Ohio Dominican University was, until 1964, an all women’s school, with a mission of education teachers in the Ohio area. Founded in 1911, it was originally called College of Saint Mary of the Springs, located on 72 acres of woodland outside Columbus, Ohio. Today, it is a coeducational liberal arts school that hasn’t lost its Catholic core, nurturing “ethical values and community service” alongside meaningful academic programs meant to create a student capable not just in their majors, but as insightful readers, coherent communicators, and skilled writers.
Offering Associate, Bachelor, and Master’s degrees (with additional graduate programs currently under development) to a student body of just over 3000 (with a 75%/25% undergrad/grad split), ODU students find what their looking for in the university’s hallowed halls. Undergrads are treated to over 50 majors of study, from the historically sound education programs to Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. There are pre-Law and pre-Med courses offered, as well as dozens of non-degree licensure programs for education students.
Graduate students are offered Master’s degrees in four areas, two in Education, two in Business, one in Liberal Studies, and, lest we forget this is a Catholic school, one in Theology. Numerous non-degree graduate certificates are offered and it is here that we find our online aspect.
Ohio Dominican has been dedicated to teacher education for nearly 100 years now, with education graduates who are consistently able to find jobs and continual recognition for this from the Ohio Department of Education, so it seems only natural that they offer an online degree in Education. The Online Master of Education allows flexibility for those working teachers looking to increase their earning potential or just position them to better teach in their field. Those in this program are rarely encouraged to combine online and traditional classes as it slows down the student and may cause rescheduling of timeline for graduation, so most if not all learning is conducted online (some synchronous online chatrooms/web classes may be required, but the majority a self-made schedule of learning). Education Master’s can be achieved in six online semesters, with two eight week classes per semester.
Online classes are also offered, as well as online components to classes (through Angel) for particular assignments or viewings that can be done outside of class. Library resources are, of course, accessible online and there’s even a WebFile application allowing students to access the school’s network storage from off campus. There’s even ODU’s Emergency Alert system, sending out emails and texts in the event of an emergency.
Adult students can benefit from the school’s LEAD accelerated program, condensing semesters and providing night/weekend learning for degrees without interrupting work with school for an extended period of time (with two Business Master’s programs offered). There are also partnerships with local middle and high schools allowing options like Dual Enrollment (college coursework allowing a “jumpstart” on college credit) and a program allowing the completion of your first year of college at ODU during your senior year.
With 88% of faculty holding PhDs and a “student centered” approach to teaching, the commitment to education at ODU isn’t just in the programs offered, but in every aspect of the university.