CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUS)
CEU Award Procedure for Noncredit Continuing Education Programs
Basic definition of the Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
A CEU is defined as ten contact hours of participation in an organized noncredit continuing education activity under (1) responsible, competent sponsorship, (2) capable academic direction, and (3) qualified instruction. A program must meet these three criteria to be considered for CEU certification.
Following are two examples of situations where the CEU could be awarded and how the appropriate number of CEUs to be assigned would be computed.
Contact hours: 18 (6 hours a day for 3 days)
Outside assignments: 6 one-hour assignments (estimated by program coordinator)
Total contact hours: 24
TOTAL CEUs = 2.4
Contact hours (electronic or otherwise): 6
Online assignments: 26 one-hour assignments (estimated by instructor or facilitator)
Total contact hours: 32
TOTAL CEUs = 3.2
The criteria and guidelines for awarding the CEUs set minimum contact hours for awarding them. At our discretion the University may require more extensive standards such as submission of papers and/or passing tests. An individual must achieve a minimum score of 80% on a course/certificate program in order to satisfactorily complete it and be awarded CEUs.
Assignment of CEUs will be based on the instructor/department’s judgment of the average number of hours of work required to complete the course. The total of these hours would then be divided by 10 to calculate the correct CEU total.
Purposes of the CEU
Eligible ProgramsAcross the country, CEUs are assigned to the following types of noncredit programs by sponsoring units:
Criteria for Determining Program Eligibility
At Ohio University, programs must meet the following criteria if they are to award CEUs. These are criteria that eLearning OHIO agrees identify sound programs. The assistant director of the non-credit programs will use these criteria when reviewing each application.
Occasionally, professional associations and other clientele groups will request that University academic and administrative units co‑sponsor programs and award CEUs for participation. In general, these requests will not be granted unless the above criteria are met.
A copy of the CEU request form is available here
CEU Approval Process
Ohio University eLearning OHIO follows the national standardized process required to issue CEUs. The first step is to complete the CEU application and submit it to the Division for approval four weeks prior to when the program (longer if your brochure or other promotional material lead time is greater) is scheduled to begin. Applications are reviewed by the Assistant Director of Non Credit Programming in eLearning OHIO. After application approval and the CEU set-up fee are received the process is complete. After the program takes place the sponsor will be required to submit a list of participant names, addresses and e-mails with the CEU fees for only those wishing to receive CEUs. eLearning OHIO will record this information and send official CEU certificates to participants. A permanent record of the program and participants will be maintained by eLearning OHIO.1. Complete the application form requesting the awarding of CEUs, paying particular attention to the number of actual contact hours and hours spent on outside assignments in order to calculate correctly the number of CEUs to be awarded.
Announcement of CEU Availability
The brochure or other material sent out to participants for registration purposes should contain the following information relating to CEU availability:
This program has been approved for an award of Continuing Education Units by eLearning OHIO at Ohio University to those who wish to obtain this recognition for participation.
Some of those attending a continuing education program may be required to show proof of attendance. Paid participants will receive a certificate of completion.
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