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. 

Masters in Adult Education - with a Cognate in Correctional Education

A Master of Education in Adult Education is a graduate degree catered to education professionals who are not associated with the K-12 education system. There are over 250 million adults who are seeking other types of formal education, education that focuses on lifelong learning related to adult life context. Our 18-hour graduate core meets the national standards for Graduate Programs in Adult Education. 

To start, the Founders School of Continuing Education is offering two Professional Development graduate level courses:

Integrating Career Readiness into the Adult Correctional Education Classroom - 7 week course beginning October 22, 2018

Integrating Employment Skills into Correctional Education Classroom - 7 week course beginning December 24, 2018

You can click on the course titles  for more information and to register. 

Before moving into additional classes beyond these first two, students will need to apply to Ashland University to enter into the graduate program at the College of Education. Application to the University is not required for the first two PD courses. 

For more information on the Masters in Adult Education program, please click here