University of Southern Indiana

Interested in Teaching a CAP Course?

A presentation or meeting at your high school may be arranged to communicate the benefits of offering USI dual credit. To learn more, contact the CAP Office.

Faculty Qualifications for CAP Instructors

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has established the following minimum qualifications for faculty teaching general education or non-occupational courses, including CAP/dual credit instructors:

  • A Master’s degree in the discipline or subfield, or
  • A Master’s degree in another field with a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline or subfield

In addition, CAP requires applicants have at least three years teaching in the subject area, preferably with at least one year's experience teaching an advanced course in the subject area. Individuals in progress with graduate coursework in the discipline or subfield should contact the CAP office before applying.

USI’s Faculty Qualifications and Tested Experience policy provides the following general guidelines for department chairs to utilize when non-traditional credentials are considered:

“HLC’s Assumed Practice B.2 allows an institution to determine that a faculty member is qualified based on tested experience outside of the classroom in real-world situations relevant to the discipline in which the faculty member would be teaching. As a result, the University may consider, as appropriate: competence; effectiveness; related work experience; certification(s); licensure; demonstrated competencies; and honors, awards and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and learning outcomes. … For faculty who are deemed qualified to teach for USI by way of tested experience, documentation must be completed to provide a rationale and proper approvals.”

The CAP Graduate Fee Waiver may be utilized by both current and prospective instructors who wish to pursue graduate hours in the discipline or subfield.

Approval Process

Teachers applying for CAP approval must submit:

  • A USI Faculty Application
  • A CAP Instructor Application (including principal signature)
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts. If CAP approval is granted, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts will be required at a later date and must be sent directly to the dean. Directions will be provided from the CAP Office. 
  • A résumé or CV
  • A proposed syllabus or course outline

Application materials can be requested from the CAP Office. Once completed, all materials (with the exception of the official transcripts) listed above can be emailed or mailed to:

USI College Achievement Program 8600 University Blvd. Evansville, IN 47712

Upon receipt of all materials, items will be forwarded to the appropriate faculty liaison and department chair for review. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision.

Initial Training and Ongoing Professional Development

Prior to teaching a CAP course, new instructors are required to attend discipline-specific training and orientation with the USI faculty liaison to learn course curriculum, assessment criteria, pedagogy and course philosophy. New instructors also attend a separate training with CAP staff to overview administrative responsibilities and procedures.

All returning CAP instructors are expected to attend an annual discipline-specific workshop.

Read more about CAP instructor benefits, responsibilities and the non-compliance policy in the Administrative Guide.

Accreditation The College Achievement Program (CAP) is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). For more information, visit the NACEP website. 

The University of Southern Indiana is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). For more information, visit the HLC website.