MONTANA BOARD OF REGENTS OF HIGHER EDUCATION
 Policy and Procedures Manual

 

SUBJECT:  PERSONNEL
Policy 730 - Minimum Qualifications for Faculty in Two-Year Degree Programs
Effective May 30, 2008; Issued June 23, 2008


Board policy: 

This policy establishes minimum qualifications for all faculty in two-year degree programs under the supervision and/or coordination of the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education.

1.  Faculty in transfer programs/disciplines.  The minimum requirement for faculty teaching general education or career/technical coursework designed for transfer as part of the Board of Regents’ general education transfer policy, the Associate of Science degree or the Associate of Arts degree shall be a master’s degree in the teaching field or a closely related academic discipline with at least nine (9) graduate-level semester credits in the academic discipline.  General education faculty who teach related instruction or developmental course work need not have a master’s degree, but must have a bachelor’s degree in the teaching field or a closely related discipline.  Faculty employed at the time of approval of this policy shall be considered exempt from its provisions.  Under extenuating circumstances, approval of the Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year Education in the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education must be obtained to employ faculty without the minimum qualifications.

2.  Faculty in career/technical disciplines/programs.  Minimum qualifications for career/technical faculty shall be three years’ experience in the occupation to be taught or an equivalent number of years of postsecondary education in the career/technical discipline, combined with work experience in the career/technical discipline.  Faculty employed at the time of approval of this policy shall be considered exempt from its provisions.  Under extenuating circumstances, approval of the Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year Education in the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education must be obtained to employ faculty without the minimum qualifications.

3.  Professional and continuing education faculty.  Professional and continuing education courses should be taught by faculty with related college work or specialty training.  In all cases, teaching faculty in these programs and courses must have special competence in the fields in which they teach, as determined by the Chief Executive Officer of the institution.

 

HISTORY:

               ITEM 139-103-R0508 approved by BOR May 30, 2008 [Supporting Material].

 

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