Discover the Rich Pageantry of American History
Become an expert in the people, places, events and ideas of the American experience with Ashland's Graduate Certificate in United States History. The program is designed for secondary school teachers, public policy professionals, legislative and executive staffers, museum or historical society curators and others with a personal or professional interest in the history of the United States.
Improve your Teaching and your Professional Marketability
With many states and school districts now offering College Credit Plus (CCP) programs—college-level courses taught on high school campuses—teachers need courses that can prepare them for the challenge of college-level instruction. Whether your state calls it College Credit Plus, Dual Enrollment, Dual Credit, Postsecondary Education Option or by another name, Ashland’s Graduate Certificate Program in United States History is suitable for secondary school teachers who already hold a graduate degree in another field, but want to become qualified to teach postsecondary courses in U.S. history.
A Note for Those Seeking to Teach 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, however, can prepare you for that opportunity.
Getting Started with College Credit Plus
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 today.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-289-5411.