Concurrent Enrollment Faculty Qualifications

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) clarified as of September 1, 2017, all instructors teaching in concurrent or dual enrollment programs must meet the same minimum qualifications as regular and other adjunct faculty: however, HLC has granted some institutions an extension until September 1, 2022, to meet this requirement.

For General Education courses, these qualifications may be satisfied by a master’s degree in the discipline or subfield. However, if a faculty member holds a master’s degree in a discipline or subfield other than that in which she or he is teaching, that faculty member should have completed a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline or subfield they want to teach.

NOTE: Each institution offering a dual or concurrent enrollment program retains sole responsibility for determining if and how its faculty, including dual/concurrent enrollment instructors, meet HLC’s faculty qualifications.

Below is a list of online graduate degrees offered by public universities in Kansas in some of the most common concurrent enrollment subject areas taught in the state. Since HLC requires each institution to determine how its faculty are qualified, current and potential dual credit instructors should request an individual consultation with the institution they are or will teach for to see if the programs below meet HLC faculty qualifications.

Degree and Certificate Programs

This list will be updated as additional information is made available. and is being provided solely as a resource without any specific endorsement:

English/Literary Arts

Emporia State University - full degree program and 18-hour certificate program available
http://www.emporia.edu/grad/admissions/graduate-degree-listing.html 

Fort Hays State University- full degree program
http://www.fhsu.edu/virtualcollege/degrees/Masters/liberal-studies/ 

Kansas State University
http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/higherlearning.html

 

History

Emporia State University- full degree program and 18-hour certificate program available
http://www.emporia.edu/grad/admissions/graduate-degree-listing.html 

Pittsburg State University- full degree program
http://www.pittstate.edu/office/graduate/online_programs.dot

 

Mathematics

Emporia State University- full degree program and 18-hour certificate program available
http://www.emporia.edu/grad/admissions/graduate-degree-listing.html 

Kansas State University
http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/higherlearning.html

 

Political Science

Fort Hays State University- full degree program
http://www.fhsu.edu/virtualcollege/degrees/Masters/liberal-studies/ 

Kansas State University
http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/higherlearning.html

 

Speech/Communication Studies

Kansas State University
http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/higherlearning.html 

Washburn University - full degree program
http://www.washburn.edu/academics/college-schools/arts-sciences/departments/communication/index.html

 

Psychology of Learning

Emporia State University - 18-hour certificate program available
http://www.emporia.edu/grad/admissions/graduate-degree-listing.html

 

List of Courses

Fort Hays State University
http://www.fhsu.edu/academic/gradschl/HLC-18-Hour-Teaching-Programs/ 

Kansas State University
http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/higherlearning.html

 

Additional Opportunities

Below is a list of online graduate degrees offered by other universities in some of the most common concurrent enrollment subject areas taught in Kansas:

Biology – University of Nebraska-Kearney
http://www.unk.edu/academics/msbio/index.php 

Spanish – New Mexico State University
http://www.nmsu.edu/~langling/MA%20Online.html 

Spanish and French – Virginia Tech
http://www.fll.vt.edu/graduate/ 

 

Authored: May 23, 2016; updated November 3, 2016