70.C - Instructor Standards

Board Policy Code: 70.C
Adopted: 1974-05-30T00:00:00
Revised/Readopted: 07/01/89, 09/11/91, 02/08/05, 09/16/14

In accordance with the requirements set forth in the Oregon Administrative Rules adopted by the State Board of Education, the following standards are established for selection of instructional personnel:

I. LOWER-DIVISION

Lower Division Collegiate Instructors shall meet one of the following sets of criteria as recommended by the appropriate Subject Area Curriculum Committee (SACC):

A. A master's degree in the subject matter (or hold a master’s degree in a related area and have completed at least 30 quarter hours of graduate credit in the subject area), or

B. Have a high level of demonstrable competency gained through a combination of study, teaching experience, and/or professional performance in the subject area and/or have the qualifications set by the licensing or accrediting organization for the subject area.

II. PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Professional Technical Education Instructors shall meet one of the following sets of criteria as recommended by the appropriate SACC:

A. Hold a master's degree in the subject area (or hold a master's degree in a related area and have completed at least 30 quarter hours of upper division credit in the subject area) and have a minimum of three years of recent full-time non-teaching experience in the subject area, or

B. Hold a bachelor's degree in the subject area (or hold a bachelor's degree in a related area and have completed at least 30 quarter hours of upper division credit in the subject area) and have a minimum of four years of recent full-time non-teaching experience in the subject area, or

C. Hold an associate of applied science degree in vocational education or in the subject area, whichever is more appropriate, and have a minimum of five years of full-time non-teaching experience in the subject area, or

D. Have a high level of demonstrable competency gained through a combination of study, teaching experience, and/or professional performance in the subject area, and/or have the qualifications set by the licensing or accrediting organization for the subject area, and have a minimum of five years of recent full-time non-teaching experience.

III. DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

Developmental Education Instructors shall meet one of the following sets of criteria as recommended by the appropriate SACC:

A. Hold a master's degree in an appropriate subject area, e.g., developmental education, special education, adult education, reading, mathematics, or English, and have recent experience working with disadvantaged students, or

B. Have a high level of demonstrable competency gained through a combination of study, teaching experience, and/or professional performance in the subject area and/or have the qualifications set by the licensing or accrediting organization for the subject area.

IV. ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

Instructors in all subject areas in which academic credentials are required shall have completed their education at institutions accredited by commissions associated with or similar to the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

V. ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

SACCs may recommend alternative or additional qualifications, e.g., professional registration or familiarity with special equipment, processes, or computer software, for consideration and approval by the Dean of Instruction.

Legal Reference(s)

ORS 341.290 (2)
OAR 589-006-0050
OAR 589-008-0100 (1)(b)