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Teacher Qualifications

Roane State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In order to teach courses that will transfer to other institutions, i.e., courses required for A.A. and A.S. degrees, faculty must meet SACSCOC requirements, which includes a master’s degree in the field in which one is teaching. Roane State full-time and adjunct faculty members must meet this requirement.

High school teachers who have a master’s degree and 18 graduate hours in an academic field in which they teach must submit a transcript to the dean of the appropriate academic area of the college for review in order to teach dual studies courses. If the dean approves the coursework based on SACS requirements, an official transcript must be requested from the degree awarding institution and be on file in Human Resources before faculty can be employed by RSCC. Please request that official transcripts be sent to the Office of Human Resources, Roane State Community College, 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, TN 37748. Contact Human Resources at (865) 882-4679 for additional information.

Courses taught solely for A.A.S. degrees and certificate programs may have slightly different requirements of faculty than those for A.A. and A.S. degree courses, based on various accrediting agency requirements. A list of the accrediting agencies for the A.A.S. degree programs may be found at the following Web address: Some examples follow:

Allied Health Sciences Division

To teach EMT-Paramedic courses, the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) require the following of faculty:

Standards and Guidelines III.B.

3. Faculty

a. Responsibilities
In each location where students are assigned for didactic or clinical instruction or supervised practice, there shall be instructional faculty designated to coordinate supervision and provide frequent assessments of the students’ progress in achieving acceptable program requirements.

b. Qualifications
The faculty must be knowledgeable in course content and effective in teaching their assigned subjects, and capable through academic preparation, training and experience to teach the courses or topics to which they are assigned.

For most programs, there should be a faculty member to assist in teaching and/or clinical coordination in addition to the program director. The faculty member should be certified by a nationally recognized certifying organization at an equal or higher level of professional training than the Emergency Medical Services Profession(s) for which training is being offered.
Additional information is available on the Web site at Contact Health Sciences at (865) 882-4594 regarding this program or other allied health sciences guidelines.

Business Division

Instructors for business courses must follow guidelines established by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which follow:
Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Faculty Qualifications
Standard: All class sections taught within the Business unit must be taught by professional, qualified faculty; a professionally qualified faculty member is one who:

  1. Possesses an earned Master’s or higher in the field.
  2. Possesses a related out-of-field Master’s with documented 18 semester/27 quarter credit hours or equivalent of courses in the field beyond the introductory principle(s) level (“sufficient subject matter coursework”).
  3. Possesses a Bachelor’s in field with documentation in two or more areas of:
      1. Professional certification (national, regional, or state – institution must provide documentation to validate the certification);
      2. In-field professional employment (institution must provide a minimum of two years of documented experience from employer(s));
      3. Teaching excellence (institution must provide documentation describing how excellence was determined);
      4. Research and publication (institution must provide documentation);
      5. Documented relevant additional coursework beyond Bachelor’s degree equivalent to 18 semester hours or equivalent subject matter coursework, CEUs, military, vendor training, etc.

For additional information about business faculty guidelines, contact Gloria Drake at (865) 354-3000 ext.4332.

Criminal Justice

Instructors for criminal justice courses must submit a transcript for a master’s degree plus 18 graduate hours in a qualifying field; the fields being criminal justice, law, criminology, or J.D. (juris doctor). For additional information about the Criminal Justice program, contact Elizabeth Lewis in the Social Sciences, Business and Education Division at (865) 354-3000 ext. 4492.

Early Childhood Education

Instructors for ECED courses must submit a transcript for a master’s degree indicating 18 graduate hours in a qualifying field; the fields being early childhood education, child & family dynamics, or education. For information about the early childhood education program, contact Saundra Stiles at (865) 481-2034.

In summary, faculty qualifications are governed by accrediting boards of RSCC degree/certificate programs. College transcripts are reviewed by division deans to determine teaching eligibility of Roane State courses. New faculty should submit a current transcript to the appropriate dean when interested in applying to teach a class. Again, an official transcript must be filed in the Office of Human Resources if/when hired to teach courses.

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