In accordance with the Department of Higher Education (DHE) guidelines, high school instructors shall meet the same standards as for faculty teaching at the University. Therefore, high school instructors teaching Advanced Credit Program courses typically shall have a master's degree in the discipline of the course being taught or a related master's degree and, in addition, have 18 graduate hours in the discipline they are teaching.
The selection criteria for high school instructors of dual credit courses will be the same as those of on-campus faculty in the same discipline. Dual credit instructors are approved by the vice chancellor for academic affairs at UMSL.
Advanced Credit Program classes at the high school will be visited at least once per year by University of Missouri-St. Louis liaisons/representatives. Advanced Credit instructors and classes in the high school will be observed through methods similar to those used to assess their campus-based counterparts. The classroom visit is a primary expectation for the faculty liaisons, and it will not be waived.
New Adjunct Policy
All new Adjunct Instructors are expected to participate in a New Teacher Orientation program conducted by the Advanced Credit Program in order to offer their courses for college credit and/or to receive graduate scholarships. Orientation is typically offered in early August with two dates from which to select.
Maintaining Adjunct Status Policy
Advanced Credit Program adjuncts are expected to attend at least one professional development seminar/conference to remain current on content specific issues, University curriculum and ACP policies and protocols per academic year and in order to maintain approval status to continue to offer their course(s) for dual credit and/or to receive ACP Graduate tuition scholarships. Information regarding all such activities will be sent to instructors via email.
*This Advanced Credit Program Policy on Adjunct Faculty qualifications supersedes all previous adjunct faculty qualifications