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Faculty Credential Guidelines

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 identified in:

 

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 faculty.

Credential Guidelines:

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 discipline).

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 evaluations.

*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.

(If applicable for candidates possessing degrees obtained from institutions outside of the United States, a complete course-by-course foreign credential evaluation by a certified member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) must be provided.) 

Read more about SPC's Faculty Credential Requirements and Resources

St. Petersburg College is dedicated to the concept of equal opportunity. The college will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or marital status, or against any qualified individual with disabilities, in its employment practices or in the admission and treatment of students. Recognizing that sexual harassment constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex and violates this rule, the college will not tolerate such conduct. Should you experience such behavior, please contact the director of EA/EO at (727) 341-3261; by mail at P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-3489; or by e-mail at eaeo_director@spcollege.edu.

The college does not discriminate against a qualified individual with disabilities because of the disability of such an individual in regard to job application procedures, hiring, advancement, or discharge of employees, employees compensation, job training or other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. Except when undue hardship exists, the College shall endeavor to provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified individual with a disability. If you have questions regarding this policy please contact Human Resources at hr@spcollege.edu.


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