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Lalanne FAQ

Expand the sections below for answers to frequently asked questions about the Lalanne program at the University of Dayton:

Application process

No. We welcome applications from teachers who have been out of college even 3-4 years! Some have been participating in post-graduation service opportunities, while others are already teaching and have just discovered Lalanne.

Note: All applicants must be eligible to live in community with other non-married Catholic school teachers for 2 years.

No. You must still apply to the University of Dayton graduate school; however, you do not need additional letters of recommendation.

When completing the graduate school application and writing your personal statement, indicate immediately in your statement that you are applying to Lalanne and they then know that we will share your letters of recommendation and your transcript with them.

If your GPA is 2.76 or above, you do not need to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) for acceptance into the graduate-level programs in the University of Dayton Department of Teacher Education.

Lalanne applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however, application deadline is April 30th or when the community houses are filled, whichever comes first.

Lalanne application & resources

Program information

It's named for Father Jean Baptiste Lalanne (born in the mid 1700s), who was one of the original seven members of the Society of Mary (Marianists). Lalanne was a noted educator whose success derived in large measure from his devotion to education as both a ministry and a profession, to his great love of children, and to his sympathetic understanding of children's problems. His career as an educator spanned more than 60 years. Next to Fr. Chaminade, no one played a more important role in establishing and developing the Marianist education tradition than Father Jean Baptiste Lalanne.

The University of Dayton was founded by the Marianists in 1850.

The Marianist family is made of Catholic brothers, priests, sisters and committed lay people around the world. All Marianists look to Mary, the mother of Jesus, as the model of discipleship. They share in her mission of bringing the message of Jesus to the world.

Infographic: Who are the Marianists?

To learn more about the communities Lalanne teachers serve, click the link below.

Communities Lalanne teachers serve

As a service program, we ask that you stay open to your placement possibilities.

The staff weighs your grade level/subject preference with the needs of the various Lalanne communities.

Living in community

Lalanne teachers commit to teach in under-resourced Catholic schools for two years


Learn more: Program timeline

Lalanne teachers arrive at the University of Dayton in the middle of June to live and learn with their new community members.

Lalanne teachers do not take classes during their first semester of teaching. Most courses will be taken during the summers

Lalanne Summer lasts until the end of July/early August and includes attending graduate classes and participating in community activities. Summer room and board is paid for.


Please contact us for additional information about selecting a degree program.

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Life after Lalanne

Our teachers discover that they have very little difficulty finding a position after graduation. We've had 231 graduates since Lalanne began with the 1999-2000 school year: 90% are still in education, and 80% of those serve in Catholic schools.



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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2967