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HROG Section:
Document Title:

Work Experience Equivalencies

Initial Date Posted:

Implemented summer 2004

Board Approval:
Applies To:
All Applicants and Employees
District Human Resources
Related TASB Policy:
DEA (Local)
Last Date Revised:

Spring 2009


For purposes of posting and filling vacant positions and/or setting salary, required work experience is always defined as full-time experience in the specified area and/or occupation reflected in the official job description.

At times a position will permit an equivalency to a specific degree.  The equivalencies below are reflected in Board Policy DEA (Local) and a consistent model for use when screening Applications for Employment to determine equivalency to the specific degree. 

The equivalencies for experience below have been established by the HR Directors Council to provide a consistent model for use when screening Applications for Employment to determine if experiences, not clearly stated as full-time, fulfill the minimum requirements for the position and can also be used as a go-by for determining salary schedule placement.



District Human Resources uses the Department of Labor - Wage and Hour guidelines to define supervisory experience.  These state under section 541.105 "To qualify as an exempt employee under 541.100 the employee must customarily and regularly direct the work of two or more other employees. The phrase 'two or more other employees" means two full time employees or their equivalent.  One full time and two half time employees, for example, are equivalent to two full time employees.  Four half time employees are also equivalent."  This section also states, "An employee who merely assists the manager of a particular department and supervises two or more employees  only in the actual manager's absence does not meet this requirement."  To count supervisory experience, the candidate must be in a role where the following three actions are performed:  1) approval of leave/reporting of absence, 2) documentation of time/signing off on a timesheet, and 3) conducting of performance evaluations.



Type of Experience

Unless indicated, experience gained in the following roles can be counted as indicated:

  • Part-time Work/Adjunct Teaching - Two (2) years of part-time experience equals one year of full-time experience. 
  • Volunteer Work - No credit is counted for work experience but can be used for skills required.
  • Paid Internship - Two (2) years of service as a paid intern equals one (1) year of full-time work experience. 
  • Unpaid Internship - No experience is counted for unpaid internship. 
  • Student Assistant - Credit for related experience; two (2) years equals one (1) year of full-time work experience. 
  • Contract Work - Two (2) years of experience equals one (1) year of full-time work experience. 
  • Consultant - Two (2) years of experience equals one (1) year of full-time work experience. 
  • Self-Employment (subject to verification) - Two (2) years of experience equals one (1) year of full-time experience. 
  • Faculty - Two (2) years of adjunct teaching (two semesters in one year being equivalent to one year of experience) equals one (1) year of teaching experience. 
  • Teaching Assistant - Two (2) years of experience equals one (1) year experience (teaching-credit if demonstrated). 
  • Instructional Assistant/Assistant - Teaching credit if demonstrated 
  • Substitute Teaching - Two (2) years of high school teaching experience or four (4) years of public school experience equals one (1) year teaching experience. 
  • Visiting Scholar - Equal time (1 to 1). Additionally, for Visiting Scholar Faculty, time served in a Visiting Scholar role may be counted toward a multiyear faculty contract if a continuing faculty position is gained through competitive search with the Dallas County Community College District. 
  • Full-time Training - 192 hours of training experience equals one (1) year of teaching experience. 
  • Health Occupations Faculty (Nursing, EMT, etc.) - One (1) year of clinical experience equals one (1) year of teaching experience.
  • Certification of Mastery from the applicable DCCCD Career Institute (not including Basic Leadership) equals One (1) year of experience.

Equivalencies to the Bachelor's Degree (based on 120 hours)

College Hours

  • 1 year of college = 30 credit hours
  • 2 years of college = 60 credit hours
  • 3 years of college = 90 credit hours
  • 4 years of college = 120 credit hours

Official transcripts must be provided to validate course hours.

Equivalencies to the Master's Degree 

Persons who have obtained one of the following levels of achievement will be credited with the equivalent of a master's degree. 

  1. Bachelor's degree, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Texas licensure
  2. Bachelor's degree, Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
  3. B.D. from an accredited institution, provided that entrance into the B.D. program required a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  4. B.S. in Nursing plus P.H.N. (Public Health Nurse)
  5. B.S. in Engineering plus Texas licensure
  6. B.S. in Architecture plus Texas licensure
  7. Bachelor's degree plus five years' successful service outside of education in the subject field to be taught
  8. Distinguished professional record in special field which is clearly equal to master's degree level of achievement
  9. Bachelor's degree plus 36 semester hours of graduate courses taken as part of an institutionally approved doctoral program of study as certified by the graduate dean's office

These equivalencies are intended as models and are recommended for use districtwide as a guide for qualifying candidate application forms.

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