Revised Gifted Operating Standards

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The Gifted Operating Standards for the State of Ohio have been revised to recognize the importance of supporting professional development for general education classroom teachers. The requirements for earning a "Teaching the Gifted" Certificate include coursework in the nature and needs as well as in curriculum and instruction of and for gifted students. Completion of both courses can be applied toward a gifted endorsement as well as built into a master's program. 

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Journey to Cuba

Join Ashland University and ThisWorldMusic on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Cuba, the heart of Afro-Cuban music and dance.  Take hands-on classes with internationally acclaimed artists, and learn about Cuba's rich history and culture from leading experts--all while immersing yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of this iconic island nation.  In this 11-day performing arts and cultural immersion course, students are introduced to a variety of topics related to Cuban culture, history, politics, philosophy and daily life.  Through studio classes and interaction with families, artists and governmental art institutions, students will perform, analyze, construct, critique and demonstrate their acquired skills in various traditional Cuban artistic mediums.  All of this will help to put into historical and cultural perspective the similarities and differences between Cuban traditional and popular culture, engendering a greater understanding of both indigenous and contemporary artistic expressions on the island, including African and colonial influences, as well as connections to American popular culture.  For more information on this course, please contact the Cleveland Center at 216-292-1100.


Ashland University's Professional Development Services (PDS) is the number one provider of professional development classes for credit in the state of Ohio serving over 400 school districts in all 88 counties with more affordable graduate credits for use in teaching and/or administration license renewal.  Last year alone we taught nearly 4,000 graduate credit classes annually to more than 14,500 teachers who earned over 20,000 graduate credit hours. We offer a wide variety of year-round class options as well as training onsite, online, or at our five convenient locations throughout Ohio.




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PD is typically graded as Pass (S) / Fail (U)

Students can use Ashland's student portal, WebAdvisor to view courses they have registered for, view grades, print account statements or grade reports. Once grades have been posted, an official transcript can be ordered from our registrar's office. Please click the links below for more information on setting up your WebAdvisor account and requesting transcripts once your grades have been posted.

PLEASE NOTE: transcripts will be sent even if grades have not posted

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Featured Campus

Southwest Center - Cincinnati, OH

The mission of Ashland University's Professional Development Services is to incorporate nationally-recognized standards in support of transformative learning opportunities for educators and other professionals.

Serving professional educators in Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren counties. 

Visit our Professional Development webpage for more information on how we can help you fulfill your teacher licensure needs.

For information on how site-specific graduate credit workshops can be developed for your school district please contact:

Mr. Pat Crahan

Director of Professional Development Services, Southwest Center 

Trip of a Lifetime

Summer South Africa Trip

Join us for the trip of a lifetime to South Africa this summer. We will visit the areas of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Knysna, and the Kruger National Park all while participating in Project Learning Around the World (PLATW). We will visit various schools and have an opportunity to see the townships and how people live. This trip is truly a cultural educational experience. Please click HERE to read more. The trip is planned for July 16, 2018 - August 1, 2018. Participants will have the option of registering for 3 semester hours of graduate credit. 

As much preparation and ticket purchasing must be done prior to the trip, all attendees will need to sign up for the course by November 15, 2017.

If interested please contact Dr. Audrey Ellenwood, Ph.D. at (419) 350-6071 or

A meeting of those interested will be held by the end of November, 2017 at Ashland University. 

Ashland Treasurer Leadership Academy Seminar (ATLAS)

October 26-27, 2017
Ashland University, Main Campus
Troop Center
Ashland, OH 44805

March 22-23, 2018
Ashland University Cleveland Center
ESC of Cuyahoga County
6393 Oak Tree Blvd.
Independence, OH 44131

The ATLAS Seminar provides participants with interactive presentations, featuring knowledgeable and experienced presenters, regarding contemporary issues in public education, as they impact the treasurer and business offices. The “formula” for meeting this goal is a synthesis of pertinent legal analyses and updates, a review of significant, contemporary experiences from the “field,” and a sustained dialogue regarding effective and emerging strategies.

For more information, including registration instructions, please click here