Degree
MS
Program Type
Graduate

Improve your Teaching and your Professional Marketability

With many states and school districts now offering College Credit Plus programs—college-level courses on high school campuses—teachers 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 name, 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.

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Teachers attending College Credit Plus class

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 your school district has partnered with before you begin your studies.

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

K-12 teachers who want to be qualified to teach college-level courses on a high school campus or as an adjunct instructor at a community college can choose either the M.A. in American History and Government or the M.A. with a Specialization in Teaching American History and Government. It’s a good idea 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. oday.

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

If you already have a Master of Education or similar degree, you may be able to qualify as a College Credit Plus instructor by taking graduate courses in American history or government. Please 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 of upcoming courses. When you are ready to enroll, apply online for admission as a College Credit Plus/Dual-Enrollment student.

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 a government instructor. 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, we've created a list of suggested courses for future history instructors and those suggested for future government instructors. We strongly suggest choosing courses in consultation with the community college where 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.