To initiate approval of a course to be offered under contract with an agency or school district (client), follow these steps:
Determine from the client the type of course desired and prepare a syllabus to address the need.
Secure an instructor for the course and negotiate a salary.
Determine the contract price or fee for the course (our staff can assist in determining the fee).
Complete the Course Contract Approval Form [doc] consistent with #1-#3 above.
Submit to the Course Contract Approval Form and Course Syllabus to the Office of Educational Outreach who will review and provide an Approval Memo from the Director assuring adherence to USC academic and fiscal policies and procedures.
Initiate a new proposal using USCeRA that includes the Course Contract Approval Form and the Approval Memo from listed above. Office of Educational Outreach staff can initiate the proposal in USCeRA for you or you may follow our USCeRA Contract Proposal Guide [pdf].
Use the sample Degree Program Memorandum of Understanding [doc] to draft an agreement for offering a USC degree program to students sponsored by an agency or school district. As degree program contracts involve multiple decisions, consultation with Office of Educational Outreach staff early and often is highly recommended.
When the Degree Program Memorandum of Understanding is complete (including signatures from the client and the Department Chair for the unit offering the degree), initiate a new proposal in USCeRA that includes the Degree Program Memorandum. Office of Educational Outreach staff can initiate the proposal in USCeRA for you or you may follow our USCeRA Contract Proposal Guide [pdf].
The Department Chair or degree program leader for the contracted degree will need to send a memorandum to the Educational Outreach Director requesting the scheduling of the course or courses required by degree program contract. The memorandum must include the following for each course:
Contract Client Agency/District Name (as listed on signed contract)
Course designator, number and title
Instructor name and, if applicable, instructor salary for teaching the course
USC Session including start and end date for course
Location of course (city, building, classroom number)
Meeting days and times
If the course does NOT meet during a standard USC time schedule, the course syllabus with details on specific meeting days and time must also be included with the memorandum. If the instructor is not a USC faculty member, a CV or resume is required. Instructors for graduate level courses must have a current term appointment to the USC Graduate School faculty.
A course addressing a special topic of interest to educators may be developed and
offered using the EDUC 632, 633, 634 or 635 numbers. These courses can carry between
1 and 3 credits. To propose a special topic course for approval, you will need to
develop a syllabus addressing the topic and document the course experience consistent
with the credit offered. The syllabus must include specific academic requirements
and a method of evaluation that clearly explains how the final letter grade will be
assessed as well as specific meeting days and times so a minimum of 700 minutes over
one week of study is included for each credit offered (i.e. a 3-credit course must
include a minimum of 2100 minutes of instruction over 3 weeks).
Once the syllabus is finalized, complete the Special Topics Graduate Course Approval form [pdf] found at the Graduate School's site. If the course is a regular offering (not offered under a contract), submit to the Graduate School for approval. If the course is to be offered under contract to a client district or agency, submit to the Office of Educational Outreach which will secure Graduate School approval prior to initiate the course contract.