Correctional Education

Ashland University offers the longest continuously operating post-secondary correctional education program in the United States.  Established in 1964 at the Ohio State Reformatory, the AU offerings now serve over 1,000 incarcerated students annually with college curriculum.  The programs are offered to both male and female adult offenders in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), and male and female juvenile offenders in the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS).  A recent emphasis has been placed on the development and delivery of “online” courses for the correctional programs which do not require live internet access – something prohibited in the correctional environment. 

AU staff also serve as Editor of the Journal of Correctional Education, the only peer-reviewed academic journal in the field.   Further, AU staff currently serve as board members and president of the Correctional Education Association, Steering Committee member of the RAND Corporation national study on correctional education funded by the US Department of Justice Second Chance grant and two other Second Chance grants currently under operation by AU.


Professional Development classes are also offered for teachers and staff working in the correctional field through a partnership with the Correctional Education Association.

To view course descriptions and to register online, click on the course titles below:

Basic Financial Literacy

Conflict Resolution

Facilitating At Risk Student Learning

Fundamentals of Correctional Education

Fundamentals of Effective Problem Solving

If you are mailing or faxing your registration, you can click here for a registration form. The form can be mailed to the Main Campus location in Ashland, Ohio, or faxed to (419) 289-5368 ATTN: Jenn English

Please contact with any questions you may have regarding Professional Development. 


Correctional Education Certificate

Getting ahead in your career takes more than hard work. In the field of correctional education, it takes passion and commitment. Ashland University provides you with the opportunity to receive that extra credential that will show your commitment and make you stand out to employers.

A Correctional Education Certificate Will:

  • Provide the tools necessary for providing literacy, vocational, and transitional training programs to adult prison population
  • Prepare you for teaching the students in the corrections setting by focusing on the unique needs of the students in prison (RAND, 2014)

The Correctional Education Certificate courses can also be used towards an Master of Education in Adult Education. An M.Ed. in Adult Education is a graduate degree catered to education professionals who are not associated with the K-12 education system. While there are 50 million youth enrolled in the nation’s K-12 system for formal teaching and learning, there are over 250 million adults who are increasingly seeking other types of formal education. This type of education focuses on lifelong learning related to health and wellness, economic and workforce issues, encore career development, and a variety of cultural, second language and adult life contexts.

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