Certificate in US Government and Politics

Master the Arts and Ideas of Politics in America

Become an expert in the nature, structure, history, and philosophy of government in the United States with Ashland's Graduate Certificate in US Government and Politics. Designed for secondary school teachers, public policy professionals, legislative and executive staffers, and others with a personal or professional interest in government in the United States. 

Improve your Teaching and your Professional Marketability

With many states and school districts now making a push to offer College Credit Plus programs—college-level courses taught  on high school campuses—teachers like you need courses that can prepare you for the challenge of college-level instruction.  Whether your state calls it College Credit Plus, Dual Enrollment, Dual Credit, Postsecondary Education Option, or another moniker, Ashland’s Graduate Certificate Program in US Government and Politics is suitable for secondary school teachers who already hold a graduate degree in another field but wish to become qualified to teach postsecondary political science courses. 

Who Should Apply?

  • Secondary school teachers with a master's degree in another field who seek to become qualified to teach post-secondary courses in US government
  • Those with a master's degree in another field who seek to teach undergraduate courses on an adjunct basis
  • Legislative or other local, state, or federal government staffers interested in improving their knowledge of the nature of government in the United States
  • Anyone with a personal or professional interest in American government

A Note for Those Seeking to Teacher at the Postsecondary Level

In higher education, hiring institutions determine the qualifications required for potential instructors.  Typically, this is a master’s degree in the subject area to be taught OR a master’s degree in any field plus 18 hours in the subject area.  Consult the hiring institution for their exact requirements.  We strongly encourage you to contact your school district's higher education partner or a potential employer for guidance before you begin your studies.

While the certificate program is open to anyone with a bachelor's degree or higher, it is unlikely that your bachelor's degree plus this certificate will qualify you to teach postsecondary courses. Our Master of Arts program in American History and Government (MAHG), however, can prepare you for that opportunity.