Early Colleges/Middle Colleges: Special Teacher/Faculty Preparation Requirements

Early Colleges/Middle Colleges: Special Teacher/Faculty Preparation Requirements

This database indicates which states require teachers and faculty in early and middle college high school programs to complete specialized preparation (beyond certification for high school teachers).

Why does it matter?
  • Educators not used to teaching underserved students will benefit from training in using real-world applications, and identifying and addressing specific areas of need.

  • No state has established in policy that all early/middle college high school instructors must complete specialized preparation requirements. In practice, however, some programs may require instructors to undergo such training.
  • Two states — North Carolina and Tennessee — require early college programs to encourage the use of innovative teaching methods.

What's not included in this database:
  • While partnerships between districts and postsecondary institutions make early and middle college high schools available in many states, the state policies governing these partnerships are often either intended for dual enrollment, charter or alternative programs. Such policies are not usually a good fit with the unique characteristics of early and middle colleges. State policies included here are specifically designed to provide a comprehensive structure for early and middle college high schools.
  • State policies that address early college or middle college in piecemeal fashion but do not address the overall structure or functioning of programs.
  • State programs that allow high school students to earn substantial amounts of postsecondary credit but do not appear to fully align with the early or middle college model (i.e., West Virginia EDGE).

    As of August 2008, seven states have explicit state-level policies governing the creation of local early and/or middle college high school partnerships. States whose local early/middle college programs are governed by dual enrollment or charter school policies are not included in this database.

Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

Last updated: August 20, 2008

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.

Special teacher/faculty preparation requirements
California Not set in state policy
Colorado No. In addition, an individual providing instruction in a postsecondary course is not required to be certified as a teacher, regardless of whether the course will count as credit toward a student's high school diploma.
Michigan No
North Carolina No. However, programs must "[e]ncourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods." Program applications must describe the "qualifications required for individuals employed in the program."
Pennsylvania No
Tennessee No. However, programs must "[e]ncourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods[.]" Program applications must describe the "qualifications required for individuals employed in the program[.]"
Texas No. However, the postsecondary partner must select all teachers providing college-level instruction. Such instructors must be either regularly employed faculty members at the postsecondary institution or meet the same standards, including "minimal requirements of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools." Early and middle college staff providing college-level instruction must be supervised and evaluated "using the same or comparable procedures used for" regular faculty at the postsecondary institution.

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