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Credentialing Guidelines by Discipline

These Colleges of DCCCD Faculty Credentialing Guidelines provide a general credential guide for programs and disciplines offered by one or more of the seven independently accredited colleges of the Dallas County Community College District. In accordance with SACSCOC Standard 6.2.a (Faculty Qualifications) of the Principles of Accreditation, for each of its educational programs, the institution documents the qualifications of its faculty members (reference the end of this page).

Individuals utilizing this document should also consult with the appropriate credentialing designee at each institution with questions regarding minimum and preferred credential requirements. Updated: August 15, 2018.

Colleges of DCCCD Faculty Credentialing Guidelines by Discipline/Program

Discipline

Course Rubric

Course Type

Minimum Requirements

Qualifying Fields

Accounting
ACCTTMaster’s degree or higher in Accounting, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Accounting.
Accounting
ACNTWBachelor’s degree in Accounting, or associate degree in Accounting and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.**Accounting
Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics Technology (see “Electronic Telecommunications, Electronics Technology, Electronics/Computer Technology)AVNC CETT CPMT EECT
ELMT HYDR LOTT MFGT MFTG QCTC RBTC
WBachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, or associate degree in Electrical Engineering and three years of documented, nonteaching, work-related experience.
Air Conditioning and RefrigerationHARTWAssociate degree in HART or certification with demonstration of competency and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience in heating, air conditioning, ventilation or refrigeration.
American Sign LanguageSLNGTMaster’s degree or higher in Linguistics with 18 graduate hours in Sign Language.
AnthropologyANTHTMaster’s degree or higher in Anthropology, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Anthropology.Anthropology
Architecture

NOTE: ARCE rubric moved to “Engineering Technology Semiconductor Manufacturing”)
ARCHTMaster’s degree or higher in Architecture, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Architecture experience.
Architecture
ArtARTSTMFA or MA in Art, Studio Art, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics, Photography or Art History, or a master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Art or Fine Arts.
Art, Art History, Painting, Studio, Art, Drawing, Sculpture, Printing, Ceramics, Photography
Associate Degree Nursing (BHC, ECC)RNSGWMaster’s Degree in Nursing with three years of work-related experience.
Nursing Education
AstronomyPHYSTMaster’s degree or higher in Astronomy, Physics or related Physical Science, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Astronomy, Physics or a related Physical Science.
Astronomy, Earth Science, Physics, Related Physical Science
Automotive Body TechnologyABDRWAssociate degree or higher in Auto Body/Collision Repair Technology with three years of nonteaching, work-related experience. ICAR and ASE certification preferred.
Automotive TechnologyAUMT DEMR HEMRWAssociate degree or higher in Automotive Technology with three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.  
*ASE certification required.
Automotive Technology, Diesel Heavy Equipment
BiologyBIOLTMaster’s degree or higher in Biology or Biological Sciences (with analysis of major course work to include lab-based courses at the graduate level), or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Biology or Biological Sciences.

For Nutrition (BIOL 1322), the qualifying field may be Nutrition.
Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, Botany, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Cell Biology, Integrative Biology
SCITWPreferred bachelor’s degree or higher in Biology or health-related field with three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.Biology, Anatomy and Physiology
Business Administration ManagementBUSITMaster’s degree or higher in Management, Business or Marketing-related field, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Management or Business.
Business, Business Administration, Management, Marketing
Business Administration ManagementBUSI 2301TDoctor of Jurisprudence, or master’s degree or higher in Management, Business or Marketing-related field, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Business Law.Business Law, Business Administration, Management, Marketing, Juris Doctorate
Business Office Systems
and Support (BOSS)
POFI
POFT POFM
WAssociate degree or bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Business Office Systems and Support, Business Education, Computer Education, Executive Assistant or related field and three years of nonteaching work related experience. **Business Administration, Business Office Systems and Support, Executive Assistant, Administrative Support, Office Administration, Office Assistant
Cardiac SonographyDSAE DSPE
DSVT
Associate degree in Cardiac Sonography (Echo Cardiology Technology). Minimum of three years full-time experience as a Cardiac Sonographer. Must hold current credential within the discipline (state licensure, certification).
Sonography
ChemistryCHEMTMaster’s degree or higher in Chemistry or Biochemistry, or a master’s degree or higher and 18 graduate hours in Chemistry. Master’s degree in Science Education with graduate hours in Chemistry will be considered.
Biochemistry, Chemistry, Science Education
Child DevelopmentTECATMaster’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, or master’s degree or higher and 18 graduate hours in Early Childhood Education concentrations.
Child Development, Early Childhood Education
Child DevelopmentCDECWMaster’s degree or higher in Childhood Development or Early Childhood Education and three years of teaching and/or work-related experience.Child Development, Early Childhood Education
Computer-Aided Design and DraftingDFTGWAssociate degree or higher in Computer Aided Design and Drafting, Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction management, Construction Education, Machining Technology, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Arts or a closely related discipline, and demonstrated competencies with signed and dated document(s) detailing relevant work experience. Technology, Industrial Education or related design degree and three years of relevant industry experience with specific skills in Computer-Aided Design Software.**
Conflict ManagementCMDR DRCMWPreferred master’s degree or higher in Dispute Resolution or Conflict Management, or a master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Dispute Resolution.
Dispute Resolution, Conflict Management
Commercial Building Performance TechnologyENERWAssociate degree or bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering or Electrical Engineering with three years of nonteaching work-related experience.
Architectural Engineering, Electrical Engineering
Commercial Building Performance TechnologyENERWAssociate degree or bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering, Electrical, Facility management with three years of nonteaching work-related experience.
Energy Engineering, Sustainability
Commercial MusicMUSC MUSB MUSPWAssociate or bachelor’s degree in Music Education or Music with three years of direct work experience.
CommunicationCOMMTMaster’s degree or higher in Communication or Journalism, or a master’s degree or higher and 18 graduate hours in Communication and Journalism.
Journalism, Photography
Computer Information TechnologyCOSCTMaster’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Computer Education and Cognitive Systems, Computer Information Systems, Computer Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Management Information Systems or Computer-Based Information System or related field.
Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Information Tech, Computer Engineering, Computer-Based Information Systems
Computer Information TechnologyBCISTMaster’s degree or higher in Information Systems, Business Administration, Management Information Systems or Computer-Based Information Systems or related field
Computer Information TechnologyITCC
ITMC
ITMT
ITNW
ITSC
ITSE
ITSW
ITSY
WAssociate’s or higher in a computer-related field and three- years of nonteaching, work related experience in the field with demonstrated evidence of proficiency.**

NOTE: Must meet current industry certification requirement related to specific courses.
Computer Science, CIS, CIT, Computer Engineering, Instructional Technology, Computer-Related Field
Construction ManagementENTC OSHTWAssociate degree or higher in Construction Management or related discipline and three years of nonteaching work-related experience.
Construction TechnologyARCT CBFM CNBT
CNSE CRPT ELTN MBST PFPB WDWK
WAssociate degree or higher in related discipline and a minimum of three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.
Criminal JusticeCRIJ FORSTMaster’s degree or higher in Criminal Justice, criminology, or a master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Criminal Justice.
Criminal Justice
CJCR CJLE CJSA PSYT SLPS HMSYWBachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or associate degree in Criminal Justice and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.
Cyber SecurityITDFWAssociate degree in Computer Science, Computer Technology, or a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Minimum of three years' experience in related field. Must Pass a criminal background check.**
DanceDANCTMaster’s degree or higher in Dance, or a master’s degree or higher or MFA with 18 graduate hours in Dance.
Dance MFA
Dental HygieneDHYGWAssociate degree or bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation with three years of full-time clinical Dental Hygiene experience. Must hold a current CPR card and TX Dental Hygiene license.Dental Hygiene
Developmental Integrated Reading and Writing
DIRW
NIRW
D
Bachelor’s degree or higher with a major or minor in English or in a related field such as education, reading, writing, linguistics or language arts; or master’s degree or higher in English or in a related field with certification in Reading Education or three graduate hours in Developmental Education or Developmental Reading and/or one year of teaching experience at the secondary level.
Developmental Mathematics
DMAT
D
Bachelor's degree or higher in Mathematics, Mathematics Education or related field such as Business, Physics or Engineering with an analysis of transcript reflecting evidence of mathematics coursework.Mathematics, Business, Physics, Engineering
Developmental ReadingDREADBachelor's degree or higher with a major or minor in English or in a related field such as education, reading, writing, linguistics or language arts; or master’s degree or higher in English or in a related field with certification in Reading Education or three graduate hours in Developmental Education or Developmental Reading and/or one year of teaching experience at the secondary level.English, Education, Reading, Writing, Linguistics, Language Arts
Developmental WritingDWRI
DIRW
DBachelor's degree or master’s degree or higher with a major or minor in English or in a related field such as education, reading, writing, linguistics or language arts; or master’s degree or higher in English or in a related field with certification in Reading Education or three graduate hours in Developmental Education or Developmental Writing and/or one year of teaching experience at the secondary level.English, Education, Reading, Writing, Linguistics, Language Arts
Diagnostic Medical SonographyDMSO DSVTWAssociate degree in Sonography with a bachelor’s in a related field. Minimum of three years full-time experience as a registered sonographer. Must hold current credential within the discipline (state licensure, certification, etc.). Exception for program.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Digital Art and Design (formerly “Computer Graphics”)WAssociate degree or bachelor’s degree in Art, Fine Arts, Arts and Technology, Visual Arts and Design or computer related field with three years of teaching or nonteaching, work-related experience.
Art, Computer Graphic Design, Interactive Media and Web Application Development
Digital Media TechnologyGRPH
PHTC
W
DramaDRAMTMaster of Arts or MFA degree in Drama, or a master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Drama.
Drama, Theatrical Arts
EcologyECOLTMaster’s degree or higher in Ecology, or a Master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Ecology.
Ecology
EconomicsECONTMaster’s degree or higher in Economics, or a master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Economics.
Economics
EducationEDUCTMaster’s degree or higher in Education, or a master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Education. Certification in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or Secondary Education. Fields: Education, Elementary Education, Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education. Elementary and Secondary Education.Education
EducationEDUC 1300TMaster’s degree or higher in Psychology or Education, or a master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Education or Psychology (not Counseling, Educational Leadership or Human Development).
CVC Only: A master’s degree with 18 graduate hours in Counseling is permitted.
Electronic Telecommunications Electronics Technology Electronics/Computer Technology (see “Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics Technology”)AVNC CETT CPMT EECT ELMT HYDR LOTT QCTC MFGT RBTC SMFT
Electrical TechnologyEEIR ELPT IEIRWAssociate degree in Electrical Engineering, or bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and three years of documented nonteaching, work-related experience. **Electrical Technology
Emergency Medical ServicesEMSPWCredential in EMS, current state credential/licensure and an associate degree or higher in a related field or in Paramedics. Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred. Three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.Emergency Medical Services
Engine TechnologyMTRC SMERWCertificate and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience in this field, or certification with demonstrated evidence of proficiency in the field.**Motorcycle Technology, Marine Technology, Small Engine Technology, Industrial Arts
EngineeringENGRTMaster’s degree or higher in Engineering, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Engineering.
Engineering Technology (Semiconductor Manufacturing)ARCE ENTC INMT INTC MCHNWAssociate degree or higher in Engineering plus three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.
EnglishENGLTMaster’s degree or higher in English, or a Master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in English, Humanities or Studies in Literature.English, Humanities, Studies in Literature (HSUL)
English for Speakers of Other LanguagesESOLDBachelor’s degree or higher in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Foreign Language, Bilingual Education, Reading and/or Writing Education or Speech; or bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 18 undergraduate hours in a combination of: English to Speakers Other Languages (ESOL), English, Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Foreign Language, Bilingual Education, Reading and/or Writing Education or Speech; or master’s degree and 18 graduate hours in a combination of: English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English, Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Foreign Language, Bilingual Education, Reading and/or Writing Education or Speech.English as a Second Language, Linguistics, Foreign Language Education, Bilingual Education
Environmental ScienceENVRTMaster’s degree or higher in Environmental Science (ES), Geology, Biology, or related STEM field, with coursework and/or research emphasis in ES or related field, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in ES or related field.Environmental Science, Biology, Geology
Fashion DesignFSHD FSHNWAssociate degree or higher in Fashion Design or related area and three-to-five years of nonteaching, work-related experience.
Fire Protection TechnologyFIRT FIRSWPreferred bachelor’s degree in Fire Science or related field with three years of nonteaching, work-related experience with evidence of proficiency in Fire Science.Fire Science
Food and Hospitality InstituteCHEF FDNS PSTRWAssociate degree or bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts/Pastry Arts or related area and 10 years of industry experience as a chef, five of which must be at the chef de cuisine/executive chef/supervisory level. (Introductory level classes require minimum five years of experience as a cook/pastry cook and related certification).
Food and Hospitality InstituteHAMG RSTOWAssociate degree or bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management, Business or related field. Ten years professional experience in the hospitality and/or foodservice industry; five years of which must be in a management or supervisory position. Pending discussion.
Food and Hospitality InstituteIFWAWPreferred master’s degree in Nutrition, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in nutrition. Registered dietician.
Foreign LanguagesCHIN FREN GERM ITAL JAPN KORE PORT RUSS SPAN SGNLMaster’s degree or higher in the language and/or Applied Linguistics with Spanish or any other modern language concentration, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in the language.
Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, American Sign Language
Forensic ScienceFORSTMaster’s degree or higher in Forensic Science with related subspecialty qualifications, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Forensic Science.
Geographic Information Systems TechnologyGISC ETWR SRVYWAssociate or bachelor’s degree in GIS, Geography or related field with three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.
GeographyGEOGTMaster’s degree in Geography, Geographic Information Systems, or a master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Geography.
GeologyGEOLTMaster’s degree or higher in Geology, Geophysics, Oceanography or Earth Science, or a master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in one of the above fields.Geology, Geophysics, Oceanography, Earth Science
GerontologyGERSWMaster’s degree in Gerontology or related field and professional licensure required, and three years of related work experience detailing relevant work experience.
GovernmentGOVTTMaster’s degree or higher in Government or Political Science, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Government, Political Science or Public Administration.Government, Political Science, Public Administration
Health Information TechnologyHITT MDCAWAssociate degree or higher in Health Care Management or related field, or a completed certificate training in billing and coding and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience. Computer billing with statistics background also required and demonstrated through official transcripts or verification of four years or more of teaching experience. CPC and RHIT certifications also strongly recommended.
Health Professions ReadinessHPRSWAssociate degree or higher with a current professional credential in a health care field and a minimum of three years’ experience in the field within the last five years.
HistoryHISTTMaster’s degree or higher in History, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in History.American History,
Western Civilization,
World History
Hospitality, Exhibition and Event Management (formerly “Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management”)TRVMWAssociate degree or bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Tourism, Event Management, Business or related field. Five years professional experience in the hospitality tourism or events industry.
Human DevelopmentHDEVTMaster’s degree or higher in Education or an education-related field, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Education, or master’s degree or higher in Psychology, Special Education, Career Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Adult and Developmental Education, Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Guidance and Counseling or Social Work.Education, Special Education, Career Education, Adult and Developmental Education, Curriculum and Instruction Educational, Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Guidance and Counseling, Social Work
HumanitiesHUMATMaster's degree or higher in Anthropology, Art, Art History, English Literature, Fine Arts, Liberal Studies, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Minority or Ethnic Studies (including, Women Studies, African American Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, etc.), Music, Film, Sociology, Drama/Theatre or similar disciplines within the social and liberal arts, or master's degree or higher with at least 18 graduate hours in the fields mentioned above.
Anthropology, Art,
Art History, African American Studies, Cultural Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Humanities, Fine Arts, Latin American/Latino Studies, Liberal Arts, Film, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Literature, History, Philosophy, Music, Religion Studies, Sociology, Theatre, Women Studies
Interactive Simulation and Game TechnologyARTT GAMEWAssociate degree or higher in Art, Fine Arts, Arts and Technology, Visual Arts and Design Computer Graphic Design or computer-related field and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience with demonstrated evidence of proficiency. **
Interior DesignINDSWAssociate degree or higher in Interior Design with three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.
International Business and TradeIBUSWAssociate degree or bachelor's degree in Management, Business or International Business-related field and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience. **International Business, Management
Internet Development TechnologiesARTV INEWW
Invasive Cardiovascular TechnologyCVTTWAssociate degree or higher in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology. Minimum of three years full-time experience as an Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist. Must hold current credential within the discipline (state licensure, certification, etc.).
Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing TechnologyWAssociate degree or bachelor's degree in Logistics, Chain Supply or related field and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.
Logistics TechnologyLMGTWAssociate degree or bachelor's degree in Logistics, Chain Supply or related field and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.Logistics Chain Supply
Magnetic Resonance ImagingMRITWAssociate degree or Advanced Technical Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) plus a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Minimum of two years full-time clinical experience as an MRI technologist. Must hold current credential within the discipline (state licensure, ARRT certification or equivalent etc.).
Management (Business Administration)BMGT BUSG HRPOWAssociate degree or bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, Management or Marketing-related field and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience. **Business Administration Management Marketing
Marketing Careers
(Business Marketing and Fashion Marketing)
MRKGWPreferred bachelor’s degree or higher in Marketing, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Merchandising or related degree with three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.
MathematicsMATHTMaster’s degree or higher in Mathematics, or master’s degree or
higher with 18 graduate hours in Mathematics.
Mathematics
MathematicsTECMWBachelor’s degree or higher in Mathematics.
Medical AssistingHITT MDCAWAssociate degree or higher in Medical Assisting with three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.
Medical Front OfficeHITT MDCAWAssociate degree or higher in Health Care Management or related field and three years of nonteaching, general medical office administration experience. Certification in medical billing and coding preferred.
Medical Laboratory TechnologyMLAB BITCWBachelor’s degree or higher in Medical Technology with three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.
Mortgage BankingBNKGWPreferred bachelor’s degree or higher in Finance, Banking or related field. Master’s degree preferred with 18 graduate hours in a related discipline. Professional designation required (Certified Mortgage Banker, Underwriter, Loan Processor, etc.) and three years of nonteaching, work-related industry experience.
Multimedia TechnologyIMEDWAssociate degree or higher in Fine Arts, Arts and Technology, Visual Arts and Design, Computer Science or a closely related discipline and demonstrated competencies with a signed and dated document detailing relevant work experience.
MusicMUAP MUEN MUSITMaster’s degree or higher in Music or Music Education, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Music. Demonstrated certification or competency in an area of music performance.Music,
Music Education
NanotechnologyNANOWAssociate degree or bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Nanotechnology, Physics discipline or related field.
ParalegalLGLAWAssociate degree or higher in Paralegal plus three years of nonteaching, work-related experience. Juris Doctorate and licensed by a State Bar preferred.
ParamedicEMSPWAssociate degree minimum, bachelor’s degree preferred in Paramedics or related field. Required current Texas EMS instructor certification and three years of nonteaching work experience.
PhilosophyPHILTMaster’s degree or higher in Philosophy or History of Ideas, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in relevant philosophic content.
Philosophy, 
History of Ideas
Physical EducationPHED KINETMaster’s degree or higher in Physical Education, Health Education or Kinesiology, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Physical Education, or demonstrated proficiency or appropriate certification for all activity courses; Sports Officiating and Coaching.Health Education, Kinesiology,
Physical Education
PhysicsPHYSTMaster’s degree or higher in Physics, Astronomy or a related physical science, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Physics.
Physics,
Astronomy
PsychologyPSYCTMaster’s degree or higher in Psychology, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Psychology. Credentialing should take into consideration faculty who have other human behavior degrees (like Counseling) and review the content of the courses taken. Instead of accepting only PSYC prefixes, it is recommended that the course content of human behavior courses that qualify candidates to teach psychology courses be reviewed.
Radiologic SciencesCTMT RADR VIRTWPreferred bachelor’s degree or higher in Radiologic Sciences. Minimum of two years full-time clinical experience as a radiological technologist. Must hold current credential within the discipline (state licensure, certification, etc.).
Real EstateEPCT INSR PBAD RELEWAssociate degree or bachelor’s degree in Real Estate, Business Administration, Management, Marketing or Finance. Real Estate coursework completed for licensure must be from a regionally accredited college. Exceptions to these criteria will require a minimum of a Texas Real Estate Broker’s License and extensive industry or industry education experience.Real Estate, Business Administration, Management,
Marketing, Finance
ReligionPHILTMaster’s degree or higher in Religion, Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy of Religion or Divinity; or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours that focus on the area of Religion; or master’s degree or higher in the Humanities or Social Sciences with significant work or later published scholarship relevant to the courses taught. Degree must have been granted from an accredited institution or seminary.Religion, Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Divinity, Humanities, Social Sciences
Renewable/Sustainable EnergyWINDWAssociate degree or bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering, Electrical, Facility Management with three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.Renewable Energy
Residential Building Performance TechnologyRBPTWAssociate degree or bachelor's degree in Architecture, Building Technology, or related field with three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.Architecture,
Building Technology
Respiratory CareRSPTWBachelor’s degree or higher in Respiratory Care. Minimum three years of full-time experience as a respiratory therapist technician. Must hold current credential within the discipline (state licensure, certification, etc.).
Social WorkCMSW SCWKWMaster’s degree in Social Work or mental health discipline. Professional licensure required and three years of related work experience with demonstrated competencies.
SociologySOCITMaster’s degree or higher in Sociology, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Sociology.Sociology
Speech CommunicationSPCH COMMTMaster’s degree or higher in Speech or Communications, or master’s degree or higher with 18 graduate hours in Speech or Communications.Speech, 
Communication
Substance Abuse CounselingDAACWMaster’s degree in Counseling or mental health discipline and professional license with three years of work experience in mental health detailing relevant work experience.
Substance Abuse Counseling
Surgical TechnologistSRGTWAssociate degree or higher in Surgical Technology. Must possess a credential in the field of surgical technology through a national certification program that is accredited by the National Commission on Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Minimum three years of experience, either in the operating room scrub role or as an instructor in surgical technology, or a combination of both, within the past five years.Surgical Technologist
Veterinary TechnologyVTHTWGraduate from an AVMA-accredited school with one of the following degrees: Associate degree in Veterinary Technology, bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (or equivalent) and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience and Licensed in the State of Texas as an LVT or DVM.

Note: Any exception to these criteria will require at minimum a license issued by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (or equivalent) in the faculty member’s state or province of residence and extensive work-related experience. For Laboratory Animal and Exotic Animals courses, AALAS certification and three years of work-related experience may be substituted for licensure.
Video TechnologyFLMC RTVBWAssociate degree or higher in related discipline and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.
Visual CommunicationsARTCWAssociate degree or higher in Arts, Fine Arts, Arts and Technology, Visual Arts and Design, Computer Graphic Design or computer-related field and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience with demonstrated evidence of proficiency.
Vocational NursingVNSGWMaster’s degree in Nursing with three years of work-related experience.
WeldingNTDE WLDGAssociate degree or higher in Welding, Machining or related field and three years of nonteaching, work-related experience.

**In lieu of the minimum “three years of nonteaching work-related experience” requirement, Richland College prefers the following work experience statement: “A signed, dated résumé detailing all relevant work experience.”

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Faculty Credentials 

Guidelines

Standard 6.2.a (Faculty qualifications) of the "Principles of Accreditation" reads as follows:

For each of its educational programs, the institution justifies and documents the qualifications of its faculty members.

When an institution defines faculty qualifications using faculty credentials, institutions should use the following as credential guidelines:

  1. Faculty teaching general education courses at the undergraduate level: doctorate or master’s degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).
  2. Faculty teaching associate degree courses designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree: doctorate or master’s degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).
  3. Faculty teaching associate degree courses not designed for transfer to the baccalaureate degree: bachelor’s degree in the teaching discipline, or associate’s degree and demonstrated competencies in the teaching discipline.
  4. Faculty teaching baccalaureate courses: doctorate or master’s degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).
  5. Faculty teaching graduate and post-baccalaureate course work: earned doctorate/terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.
  6. Graduate teaching assistants: master’s in the teaching discipline or 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline, direct supervision by a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline, regular in-service training, and planned and periodic evaluations.


Approved: College Delegate Assembly, 
December 2006
Updated for Revised Principles: 
April 2018