Policy and Procedure
ACADEMIC OPERATING POLICY AND PROCEDURE
|MEMORANDUM TO:||All Holders of Mississippi State
Operating Policy and Procedure Manual
|DATE:||March 22, 2010
|SUBJECT:||AOP 13.09 Ė Credentials for Teaching|
The purpose of this Academic Operating Policy (AOP) is to define the credentials for an individual to teach courses.
This AOP will be reviewed every four years or whenever circumstances require an earlier review by the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (APAA) with recommendations for revision to the Provost and Executive Vice President.
Standard Faculty Credentials for Teaching
The instructor of record for each academic credit course offered at Mississippi State University must possess the proper credentials for the discipline in which they are teaching. Credentials are determined as follows:
1. Undergraduate courses: The instructor of record must possess a doctorate or masterís degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline. Additionally, the instructor of record must possess a masterís degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline with at least 18 graduate semester hours in the same or related teaching discipline.
2. Graduate and post-baccalaureate courses: The instructor of record must possess an earned doctorate/terminal degree in the same or related teaching discipline.
Graduate Teaching Assistants as Instructors of Record
Graduate teaching assistants may only serve as instructors of record for undergraduate courses. These graduate students must possess a masterís in the teaching discipline, or at least 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline and obtain classroom certification from the Graduate School. Graduate teaching assistants must receive direct supervision by a faculty member experienced in the same teaching discipline, regular in-service training, and planned periodic evaluations. Graduate teaching assistants can not serve as instructors of record for graduate level courses.
Alternative Certification through Commensurate Experience
An individual may be certified to teach courses at the undergraduate or graduate level based on commensurate experience in the same or related discipline. Professional certification, licensure or documented record of professional practice will be utilized to evaluate commensurate experience. The alternative certification of an instructor should be requested by the department head, recommended by the academic dean, and approved by the Provost.
|Associate Provost for Academic Affairs||Review||2014|
For information about this policy, contact the responsible/reviewing department hyperlinked above.