Frequently Asked Questions


How quickly can I complete the EFDA certificate?

The EFDA certificate is two semesters long. Students take one course in autumn semester and one course in spring semester to complete the certificate.

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students are required to take classes in person. All classes are located at CTEC:

150 Price Road
Newark OH 43055 

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study. 

What type of financial assistance is available? 

The EFDA certificate is eligible for the Talent Ready Grant available to support students who have financial need, are enrolled in a short-term certificate that may be completed in less than one year (less than 30 credit hours), and leads to a certification or a workforce credential in an in-demand job or career. The grant is intended to assist in covering the cost of tuition and fees (up to $2000) and is a limited fund that will be awarded until funds are exhausted.

Learn more and apply for the Talent Ready Grant

The Foster Youth Grant is offered through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Education (ODHE) to support students enrolled in a short-term certificate program with demonstrated financial need.  This grant was designate to assist students in the Foster Care System or who have recently exited the system as well as students who at any time were in a kinship relationship.  Each student may receive a one-time grant of up to $2,000 to assist with tuition and fees (does not include the cost of books and supplies).

Learn more and apply for the Foster Youth Grant 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

How many students are selected into the program?

We currently accept 12 students into the program each academic year.

How do I get started at COTC?

Follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started. Contact the admissions office at 740.366.9222 or for assistance.