For the credentialing of
faculty, St. Petersburg College must comply with the standards set forth by its
accrediting organization, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools. The Teaching Disciplines and Faculty
Credential Requirements upper division/lower division booklets comply with the standards for faculty
The Principles of
Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement
published by the
Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, December 2006.
Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1 of the
Principles of Accreditation
reads as follows:
The institution employs competent faculty members
qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When
determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, an institution gives
primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline. The
institution also considers competence, effectiveness, and capacity,
including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work
experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors
and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching, or other
demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective
teaching and student learning outcomes. For all cases, the institution is
responsible for justifying and documenting the qualifications of its
a. Faculty teaching general education courses at the
undergraduate level: doctorate or master’s degree in the teaching discipline
or master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a
minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).
b. Faculty teaching associate degree courses designed
for transfer to a baccalaureate degree: doctorate or master’s degree in the
teaching discipline or master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching
discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching
c. Faculty teaching associate degree courses not
designed for transfer to the baccalaureate degree: bachelor’s degree in the
teaching discipline, or associate’s degree and demonstrated competencies in
the teaching discipline.
d. Faculty teaching baccalaureate courses: doctorate
or master’s degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a
concentration in the teaching discipline (minimum of 18 graduate semester
hours in the teaching discipline).
e. Faculty teaching graduate and post-baccalaureate
course work: earned doctorate/terminal degree in the teaching discipline or
a related discipline.
f. Graduate teaching assistants: master’s in the
teaching discipline or 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching
discipline, direct supervision by a faculty member experienced in the
teaching discipline, regular in-service training, and planned and periodic
*General Education Courses
include: Communications; Humanities; Fine Arts; Mathematics; Natural Sciences;
Social and Behavioral Sciences.
As a reminder, the
College also requires applicants to be assessed regarding demonstrated
competency in technology and/or research, and oral
and written communication skills.