August 2003

Adult Education in the Cincinnati Area


This directory lists adult education opportunities in the Cincinnati area for people seeking skills for vocational or personal interest. The listing includes: 1) courses that may lead to a certificate or associate degree 2) vocational courses and 3) courses for personal interest or hobbies. Note: This listing is a representative list based on agency information and school catalogs from Winter 1997 through Spring 2003; it is not exhaustive. Not all courses are offered all sessions. Please consult catalogs for current offerings.

Schools included in this listing include both for-profit and non-profit agencies. For further information, please consult the yellow pages under the subject of interest to you.

Regular daytime courses offered at area colleges and universities as part of a baccalureate degree program are not listed here, although listings do include summer and evening courses in subjects of general interest to continuing education students. Regular academic courses at these schools are often available to high school graduates through an evening school or continuing education department. Please consult the school catalogs for listings of these courses and contact the appropriate office for enrollment information.

Area Colleges and Universities Offering Baccalaureate Degree Programs

  • University of Cincinnati
    Cincinnati OH 45221-0001
  • Xavier University
    Victory Parkway
    Cincinnati OH 45207-1096
  • Thomas More College
    333 Thomas More Parkway
    Crestview Hills KY 41017-3428
  • College of Mt. St. Joseph
    5701 Delhi Road
    Cincinnati OH 45233-1670
  • Miami University—Hamilton
    1601 Peck Blvd.
    Hamilton OH 45011-3399
  • Miami University—Middletown
    4200 E. University Blvd.
    Middletown OH 45042-3497
  • Northern Kentucky University
    University Drive
    Highland Heights KY 41099-0001

Literacy Programs

Basic literacy classes are offered at a number of sites throughout the Cincinnati area. For information on classes in your neighborhood, please call the Read Hotline at 621-READ (513-621-7323).


Information on the GED high school equivalency exam is available through the Great Oaks School District at 513-771-8881 or their website. Great Oaks offers adult basic education classes and GED testing. Preparation classes for the GED are also offered at locations throughout the Cincinnati area. For information on classes near you, call the Read Hotline at 513-621-7323.

Courses for High School Credit

Courses for high school credit are offered through the Princeton Continuing Education, Great Oaks Vocational School District and Queen City Vocational Center programs. These courses are for currently enrolled high school students who need to make up classes in order to graduate. Contact these agencies for class offerings and schedules. A ‘HS’ following the course name notes them in this directory. Please contact the school for additional information.

Classes for Senior Citizens

Classes designed for seniors are designated with an ‘S’ following the course name. Some classes are offered to a general adult population but also have sessions specifically for seniors; these are marked with ‘(also S)’ in the listings.

The Institute for Learning in Retirement, operated through the University of Cincinnati, offers seminars for the retirement community on a variety of topics. Courses are quarterly and held at varied locations; a modest fee is charged. For a current list of courses and locations, contact the Institute at 513-556-9186.