Welcome High School Teachers!
Thank you for your interest in offering college courses to your high school students. This is a big step that we at RCC do not take lightly. We understand the extra work that is involved, and we appreciate your willingness to do so to help your students get a head start on their college career. You probably have a lot of questions and you will find answers to most of them below.How do I know if I am qualified to offer college credit in my class?
High school teachers must meet the same qualifications as our faculty at RCC. Our Accreditors set the standards and RCC is tasked in ensuring that all teachers meet these qualifications. Basic information is below, and you can click the link to find the full board policy.
- Lower Division Collegiate (LDC) and English Language Acquisition (ELA) instructors shall meet one of the following sets of criteria as recommended by the appropriate department:
- hold a master's degree in the subject area, or
- hold a master's degree in a related area and have completed at least 24-30 quarter hours of graduate credit in the subject area
- Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructors shall meet one of the following sets of criteria as recommended by the appropriate department:
- hold a master's degree in the subject area and have a minimum of three years of relevant full-time non-teaching experience, or
- hold a master's degree in a related area and have completed at least 24-30 quarter hours or equivalent semester hours or equivalent semester hours of upper division credit in the subject area) and have a minimum of three years of relevant full-time non-teaching experience, or
- hold a bachelor's degree in the subject area and have a minimum of four years of relevant full-time non-teaching experience, or
- hold a bachelor's degree in a related area and have completed at least 24-30 quarter hours or equivalent semester hours of upper division credit in the subject area) and have a minimum of four years of relevant full-time non-teaching experience, or
- hold an associate’s degree in a career or technical field or in the subject area, whichever is more appropriate, and have a minimum of five years of relevant full-time non-teaching experience
- For courses not covered above (e.g., ABE courses and courses numbered less than 100), instructors shall meet one of the following sets of criteria as recommended by the appropriate department:
- hold a master's degree in an appropriate subject area, e.g., developmental education, education with k-12 certification, special education, adult education, reading, mathematics, or English, or
- hold a bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject area, e.g., developmental education, special education, adult education, reading, mathematics, or English
High school teachers who have taught the high school class in the past must still meet the above qualifications to articulate with RCC.
If a high school teacher does not meet the minimum qualifications, RCC may have resources to offer sponsored dual credit. When a teacher is part of the sponsored dual credit program, they will work with a mentor at RCC who meets the minimum qualifications. More information on sponsored dual credit can be found HERE.
The state does have requirements for dual credit that must be met. The requirements help the college and the high school work together to ensure the best education for students.
The state offers standards for both dual credit and sponsored dual credit. There are a few differences in the two types. Upon approval to articulate with RCC, the guidelines you are to follow will be discussed with you.
You can review the state requirements for both options at the link below, along with an explanation of college credit while in high school and the different forms that it can take (dual credit, sponsored dual credit, dual enrollment, AP, IB, etc.)
New RCC students will start by completing the admissions application. The link is found on the College Now webpage for students. Students should review the College Now student information webpage so they can make an informed decision on taking college courses. There is pertinent information for them to read and understand before applying to become a RCC student.
If a student has already completed the admissions application, they will be able to register for your course using a permission code. Permission codes are documented in a Google Form and the link is emailed to teachers during the open registration period. Teachers will send students the link to the form to complete. The permission code is at the bottom of the form. Students must remember their log in and password to their myRogue account to be able to register for College Now courses.
Choosing a college course that will be taught at the high school is determined by the high school teacher, and the high school principal. The College Now office at RCC will ensure that the course is available to be taught for college credit with RCC.
Not all college courses are available as College Now courses to high school students. RCC has pre-determined courses in different academic areas available and we do our best to not have teachers articulating the same class at the same high school. Depending on high school needs, there are occasions that this does happen. If there is a course that is not offered at your high school that you would like to offer for credit, please contact the College Now office at RCC with the request.
At the start of the school year, teachers are asked to inform the College Now office of the (pre-approved) courses they will articulate with RCC, and in which term they plan to offer the course. RCC adds the course(s) to our system so they are available in the correct term for students to register. If a teacher decides not to offer a course after submitting the information, they are asked to inform the College Now office so the course can be cancelled for the term.
This is exciting news! RCC is always happy to have another dedicated high school teacher onboard offering College Now courses at their high school.
Your next steps:
- Ensure you meet the instructor qualifications
- Gather your unofficial transcripts
- Gather your resume or CV
- Complete the College Now application on our website
- Complete the syllabus template linked in the application
- Electronically sign the Official Transcript Release Form
- Email the unofficial transcripts, completed syllabus in Word form, your resume or CV, and the Official Transcript Release form to [email protected]
Once all these documents are received, RCC will review them for the possibility of offering a dual credit or sponsored dual credit position. Within two weeks, either the College Now Program Coordinator or the Academic Department Dual Credit Coordinator will reach out to you either asking for additional information/documentation, or to let you know what your next steps will be in the process of offering college credit.
You do not have to apply each year to articulate College Now courses. Once you are approved, you can continue offering your course as a College Now course from year to year. If you are articulating under the sponsored dual credit program and take a year off from articulating, we may need to review the placement to ensure that we still have funding to mentor you in offering the course.