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Supporting beginning Catholic school educators through service & teaching

As a teacher in the Lalanne program at the University of Dayton, you'll benefit from two years of mentored teaching experience while also earning your master's degree from UD.

Lalanne teachers make a two-year commitment to teach in an under-resourced Catholic school and live together in a faith-based community, while pursuing professional and spiritual/personal development.

We specialize in supporting you, a beginning Catholic school educator, by combining service and teaching. Our focus on Education majors, along with the support of UD's nationally recognized Department of Teacher Education, creates this unique opportunity. You'll learn not only from your professors, community members and mentors, but from your own students as you navigate the joys and challenges of your first and second years of teaching.

Lalanne is an initiative of the UD Center for Catholic Education, and is named in honor of Marianist Brother Father Jean Baptiste Lalanne.


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A Unique Service and Teaching Experience

  • Support for Beginning Educators
  • Program Benefits
  • Program Experience
  • From the classroom to community life, Lalanne teachers receive continuous support and feedback from mentors at their school, Lalanne staff, Lalanne alumni, and current Lalanne teachers.

    Explore Living in Community

    Lalanne teachers earn their Master's degree from UD (a $30,000 value), which offers the most degree options among similar service programs. Teachers also benefit from a $16,000 stipend per year and have loan deferment while in the program. Teachers live in intentional faith communities with other first- and second-year Lalanne teachers, and participate in two retreats annually.

    Explore Benefits for Lalanne teachers

    Each new cohort of Lalanne teachers begin their journey with their first Lalanne Summer, which includes moving to UD's campus, building community with other Lalanne teachers, and taking classes towards their master's degree. Teachers continue to grow as educators as they progress through the program. Second-year teachers take on a mentoring role for the incoming first-year teachers.

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    Who We Serve

    Lalanne teachers serve in elementary and secondary schools in the dioceses of Cincinnati (OH), Cleveland (OH) and Lansing (MI).

    Community Life

    Community is a key component of your education at UD. Lalanne teachers live together in community and offer support – personal, professional and spiritual.

    Program Timeline

    Each new Lalanne program year begins with the teachers moving to UD's campus for classes towards their Master's degree. As teachers progress through the program, they experience their first year of teaching, second summer at UD and a second year of teaching before graduating from the program.


    From the application process to life after Lalanne and everything in between, we answer commonly asked questions about the Lalanne program.

    Make a Gift and Make a Difference

    Every gift, regardless of size, makes an impact on the work of the Lalanne program. Please take a moment to help us provide support and resources for beginning Catholic school educators. Thank you!

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    UCCE Member

    Lalanne is a proud member of the University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE), a partnership of university programs joined by the common mission to train teachers for Catholic schools around the United States.

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    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2967


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