Montana Teachers Dual Credit Incentive Program
Check Qualifications: Dual Credit Teacher Requirements
Of course you’re qualified to teach, so why are there additional requirements for teaching dual credit?
As a dual credit teacher, your students get both high school credit and college credit. Both institutions are overseen by different accrediting bodies with different requirements for their instructors. To teach dual credit, whether it’s in a high school or in a college, instructors must satisfy both accrediting bodies. College professors that have high school students in their classes seeking dual credit have to maintain OPI licensure. High school instructors that have high school students seeking college credit for their classes must fulfill the minimum hiring requirements for adjunct instructors. The minimum requirements are set by the Montana Board of Regents Policy 730.
Understanding BOR 730: Teacher requirements depend on course
Types of Courses and Requirements
The requirements for teaching dual credit in a high school as a secondary instructor depend on the type of course. The section below describes the types of courses and the requirements associated with each. All verification of instructors for teaching dual credit is conducted by the regional two-year college that will be granting the credit, each college uses BOR Policy 730 to evaluate instructor qualifications. Therefore, the information presented here summarizes the information utilized by your local two-year college only so that you can better understand the process. It is vital to connect with your local two-year college to establish dual credit. To find the dual credit coordinator for your local two-year college click here.
What are transfer courses?
These are courses that are designed to transfer widely throughout the MUS system. They are sometimes referred to as Gen. Ed/Core courses. Transfer courses are those that are a fundamental component of a University education, and part of building academically well rounded students. The transferability of the courses allows students to complete general coursework anywhere in the MUS and take it with them to be applied towards their graduation requirements at the college where they complete their degree.
Examples of transfer courses are College Writing I and II-WRIT101/201, College Algebra M121, Calculus M171, Principals of Living Systems-BIO160, Interpersonal Communications-COMX115, Intro to Psychology-PSYX 100, Intro to Sociology-SOCI 101, Intro to Lit-LIT 110, etc. Note that this list is in no way inclusive. Generally, transfer program courses are not yet focused on a particular major or degree program, they are general.
What are the requirements for teaching transfer courses for concurrent enrollment?
Teachers must possess a master’s degree. A teacher with a master’s degree that includes 9 semester graduate credits in the content area in which they are teaching dual credit fulfills BOR Policy 730 and is capable of instructing dual credit courses in that subject without further coursework.
Have a master’s but not the 9 graduate credits? Teachers that possess a master’s degree but lack the 9 graduate credits in the content area have an option as of May 2014. The BOR revised Policy 730 specific to secondary teachers teaching concurrent enrollment. With the approval of the coordinating two-year college, a teacher who possesses a master’s degree but lacks the 9 graduate credits can start instruction for dual credit if they meet a few criteria:
- complete a professional development plan to earn the 9 graduate credits in the content area of the dual credit course within three years,
- the coordinating two-year college’s chief academic officer and the instructor both agree to and sign the professional development plan and review it annually,
- the secondary instructor must enroll in the first graduate course by the first semester the concurrent enrollment instruction begins in the high school,
- the secondary instructor must demonstrate annual progress towards obtaining the 9 graduate credits.
The temporary waiver is an excellent option for an instructor looking to start teaching dual credit but is just lacking that 9 graduate credits. Need grad credits to get started? Click here to check our resources page for your in-state options.
Career Technical Education (CTE) Courses
What are CTE courses?
These are courses designed largely for use within a specific program at a college, usually in a one or two year program. The courses generally have an emphasis on preparing students to enter workforce with relevant and immediately-applicable workplace skills. While these courses transfer in the MUS, they will likely be accepted at another college as elective credit, rather than a degree-fulfilling requirement (although this is not always the case). CTE courses do not fulfill Gen Ed Core requirements.
What are the requirements for teaching CTE and non-transfer courses for concurrent enrollment?
Educators teaching concurrent enrollment in CTE areas must have three years’ occupational experience in the field to be taught, or a bachelor’s degree with three years of occupational experience within the subject area of the dual credit class being taught.
Again, it is vital to work with your local two year college to discuss your qualifications and how they apply to the policy.