2018-2019 Academic Catalog

Educational Administration

David Dolph, Department Chairperson

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Through its Marianist traditions and principles, the mission of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Dayton is threefold. The first charge is to prepare scholar-practitioners to serve effectively in administrative roles and other leadership positions in PK-12 public, Catholic and other non-public schools. The second task is to contribute to the knowledge base in school administration. The third responsibility is to provide service to PK-12 public, Catholic and other non-public schools.

The Department of Educational Administration (EDA) is committed to providing quality instruction and support to individuals who (1) have demonstrated leadership potential within an educational setting and have expressed interest in pursuing a master's degree in educational leadership, or (2) hold a master's degree and wish to pursue a specific professional educator certificate, or (3) are interested in earning the Educational Specialist degree or the Ph.D., or (4) wish to improve their educational leadership knowledge and skills.


Upon acceptance into the program, students will be assigned a faculty advisor who will be available to assist with information relative to a designated course of study. Students needing registration or program evaluation information should contact the department office.

Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership (EDS)

The Educational Specialist degree is offered jointly by the Graduate Schools of the University of Dayton and Wright State University.

This post-master's educational specialist degree, Ed.S., program is designed to enhance individual capabilities for educational leadership. The areas of staff/organizational development, curriculum development, program development and evaluation, law/finance/facilities, public relations, assessment and research are included. Emphasis is given to preparing individuals for central office positions.

The planned program of study requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of designated graduate work beyond the master's degree. The program may be completed either at the University of Dayton or at Wright State University. Previous post-master's coursework may be transferred into the program if it supports the objectives of the overall program and is in accordance with the university transfer credit guidelines.

Required Courses
EDA 807EDS Project Seminar3
EDA 812Program & Staff Development3
EDA 818Superintendency3
EDA 833Internship III *3
EDA 851Research3
or EDU 990 Research Methods & Design
EDA 852Assessment & Instruction for School Improvement3
Prereq: EDA 851 or other approved research course. Project must be completed within 12 months of starting date. Students who have taken EDA 551 or its equivalent should take EDU 990.
Educational Specialist Electives
Select five of the following:15
Curriculum Evaluation & Instruction
Curriculum Development & Leadership
Legal Issues in School Leadership
Law of Special Education
Seminar: District Level Management
Seminar: District Level Leadership
Seminar: Policy, Politics & Decision Making
Total Hours33

Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership (EDL)

To earn a master's degree in educational leadership, the student is required to successfully complete a minimum of 30 semester hours from the courses listed below and achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students have the opportunity to pursue coursework via the Internet or by combining distance learning and traditional courses in pursuit of the master's degree.

The Department of Educational Administration offers the master's degree in educational leadership online with optional designated Catholic School course sections in Catholic school leadership. Tuition scholarships are available to teachers and administrators working full time in Catholic schools or diocesan offices. For further program and scholarship information, contact David Dolph, Chairperson at ddolph1@udayton.edu

EDA 505Educational Leadership3
EDA 507Internship I *Prereq EDA 5513
EDA 509Supervision & Professional Development3
EDA 510Instructional Leadership3
EDA 511Curriculum3
EDA 515School Law3
EDA 551Research3
EDA 555Community Relations for School Leaders3
EDA 556Leadership in Diverse Communities3
EDA 557School Finance3
Total Hours30

Master of Science in Education in Leadership for Educational Systems (ESY)

The leadership for educational systems program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the United States system of education and to develop leadership skills to administer educational systems. The program addresses the growing need of international students to study the United States educational systems and yet will not pursue, or qualify for, state of Ohio issued licensure. This program will feature an interdisciplinary approach with other Departments; however, the degree is awarded through the Department of Educational Administration. Courses in the program will be provided by the Educational Administration (EDA), the Department of Counselor Education and Human Services (EDC) and the Department of Teacher Education (EDT). The Leadership in Educational Systems program will guide students through critical analyses of leadership issues, and will promote rational problem-solving and decision-making regarding issues facing educational systems from preschool to higher education (P-16).

Teacher Education Courses:
EDT 500Becoming a Master Educator3
EDT 501Introduction to American Education 3
EDT 504Scholarly Study in Education3
EDT 505School, Self and Society3
Educational Leadership Courses:
EDA 505Educational Leadership3
EDA 510Instructional Leadership3
EDA 511Curriculum3
Counselor Education Courses:
EDC 540Perspectives in Higher Education3
EDC 560Leadership in College & University Environment3
Research Course (select one):3
Educational Research Seminar
Research & Evaluation in Human Services

Certificate in Applied Social Science Research Methods (ASR)

This program is for students in education, the non-profit sector, and government positions who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and are interested in learning how to undertake scientific research, or simply better understand research they read, in the social and behavioral sciences.

EDU 990Research Methods & Design3
EDU 991Qualitative Research3
EDU 992Quantitative Research & Analysis3
EDU 993Advanced Research, Statistics & Data Analysis3
Total Hours12

Certificate in Instructional Leadership in Catholic Schools (ILC)

The certification program for Instructional Leadership in Catholic Schools is designed to provide valuable training, preparation, and educational experiences for Catholic school teachers who wish to help others improve their instructional abilities.  In today’s world, certificate programs are becoming more important as they provide valuable information, and yet are cost friendly due to the need for fewer courses.  From an employer and employee standpoint, additional training can provide recognition of enhanced skills that can lead to greater opportunity for students, and improved performance for employers. 

The focus of the program will be to provide coursework that will enhance the ability of students to assist others in curricular and instructional improvement.  Specifically, the certificate program will consist of three courses, each worth three semester hours for a total of nine semester hours.  The courses will focus on leadership and human interaction (EDA 505), curriculum (EDA 511), and instructional leadership (EDA 510).  All courses are offered on line.

EDA 505Educational Leadership3
EDA 511Curriculum3
EDA 510Instructional Leadership3

Educator Preparation Programs (leading to a State of Ohio-issued license)

The educator preparation programs provide the opportunity for graduate students: to broaden their scope of education; to allow for job variability; to enhance professional versatility and achieve career goals; to thrive in an increasingly connected world; to develop the skills and make an impact on the youth of today.  They are designed to help students hone their passion and advance as professionals in the education setting. The programs lead to the state of Ohio issued professional license and to a certificate issued by the University of Dayton. Students in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development Program and the Principal Program also need a passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) to fulfill the state of Ohio testing requirement.

Certificate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development Preparation (ELC)

Required Courses
EDA 710Curriculum Evaluation & Instruction3
EDA 733Internship III3
EDA 761Seminar: District Level Leadership3
EDA 852Assessment & Instruction for School Improvement3
Select one course from the following:3
Curriculum Development & Leadership
Program & Staff Development
Total Hours15

Certificate in Principal Preparation (ELP)

EDA 607Internship II3
EDA 611Assessment & Instruction for School Improvement3
EDA 626Staff Personnel3
EDA 655Principalship3
Total Hours12

Certificate in Superintendent Preparation (ELS)

EDA 718Superintendency3
EDA 733Internship III3
EDA 760Seminar: District Level Management3
EDA 761Seminar: District Level Leadership3
Total Hours12


EAW 520. Admin Devlpment. 1-4 Hours


EAW 530. Staff Devlpment. 1-4 Hours