Faculty Qualifications and Support

As for any instructor of college-level courses, high school instructors of dual credit courses shall meet the requirements for faculty teaching in institutions of higher education, as stipulated for accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Accordingly, high school instructors teaching general education courses shall typically have a master's degree that includes substantial study (usually a minimum of 18 semester hours) appropriate to the academic field in which they are teaching. The selection of high school instructors for dual credit courses must be approved both by the high school and by the chief academic officer of the postsecondary institution as described above. The responsibility for the orientation and evaluation of dual credit instructors rests with the college's academic departments with guidance from the chief academic officer to ensure consistency across academic departments.

New dual credit instructors will participate in orientation activities provided by the college and/or academic department. Continuing dual credit instructors must participate in both the professional development and evaluation activities as those expected of adjunct faculty on the college campus. In order to assure comparability of the dual credit course with the corresponding experience on the college campus, college academic departments must provide instructors of dual credit courses with support services including a designated on-campus faculty member to serve as a liaison. Dual credit instructors must be evaluated according to the college's evaluation policies for other part-time/adjunct faculty with the recommendation for continuation being the responsibility of the campus academic department. Thus, the institution of higher education must provide on-site supervision and evaluation of the dual credit faculty. This process is best served when the instructional site is within a reasonable commuting distance from the institution of higher education.