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Developmental Education Department

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It is the mission of the Developmental Education Department to meet the needs of learners and prepare them for college-level courses while empowering them to succeed academically, personally, and professionally. Whatever your skill level, we are here to help you get to the next level.



Academic Instruction

Advanced Reading
Basic Composition
Basic Grammar
Basic Punctuation
Intermediate Reading
Vocabulary Development

Reading and Writing Courses

Basic Math & Pre-Algebra

Bridge to College Math

Math Courses

College Success Skills

COLS 1101


NEW Learning Community Options

  • Scheduling Made Simple
  • Build Academic Skills
  • Connect with Peers & Instructors

Developmental Education’s Paired Courses

Would you like to earn transferable college credit while finishing a DEV ED class? Would you like to form a support network with your instructors? Do you have a placement of ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1101 and DEV 0145? If so, click on the link below to access available courses and additional details.

Access the Learning Community Options Information Here.


Top-Notch Support Services

Math Placement Advising
Tutorial Services 
Reading and Writing Placement Advising
Learning Skills Center

Student Development
Financial Aid Advising
Career Advising

If you have any questions or comments about the Developmental Education web site, please contact John Wallace (

Chairperson: Celeste F. Bland

B.S., Family/Community Services
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

M.A.Ed., College Student Personnel
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA

Office: Aquinas Hall 232
Phone: (614) 287-2582

Office Associate: Annie Peterson

Phone: (614) 287-5193

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Developmental Education Department to meet the needs of learners and prepare them for college-level courses while empowering them to succeed academically, personally, and professionally. We want learners to feel they belong and can succeed at Columbus State. To assist new learners with their transition from high school or to improve/enhance skills in the workplace, we offer a comprehensive range of academic instruction and support services. A strong commitment from students, coupled with the dedication of our faculty and staff, creates an environment that will help learners meet their educational and career goals. We want all learners to have a great beginning experience that translates into happy endings (graduation and/or promotion), and we have the academic instruction and top-notch support services to make that happen.

Our Goals

  • To provide an educational opportunity for each learner.
  • To ensure proper placement by assessing each learner’s level of preparedness for college course work.
  • To teach each learner general and discipline-specific learning strategies so she/he will be successful in mainstream college courses.
  • To empower every learner with the necessary life skills to succeed academically, personally, and professionally.
  • To assist the college with the retention of students.
  • To embrace and welcome diversity inside and outside the classroom.

ADA Policy

It is Columbus State policy to provide reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities. If you would like to request such accommodations because of physical, mental or learning disability, please contact the Department of Disability Services, 101 Eibling Hall, 614.287.2570 (V/TTY). Delaware Campus students may also contact an advisor in the Student Services Center, first floor Moeller Hall, 740.203.8000 – Ask for Delaware Campus advising, or, for assistance.

Financial Aid Attendance Reporting

Columbus State is required by federal law to verify the enrollment of students who participate in Federal Title IV student aid programs and/or who receive educational benefits through the Department of Veteran's Affairs. It is the responsibility of the College to identify students who do not commence attendance or who stop attendance in any course for which they are registered and paid. Non-attendance is reported each semester by each instructor, and results in a student being administratively withdrawn from the class section. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for information regarding the impact of course withdrawals on financial aid eligibility.

Withdrawal From Course

If you decide to drop a course, you must do so officially. Please refer to the official college calendar for information about the last day to withdraw. Failure to withdraw officially from a course will result in a failing grade recorded on your transcript. Schedule Adjustment Forms are available from the Counseling/Advising Center or the Registration Office.

Severe Weather Policy

In the event that the college must close, or alter its operating schedule, because of severe weather or other emergencies, an announcement will be broadcast on local television and radio stations, and on the college's Web site at www.cscc.eduThose subscribed to the Rave Mobile Safety program will receive text alerts when campus must close due to emergency or weather-related closings.
Students who reside in areas which fall under a Level III or worse Weather Emergency should not attempt to drive to Columbus State even if the college remains open. Consult your course syllabus for information on the makeup of missed homework, labs, tests, or quizzes, or contact your instructor. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with reading and other assignments when a scheduled class does not meet, whatever the reason.

Contact Information

Department of Developmental Education
Aquinas Hall 215
Columbus State Community College
550 East Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio 43216

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Other Resource:
Testing Center