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. 

Click HERE for more information. Click HERE to view the registration page for the Gifted and the General Education Teacher I, the first in AU's series of two 2-credit hour courses. 

Once-In-A-Lifetime 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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New Exciting Opportunity!

Talk Business Mandarin

Based on the large market of international trade between the United States, China & Taiwan, this course is designed for everyone who is interested in studying business conversation in Mandarin Chinese. All three levels of "Talk Business Mandarin" are covered in one year with the emphasis on business conversation. "Talk Business Mandarin I" is a sixteen week online course for beginners to someone who has a basic Mandarin skill. Class meets online on Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:40pm, and Saturdays, 12:00 - 1:40 pm, using the "Startup Business Chinese" textbook. Each class is divided into two sections: the first fifty minutes is learning the content of the textbook, followed by a ten-minute break and then forty minutes of hands-on-experience on conversational practices with each other. This course requires bold actions in language practices, a "having fun" learning attitude, analytical skills, and serious studies. Loving a challenge is a plus for seeing more effective and successful learning outcomes!

Please click here to register. 

Southwest Center Professional Development Office


Our Southwest Center is located in on the northern edge of Cincinnati. Director Pat Crahan along with his administrative assistant Sarah Graham, keep busy serving Adams, Brown, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren counties. Please click here to see their face-to-face course offerings and here for online courses. New courses are always being added so be sure to check often. If you have any questions about registering for a Southwest course, or if you would like more information on how you can offer Ashland graduate credit for your school district's Professional Development, please contact us at:

Patrick J. Crahan, Director,

Sarah Graham, Administrative Assistant,

513.772.5532   | 800.670.0395


Ashland Treasurer Leadership Academy Seminar (ATLAS)

Tentative dates:

ATLAS at Ashland University, Main Campus
October 26-27

ATLAS at Ashland University, Cleveland Center (Independence) 
March 22-23

More information, including registration instructions, will be posted as it becomes available