Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has partnered with Columbus City Schools (CCS) to offer its teachers, staff and administrators, as well as their spouses and dependents, an opportunity to complete a wide range of graduate degrees at a discounted rate.

ODU’s Educational Partnership Program gives corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations the ability to provide employees with continuing education options to help their organization foster innovation, identify and keep top talent, and provide employees with the opportunity to enhance their professional credentials.

As an Educational Partner with ODU, CCS employees, spouses and dependents will be able to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Waived application fee to ODU
  • Ability to take as many as three master’s-level classes tuition-free (up to 25% savings). Cohorts consisting of at least 15 participants may take as many as three courses tuition-free. Individuals may take as many as two courses tuition-free.
  • Flexible start dates
  • Option to attend class on ODU’s campus during the evening, online, or possibly on-site at a CCS location

Participants may choose to pursue one of several graduate degrees available at ODU, including a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction; Master of Education in Educational Leadership; Master of Arts in English; Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Master of Business Administration; Master of Science in Sport Management; and Master of Arts in Theology.
Ohio Dominican University President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D. says this partnership demonstrates ODU’s commitment to supporting Ohio’s largest school district, and the university’s willingness to engage with organizations of all sizes and types to help create opportunities for those who have a passion for lifelong learning.

“I am grateful to Dr. Dixon and the leadership at Columbus City Schools for their partnership in this important initiative,” Gervasi said. “We are excited to have the opportunity to work closely with the outstanding teachers, staff, and administrators at Columbus City Schools to help them achieve their educational and professional goals. In addition to our comprehensive offerings in the education field, we are proud to include many of our other graduate programs in this partnership to help broaden the educational opportunities available to families of CCS employees so that they too can pursue an education that aligns with their professional interests.”

“This partnership with Ohio Dominican University aligns with our district’s goal to recruit, develop, and retain world-class educators,” said Columbus City Schools Superintendent/CEO Dr. Talisa Dixon. “Part of our success is measured through our partnerships that foster professional development where teachers and staff are engaged and energized so that we have a culture of learning throughout Columbus City Schools.”