Faculty Spotlight

Eric Sands
Faculty

Eric Sands is Associate Professor of Government at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, where he received the SGA Outstanding Faculty Award in the Spring of 2009. Dr. Sands has published a book, American Public Philosophy and the Mystery of Lincolnism (University of Missouri Press, 2009) that examines the public philosophy of Abraham Lincoln and how the development of Lincoln’s ideas affected the politics of Reconstruction.  He has also published articles in Perspectives on Political SciencePS: Political Science & PoliticsThe Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior, and The Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court.  Dr. Sands has served as an Annual Fellow for the Jack Miller Center and is currently an Academic Partner for the Bill of Rights Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia.

College Credit Plus

With many states and school districts now making a push to offer College Credit Plus programs—college-level courses 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 courses in American history and government are suitable for secondary school teachers seeking additional expertise, as well as college credit plus pathways to qualification as community college adjunct instructors.

Getting Started

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 the community college with which your school district has partnered before you begin your studies. 

Looking to earn a master’s degree to become qualified to teach College Credit Plus courses?

           Both the MAHG and MASTAHG degree options are suitable for K-12 teachers who wish to become qualified to teach college-level courses on a high school campus or as an adjunct instructor at a community college. Again, you are encouraged to contact the hiring institution to determine exactly which Ashland courses will best prepare you to become an adjunct instructor.

           Learn more about Ashland's Master of Arts in American History and Government and Master of Arts with a Specialization in Teaching American History and Government degree programs. Ready to get started? Apply today.

Already have a master’s degree in education or another field?

           If you already have a Master of Education or similar degree, it may be possible to qualify as a College Credit Plus instructor by enrolling at Ashland on a non-degree basis to take additional course work in American history or government. Again, you are encouraged to contact the hiring institution to determine exactly which Ashland courses will best prepare you to become an adjunct instructor.

           Enrolling on a non-degree basis is easy. View the schedule and get started today at our TeachingAmericanHistory.org website.

Planning Your College Credit Plus Curriculum

Your College Credit Plus program should be guided by the college-level subjects you plan to teach. The College Credit Plus pathway for an adjunct history instructor will be a little different from that prescribed for a government instructor, though there will likely be some overlap between the two. Not to worry, however. Our faculty advisors are available to work with you, your administration, and your district's higher education partner to find the right courses for you.

To help you get started with course selection, we've put together a handy guide listing courses suggested for future history instructors and those suggested for future government instructors. We strongly suggest choosing courses in consultation with the community college for which you will work. Have questions about our courses or need sample syllabi? Feel free to contact us at mahg@ashland.edu or (419) 289-5411.