Content Area Programs (CAP) and Graduate Credit for Professional Educators (GEDU)

High school educators can become certified to teach at the baccalaureate level for College Credit Plus programs through Hiram College’s content area programs in biology, history and English.

Hiram’s Content Area Programs (CAP) are offered through the Master of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies. They are discipline-specific, 18-credit hour programs taught by Ph.D. faculty.

Each CAP will offer courses each summer, fall and spring terms, with multiple convenient start times. Courses can be completed in as few as 15 months. Early credentialing and approval to teach courses as Hiram College adjunct faculty before CAP completion must be approved by the Hiram College academic dean. Courses will be offered either at Hiram College, online, at a local ESC, or at one of our community college partnerships. 

Credits can be counted toward the Hiram College Master of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies. Please consult with the Hiram College Office of Professional and Graduate Studies for more details.

TUITION: The CAP program cost is $510 per credit hour; ESC district faculty may participate for a discounted rate TBD per credit hour. Participants not in need of master’s credit hours may take this as a professional development (GEDU) course with reduced tuition of $225 per credit hour, as space allows.

CAP Courses for Teachers

Each of the following courses can be taken for MAIS, CAP, or GEDU credit.  Each of these courses is 3 credit hours.  

CAP in Biology – 18 credit hours, 6 courses from the following:

Field Techniques Courses Requiring Limited Residency

  • Course 1 – requires 2 Weeks in residence June 2016 (12 Days) Advanced Field Biology 4 CR HR 
  • Course 2 – requires 1 Week in residence July 2016 (6 Days) Marine Ecology – Readings & Methods 2 CR HR
  • Course 3 – requires 2 weeks August 2016, course repeated again Summer 2017 (12 Days)
    • Advanced Civic Ecology – Readings & Methods 4 CR HR
  • Course 4 –requires 1 week August 2016, course repeated again Summer 2017 (6 days)
    • Sustainability – Readings & Methods 2 CR HR

Fully Online Graduate Content Area Courses 

  • Course 1 – Summer May-July 2016 - Genes and Genomes 3 CR HR
  • Course 2 – Summer June – August 2016 - Advanced Readings in Immunology 3 CR HR
  • Course 3 – Fall August-November 2016 – Human Biology 3 CR HR
  • Course 4 – Spring January-April 2017 - Advanced Readings & Methods in Forensics 3 CR HR
  • Course 5 – Summer 2017 – Advanced Readings in Physiology 3 CR HR
  • Course 6 – Summer 2017 – Cells and Cancer 3 CR HR

Faculty completing the Biology CAP will be credentialed to teach Hiram College’s Introductory Biology I and II, Biology for Non-majors, Beginning Field Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology. High school faculty completing the program can apply to the Hiram College Biology Department to be credentialed to teach other courses. Credentialing will depend on what the adjunct faculty proposes and what courses were taken at Hiram College or elsewhere. Courses to be taught on behalf of other higher education institutions need separate approval, though the curriculum is designed to prepare students to teach most introductory level courses in literature and composition. 

CAP in English/Writing – 18 credit hours, 6 courses 

Two courses in Writing, including WRIT 54180 – Creative Nonfiction

Four courses in Literature. Each course will focus on a special topic in American, British or World Literature, and each will include a significant research, methods, and criticism component.

Faculty completing this CAP will be credentialed to teach the Hiram College courses at the introductory level, particularly courses that focus on a particular author, genre, or literary tradition and provide students with a knowledge of a set of primary literary texts and practice basic skills of literary analysis and interpretation through class discussions and the composition of short essays. Faculty seeking to teach on behalf of other higher education institutions should seek separate approval of potential course offerings, though the curriculum is designed to prepare students to teach most introductory level courses in literature and composition. 

CAP in American History - 18 credit hours, 6 courses

History Methods – HIST/MAIS 57300

Four 3-credit courses in American history or government

Writing seminar in which the student plans and prepares a research paper on a topic of the student's choosing. 3 credits.

Faculty completing this CAP will be credentialed to teach History 14000, U.S. History to 1865 and History 14100, U.S. History 1865 - present. The high school faculty member can apply to the Hiram College History Department to be credentialed to teach other courses. Credentialing will depend on what the faculty member proposes and what courses were taken at Hiram College or elsewhere. Courses to be taught on behalf of other higher education institutions need separate approval, though the curriculum is designed to prepare students to teach most introductory level courses in literature and composition. 

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