Guideline 5-12: Faculty Educational Requirements: Academic

The phrase "graduate semester hours in their teaching field" as used in this policy refers to coursework at the master's degree level, above the master's degree or a combination of those two levels. It also refers to coursework which conforms with one or more of the guidelines listed in Guidelines for Approving Coursework "In the Teaching Field" - Academic, a district office publication, and to coursework which has been approved by the Vice Chancellor of Instruction.

An academic instructor assigned to more than one college-level academic discipline must have completed at least 18 graduate semester hours in each of the assigned disciplines and must meet the requirement for continued employment in the primary teaching discipline or as otherwise approved by the Vice Chancellor of Instruction.

Coursework which is to be applied to the requirement for continued employment may be accumulated during a fall semester, a spring semester, or during the following summer; however, enrollment in coursework may not interfere with the faculty member's instructional duties or efficiency. Official transcripts of completed college coursework must be sent to the Human Resources Office on or before the beginning of the fall semester each year.

In certain exceptional cases involving part-time faculty members only, unique experience and demonstrated competence may substitute for advanced academic preparation. These exceptions will be limited to physical education activities, dance-related courses, various field of the visual and performing arts, and those office administration and general business courses which are directed primarily to vocational--rather than transfer--objectives. With regard to all other academic disciplines, part-time instructors must have completed at least 18 graduate semester hours in their teaching field, but they are not required to meet the continued employment requirement.

This policy pertains to academic faculty members assigned to college-level courses. The requirements for instructors teaching remedial courses are found in Policy IV-D-3: "Policy on Faculty Educational Requirements: Remedial."

(Re: Policy IV-D-1; Board of Regents Policy Manual)