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ACC’s Mission: The ACC District promotes student success and improves communities by providing affordable access to higher education and workforce training in its eight-county service area.

As a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Austin Community College District must be certain that all of its faculty members are qualified to teach according to SACSCOC requirements.

The SACSCOC requirements for faculty credentials are excerpted below from the publication SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement:

“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 in accord with the guidelines listed below.  The institution also considers competence, effectiveness, and capacity, including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certification, 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 allits faculty.”

Credential Guidelines
Faculty teaching general education courses at the undergraduate level: a doctoral or a master’s degree in the teaching discipline or a master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline).

Faculty teaching Associate degree courses designed for transfer to a Baccalaureate degree: a doctoral or master’s degree in the teaching discipline or a master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline).

Faculty teaching Associate courses not designed for transfer to the Baccalaureate degree: a Baccalaureate degree in the teaching discipline, or an associate degree and demonstrated competencies in the teaching discipline.

Summary of ACC Guidelines for Teaching Credentials

Faculty Teaching

Must Have

Transfer courses leading to AA or AS degrees

Master’s degree in teaching discipline or Master’s plus 18 graduate hours in teaching discipline

Workforce courses leading to AAS degree

Bachelor’s or higher degree in the discipline or Associate’s degree in the discipline plus three years documented work experience in the field

Courses leading to certificate only

High school diploma plus three years documented work experience in the field plus proof of specialized training in the field, e.g., license, certificate, non-credit coursework in the discipline

Developmental courses

Bachelor’s degree in the discipline or a related discipline plus either one year high school teaching experience in the discipline or one graduate course in teaching underprepared students

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