2021-2022 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.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Organizations (LFO)

 The Ed.D. will be a 60-credit-hour post-master’s degree program, including 48 hours in coursework and 9 hours toward completion of a culminating dissertation-in-practice. The proposed degree is built around a structured, cohort-model curriculum, which includes no electives, in an effort to support collaborative learning, connections across courses, and ultimately, degree completion. While courses will be offered online, the program will also require that candidates participate in two mandatory, credit-bearing immersion experiences (total of 3 credit hours), gathering members of the cohort together on UD’s campus to collaborate on course-related projects and to share their own research.

To learn more about this program, visit our department website.

The professional doctorate in education is designed to prepare candidates for careers as scholarly practitioners and transformative leaders in educational institutions and related organizations. Candidates will gain knowledge and experience necessary to lead organizations in changing and emerging contexts, to promote equity and social justice in and through organizations, and to develop their own leadership practice rooted in inquiry and collaboration. Graduates will obtain academic preparation necessary for leading education institutions, healthcare organizations, nonprofits, and other similar organizations in the twenty-first century. The program will appeal to individuals who are interested in working for improvement, equity, and social justice in schools, colleges and universities, healthcare organizations, nonprofits, the public sector, or any learning organization.

The Ed.D. is a 60-credit-hour post-master’s degree program, including 48 hours in coursework, and 12 hours toward completion of a culminating dissertation-in-practice and two immersion experiences. The degree is built around a structured, cohort-model curriculum, which includes no electives, in an effort to support collaborative learning, connections across courses, and ultimately, degree completion. While courses will be offered online, the program also requires that candidates participate in two mandatory, credit-bearing immersion experiences, gathering members of the cohort together on UD’s campus to collaborate on course-related projects and to share their own research.

Ed.D. Program Course Offerings by Term

Year 1 (19 cr.)
Term 1: Research Methods & Design (3); Organizational Theory
Term 2: Quantitative Research & Analysis (3); Ethics in Educational Leadership
Term 3: Qualitative Research (3); Intercultural Proficiency and Leadership for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (3); 1st immersion experience (1)
Year 2 (21 cr.)
Term 1: Learning Assessment (3); Organizational Change & Development (3); Dissertation-in-practice (1)
Term 2: Leadership Theory (3); Program Evaluation (3); Dissertation-in-practice (1)
Term 3: Leadership and Problems of Practice in Organizations (3); Building Learning Communities (3);  Dissertation-in-practice and proposal defense (1)
Year 3 (20 cr.)
Term 1: Advanced Applied Research Practice (2); Communication and Community Engagement (3); Dissertation-in-practice (2)
Term 2: Finance (2); Advocacy in and through Organizations (3); Dissertation-in-practice and pre-defense audit (2)
Term 3: Law and Public Policy in Organizations (2); Dissertation-in-practice and 2nd immersion experience (4)
Note: Required dissertation-in-practice milestones are shown in italics.

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (EDL)

Charles J. Russo, Program Director 

The Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership is designed for educators who are committed to providing leadership at elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels. The program seeks to prepare scholar-practitioners, leaders who:

  1. value both speculative and practical knowledge and engage in continuous inquiry on professional concerns;
  2. deliberate with colleagues upon organizational purposes and the means for achieving them;
  3. work selflessly with others; and
  4. commit themselves to improving the quality of life within society.

The Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership offers a choice of two different concentration areas:  

  • P-12 School Administration - The concentration in school administration is designed to prepare educators for the following types of positions: administrative roles in elementary and secondary education, educational researchers, consultants, or professor of school administration. Students pursuing this concentration may opt to take additional courses to meet the requirements for a principal's license and a superintendent's license.

Concentration Coordinator - Dr. David Dolph

  • Higher Education - The higher education Ph.D. concentration consists of a seven-course sequence that introduces students to important literature, concepts, and practices in higher education. Using reflective inquiry to generate questions, moral inquiry to ground decisions, and action inquiry to guide praxis, this program models an on-going transformative process.

Concentration Coordinator - Dr. Charles Russo


Formal coursework in the program is organized around the concepts of research, foundations, and organizational behavior. Coursework in an academic field outside of education is also completed through a cognate. Minimum requirements are listed below.

Research Methods & Design
Qualitative Research
Quantitative Research & Analysis
Advanced Research, Statistics & Data Analysis
Ideas that Shape American Education
Ethics in Educational Leadership
Organizational Theory
Organizational Change & Development
Select one program concentration from:21
Higher Education Administration:
History, Philosophy & Curriculum of Higher Education
Student Choice in Higher Education
Critical Reflection in Higher Education Leadership
Building Learning Communities in Higher Education
Finance & Policy in Higher Education
Legal Issues in Higher Education
The Professoriate
Curriculum Evaluation & Instruction
Curriculum Development & Leadership
Program & Staff Development
Internship III
Assessment & Instruction for School Improvement
Law of Special Education
Seminar: District Level Management
Seminar: District Level Leadership
Seminar: Policy, Politics & Decision Making
Total Hours63


Residency is completed during the first three consecutive terms (fall, spring, summer) following admission to the program; a minimum of six semester hours of coursework must be completed in each of these terms.

Comprehensive Examination

In addition to completing coursework and residency requirements, students will successfully complete written examinations.

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.

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).

MSE Core Requirements
EDT 500Becoming a Master Educator3
EDT 502Philosophical Studies in Education3
or EDT 505 School, Self and Society
EDT 660Perspectives on Educational Research3
Option A
EDT 662Thesis2
EDT 663Thesis2
Option B
EDT 667Action Research in Practice3
or EDT 648 Teacher Leaders Using Data for Decision Making
Teacher Education Courses:
EDT 500Becoming a Master Educator3
EDT 501Introduction to American Education 3
EDT 504Scholarly Study in Education3
EDT 505School, Self and Society3
EDT 570Educating Diverse Student Populations in Inclusive Settings3
Counselor Education Courses:
EDC 540Perspectives in Higher Education3
EDC 560Leadership in College & University Environment3
EDC 568Research & Evaluation in Human Services3
Research Courses:
EDT 660Perspectives on Educational Research3
EDT 667Action Research in Practice3

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