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High School Instructors
Arapahoe Community College has over 140 high school adjunct faculty that teach Concurrent Enrollment courses in our partner high schools!
If you are interested in teaching a course for Concurrent Enrollment credit please read the following:
All ACC instructors must have the minimum qualifications as determined by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to teach a college level course.
A list of Faculty and Instructor Qualifications can be found in ACC Procedures.
For general education courses:
- Faculty members are required to have a master's degree or higher in the discipline OR
- If a faculty member holds a master’s degree or higher in a discipline other than that in which he or she is teaching, the faculty member must have completed a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline in which they teach
For CTE courses:
Under the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) board rules governing credentialing, all secondary instructors who teach in a Colorado Community College System (CCCS) approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) program must hold a valid credential.
Instructors who hold a valid secondary credential from the Colorado Department of Education may have this credential honored at the postsecondary level.
For the purpose of faculty teaching concurrent enrollment CTE courses, their secondary credential may be sufficient if the following criteria are met:
- The endorsement area of the credential is aligned to the CTE subject being taught;
- The endorsement is current and in good standing; and
- The ACC credentialing officer is able to verify the above.
If the above criteria are met, the ACC Credentialing Officer will issue a post-secondary credential with the same expiration date as the secondary credential.
Possible reasons for application denial:
- Prospective instructor does not meet the minimum qualifications at time of application
- Course requested is not currently offered as CE
- Course requested does not align with high school curriculum
In addition to the CTE credential, the instructor must meet the qualifications required by the department, including degree, industry experience and industry certifications (as applicable).
Submit the following documents to your CE/CTE School District Administrator. The CEP must receive all application documents by March 15 for fall semester and yearlong courses and by October 15 for spring semester courses.
- CE instructor application
- Current resume
- Unofficial graduate transcripts and undergraduate transcripts (if applicable)
- CTE Instructors - In addition to the above, ACC needs a copy of your secondary credential with CTE endorsement area
The CE/CTE School District Administrator will forward your application documents to the Concurrent Enrollment Program to confirm completion. The application documents will be shared with the appropriate ACC Department Chair/Dean for review.
- The Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) will notify you, your CE high school contact (typically an A.P. or counselor) and the CE/CTE School District Administrator via email of your application approval status.
- Upon approval, the CEP will forward your approved application to the ACC Human Resource Office for new faculty Red Carpet onboarding. You will receive an email from HR regarding the onboarding process.
- Upon approval, official transcript submission through the onboarding process is required for all new ACC instructors per HLC requirements.
- During the onboarding process, your employee ACC S# will be generated and emailed to you. Your S# gives you access to the ACC employee portal, myACC. To access myACC you will have to activate your portal account. This is where you will enter final grades and access ACC resources.
What to expect after you have been approved to teach:
- The CEP will provide you the contact information of your ACC Faculty Liaison. If you are teaching a fall semester course, we ask that you reach out to your Liaison before you leave for the summer break in May to discuss curriculum, textbook requirement(s), course philosophy and pedagogy, ACC academic resources, and administrative responsibilities/procedures. If you are teaching a spring semester class, we ask that you reach out to your Liaison before you leave for the holiday break in December.
- Copies of your course syllabus and class schedule are expected to be provided to your Liaison prior to the start of class.
- Course syllabus must reflect ACC competencies and requirements
- The syllabus should include the ACC course title, prefix and number
- Instructors may be required to provide additional materials and/or use ACC exams to ensure consistency.
- All new instructors are required to attend the CE Instructor Orientation and Professional Development in August held after the school day at ACC. An invitation with details will be emailed to all new instructors, CE highs school contacts, and CE/CTE School District Administrators.*
- All instructors, new and continuing, are required to attend the annual discipline specific Professional Development in August held after the school day at ACC. The Professional Development addresses such topics as:
- course content
- course delivery
- research and development in the field
- Classroom visits will be conducted in the first semester the course is offered and periodically thereafter as determined by you and your programmatic Liaison.
- All CE instructors are expected to respond within 48-72 hours (excluding weekends/holidays) to their ACC Faculty Liaisons' communications.
- Instructors and CE high school contacts will work with the CEP to ensure students are enrolled in the class for college credit.
- CE instructors are required to submit final grades into the myACC portal using their S# within 48 hours after the last class date. Directions on how to enter grades will be provided during CE Instructor Orientation or toward the end of the course via email.
*If you are a new instructor and are unable to attend the CE Instructor Orientation and Professional Development, or you are a continuing instructor and are unable to attend the Professional Development, an individual meeting must be arranged with the CEP and/or your Liaison to obtain this information no later than October 1st.