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Why do I have to take these graduate courses?

In 2015, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) clarified expectations for dual credit/concurrent enrollment instructors. The clarification maintained that high school instructors teaching courses for an HLC accredited college or university must meet the same minimum faculty qualifications as faculty hired by and teaching for the college or university. In a clarification in 2014, they established that faculty teaching general education courses must have a Master's degree or higher in the discipline within which they teach. If the instructors holds a Master's degree in another discipline, they must have completed 18 graduate credits in the discipline in which they teach. Minnesota State colleges and universities require faculty teaching their courses to meet this standard to be in compliance with the HLC and local standards for minimum faculty qualifications.

The Minnesota State system office submitted an application to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on behalf of all Minnesota State colleges and universities for an extension of the September 1, 2017 compliance timeline for institutions to ensure concurrent enrollment instructors meet faculty qualifications standards. The HLC approved this request and, as a result, all Minnesota State colleges and universities with a concurrent enrollment program have an extension that allows an additional five years (2022) by which to meet the faculty qualifications standards. This HLC extension allows for all current and new concurrent enrollment instructors to work towards meeting the faculty qualifications standards within this extended timeline. Connect with your partnering college or university for more specific information to your own unique professional development plan

As a result of legislation passed in 2016 and 2017, funding was appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature to provide tuition-support to concurrent enrollment instructors pursuing discipline-specific graduate coursework.

Learn more about 18 Online (hyperlink) and the Statewide Partnership for Concurrent Enrollment (hyperlink) on their websites for information on program benefits, criteria, and process

You may take courses that meet the minimum faculty qualifications for the concurrent enrollment courses you teach with your partnering college or university. If you plan to become a college or university faculty member, please consult the college or university you are interested in working for to have your courses evaluated for the purposes of teaching on the college or university campus.
The requirement of a Master's degree in field or a Master's Degree with 18 graduate credits in field applies to each specific discipline. For example, if you are a social studies teacher and you currently teach a concurrent enrollment course in Psychology, the graduate credits would need to be in Psychology. If your K12 teaching license allows you to also teach Economics, the requirement to teach the college course via concurrent enrolment would require the 18 graduate credits in Economics.
Yes. Beyond 2022, all concurrent enrollment instructors teaching general education courses for Minnesota State colleges and universities will need to meet these same minimum faculty qualifications.
The Higher Learning Commission is the regional accrediting body for all post-secondary institutions in Minnesota and 18 other states in the region. All post-secondary institutions within the Minnesota State system must maintain HLC accreditation by meeting the required standards set forth by the Commission. Postsecondary institutions undergo in-depth periodic reviews to maintain their accreditation.
Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) at the graduate level is a pathway by which concurrent enrollment high school teachers, partnering with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, can receive graduate credit for knowledge and experiences when it is equivalent to the depth and breadth of graduate coursework and/or mastery of graduate course outcomes and objectives. Teachers can register for a CPL in one of five disciplines currently: Biology, Chemistry, Communications, English, and Physics, and submit a portfolio of experiences and knowledge to demonstrate comparable outcomes and objectives. Portfolios will be reviewed by graduate faculty. Variable credits from 1-6 are available depending on discipline and portfolio review outcomes.

In a clarification in 2014, they established that faculty teaching general education courses must have a Master's degree or higher in the discipline within which they teach. If the instructors holds a Master's degree in another discipline, they must have completed 18 graduate credits in the discipline in which they teach.

After September 1, 2022, all Minnesota State concurrent enrollment instructors will need to meet this requirement.
Requirements for teaching Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses vary by field. Please consult with your partnering college or university to identify the requirements specific to the CTE course you are teaching.

You may be eligible for tax credits provided by the state of Minnesota. More information here.

Pursuing additional graduate credits can result in a pay increase from your local school district. Please consult your district and local teaching contract to determine the impact.

Some school districts provide financial or other support to concurrent enrollment instructors pursuing graduate coursework. Check with your local district to find out what else might be available.

Yes. You may enroll in graduate course work offered from other postsecondary institutions. However, you will need to seek pre-approval from your partnering college or university and your school administrator prior to enrolling in any graduate coursework.

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