Locations and Directions

MBA, MEd and PDS

6393 Oak Tree Blvd.
Second Floor
Independence, Ohio 44131

(To the West off Interstate 77 and Rockside Road)

Office Hours:
Mon - Thur, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fri, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m..


6500 Rockside Road
Suite 130
Independence, Ohio 44131

(To the East off Interstate 77 and Rockside Road)

Office Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thur, 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wed, Fri, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Courses and Workshops

2013 Spring Course Offerings

2013 Spring Course Registration

Ashland University Centers for Economic Education and Financial Literacy
Spring 2013 Online Professional Development Courses

Online Courses
All of our courses are delivered using “Angel”, our distance learning system. The courses are designed to have schedule flexibility within the time frames indicated – making them a good choice for fitting professional development activities into busy home and work lives! Having an active email account (home or school) is a requirement. To effectively use Angel, you’ll need to have access to Internet Explorer 8 or higher, or Mozilla’s Firefox 2 or 3 or another reliable Internet provider. System requirements: Ajax, Cookies, Java, Javascript, Pop-ups; Plugins Needed: Acrobat Reader 7, Flash Player 10, Quicktime Player 6, Windows Media




Mention the word "globalization" and it's sure to stir deep passions today... especially when media sound bites and public misconceptions define the issue. "Globalization" shouldn't provoke images of fear and apprehension in your students. How does a time-starved teacher give this important topic its rightful place in the high school classroom? You can harness the power of 12 mind-expanding lesson plans to frame the globalization debate in terms any student can understand. With hands-on activities that cover the key concepts from trade to the environment to outsourcing – and everything in between – you'll have a balanced set of tools that give your students the skills to compete in the global economy. Armed with the proper knowledge and skills, your students will face their future in the global workplace with confidence.
Geared to Grades 9-12

DATES: February 25-May 3, 2013
2 Graduate Semester Hours
TUITION/FEES: $350 + $30 (Technology Fee) + $120 (Instructor Fee) = $500
INSTRUCTOR: Linda Spencer; lspence1@ashland.edu


Join us for a fun pets and critters theme course using “Petonomics: The Purr-fect Economics Primer” and other pets and critters resources. Fun children’s literature books are used to deliver these “Purr-fect” lessons. Hop on the bus with the Cat in the Hat as students explore how to care for a pet and learn about decision making. Learn about barter trade as five sheep frantically figure out how to pay for a birthday gift. Use the D.O.G.S. model of decision making to determine your perfect pet and to make other important decisions. Participate in production of “doggie care” gift bags to understand the role of producers. Discover the opportunity costs of having a pet iguana and decide if scarcity exists when the Frog family drops in unexpectedly on their Rabbit friend. Interactive games and hands-on activities will keep students engaged as they experience learning economics, working cooperatively, responsibility, etc. in a way that is fun and exciting. You will receive the “Petonomics: The Purr-fect Economics Primer.” Geared to Grades K-3

DATES: March 4-May 10, 2013
2 Graduate Semester Hours
TUITION/FEES: $350 + $30 (Technology Fee) + $120 (Instructor Fee) = $500
INSTRUCTOR: Linda Spencer; lspence1@ashland.edu

Wide World of Trade

Take your students on an enlightening economic journey around the globe - and back - with action-packed activities from The Wide World of Trade. Designed to actively engage your inquisitive middle-school students, each lesson plan condenses abstract economic concepts into bite-size nuggets. From steel to food, flowerbeds to pencils, you'll use everyday objects to reveal the straightforward concepts involved in international trade and finance. Mix and match flexible lessons, or follow them sequentially for a smooth, effortless curriculum that touches on every significant aspect of international trade and currency. The global economy moves quickly, so make sure your students keep up! You will receive the “The Wide World of Trade” curriculum guide. Geared to Grades 6-8

DATES: March 11-May 17, 2013
2 Graduate Semester Hours
TUITION/FEES: $350 + $30 (Technology Fee) + $120 (Instructor Fee) = $500
INSTRUCTOR: Linda Spencer; lspence1@ashland.edu

Project/Problem Based Learning for 21st Century Skills

In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student “voice and choice,” rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations. Students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and standards at the heart of a project. Projects also build vital workplace skills and lifelong habits of learning. Projects can allow students to address community issues, explore careers, interact with adult mentors, use technology, and present their work to audiences beyond the classroom. PBL can motivate students who might otherwise find school boring or meaningless. Geared to Grades 7-12

DATES: April 8-May 10, 2013
1 Graduate Semester Hour
TUITION: $175 + $15 Technology Fee + $80 (Instructor Fee) = $270
INSTRUCTOR: Linda Spencer – Lspence1@ashland.edu

Life in the North and South 1847-1861: Before Brother Fought Brother

More Americans lost their lives in the Civil War than in any other conflict. How did the United States arrive at a point at which the South seceded and some families were so fractured that brother fought brother? A complex series of events led to the Civil War. The lessons in this course are designed to help students develop a foundation on which to understand the basic disagreements between North and South. Through the investigation of primary source documents —photographs, census information and other archival documents—students gain an appreciation of everyday life in the North and South, changes occurring in the lives of ordinary Americans, and some of the major social and economic issues of the years before the Civil War. The Civil War erupted after a long history of compromises and sectional debates over representation, federalism, tariffs and territories. Students can use their analysis of archival documents to begin to appreciate the differences between the North and South and the changes afoot in the United States that contributed to the developing conflict. Geared to Grades 6-8

DATES: April 10-May 15, 2013
1 Graduate Semester Hour
TUITION/FEES: $175 + $15 (Technology Fee) + $80 (Instructor Fee) = $270
INSTRUCTOR: Linda Spencer; lspence1@ashland.edu

Just War: World War II

This course introduces the principles of just war theory, the basis of international agreements such as the Geneva Conventions that regulate the conduct of nations in wartime. You consider the six principles of “jus ad bellum,” or what makes a war just, as applied to World War II. You will read Roosevelt’s Joint Address to Congress Leading to a Declaration of War Against Japan (the “date that will live in infamy” speech) in order to assess whether or not Roosevelt spelled out the case for a just war. You will consider “jus in bello,” or the right-conduct during battle, as applied to all sides of World War II. Geared to Grades 9-12

DATES: April 15-May 17, 2013
CREDIT: ECED 584, Sec. JW1
1 Graduate Semester Hour
TUITION: $175 + $15 Technology Fee + $80 (Instructor Fee) = $270
INSTRUCTOR: Linda Spencer – Lspence1@ashland.edu

Financial Literacy: Grades K to 12

As consumers, students of all ages need to make rational financial decisions. They should be weighing the tangible and intangible costs and benefits of each choice and understanding that for every choice selected, there is an opportunity cost associated with the next best alternative. Personal budgets, basic plans and thoughtful goals about how to spend – or save – funds from an allowance, gifts, or jobs are critical to establishing appropriate money habits and becoming financially responsible at any age. Our experience shows that educators held accountable for teaching personal finance courses have little formal training in the content areas. This course will serve to close the knowledge gap and provide teachers relevant, engaging resources to use with students.

We will use lesson plans, extension activities, curriculum materials and other teaching resources to deliver content within a series of topical personal finance modules. Educators will choose course materials (grouped by grade band K-5; 6-8; 9-12) appropriate for traditional classroom setting, after school programs, and community-based programs to help build financial literacy knowledge and skills within their student population.

DATES: March 4 – May 5, 2013
2 Graduate Semester Hours
TUITION/FEES: $350 + $30 (Technology fee) = $380
INSTRUCTOR: Paula Aveni; paveni@ashland.edu