schools. We are a nationally recognized leader in research and programming for Catholic schools, and we provide educators with programs and services that enhance the Church's mission and foster excellence in Catholic schools.

Our staff delivers programs and services in a Catholic and Marianist spirit — to educate for formation in faith; to provide an integral quality education; to educate in family spirit; to educate for service, justice, and peace; and to educate for adaptation and change.

We are housed within the UD School of Education and Health Sciences and collaborate with colleagues at the university to share resources, talent and research best practices. We readily expand the scope of our service in response to the needs of Catholic education. We adhere steadfastly to our core values and beliefs while seeking to improve our connection with those who share our mission, including other areas of the University of Dayton, the Marianists, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and other universities.

Closer look: Our programs in action

Discover how our programs are making an impact on the lives of thousands:

Closer look: Our programs in action

Discover how our programs are making an impact on the lives of thousands:

Vision & mission

  • Our vision: Be respected nationally as a primary resource for Catholic Education.
  • Our mission: We embody Marianist values to serve and lead Catholic Education through collaboration, research and creative action.
  • Core values: Marianist Charism, effective Catholic education, partnerships and collaboration, applied and scholarly research
  • Core strengths: Passionate about Catholic education, partnerships, innovation, responsive, competent
  • Mission-critical goals: Funding, networking (UD entities, Catholic colleges, NCEA, community partners, archdioceses and dioceses), research (e.g. ask Lalanne teachers to do specific Catholic-focused research for their Master’s research project), marketing (brand presence)


The Center for Catholic Education works with the following local and national groups to identify and study best practices in Catholic schools and to share this information:

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Center for Catholic Education

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2967