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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. We offer a wide variety of year-round class options as well as training onsite, online, or at our five convenient locations throughout Ohio.

Please Read Before You Register

STOP Read Before you Register

Due to the high enrollment numbers for our professional development classes, once a registration has been processed we are unable to make any changes.

Completing a registration indicates that you are committed to paying the tuition costs, so please confirm that all the information is correct before finalizing your registration.

With a letter of permission from the instructor, a class can be dropped with a refund within 3 days following initial registration. After 3 days, tuition is non-refundable.

PDS classes are typically graded as Pass (S) or Fail (U).

Students are encouraged to use Ashland's student portal to view courses they have registered for, check grades, print account statements or grade reports.

If your courses and grades are showing as expected, you may begin a transcript order in Self Service, or on the registrar’s webpage.

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Self Service Login Instructions

It is advised that you check to make sure your courses and grades are showing as expected before ordering transcripts. You can do that using your Self Service student portal.

To view/order transcripts in Self Service:

  • Visit PassIT to find your username by typing your name in the box at the top right corner
  • Once you have established your login, you will then need to visit Self Service in order to view/order transcripts
    • If your courses and grades are showing as expected, you can start a transcript order in Self Service, or on the registrar’s webpage.

To view receipts in Elevate:

If you should need assistance, please email pds@ashland.edu.

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Resources for Current and Prospective PD Adjunct Instructors

For Current PD Adjuncts:

For Prospective PD Adjuncts:

Please complete the Adjunct Application and email it to our Executive Director, Jim Powell at jpowell1@ashland.edu.

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Podcast Series - Take the Lead

Dr. Dave Silverberg, Ashland University's Director of Professional Learning Services for NE Ohio, hosts the Take The Lead podcast focusing on K-12 teaching, learning, and leadership.
Take The Lead is produced and edited by students from the Modern Communication Through Media Production career technical program at Cuyahoga Falls High School, which is part of the Six District Educational Compact.

Take The Lead Podcast

Special Offerings

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Teaching the Giftedarrow_right_alt

Register for the Gifted Program to earn a "Teaching the Gifted" Certificate. Please direct any questions to pds@ashland.edu.

Professional Development Institute

Renew Your License Onlinearrow_right_alt

Ashland University partners with the Professional Development Institute (PDI) to offer exceptional, quality online graduate credit courses! The self-paced courses provide practical, executable strategies perfect for educators renewing a teaching license, or simply wanting to learn new skills. Courses include the following topics: classroom management, phonics, social-emotional learning, STEM, ELL, and Google.
Start anytime and work at your own pace!

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Online Graduate Courses from VESiarrow_right_alt

Ashland University has partnered with VESi to provide online graduate level courses.

Courses offered for 2 or 3 Graduate Credits.

With tuition starting at just $425.

T.E.A.C.H. - Teaching Educators and Creating Hope

Graduate Credit from #T.E.A.C.H.arrow_right_alt

Ashland University has partnered with #T.E.A.C.H. to offer online graduate credit courses! These courses are perfect for individuals that need graduate credit to renew their teaching license as well as for those that desire to enhance their teaching skills. Courses include classroom management, assessment & evaluation and child development (elementary & secondary). It’s time to #T.E.A.C.H.!

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Ashland University and Idioma Education have teamed up to bring you online courses focusing on the teaching of world languages.

The Joyful Educator Lab

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The Joyful Educator Lab is a full-day virtual or in-person professional development session followed by 30 days of email coaching for sustainability. Educators create their own 7 Powerful Practice Action Plan for IMMEDIATE IMPACT and learn strategies to be more efficient, happier and healthier school leaders using our 7 Powerful Practice Model.

Hope for the Wounded

Hope for the Woundedarrow_right_alt

Ashland University has partnered with Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC to offer online graduate credit courses specific to Social-Emotional Learning & Wellness 4 Wounded Students (1, 2, & 3 Hour options) and Supporting the Wounded Educator (1 Hour) developed by a nationally-recognized authority in the field.

Mindfulness - Live Zoom Coursesarrow_right_alt

Are you interested in reducing stress, improving quality of life, and becoming a happier, more present, energized educator and human being? This course will focus on the following mindfulness skills: breathing, eating, walking, communication, stress reduction and gratitude.

Contact Information

Ashland University
Professional Development
401 College Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805