Policy IV-D Policies on Faculty Education

Policy on Faculty Education Requirements: Academic

Minimum Educational Requirements for Employment

To be eligible for initial employment at San Jacinto College District, academic faculty members must have completed at least 18 graduate semester hours in their teaching field(s) and hold the master's degree. All faculty members are subject to assignment with regard to their teaching field and assigned classes.

Academic faculty members who were employed prior to the 1986-87 academic year and who do not meet the minimum requirements specified above must develop a plan to remove the educational deficiencies by earning a minimum of nine semester hours credit each year, or the actual credit hours if the deficiency is less than nine hours, until the deficiencies are removed.

(See Guidelines and Procedures, Section 5-12)
(Effective March 2, 1981. Revised August 9, 1982; May 5, 1986; February 3, 1992; September 7, 1993; December 3, 2007.)

Policy on Faculty Education Requirements: Technical Education

Minimum Requirements for Employment

The minimum requirement for technical education faculty members is an associate's degree or a higher degree as needed to comply with criteria established by the Coordinating Board, other appropriate accrediting or licensing authorities, and/or local regulations. Technical education faculty members must provide documentation of appropriate work experience in the teaching field(s) and documentation of required certification or licensure.

Requirement for Continued Employment

In order to be eligible for continued employment technical education faculty with less than a bachelor's degree must be enrolled in a baccalaureate program and complete six (6) semester credit hours every two (2) years, or complete ninety-six (96) clock hours of pre-approved professional development activity directly related to the individual core teaching assignment, or a combination of the two. Sixteen clock hours of professional development activity shall be equivalent to one semester credit hour for purposes of compliance with this policy.

(See Guidelines and Procedures, Section 5-13)
(Effective March 2, 1981. Revised August 9, 1982; May 5, 1986; February 3, 1992; September 7, 1993; March 6, 2000.)

Minimum Requirements for Employment

The minimum requirement for faculty members teaching remedial-level coursework on a full-time basis is a master's degree. The master's degree or the bachelor's degree must be in a field related to the teaching assignment, in elementary education, in secondary education or in another related field in education, or, the master's degree or the bachelor's degree may be in any field, provided the degree holder also has an elementary, secondary, all-level or a related teaching certificate from a state (any state). In addition, the instructor must have (1) teaching experience in the classroom with the field relating to the teaching assignment, or (2) completed graduate training, as approved, in remedial education.

Requirement for Continued Employment

There is no education requirement beyond the master's degree for faculty members whose full-time assignment is that of teaching remedial level coursework.

(See Guidelines and Procedures, Section 5-14)
(Effective February 3, 1992.)

Policy on Employee Credentials

The college will accept degrees or college courses from accredited, degree-granting institutions of post-secondary education in the United States and its outlying areas which meet the traditional United States Department of Education eligibility requirements. Degrees or courses from foreign institutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis and must be evaluated by a recognized credential-evaluation agency.

(See Guidelines and Procedures, Section 5-10)
(Effective March 2, 1981; revised January 11, 1999.)

Policy on Faculty Request for District Approval of Noncredit Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines

Approved noncredit workshop and seminar contact hours may serve to postpone an employee's credit hour requirement, but will not be accepted as being equivalent to credit hours, nor will they fulfill the education requirements as stated in the Board of Trustees Policy Manual, Section IV-D-1 or IV-D-2 or IV-D-3. The following guidelines are applicable:

  • The completed Faculty Request for District Approval of Noncredit Courses form must be submitted to the campus Vice President of Instruction at least two weeks prior to the time the employee plans to take the noncredit course. The campus Vice President of Instruction and Vice Chancellor of Instruction will approve or disapprove the noncredit course and will notify the employee of the decision.
  • An employee must have earned at least 15 semester hours toward a degree which must include: three semester hours of English, three semester hours of math, three semester hours of speech and three semester hours of psychology or sociology. The remaining three semester hours must be earned in the subject areas given above. These hours should be applicable to the degree plan prior to applying for district approval of noncredit courses.
  • An employee must have earned six semester hours which are required during the first year of employment at San Jacinto College District, if applicable, prior to applying for district approval of noncredit courses.
  • An employee may delay no more than three semester hours of the required six credit hours during the first year of his employment and no more than three semester hours of the required six hours each 24-month period thereafter.
  • The verified noncredit seminar or workshop contact hours will postpone the need to fulfill the credit-hour requirement as follows: 48 noncredit hours = one semester hour. A total of 144 contact hours will be required to postpone three semester hours of course work.
  • The employee will receive no additional compensation for taking approved noncredit courses.

(Effective June 4, 1984; Reviewed February 5, 2008.)