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The Center for Leadership and Professional Development offers exclusively graduate courses intended for K-12 educators to renew their license, work towards the next "step" and learn new strategies/content. All courses whether taken for a Letter Grade or Pass are accepted by the Ohio Department of Education. Please confer with your Local Professional Development Committee or the ODE website. 

Confused or having problems registering? Please call Lisa Strausbaugh, Director, Professional Development for assistance 440-375-7379 or email at

Lisa's extended office hours December 13-15: 

Wednesday, Dec 13, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday, Dec 14, 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Friday, Dec 15, 7:30 am-4:30 pm

The College will be closed Saturday, December 16-Monday, January 1.

General College offices are open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

We provide 4 types of courses:

Face to Face Courses

During the academic year Face to Face courses take place Friday from 5 pm - 9 pm and Saturday from 8 am - 5 pm. (In the summer courses take place Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday from 9 am - 4 pm.) Each Face to Face course is worth ONE Semester Hour/Credit Hour.

Courses may be taken for a Letter Grade or Pass/Fail. Students will initially select how they want their course graded during registration. At the conclusion of Day One of the course the grading preference will be confirmed on the Class List you sign. After that point, the grading preference CAN NOT be modified.

Students have two weeks from the completion of the course to EMAIL their assignment directly to their faculty. Faculty have two weeks to grade the assignment and post the grade on LEO. It is your responsibility to confirm that your faculty received your final assignment.  

Once all of your grades for the semester have been submitted your official transcript will automatically be sent to your home address. This generally takes place in 2-4 business days but in late April (prior to Commencement) it may take one full week.

If you are interested in enrolling in ED 7011-14 and are concerned about your LPDC deadlines please contact the office.

a) AUDITS: ODE will not accept Audit courses for license renewal. However, educators may choose to audit Face to Face courses and still will receive an official transcript upon completion.  The assignment is not required as an Audit. You MUST contact the Director of Professional Development at 440-375-7379 or email for us to add an Audit section of the course. Tuition is $150.

b) DROP/ADD A COURSE: If you need us to remove you from a course and place you in another you must notify us least two weeks before the initial course runs. We will make the adjustment in LEO and you will receive an email confirming the update.

c) PERSONAL EMERGENCY The Center for Leadership and Professional Development must be contacted via email or phone before the class begins informing us of an emergency/last minute cancellation. Non-attendance of a Face to Face course will result in the grade of an F.

d) COLLEGE INITIATED CANCELLATION: In the instance we must cancel a course due to low enrollment or an issue beyond our control (weather, power outage) we will be happy to enroll you in another course offered the SAME semester or issue you a refund. If you paid via credit card we will promptly credit your card. If you chose to pay via check or Echeck then you may expect your reimbursement check sent from the Bursar's Office. We call and email each student enrolled in the course that is canceled. 

Decisions regarding the cancellation of Professional Development courses is made independently of the College's decision to cancel undergraduate/traditional graduate courses due to weather. Any cancelation will be posted on LEO on Courses Grouped by Type, Face to Face Courses Spring 2018.


Online Courses

All courses are asynchronous; they are completed and graded at your own pace. Once you register AND pay for your course (s) expect to hear from your faculty within 24-48 hours of registration. It is YOUR responsibility to contact the Director of Professional Development if you have not heard from your faculty in that timeframe. Please check your spam folder first.

If you are taking a course with Chris Demario look for this email: or

If you are taking a course with Mike Demario look for his email: or  

If you are taking a course with Nicole Mann look for her email:

If you are taking a course with Joelle Warsh look her email: or

Online courses vary from 1 to 3 Semester/Credit Hours. Individual grades will be posted in LEO and you will see them immediately. Once all YOUR grades for the semester have been posted the College will automatically send one official transcript to your home address. See the "Request a Transcript" tab for more details.

a) STUDENT INITIATED TRANSFER ENROLLMENT/CANCELLATION: Once coursework has begun a refund will not be issued. If the coursework has not begun you may contact our office and we will transfer you to another course offered during the SAME semester.

Ultramission/Experiential Learning

Ultramission coursework is based on experiential learning and the tenets/common practices of Outward Bound. The goal of Ultramission graduate coursework is to increase educator effectiveness through the promotion of leadership development and group problem solving, the growth of learning communities, and the application of holistic learning models for the enhancement of outcomes for all students. The schedule is flexible and can be completed when you are available. Classes can be taken individually or in any sequence. Held on-campus or off-campus. Assistance is available from Dr. Nagy to help you meet LPDC requirements and Ohio’s Learning Standards.

Please phone faculty Dr. Lynne Nagy @ 216-254-9365 for further information.

Courses take place any mutually agreeable time during the month the class takes place.

Wraparounds with Districts/Partners/Schools/Conferences

Wraparounds by nature of their work are completed with an other educational partner. It layers credit upon learning/PD that takes place in a district or building and often “wraps around” academic year or beyond one semester. They graduate level credits are accepted by ODE for licensed teachers and by LPCDs towards renewal (however standard approval processes apply) and towards pay “steps”. Each course is evaluated pass/fail. The Semester Hour/Credit Hour varies between 1-6 Semester Hours,  1 Semester Hour = 15 contact hours (ODE standard).