California IT Model Curriculum

Community colleges in California that adopt the Information Technology (IT) Model Curriculum will meet some of the requirements for the National Security Agency's National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CD) for 2 year colleges (CAE2Y) designation.

Finalized by the Intersegmental Curriculum Faculty Workgroup (ICFW) in March 2015, the model curriculum (located here) includes four courses that map to CAE2Y knowledge units. 

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) has approved a 4-year degree program that will accept transfer credits from courses in the model curriculum. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology at CSUSB may choose to focus on either Computer Information Systems or Cyber Security Intelligence.

“We are hoping to see this curriculum model replicated at other CSUs as a way for community college students in Information and Computing Technologies (ICT) to have more options,” stated Tony Coulson, a professor in the Information & Decision Sciences department at CSUSB and the director of its Cyber Security Center. Coulson is also a co–principal investigator for CyberWatch West.

At the ICT Educators' Conference in San Jose in January, CyberWatch West Director Corrinne Sande, Co-PI Nancy Jones and Jake Zhu, Chair of the Department of Information & Decision Sciences at CSUSB, presented the diagram below to illustrate how the courses map to CAE2Y knowledge units and how transfer credits will apply to the four-year degree at CSUSB.


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