Faculty Qualifications

Credentialing Category

Requirements

Faculty must possess minimum qualifications as specified in the following guidelines.

Academic (Transfer including General Education)

  • Master's degree in the discipline or subfield or
  • Master's degree in any field with 18 graduate semester hours in the discipline or subfield or
  • In disciplines where a master's degree is not offered and the doctorate is the terminal degree, or where the candidate has opted not to receive a master's degree during the course of study for the doctorate degree as a terminal degree, or where all but the dissertations (ABD) of a doctorate degree has been obtained, 24 graduate semester hours in the discipline or subfield are required.

Developmental

  • Same qualifications as those listed for Academic or
  • Bachelor's degree in the discipline or subfield or
  • Bachelor's degree in any field with 24 upper division semester credit hours in the discipline or subfield.

 Occupational/Workforce

  • Same qualification as those listed for Academic or
  • Bachelor's degree in any field and 3 years work experience in the discipline or subfield or
  • License in the discipline or subfield and 5 years work experience in the discipline or subfield or
  • Recognized certification in the discipline or subfield and 5 years work experience in the  discipline or subfield or
  • 64 semester credit hours in the discipline or subfield and 5 years work experience in the discipline or subfield or
  • Associate's degree in any field and 5 years work experience in the discipline or subfield.

Conversational Courses

  • Faculty qualifications may be approved through formal recognition of competence by the Principal Chief, Vice Principal Chief or Tribal Governor or Vice Governor or through the Tribal Office dedicated to Native American language studies
  • Qualifications may also be proven through a nationally recognized rating of proficiency in the foreign languages to be taught.

Non-Credit Personal Interest

Faculty qualifications are largely dependent on experience indicating the relevance of a person's experience both at a degree level and to the specific content of the courses.  Some objective measure must be used to ensure that the individual's knowledge and expertise is sufficient for determining what students learn and what they have learned.

Limited Exemption Renewable every two years

This classification is reserved for individuals with unique qualifications for teaching which, as examples, may include those who are nationally or regionally recognized as experts in their field, or those who have not completed the required number of graduate hours in the discipline or subfield.  Limited exemptions require the approval of the President of the College and must be supported with written recommendation from the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Division Chair and the appropriate Academic Dean.

Note:  All coursework and degrees must be from regionally accredited institutions.  Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a full translation (word for word) by an acceptable translator.  Additionally, each foreign transcript must be evaluated for equivalencies to United States accredited course work by an acceptable agency such as those agencies certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).


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