Faculty Qualifications

Credentialing Category

Requirements

Faculty must possess minimum qualifications as specified in the following guidelines.

General Education (AGEC)

  • A master's degree in the discipline to be taught, or
  • A master's degree with 24 upperdivision and/or graduate semsester hour in the discipline to be taught, or
  • A master's degree with 15 graduate hours in the discipline to be taught.

Other College Level ACADEMIC Credit Courses

  • Bachelor's degree in the discipline to be taught, or
  • Bachelor's degree plus 15 graduate hours in the discipline to be taught OR 24 upper division and/or graduate semester hour in the discipline to be taught.

 ACADEMIC Credit Courses below College Level

  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline to be taught, or
  • Bachelor's degree and demonstrates proficiency through three (3) years or more of work experience in the field, or
  • Through tested experience in the field (such as professional certification or licensure examinations).

Practice- Oriented Disciplines OR Vocational/Occupational Oriented Programs of Study

  • Bachelor's degree in the field of study, or
  • Faculty may demonstrate proficiency through five (5) years or more work experience in the field, or
  • Through tested experience in the field (such as professional certification or licensure examinations), or
  • Through their work in the field that has validated their talent through publication or critical and public acclaim (such as in the case of an artist or musician)

Conversational courses in Native American or foreign languages

Faculty qualifications may be approved through formal recognition of competence by the Principal Chief, Vice Principal Chief or Tribal Governor or Vice Governor or through the Tribal Office dedicated to Native American language studies.

Qualifications may also be proven through a nationally recognized rating of proficiency in the foreign languages to be taught.

Non-credit Personal Interest Courses (All 070 courses)

Faculty qualifications are largely dependent on experience indicating the relevance of a person's experience both at a degree level and to the specific content of the courses. Some objective measure must be used to ensure that the individual's knowledge and expertise is sufficient for determining what students learn and what they have learned.

Special Exceptions

If the District has been unable to secure a faculty member with the requisite qualifications, with the exception of AGEC courses, the Vice President of Academic Affairs may approve exceptions to the minimum qualifications for a faculty member.  All exceptions must be reviewed at the end of each semester.

Note: All special exceptions will be made with consideration toward any applicable accrediting organization in the special exception block.

 

Note: All coursework and degrees must be from regionally accredited institutions.  Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a full translation (word for word) by an acceptable translator.  Additionally, each foreign transcript must be evaluated for equivalencies to United States accredited course work by an acceptable agency such as those agencies certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).


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