The Missouri Department of Education “encourages and supports partnerships between secondary schools and public two-year colleges including such initiatives as dual credit which allow secondary students to receive both high school and college-level credit for college-level courses” and provides the rules and regulations for partnership agreements. Statutory authority resides in RSM 167.2231.
Each MCC campus and school will complete a Course Information Form per class offered. See Appendix D in the Dual Credit Handbook for an example. For high school administrators, see below for the timeline to identify courses offered and hire faculty.
Dual Credit Course and Instructor Timeline
|Deadline||For High Schools Who Register Per Year||For High Schools Who Register Per Semester||MCC Responsibility|
|April 1st||Provide course list and dual credit instructor list for the Fall and Spring semesters to the MCC campus contact person and MCC's Dual Credit Coordinator||Provide course list and dual credit instructor list for the Fall semester to the MCC campus contact person and MCC's Dual Credit Coordinator|
|April 30th||Faculty credentials due||Faculty credentials due|
|May 1st||Provide a list of student names who intend to enroll in a Fall and/or Spring dual credit course||Provide a list of student names who intend to enroll in a Fall dual credit course|
|May 30th||MCC will verify credentials and approve qualified instructors|
|September 15th (or 3rd Friday of the month)||Provide course list and dual credit instructor list for the Spring semester to the MCC campus contact person and MCC's Dual Credit Coordinator|
|September 30th||Provide course list and dual credit instructor list for the Spring semester to the MCC campus contact person and MCC's Dual Credit Coordinator|
|November 1st||Faculty credentials due to MCC|
|December 1st (or 1st Monday of the month)||Provide a list of student names who intend to enroll in a Spring dual credit course|
|December 15th||MCC will verify credentials and approve qualified instructors|
Dual credit faculty must meet the same qualifications required of MCC adjunct faculty to teach the same course(s). Dual credit faculty are subject to the same evaluation systems and procedures as adjunct faculty teaching at MCC. The dean of instruction, the departmental faculty, and the office of academic affairs certifies faculty qualifications through transcripts and employment applications.
- For faculty teaching general education courses, the standard is a master’s degree (or higher) in the discipline to be taught, or a master’s degree plus at least 18 graduate credit hours in the specific subject area they plan to teach.
- For faculty teaching in disciplines other than education, a master's degree in education is not considered to be discipline specific.
- Career and technical education faculty, for both dual credit and on-campus courses may substitute verifiable work experience in the discipline, or 20 credit hours in the teaching discipline for the master’s degree upon approval from the Vice Chancellor of Instruction/Chief Academic Officer.
Each dual credit instructor is assigned an on-campus faculty member to provide support and assistance in offering the dual credit course and in ensuring that dual credit courses are equivalent to the same courses offered on the college campus in all substantive ways. The mentor faculty member may be a full-time faculty member or retired faculty member in the teaching discipline or a related discipline in the same academic division of the college. Mentor faculty may be assigned to more than one dual credit faculty.
MCC mentor faculty members confer at least once per semester with each dual credit instructor, including an orientation session that establishes agreement regarding course syllabi, approved texts, course assignments and requirements, and student outcome assessment. Such conferences may include meetings on campus or at the high school site, as well as other phone and e-mail communication, and these are documented for reporting purposes.
Dual credit faculty are evaluated by students and mentor faculty according to the same schedule and procedures used for adjunct faculty. That is, all dual credit faculty are evaluated for the first two semesters that they teach a course and every fourth semester thereafter. This evaluation is composed of a classroom visit.