Procedure 2925

Faculty Qualifications


The following minimum qualification standards will be met by all faculty teaching at Northland Pioneer College.

Course Type Minimum Standards (Departmental standards may exceed listed minimums)
General Education/
Transfer Course
Master's degree with 18 graduate semester credit hours in the discipline taught,
OR
Master's degree in different discipline with a minimum of 18 graduate semester credit hours in the discipline taught.
Non-transferable Academic
(Developmental Ed/
Adult Basic Ed) Course
Bachelor's degree in Education or related field, 3 years teaching experience in elementary, secondary, post-secondary and/or adult education, and currently holds or able to obtain AZ Adult Education Certification.
Occupational Course Bachelor's degree in disciple to be taught,
OR
Associates degree in disciple to be taught and 3 years of occupational experience,
OR
64 semester credits equivalent to Associates degree in discipline to be taught and 3 years of occupational experience,
OR
Alternative credentials as defined in the paragraph below.
Noncredit Course Letters, academic credentials, and/or training documenting qualification in the discipline to be taught.

Deans/Directors may approve in writing a person who cannot qualify in the desired teaching discipline but who has acquired the knowledge and skills to instruct in a specific discipline through experience or alternative educational experiences and documents. A minimum of 5 years of work experience directly related to the discipline taught may substitute for a portion of the minimum educational standard for an occupational course. Industry-recognized credentials and certifications may substitute for a portion of the minimum educational and work experience standards for an occupational course. In providing a justification for the use of such “tested experience”, per HLC assumed practice B.2, the dean must complete an Alternative Credentials Qualification form. The Vice President for Learning and Student Services must make a decision regarding the credentialing recommendation and then submit the form to Human Resources.

Only degrees and credits from regionally accredited colleges or universities will be accepted to meet the standards listed above. Degrees earned from foreign institutions will be considered on an individual basis.

Deans/Directors will involve department chairs, if applicable, in discipline taught in the review process. Approval of appropriate qualifications by Deans/Directors is required before any faculty member is allowed to begin instruction.

[Based on Policy #1210; Revised 10/04/2017]