The minimum requirement for CAPP adjunct approval is a Master’s degree. Additional CAPP adjunct requirements vary by department and the CAPP office is currently updating this page. If you do not see your department listed, please contact our office with any questions regarding adjunct requirements.
A Master’s degree in Reading or Literacy and state-designated reading license are required. The applicant must also currently be employed as a high school reading or literacy professional.
A Master’s degree in Anthropology OR a Master’s degree in a related discipline with 18 graduate credits in Anthropology. Applicants with other backgrounds will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Requirements for an art adjunct include a Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as Fine Art, Art Education, or Education, as well as a quality studio background.
Other factors considered but not required are recommendation from art education faculty and previous college-level teaching experience.
A Master’s degree in any Biological Science is strongly preferred. A Master’s degree in another field is considered with course-work in biological science, environmental science, ecology, chemistry, math, and statistics. **Biology 523, offered online through UWO, may be needed to satisfy requirements for prospective adjuncts who have not had graduate work in Cell/Molecular Biology.
Prospective adjuncts must have at least two years of experience teaching at a high school level, including at least one year of teaching advanced biology. Adjuncts wishing to teach BIO 211 (Human Anatomy) will also be required to show successful completion of university level courses in human anatomy and human physiology before approval.
Prior to approval, the Biology/Microbiology Liaison will have at least one face-to-face meeting with the prospective adjunct at their high school to assess available laboratory facilities.
Management & Human Resources (Business 198): Requirements for an adjunct to teach Business 198 can be downloaded hereFinance & Business Law (Business 231): Requirements to teach Business 231 include a Master’s degree with graduate or undergraduate coursework covering business and/or business related courses. Previous experience working in business and/or teaching business education is desirable.
Requirements for a chemistry adjunct include a Master’s degree Chemistry or Biochemistry.
Considerations are also made when prospective adjuncts hold a Master’s degree in another science or engineering field with sufficient coursework or experience to ensure adequate knowledge of chemistry.
A Master’s degree in a field other than any of the above is only acceptable with sufficient work experience in the Chemistry field equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Chemistry.
For more information, visit the UW Oshkosh department of chemistry website.
A Master’s degree in speech communication, education, or a related field with significant teaching experience in speech communication is required. Prospective adjuncts also must, within the last 5 years, have experience in teaching speech or public speaking OR have taken course work in the speech communication area.
CAPP adjuncts wishing to teach computer science must hold one of the following:
- A Master’s degree in Computer Science or closely related field (such as Software Engineering, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Physics
- An undergraduate degree in Computer Science (major or minor) and a Master’s degree in Education
A Master’s degree in Economics is preferred for an economics adjunct, though if a Master’s degree is held in a different field, a certificate in Economics with intermediate-level coursework, or an undergraduate major or minor is Economics will also be considered.
An adjunct may still be qualified to teach Economics without the above educational requirements following the completion of Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, and one pre-approved intermediate-level course in economics.
Courses must total a minimum of 9 credits, and each course must completed with a minimum grade of C.
Adjuncts must also show evidence of quality teaching of a previous course containing significant economic content.
A Master’s degree in education or a related field is required. Experiences as a cooperating teacher for student teaching or experience teaching college level coursework is preferred, but not required.
An emphasis is placed on having had recent graduate courses on the social foundations of education. Candidates without recent courses in some of the following: Educational Law, History of Education, Multicultural Education, and others may be asked to take a refresher course or submit a reflection paper based on current literature.
For Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
A Master’s degree in an engineering-related field is required and/or combination of education and experience where a comparable set of knowledge and skills has been gained.
Preferred: Undergraduate or graduate degree in mechanical, electrical, or related engineering discipline.
For Environmental Engineering Technology
A Master’s degree in biological or microbiological science or engineering-related field is required and/or combination of education and experience where a comparable set of knowledge and skills has been gained. Degrees in environmental related fields will be considered with demonstration of applied work in the field.
Preferred: Undergraduate or graduate degree in mechanical, electrical, or related engineering discipline.
- Significant graduate-level course work in rhetoric and composition (See Department policy – if you have a Master’s, but not all coursework – apply! CAPP offers scholarships!)
- At least three years teaching experience, one of which involves seniors
- Commitment to continuous learning
- M.A. in English or M.S. in an affiliated field with relevant graduate coursework in English
- Training and experience as writing teachersFive years teaching experience, some of which involve teaching seniors
- At least six months staff development prior to offering course
- For more information, visit the UW Oshkosh Department of English website.
The minimum requirement for teaching ES 101 or ES 260 is a Master’s Degree. The disciplinary subject of the master’s degree is less important than having developed an appropriate background in Environmental Studies. An appropriate background may consist of one or more of the following, and will be approved by members of the UW Oshkosh Env Studies program:
- Graduate degree or graduate certificate in Environmental Studies (or a graduate emphasis in this area within the applicant’s home discipline)
- An undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies in combination with a Master’s degree in another field.
- Prior teaching experience in Environmental Studies
- Graduate coursework related to Environmental Studies (could be in Biology, History, Geography, Geoscience, English, etc)
- Significant professional expertise in fields/careers related to Environmental Studies Teaching ES 260: Environmental Science requires a Master’s degree in a scientific discipline.
Prospective adjunct faculty must also submit a syllabus for the course for which they are applying to teach, and are expected to work with ES CAPP liaison to make sure the syllabus meets program expectations.
Requirements for a geology adjunct include a Master’s degree in Geology or Geoscience.
Considerations are also made when prospective adjuncts hold a Master’s degree in another science or engineering field with sufficient coursework or experience to ensure adequate knowledge of geology.
GLOBAL LANGUAGES AND CULTURE (FORMERLY FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES)
Prospective adjuncts may apply to teach French, German, Japanese, or Spanish through the CAP Program. Requirements for all Global Languages are as follows:
- Master’s degree in the language to be taught, or related discipline. If a Master’s degree is held in a related discipline, then undergraduate and graduate transcripts will undergo careful review of coursework in the language to be taught.
- Interview with the UW Oshkosh liaison faculty member following application to CAPP in order to verify proficiency in the language to be taught. This may be by phone, in person on campus, or at the high school. High school interviews may include classroom observation.
A Master’s degree in Physical Education, Health Education, or related field is required. Prospective adjuncts must also hold current certifications if necessary (e.g. CPR certification).
Other factors considered include previous college-level teaching experience and on-site visits conducted by the CAPP liaison.For adjuncts wishing to teach Phy Ed 180: Bachelor’s Degree in Phy. Ed, and National Archery in the School Program (NASP) Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) certification.
For adjuncts wishing to teach Phy Ed 181: National Archery in the School Program (NASP) Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) certification and a Master’s in Physical Education or Kinesiology or a Master’s in Administration with 18 graduate credits in Physical Education
*The History Department is currently re-evaluating it’s relationship to CAPP. No new adjunct applications will be accepted for History until further notice.
The History Department adjunct requirements are listed here: Expectations for CAPP Adjunct Instructors of History
A Master’s degree is required, as well as relevant education and/or experience in journalism or a related field. Prospective adjuncts must show evidence of quality teaching of a course containing significant journalism content. Prospective adjuncts will also be asked to attend either the CAPP Spring Workshop or the instructor workshop held over the summer.
A Master’s degree in Kinesiology or a closely related field is required. Prospective adjuncts must also show evidence of quality teaching of a course containing substantial exercise science content.
Please see this document for the Mathematics Department Requirements: Click Here
A Master’s degree is required, preferably in music, as well as sufficient knowledge and experience as determined by the department.
A Master’s degree in Philosophy is required. Prospective adjuncts must also submit a syllabus for the course for which they are applying to teach.
View a PDF of the physics and astronomy requirements. For more information about the UW Oshkosh department of physics and astronomy, visit their website.
A Master’s degree in Political Science is required. Other factors taken into consideration are other courses or professional development related to the course, other degrees held, or prior success in teaching a similar course.
A Master’s degree is required for all CAPP adjunct faculty. The Psychology department requires that prospective adjuncts have taken graduate or undergraduate courses covering a variety of related topics such as:
- Introductory Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
Prospective adjuncts must also attend at least a 3-hour lecture series covering statistics and methodology in psychology at a university level, preferably through UW Oshkosh.
A Master’s degree in a media-related discipline is strongly preferred. Disciplines may include Radio/TV/Film, media studies, digital media, media production, broadcast news, or other similar areas.
Prospective adjunct with a Master’s degree in a different field will also be considered if their CV or resume reflects substantial professional media experience.
RTF adjuncts are expected to show proficiency working with media technology, procedures, and workflows as currently employed by professionals in the industry.
A Master’s degree in Religious Studies is preferred, OR a Master’s degree in History, Philosophy or the Humanities with additional graduate coursework or certificate in Religious Studies. Adjuncts with an academic background in Religious Studies will also be considered upon completion of select Religious Studies courses approved by the department. Enrichment activities may include University of Wisconsin Oshkosh courses augmented with additional work at the graduate level, such as 87-102 (World Religions) and 87-265 (Women and Religion) with departmental permission.
A Master’s degree in Sociology is preferred, though a postgraduate degree in a related field and/or undergraduate sociology coursework (sociology major or minor preferred) will also be considered. Experience teaching sociology is also preferred.
Adjuncts seeking to teach sociology must submit a draft syllabus of the prospective class at the time of application.
A Master’s degree in Special Education or a related field is required. Also required is a Special Education teaching license and three years of experience teaching students with exceptional educational needs in pK-grade 12.
**The requirements for an American Sign Language instructor within the Special Education Department are as follows: A Bachelor’s degree, significant background and experience in American Sign Language and connections with Deaf community. Instructors and teams of instructors will be evaluated on an individual basis. For districts interested in offering more than one level of ASL multiple instructors are preferred.
A Master’s degree in Theatre is preferred though the following are also considered:
- Undergraduate major or minor in Theatre
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Theatre Teacher Certificate – License 325
- Equivalent Theatre education and/or experience as deemed appropriate by the Theatre Department
Evidence of quality teaching of a course containing substantial theatre content is also desired.
WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
The minimum requirement for teaching WG STDS 201 is a Master’s Degree. The disciplinary subject of the master’s degree is less important than having developed an appropriate background in Women’s and Gender Studies. An appropriate background may consist of one or more of the following, and will be determined by members of the UW Oshkosh Women’s and Gender Studies program steering and curriculum committee:
- Graduate degree or graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies (or a graduate emphasis in this area within the applicant’s home discipline)
- An undergraduate degree in Women’s and Gender Studies in combination with a Master’s degree in another field.
- Prior teaching experience in Women’s and Gender Studies
- Graduate coursework and/or field/comprehensive examinations in Women’s and Gender Studies
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