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New College Partnership Offers Educational Opportunities for CCS Employees and their Families

CCS x ODU Columbus City Schools has partnered with Ohio Dominican University (ODU) to offer teachers, staff, administrators, their spouses, and dependents six graduate degrees at a discounted rate. The degree opportunities include:

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Education in Education Leadership
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Master of Business Administration (data analytics, risk management, leadership, finance, accounting, and sports management)
  • Master of Science in Sports Management
  • Master of Theology

“This partnership with Ohio Dominican University aligns with our district’s goal to recruit, develop, and retain world-class educators and staff,” 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.” 

Through this Educational Partnership Program, CCS staff and families can take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Waived application fee to ODU
  • Ability to take as many as three masters-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

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 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.” 

For more questions, contact CCS Human Resources at