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AP 3-10b Faculty And Instructor Qualifications

Arapahoe Community College
Series 3 – College Personnel
AP 3-10b Faculty and Instructor Qualifications

Originated: August 2017

Revised:

Effective: January 2018

References: BP 3-10; SP 3-10; AP 3-10; AP 3-10a; Higher Learning Commission Faculty Guidelines

Approved:

Diana M. Doyle, Ph.D.
President, Arapahoe Community College

PURPOSE

This Procedure establishes guidelines for the determination and evaluation of faculty and instructor qualifications, to ensure expertise in discipline-specific teaching and learning, rigor that promotes students’ academic success, and compliance with accreditation criteria.

This Procedure contains pertinent information affecting faculty members and instructors, current through the date of its issuance. To the extent that any provision of this Procedure is inconsistent with State or Federal law, State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Policies (BPs) or Colorado Community College System President’s Procedures (SPs), the law, BPs and SPs shall supersede and control. BPs and SPs are subject to change throughout the year and are effective immediately upon adoption by the Board or System President, respectively. Faculty members and instructors are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the BPs, SPs as well as College directives, including but not limited to this Procedure.

Nothing in this Procedure is intended to create (nor shall be construed as creating) an express or implied contract or to guarantee employment for any term. The College reserves the right to modify, change, delete or add to this Procedure as it deems appropriate.

SCOPE

This Procedure applies to faculty, instructors, and concurrent enrollment instructors who teach and/or develop curriculum. The Procedure also serves as a resource for ACC employees involved in the hiring and/or qualifications review process.

DEFINITIONS

Faculty are CCCS/ACC employees whose assignments are comprised of at least one-half of duties as a teacher (refer to BP3-10 and AP3-10a).
 
Instructors are CCCS/ACC employees hired to teach on a temporary as needed basis. Any such appointment shall be for less than one academic year (refer to BP3-10 and AP3-10a).

Concurrent Enrollment (Affiliate) Instructors are employed by a school district or high school. They meet the required minimum qualifications to teach college courses at a high school to students enrolled for dual high school and college credit.

PROCEDURE

Faculty and Instructor Qualifications

The qualifications discussed below are the minimum requirements to demonstrate academic preparation and content expertise in a discipline/program. Additional minimum and/or preferred qualifications may be listed in job announcements and utilized in the recruitment and selection of faculty/instructors.

  1. General Education: Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree or higher in the discipline or related subfield (as determined by the discipline/program) from an accredited college or university. If a faculty/instructor holds a master’s degree or higher in a discipline or subfield other than that in which he or she is teaching, that faculty member must have completed a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline or subfield in which he/she teaches. Some disciplines/programs may utilize tested experience as qualification in lieu of the master’s degree. Appendix A lists the specific qualifications for each discipline/program.
  2. Developmental (below 100 level): Minimum qualifications include completion of a program of study from an accredited college or university in the discipline or subfield (as determined by hiring discipline/program) in which the faculty/instructor teaches, with coursework at least one level above that of the courses being taught or developed. Appendix A lists the specific qualifications for each discipline/program.
  3. Career and Technical Education (CTE): Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the discipline or subfield (as determined by the hiring discipline/program) from an accredited college or university, and appropriate occupational experience and/or licensure. Faculty and instructors teaching in CTE disciplines/programs must meet all postsecondary credentialing criteria as established by the Colorado Community College System. Additional special requirements may exist to meet program accreditation standards. Some disciplines/programs may utilize tested experience as qualification in lieu of the bachelor’s degree. Appendix A lists the specific qualifications for each discipline/program.

Process for Verifying Faculty and Instructor Qualifications

Qualifications are reviewed by faculty and administrators within Instruction who have the specific discipline/program knowledge and expertise to determine appropriate content area and courses to be taught by faculty or instructors. (Note: Reviewers may use unofficial transcripts, however, official transcripts will be requested as part of the onboarding process and must be submitted by the faculty member or instructor to Human Resources.)

  1. Faculty members: In order to determine that a faculty member meets the minimum qualifications, the discipline/program area’s evaluation methods (e.g. the faculty member’s resume/CV and transcripts) are utilized in a review process. The supervisor (or faculty designee) completes the review and determines whether or not the requirements are met as well as the content areas and/or specific courses the faculty member is qualified to teach. To document the qualifications review process, the supervisor completes the Faculty and Instructor Professional Qualifications form (myACC-Employee-Employee Forms-Employment Documents). The supervisor forwards the completed form along with the Personnel Action Form (PAF) to the second-level supervisor, and then to the Vice President for Instruction/Provost (VPIP). The signed document is forwarded to Human Resources with the PAF and is maintained in the faculty member’s employment file. A copy is kept in the supervisor’s file.
  2. Instructors: In order to determine that an instructor meets the minimum qualifications, the discipline/program area’s evaluation methods (e.g. the instructor’s resume/CV and transcripts) are utilized in a review process. The supervisor (or faculty designee) completes the review and determines whether or not the requirements are met as well as the content areas and/or specific courses the instructor is qualified to teach. To document the qualifications review process, the supervisor completes the Faculty and Instructor Professional Qualifications form (myACC-Employee-Employee Forms-Employment Documents). The signed document is forwarded to the second-level supervisor with the PAF, then to the VPIP. The signed document is forwarded to Human Resources with the PAF and is maintained in the instructor’s employment file. A copy is kept by the supervisor.
  3. Concurrent Enrollment (Affiliate) Instructors: The Concurrent Enrollment Office receives applications and supporting documentation, including resume/CV and transcripts, from the school district or high school and forwards all materials to the designated faculty member in the discipline/program (department chair, program chair, or concurrent enrollment liaison). The faculty member reviews the application and supporting documentation, and determines whether or not the requirements are met as well as the content areas and/or specific courses the instructor is qualified to teach. To document the qualifications review process, the faculty member completes and signs the Faculty and Instructor Professional Qualifications form (myACC-Employee-Employee Forms-Employment Documents), returns the form and application materials to the Concurrent Enrollment Office, and maintains a copy of the form in the department’s files. The Concurrent Enrollment Director signs the Qualifications form and forwards the Qualifications form with the PAF to the VPIP. The signed document is forwarded to Human Resources with the PAF. The Concurrent Enrollment Office also maintains files for concurrent enrollment instructors.

Process for Verifying Changes to Faculty or Instructor Qualifications

  1. Faculty and instructors who earn additional credentials and become qualified to teach in other content areas or disciplines/programs beyond the ones they were hired for, must submit required documentation to the supervisor. The supervisor reviews the documentation and if the qualifications are met, completes the Faculty and Instructor Professional Qualifications form (myACC-Employee-Employee Forms-Employment Documents). The updated form should include both the new and previously approved disciplines/programs and/or courses. Once completed, the supervisor forwards the form and the supporting documentation to the second-level supervisor, who signs and forwards to the VPIP for signature. The signed document and supporting documentation are forwarded to Human Resources. Copies of the form and supporting documentation are maintained in the supervisor’s and employment files.
  2. Concurrent enrollment instructors who earn additional credentials and become qualified to teach in other content areas or disciplines/programs beyond the ones they were approved for, must submit appropriate documentation to the Concurrent Enrollment Office. The Concurrent Enrollment Office forwards the documentation materials to the designated faculty member in the discipline/program (department chair, program chair, or concurrent enrollment liaison) who reviews, and if the qualifications are met, completes the Faculty and Instructor Professional Qualifications form (myACC-Employee-Employee Forms-Employment Documents). The updated form should include both the new and previously approved disciplines/programs and/or courses. Once completed, the faculty member returns the form and the documentation to the Concurrent Enrollment Office, and maintains a copy of the form in the department’s files. The Concurrent Enrollment Director signs the Qualifications form and forwards the Qualifications form to the VPIP. The signed document is forwarded to Human Resources as well as copies of supporting documentation. The Concurrent Enrollment Office also maintains files for concurrent enrollment instructors.

Tested Experience

ACC determines faculty and instructor qualifications based on having a degree one level higher than the course level being taught: a master’s degree for teaching general education courses at the undergraduate level, or a bachelor’s degree for teaching certificate and associate’s degree level career and technical education courses. However, there are disciplines or programs where the degree level may not be the necessary or most significant qualification, and other factors, e.g. tested experience, could be considered. Tested experience is defined by the Higher Learning Commission as “…a breadth and depth of experience outside of the classroom in real-world situations relevant to the discipline” (HLC, 2016). Disciplines or programs that have minimum degree requirements below the required level or choose to use other qualifications in lieu of a degree, must establish specific minimum thresholds of real-world experience and a system of evaluation. Teaching experience may not be used exclusively as the basis for tested experience, however may be considered in addition to other tested experience criteria. Relevance of tested experience must be to both the degree level and to the content area of the course(s) being taught.

Tested Experience must be specific to the discipline/program and to the content area(s) being taught and can include:

Primary:

  • Occupational experience (excludes teaching*)
  • Skill sets – must be defined for the specific discipline/program/content area

Secondary:

  • Certifications, licensure, and/or additional credentials
  • Professional development – including but not limited to – conferences, workshops, non-credit or credit courses related to the discipline, mentoring or training
  • Published works
  • Presentations and publications for professional organizations and learned societies
  • Awards

*Teaching experience may only be considered as supplementary to other tested experience criteria.

Evaluation Methods can include:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (required of all faculty and instructors)
  • Transcripts (required of all faculty and instructors; official transcripts must be submitted to Human Resources as part of the onboarding process)
  • Portfolio – a collection of written, visual, audio, or multimedia items that demonstrate real-world expertise and proficiency in the discipline/field and content areas being taught
  • Certifications, licensure, and/or additional credentials specific to the field and content area

Process for Developing Tested Experience Criteria and Evaluation Methods

  1. Discipline/program faculty members determine specific tested experience criteria. Occupational experience and/or skill sets must be included as primary criteria. Disciplines/programs may add secondary categories as needed. Quality and quantity criteria must be established as well as clear definition of the tested experience, for example, if looking at skill sets, what are the skill sets?
  2. Discipline/program faculty members determine specific methods to evaluate the tested experience. Resume/curriculum vitae and transcripts are required for ALL faculty and instructor applicants. In addition, depending on the tested experience criteria, the discipline/program may need to incorporate one or more of the other Evaluation Methods from the list. Describe specifically what is required, for example, type of documentation for certifications, licensure, or other credentials.
  3. Once the faculty members determine the tested experience criteria and evaluation methods, a designated faculty member (i.e. department chair) seeks approval from the Dean.
  4. Once approval is received, the tested experience and evaluation information is sent by the Dean to the Associate Vice President for Instruction who updates Appendix A-Faculty and Instructor Qualifications by Discipline/Program. The Associate Vice President for Instruction works with marketing to post revisions to the ACC website.

APPENDICES

Appendix A - Faculty and Instructor Qualifications by Discipline/Program

Degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities. Human Resources verifies the accreditation status. Official transcripts must be submitted to Human Resources as part of the onboarding process.

 

Accounting (ACC)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

Master’s degree in Accounting
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 2000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years*;
OR
Master's degree in any field AND one of the following: 1) Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related subfield, or 2) 18 credit hours in non-duplicative accounting coursework (undergraduate or graduate)
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 2000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years*;
OR
Current CPA license
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, CPA license (if applicable)

Advancing Academic Achievement (AAA)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Education, Developmental Education, English as a Second Language, or Adult Education,
OR
Any faculty/instructor who is qualified to teach CCR,
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Education

Either of the following will qualify faculty/instructors to teach AAA 101:

Three years (full-time equivalent) occupational experience in higher education institution with direct student interaction
AND
EDU 260 Adult Learning and Teaching;

OR
Three years (full-time equivalent) occupational experience in a higher education institution with direct student interaction,
AND
EDU 222 Effective Teaching,
AND
30 contact hours professional development/continuing education incorporating two or more of the following areas: advising, career counseling, academic achievement, student success, diversity and inclusion, coaching, information literacy, critical thinking

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Anthropology

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Anthropology
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Anthropology

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Architectural Engineering (AEC)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Architecture or related subfield
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 2000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years*;

OR
Current professional license in Architecture
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Art - History (ART)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master’s degree in Art History
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Art History

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Art - Studio (ART)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master of Fine Art degree in the specific studio art discipline/medium;

OR
Master’s degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in the specific studio art discipline/medium;

OR
Master’s degree in any field plus experience in the specific studio art discipline/medium that meets all of the following exhibition and portfolio criteria:

  • Exhibition record includes a minimum of 3 shows per year for each of the past 5 consecutive years
  • Exhibition record consists of juried, professionally-vetted, or peer-reviewed shows in galleries, museums, or centers for the arts
  • Exhibition works are in the specific studio art discipline/medium
  • Portfolio displays an advanced, professional level of technical proficiency in the specific studio art discipline/medium
  • Portfolio is comprised of conceptually and visually-related art works created during the past 5 consecutive years in the specific studio art discipline/medium
  • Artist statement accompanying the portfolio contextualizes his/her current works within a conceptual framework that demonstrates understanding of contemporary practices in the specific studio art discipline/medium

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Exhibition & Portfolio Review

Astronomy (AST)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Planetary Sciences, Astrobiology, Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Archeoastronomy, Cosmology, or related subfield
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Astronomy

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Automotive Technology (ASE, ELT)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate's degree in Automotive Technology,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)*,
AND
Current ASE 1-8 and G-1 certifications

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Certifications (ASE)

Biology (BIO)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Zoology, Evolution, Ecology, Developmental Ecology/Evolution, Biochemistry, Wildlife Biology, Molecular Biology, Entomology, Paleobiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Integrated Physiology, Cellular Biology, Veterinary Science, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Neurobiology, Microbiology, Virology, Bacteriology, Mycology, Genetics, Botany, Immunology, or Forensic Science;
OR
M.D., D.O., P.A., D.V.M., D.D.S.;
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Biology

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Business (BUS, ENP, FIN, INV, MAN, MAR)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master’s degree in Business or related content-area field
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 2000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years*;

OR
Master's degree in any field,
AND
Bachelor's degree in Business or related content-area field,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 2000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Chemistry (CHE)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Geochemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related subfield
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Chemistry or related subfield

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

College Composition & Reading (CCR)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in English, Writing, or Rhetoric and Composition will qualify faculty/instructors to teach both CCR 092 and CCR 094,
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in English will qualify faculty/instructors to teach both CCR 092 and CCR 094,
OR
Master's degree in Education, Developmental Education, English as a Second Language Education, or Adult Education will qualify faculty/instructors to teach CCR 092

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Commercial Photography (PHO)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate's degree in Photography or related subfield
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Communication (COM)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Communication
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Communication

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate's degree in Computer Aided Drafting
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Computer Technology (BTE, CIS, CSC, CWB)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, or related subfield
OR
Associate’s degree plus 18 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate) in Computer Science-related field;
OR
Bachelor’s degree in any field with 18 credit hours of coursework that demonstrates knowledge and utilization of computer-based technology and relevant applications;
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Computer Networking (CNG)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate’s degree in Computer Networking or related subfield
OR
Associate’s degree plus 18 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate) in Computer Networking;
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)*
AND
If teaching CNG 260/261/262/263 – must have current CCNA or higher certification and NetAcad Instructor Training Certificate;

OR
5 years (full-time equivalent) non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years in the content area,
AND
Current industry certification in the content area,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential,
AND
If teaching CNG 260/261/262/263 – must have current CCNA or higher certification and NetAcad Instructor Training Certificate

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Certification(s)

Construction Management (AEC)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Construction Management or related subfield
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 2000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years*;

OR
Current professional license in Construction
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, License

Cosmetology (COS, EST, NAT)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate’s degree in Cosmetology, Salon Management, or related subfield,
AND
Current Colorado Cosmetology License,
AND
Current Colorado Cosmetology Instructor License,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)*;

OR
Certificates of completion of training programs in Cosmetology, Nail Technician, or Esthetician,
AND
Current Colorado Cosmetology License,
AND
Current Colorado Cosmetology Instructor License,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Licenses, Certificates

Criminal Justice (CRJ)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or related subfield,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 2000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years*,
AND
If teaching Emergency Dispatch – must have national certification

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Certification

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Early Childhood Education or related subfield
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Early Childhood Education;
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 2000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Earth Sciences (ENV, GEO, GEY, MET)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in the specific field: ENV – Environmental Science; GEO – Geography; GEY – Geology or Geophysics; MET – Meteorology or Atmospheric Science
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in the specific field as listed above

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Economics (ECO)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Economics
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Economics

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Education (EDU)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master’s degree in Education
OR
Master’s degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Education

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate's degree in any field,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*,
AND
Current state certification as EMT or Paramedic

NOTE: EMS Director must have Master’s degree in Education or related field AND have current Paramedic, ACLS instructor, and PALS instructor certifications

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Certification(s)

Emergency Services Administration (ESA)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master’s degree in an Emergency Service discipline such as Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Medical Service, or related subfield;

OR

Master’s degree in any field
AND
Minimum 5 years (full-time equivalent) non-teaching occupational experience in the content area(s) being taught

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Engineering Graphics Technology (EGT, MTE, TEC)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate's degree in Engineering Graphics Technologies
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

English (ENG)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in English, Writing, or Rhetoric and Composition
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in English

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Health and Wellness Education (HWE, HPE)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Exercise Health Science, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Nutrition, or related subfield,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*,
AND
Current industry-recognized certification such as ACSM or ACE may be required to teach personal training or exercise-specific courses

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Certification

Health Information Technology (HIT)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Faculty/Part-time Instructors:
Associate's degree in Health Information Technology, Health Information Management, or related subfield,
AND
RHIT or RHIA certification,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*

Program Chair:
Bachelor’s degree (non-specific),
AND
RHIT or RHIA certification,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Certification(s)

Health Professions (HPR)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

HPR 102 CPR for Professionals
American Heart Association Instructor Certification

HPR 106 Law & Ethics for Health Professionals/ HPR 123 Health Care Practices/ HPR 124 Orientation to Health Careers/ HPR 140 Orientation to Health Careers
Meets the qualification requirements for Emergency Medical Services, Health Information Technology, Medical Lab Technician, Medical Office Technology/Medical Assisting, Nursing, Nurse Aide, or Physical Therapist Assistant
OR
Bachelor’s degree in a healthcare field
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*
 

HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition
Meets the qualification requirements for Nursing or Nurse Aide
OR
Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition or related subfield
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*
 

HPR 112 Phlebotomy / HPR 180 Internship
Meets the qualification requirements for Phlebotomy
 

HPR 117 Anatomical Kinesiology
Meets the qualification requirements for Physical Therapist Assistant
OR
Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, or related subfield
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*
 

HPR 138/145/178 Medical Terminology
Meets the qualification requirements for Emergency Medical Services, Health Information Technology, Medical Lab Technician, Medical Office Technology/Medical Assisting, Mortuary Science, Nursing, Nurse Aide, or Physical Therapist Assistant
OR
Bachelor’s degree in a healthcare field
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*
 

HPR 190 Basic EKG
Meets the qualification requirements for Emergency Medical Services
OR
Meets the qualification requirements for Nursing with a cardiac background
 

HPR 240 Role of Death and Bereavement in Society
Meets the qualification requirements for Mortuary Science
OR
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Counseling, Sociology, Social Work, Divinity, Healthcare discipline with direct patient-care emphasis, or related subfield
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

History (HIS)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in History
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in History

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Humanities (HUM)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Humanities, English/Literature, Art History, Film Studies, or Theater
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Humanities

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Interior Design (IND)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate's degree in Interior Design
OR
Associate's degree in related field AND one of the following certifications: NCIDQ, CKBD, or AIA;
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Certification(s)

Journalism (JOU)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Mass Media, Mass Communications, or related subfield
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 2000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Law Enforcement (LEA)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Academic Instructors:
Degree in a field related to the content area being taught, or POST certification and specialized training in the content area being taught,
AND
Minimum 5 years (full-time equivalent) demonstrated non-teaching occupational experience in the content area(s) being taught,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)*

Skills Instructors:
Training and certification qualifications established by POST (Rule 23) as either assistant or full skills instructor
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Certification & Training

Literature (LIT)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in English with a Literature concentration
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Literature

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Mathematics (MAT)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master’s degree in Mathematics or related discipline,
OR
Master’s degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Mathematics,
OR
Master’s degree AND one of the following:

  • Successful completion of Actuarial Exams 1 and 2 qualifies an instructor to teach MAT 120 and MAT 135
  • Successful completion of AP Statistics Training and at least 2 years’ experience teaching AP Statistics and a minimum of 2 yearlong sections of AP Statistics qualifies an instructor to teach MAT 120 and MAT 135
  • Successful completion of AP Calculus Training and at least 2 years’ experience teaching AP Calculus and a minimum of 2 yearlong sections of AP Calculus qualifies an instructor to teach up through MAT 201 on the algebraic literacy pathway
  • Successful completion of IB Standard Level Training with certificate in the last 5 years and at least 2 years of teaching the IB Standard Level course and a minimum of 2 yearlong sections of IB Standard Level course qualifies an instructor to teach up through MAT 201 on the algebraic literacy pathway
  • Successful completion IB Math at Higher Level Training with certificate in the last 5 years and at least 2 years of teaching the IB Math at Higher Level course and a minimum of 2 yearlong sections of the IB Math at Higher Level course qualifies an instructor to teach up through MAT 202 on the algebraic literacy pathway

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Exam Scores, Training

Mathematics - Developmental (MAT 050/055) & CTE-Specific Courses (MAT 103/108)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Engineering, Physics, Statistics, or related discipline

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Mathematics (MAT 155/156)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master’s degree in Mathematics or related discipline,
OR 
Master’s degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Mathematics,
OR
Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or related discipline AND Master’s degree in Education, Curriculum Development, or related discipline,
OR
Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or related discipline AND Master’s degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Education, Curriculum Development, or related discipline

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Mechatronics Engineering Technology (EIC, ELT, IMA)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate’s degree in Electronics Technology, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Engineering Technology, Industrial Arts, or related subfield
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher) within the last 7 years*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Medical Assisting Program / Medical Office Technology (MAP/MOT)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate's degree in Medical Assisting or Science (with content area-specific coursework),
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*,
AND
Current industry-recognized credential/certification such as CMA, RMA, NCMA, or CCMA;

OR
Five years (full-time equivalent) non-teaching occupational experience in Medical Assisting, 2 of those years must be in clinical general practice and 2 of those years must be within the last 5 years,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential,
AND
Current industry-recognized credential/certification such as CMA, RMA, NCMA, or CCMA

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Certification

Medical Lab Technology (MLT)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in any field,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*,
AND
Current MT or MLS certification (ASCP)

NOTE: MLT Program Chair must have all of the above AND Master’s degree

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Certification

Mortuary Science (MOR)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Faculty:
Bachelor's degree (non-specific) and a Mortuary Science degree from an ABFSE accredited school,
AND
Must have passed the Mortuary Science National Board Exam, administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards,
AND Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*

Full-time faculty must have all of the above AND either have a Master’s degree (non-specific) or complete a Master’s degree (non-specific) within 5 years of hire date

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Documentation of passing the board exam

Multimedia Graphic Design (MGD)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate's degree in Multimedia Graphic Design or related subfield
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Music - General Education (MUS)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Music
OR
Master's plus 18 graduate credit hours in Music

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Music - Private Group Lessons and Ensembles (MUS)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master’s degree in Music,
OR
Bachelor’s degree in Music AND minimum 2000 hours professional music experience. Professional music experience includes, but is not limited to, stage performance, recording, sound checks, rehearsals, individual rehearsal preparation, composition, arranging, music production, instrument maintenance/repair, and music-related business activities;

OR
Associate’s degree in Music AND minimum 4000 hours professional music experience. Professional music experience includes, but is not limited to, stage performance, recording, sound checks, rehearsals, individual rehearsal preparation, composition, arranging, music production, instrument maintenance/repair, and music-related business activities;
OR
Degree in any field AND minimum 10,000 hours professional music experience. Professional music experience includes, but is not limited to, stage performance, recording, sound checks, rehearsals, individual rehearsal preparation, composition, arranging, music production, instrument maintenance/repair, and music-related business activities

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Music - Audio Technology (MUS)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in related discipline - Audio Technology, Recording
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 2000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years*

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Nurse Aide (NUA)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Current RN or LPN License (must have held license for at least 1 year),
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*,
AND
1 year experience caring for chronically ill and/or caring for elderly
AND
Has one of the following: 1) completed a course in teaching adults, 2) documented experience in teaching adults, or 3) 1 year experience managing nurse aides

NOTE: If the faculty or instructor also serves as NUA program coordinator (State Board of Nursing title), he/she must have RN license plus the rest of the above AND 1 year experience at a long-term care facility (this is in addition to the 1-year experience listed above).

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, License

Nursing (NUR)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Faculty:
Masters of Nursing,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*,
AND
Current unencumbered RN license

Part-time Clinical Instructors:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*,
AND
Current unencumbered RN license

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, License

Paralegal (PAR)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Degree in a field related to the content area(s) being taught,
AND
Demonstrated knowledge of the utilization of paralegals to include experience working with or as a paralegal,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)*;

OR
Degree in any field AND Paralegal certificate with a minimum of 18 credit hours in Paralegal coursework,
AND
Demonstrated knowledge of the utilization of paralegals to include experience working with or as a paralegal,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)*

NOTE: PAR Program Chair must have Juris Doctor degree

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Philosophy (PHI)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Philosophy or Religious Studies
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Philosophy

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Phlebotomy (HPR 112/180)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Associate's degree in a healthcare discipline,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*,
AND
Current RN, MLT (with Phlebotomy), or Phlebotomy certification;

OR
Five years (full-time equivalent) non-teaching occupational experience in Phlebotomy, 2 of those years must be within the last 5 years,
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential,
AND
Current RN, MLT (with Phlebotomy), or Phlebotomy certification

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, License or Certification

Physical Education (PED)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Exercise Science, or related subfield,
AND
One-year (full-time equivalent) occupational experience in the content area,
AND
Current certification in the content area from a nationally recognized agency;

OR
Bachelor’s degree in any field,
AND
Three years (full-time equivalent) occupational experience in the content area,
AND
Current certification in the content area from a nationally recognized agency;

OR
Associate’s degree in any field,
AND
Five years (full-time equivalent) occupational experience in the content area,
AND
Current certification in the content area from a nationally recognized agency

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, Certification

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy,
OR
Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant AND a Bachelor's degree (non-specific);
AND
Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4000 paid non-teaching occupational hours within the last 5 years*,
AND
Current PT license or PTA certification in the State of Colorado

NOTE: PTA Program Chair must have either the PT or PTA qualifications as listed above AND a Master’s degree and 9 academic credit hours in educational foundations

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts, License or Certification

Physics (PHY, EGG)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
PHY: Master's degree in Physics, Engineering, or Astrophysics
EGG: Master’s degree in Engineering or Physics
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in one of the fields listed above

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Political Science (POS)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Political Science or related subfield
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Political Science

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Psychology (PSY)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Psychology or in an APA recognized subfield/specialty in professional psychology
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Psychology

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Science (SCI)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in a physical or life science field
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in physical or life sciences

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Sociology (SOC)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Sociology
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Sociology

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

Theater (THE)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in Theater or English Literature
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in Theater or English Literature

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

World Languages (ASL, FRE, GER, SPA)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in target language, Linguistics, or Education (content-area specific) AND native/near-native speaker of target language
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in target language AND native/near-native speaker of target language

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

World Languages (ARA, JPN, RUS)

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Master's degree in target language, Linguistics, or Education (content-area specific) AND native/near-native speaker of target language
OR
Master's degree plus 18 graduate credit hours in target language AND native/near-native speaker of target language

OR

Bachelor’s degree in any field from a U.S. accredited higher education institution
OR
Bachelor’s degree in any field from a higher education institution outside of the U.S. AND
TOEFL score of 22 and above for reading and listening, and 24 and above for speaking and writing;
In addition, if qualifying with a Bachelor’s degree, must have ALL of the following:

  • Native speaker of the target language
  • Experience utilizing the target language in professional non-teaching occupational settings (2000 hours minimum)
  • Teaching or training experience (45 hours minimum)

Evaluation Methods: Resume/CV, Transcripts

*Current teachers applying to teach ACC campus-based, online, or concurrent enrollment CTE courses may include non-teaching occupational hours that are older than the 5 or 7 year requirement if they have the required degree (and license/certifications as listed) AND a minimum of 3 years full-time teaching experience in the discipline/program or 6 years part-time teaching experience in the discipline/program.