Professional and Continuing Education

Professional and Continuing Education

Ohio State strives to serve learners across their lifetimes. Ohio State Online's Professional and Continuing Education team supports Ohio State’s land-grant mission by providing administrative and learner support for a variety of non-traditional offerings. 

Non-Credit and Alternative Credential Offerings

The Ohio State Online team has a long history of supporting colleges and units looking to offer non-credit programs and alternative credentials. Currently, the team supports colleges with non-credit learning leveraging ScarletCanvas, which is composed of two separate platforms: Canvas Catalog and the Canvas Learning Management System. Ohio State Online is in the early phases of implementing a new non-credit student management system called Destiny One that will replace the Canvas Catalog registration and administrative platform to improve staff, instructor, and learner experiences.


ScarletCanvas is Ohio State's existing public-facing, non-credit learning management system. The platform allows Ohio State units to provide online course registration and course/program delivery by leveraging a combination of Instructure's Canvas Learning Management System and Catalog registration and administrative platform. 

This service is ideal for Ohio State units seeing a user-friendly way to offer: 

  • Continuing education or professional development courses for participants without requiring admission to Ohio State
  • 24/7 on-demand enrollment or managed enrollment of prepaid participants
  • Payment for courses offered through ScarletCanvas
  • Courses to learners at no cost, if desired.

If your unit does not have a ScarletCanvas sub-account, your unit will need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Office of Technology and Digital Innovation to gain access to the ScarletCanvas platform. Currently, a flat fee per unit-level sub-account as well as a per-user fee is charged each fiscal year, and there are no caps on the number of courses or participants. 

To learn more and get started, contact Tom Evans, Strategy Consultant for Non-Credit Learning, at

COMING SOON: Destiny One Non-Credit Student Management System

Destiny One, a noncredit Student Management System by Modern Campus, was recently licensed by Ohio State Online and funded by the JPMorgan Chase grant for workforce development pathways to support coordinating, elevating, and advancing an efficient and user-friendly approach to noncredit education as desired by colleges and institutional business partners. Destiny One is currently used by more than 300 higher education institutions, including several Big Ten peers. It is very early in implementation planning, and the Ohio State community will be engaged heavily to craft strategy, timelines, and pathways in leveraging Destiny One to build a strong front door to Ohio State’s noncredit learning. To be involved or informed in the early stages, please share your interest by completing this Qualtrics form.

Learn more about Ohio State's use of Destiny One

Additional PCE Offerings

Extended Education

Extended Education serves adult, non-degree-seeking and visiting students who want to take undergraduate courses online or in person at Ohio State. The Extended Education team supports learners through the application process and beyond, providing individualized advising support focused on the needs of the adult, part-time learner. 

Extended Education also supports current Ohio State employees and their eligible dependents looking to leverage the Employee Tuition Assistance Benefit to take one or more undergraduate courses outside of a full degree program. Learn more about the Ohio State Employee Tuition Assistance Benefit Plan. 

To learn more about Extended Education, visit or email  

Program 60

Ohio residents ages 60 or older can experience Ohio State’s academic excellence by enrolling in online or in-person courses at any of Ohio State’s campuses for no cost. Thousands of Ohioans take advantage of this tuition-free, noncredit/non-degree program to connect to the university community each year. Program 60 participants attend courses on an instructor-permission, space-available, audit basis at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. 

To learn more about Program 60, visit or email

Third-Party Contract Courses

The Ohio State Online team assists academic units in providing services in contract with businesses, industry, civic organizations, government agencies, associations, health care providers, and other external parties to the university. 

Our services for academic departments include: 

  • Coordination of fee suppression 
  • Registration services (for campus-based and online courses/programs)
  • Student guidance for the admissions application process 
  • Personal involvement with the students throughout the entire enrollment process 
  • Coordination of the program through a point of contact within the academic department 
  • Providing a fee waiver option for the student’s admission application fees on behalf of 
the academic department 

Learn more about how to enroll students in third-party contract courses.

CEU Award Program

The Ohio State Online team offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for non-credit professional education and training programs provided by The Ohio State University’s departments and faculty members. 
CEUs are based upon industry standards of one CEU per 10 hours of class time, excluding meals and breaks. When offering CEUs via distance learning, methods for determining hours of class time include referencing the average number of hours spent completing a pilot program offering, the hours for a similar face-to-face training, or similar for-credit course activity hours. 
For help determining contact hours for new CEU programs, see credit hour estimation.

Learn more about the CEU Award Program here.