Cyber Curriculum Development

The C5 project has brought together computer science faculty and cybersecurity educators to develop new course content that integrates the two disciplines.

Created with the needs of our nation’s 1,100-plus community colleges in mind, C5’s contemporary cybersecurity content consists of modules that can be seamlessly incorporated into existing computing courses or bundled together to create an introductory cybersecurity-infused computer science course. 

The cybersecurity modules have been designed to align with various portions of three prominent curricular frameworks: the College Board AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) course, the NSA CAE/2Y Knowledge Units, and the ACM Computer Science Curricular Guidelines. In addition, these modules were designed to assist community colleges in meeting the curriculum requirements for achieving the NSA/DHS designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE).


The project leads for course development are Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne of Union County College and Dr. Melissa Dark of Purdue University.