Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
Charter Oak State College Official Catalog

Contract Learning

Off-Term course
If a student is in his/her final term and has one course left to take that is not being offered during the upcoming semester, the student should work with his/her academic advisor and attempt to make an appropriate substitution for that course. If a substitution is not in the best interests of the degree program, the student, with the approval of the academic counselor, may request an independent study for that course.

In order to qualify for an Off-term Course, a student:

  • must have an approved concentration plan of study
  • must be matriculated
  • must be in their final term and have only one course left to take that is not being offered.
  • must be cleared to register in the system by their academic advisor
  • must submit this form 45 days prior to the beginning of the semester

Capstone Course
This option is only available if the Capstone course needed is not being offered in the current semester. The capstone project must demonstrate fulfillment of the various outcomes of the major/concentration. There are Blackboard shells for each capstone. The student must develop a proposal, to be approved by the professor, that will demonstrate mastery of the outcomes. (The project is not to be a list of the outcomes and how each one was met, but an integrated use of the core learning outcomes of the concentration or major.) The proposed project may be a research paper, portfolio of work with written explanation, etc.

In order to qualify for Capstone Course contract, a student:

  • must have completed all concentration requirements or is within his or her last 9 credits (3 credits of which are the Capstone course) of the concentration/major
  • must be matriculated
  • must be cleared to register in the system by their academic counselor
  • must submit this form 45 days prior to the beginning of the semester