Purpose: Academic credentials and relevant work experience of faculty at Saint Paul College,
among many other factors, indicate the quality of course work and the effectiveness of
pedagogical methods. The purpose of this procedure, as stated in Minnesota State Board Policy
3.32, is to “assure that qualified individuals perform faculty work in the Minnesota colleges
through system-established faculty minimum qualifications…”
Credential Field: Credential Field means a defined area of knowledge and skill that is
specifically related to a program, service or academic discipline, and for which system-
established minimum qualifications are created under Minnesota State Board Policy 3.32.
Minimum Qualifications: Minimum qualifications mean system-established minimum
requirements used to evaluate the credentials of an individual considered for college faculty work.
The minimum qualifications shall include educational requirements and teaching and learning
competency requirements; they may also include related occupational experience, state and/or
national industry licensure/certification, and other requirements as appropriate for each credential
College Faculty Credentialing: College Faculty Credentialing means the process for evaluating
an individual’s education and experience in accordance with system-established minimum
qualifications for individuals teaching credit-based courses and for counselors and librarians.
Temporary Faculty: Individuals assigned full-time or part-time to teach credit-based courses or
to work as counselors or librarians on a temporary basis as defined in the Minnesota State College
Faculty (MSCF) collective bargaining agreement.
Adjunct Faculty: Individuals assigned to teach credit-based courses totaling fewer than five (5)
credits in a term for to perform an equivalent amount of non-teaching work as defined in the
MSCF collective bargaining agreement.
External Instructors: Individuals not holding faculty positions as defined in the MSCF collective
bargaining agreement who are assigned to teach college credit-based courses (e.g. high school
teachers teaching PSEO concurrent enrollment courses, administrators, and other college
Program Academic Award and Faculty Educational Requirement
|Program Academic Award||Educational Requirement|
|Associate in Arts or Science (AA/AS/AFA) degree||Masters Degree (transfer degree)|
|Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree or diploma|
|Associates Degree (AA, AS, AAS) Baccalaureate Degree preferred|
Two years of related education and training culminating in a diploma or an Associates degree
|Certificate or Diploma/career-laddered program|
|Academic credential at a level that |
accommodates all academic awards
offered in the specific program area
throughout the system.
|Counselors and Librarians||Masters Degree in-field|
The occupational experience requirement for career, technical, and professional credential
fields shall be two full-time years (or equivalent) of verified related paid work experience in the
specific credential field; more than two full-time years (or equivalent) may be required for a
particular field. In order to assure recent occupational experience in the field, one year of this
work experience shall be within the five years immediately preceding the date of application for
the credential field. The recency requirement shall be waived if the individual has two years of
successful full-time (or equivalent) post-secondary teaching experience in the credential field
within the past five years.
State and/or national industry licensure/certification requirement required or considered
essential for practice in the industry directly related to the credential field shall be incorporated
into the minimum qualifications (Examples: RN License for Practical Nursing; Master
Electrician’s License for Construction Electrician).
Program Accreditation Requirement - Standards for faculty credentials established by state or
national program accreditation bodies may be incorporated into the minimum qualifications.
- TFT, TPT, Adjunct and External Instructors shall complete an on-line credentialing application to
be reviewed by the Dean in consultation with the Human Resources Department. The application
process will require submission to the Human Resources Office of an official college transcript(s),
employment verifications of related occupational experience, state and/or national industry
licensure/certification, and any other requirements outlined in the system-established minimum
qualifications which can be found on the Minnesota State College Faculty Credentialing website,
- The Human Resources Department shall maintain appropriate credentialing documentation on
TFT, TPT, Adjunct, and External Instructors assigned to teach credit-based college courses and for
faculty assigned to perform work as counselors and librarians.
- Faculty will receive official notification of the credentialing decision. As noted in the policy
section above, TFT faculty must meet system-established minimum qualifications, without
exception. The college may assign a TPT, Adjunct or External Instructor, without meeting
system-established minimum qualifications, ONLY if one of the following exception conditions
Emergency staffing situations:
*Illness, accident, or death of a faculty member during the term, resulting in the faculty
member being unable to finish teaching the course;
*A failed search for a faculty position;
*Resignation of a faculty member immediately prior to the start of a term;
*Addition of course sections immediately prior to the start of a term; or
*Immediate deployment in the armed services
(An individual may be hired for no more than two consecutive semesters under this exception.)
Pending Credentials: Individuals who are close to meeting the minimum qualifications may be
hired for no more than two consecutive semesters under this exception.
Special Expertise: An individual with special expertise may be hired to teach specialized
courses. There is no time limit on this exception.
Renowned qualifications: An individual who has achieved exceptional status or recognition may
be hired to teach appropriate courses in the field of recognition. There is no time limit on this exception.
Emerging Fields: An exception may be made where the program area is so new that the
educational preparation requirements and the occupational experience requirements are not yet
clearly defined. This exception shall terminate when the system minimum qualifications are
- Faculty appointments under the exception conditions will be requested by the Vice President of
Academic Affairs or Dean and reviewed by the Chief Human Resources Officer for final approval
prior to an offer of employment being made.
- Documentation of “exception” appointments and the applicable time limits will be maintained and
monitored by the Human Resources Department.