Skip to content

Adjunct Faculty Handbook

Revised January 2024





Welcome to North Central Michigan College! I am very pleased that you have joined our instructional team. North Central is committed to delivering exceptional higher education to our students, and we need you to help us fulfill that promise. We value your expertise as an adjunct faculty member, as well as your skills in the classroom. Our students expect a great deal from faculty, and it is my hope that you will provide a challenging and stimulating experience for those you teach (and mentor). For some students, you may be the only contact these learners have with a representative of the college. I trust that you will value your unique position at North Central.

I invite you to become an active member of this learning community. Please do participate in our varied campus activities, as you are able. Best wishes for a successful and productive experience!

David Roland Finley, Ph.D.


Back to Top


Please allow me to thank you in advance for sharing your time and talent with North Central Michigan College. We could not deliver the great product we do without you! I hope you find your experience with us rewarding as you help students achieve their dreams of a college education. This handbook covers a variety of topics we thought would best assist you as you begin to prepare for your time with us. Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions as they arise, 231.348.6812 or

Michele Andrews
Dean of Business, Education, and Adjunct Faculty
Back to Top


Dan Rasmussen, Chair 

Dave Kring, Vice Chair 

John Fought, Treasurer  

Melissa Keiswetter, Secretary 

Chris Etienne, Trustee 

Dr. Jim Shirilla, Trustee 

Keith A. Pretty, Trustee

Back to Top


David Roland Finley, Ph.D. President

Renee DeYoung,  Vice President of Student Affairs

Carol Laenen,  Vice President of Marketing and Strategy

Chelsea Platte,  Vice President for Advancement

Stephen Strom PhD.,  Vice President of Academic Affairs

Tom Zeidel,  Vice President of Finance and Facilities

Lynn Eckerle, Director of Human Resources

Melissa Mansfield, Executive Assistant to the President & Board

Back to Top


To become the premier student-centered college, as partners on the learning journey.


To provide exceptional, accessible, relevant higher education to the benefit of all.


Excellence – We hold ourselves to the highest professional standards, exceeding expectations by providing transformative learning experiences and exceptional service.

Integrity - We model ethical and honest behavior, building trust and inspiring confidence. Accountable for our words and actions, we are genuine, transparent, and respectful.

Results - On and off campus, we continually deliver on our commitment to improve our institution and its relevance to those we serve through innovation, agility and thoughtful risk-taking.

Stewardship - We commit to the responsible care and growth of the human, environmental, economic, and cultural resources entrusted to us.

Compassion - With kindness, caring and dignity, we seek to understand and address the complex and unique needs of others.

Inclusion - We strive to create a welcoming environment that embraces and respects the uniqueness of each individual and celebrates the power of a diverse community.

Back to Top




The College does not employ any permanent adjunct instructors. In the scheduling of both full-time and part-time/adjunct faculty for NCMC courses, the College reviews a variety of factors including, but not limited to, full-time faculty load requirements, matching skills with course openings, location of courses, etc. The administration reserves the right to select and schedule both full-time and part-time faculty as course needs dictate. Adjunct faculty are hired to teach semester-by-semester as the College’s needs dictate. Being hired to teach in a single semester does not obligate the College nor the Adjunct faculty member to future teaching assignments. 


See a full job description in the appendix.


See appendix F for a complete description of required credentials.


As a condition of employment, all adjunct faculty are required to have on file with EduStaff an application form, criminal background check, a resume, official transcripts of all post-secondary education, and copies of licenses and/or certificates. Adjunct faculty must also complete a W-4 form, an I-9 form, and submit them to EduStaff.


Pay for adjunct faculty is based on contact hours taught. Adjunct faculty will be paid one check every two weeks per the regular employee pay period of the college. 

Usually, there will be six or seven paychecks beginning early in the semester. You will be notified by email when the first check is issued.

Pay rates for adjunct faculty are based on a scaled increment for the highest earned degree. Official transcripts must be on file with the College to verify degree status otherwise faculty will be paid at the rate established for the baccalaureate.


Adjunct faculty are approved to teach up to 12 credit hours maximum per semester (Fall, Winter, and Summer). To comply with the Affordable Health Care Act, the IRS has determined that for every 1 credit hour, the instructor will spend 2.25 hours in preparation. The college is limited to no more than 28 hours per adjunct faculty member per semester. The Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success may grant exceptions for special circumstances.


North Central Michigan College maintains its own email servers. Please check your email regularly. The email system is used to communicate with you about courses we would like you to teach, textbook orders, and issues with students. Other information about happenings at North Central is sent out via email such as professional development opportunities, meeting requests, and special events on campus or at one of our off-campus sites. Please do not use a personal email address.


All adjunct faculty are eligible for a tuition waiver of up to four (4) credit hours during the semester they are teaching or during one of the next two terms. If an adjunct teaches during the fall semester, the tuition waiver may be used that semester, or during the following winter or summer session. 

The maximum number of credits is four (4), regardless of the number of classes taught. If an adjunct teaches two (2) classes in the same semester, only four (4) credits would be waived. Credits are not bankable from one semester to another.

The tuition waiver may be used by the adjunct faculty or a spouse or dependent children. 

To use the tuition waiver the adjunct faculty must first complete the Adjunct Faculty Tuition Waiver form found on the Portal under My North Central, Faculty Tools. This must be done before registering for any classes. Send the completed form to the Dean of Business, Education, and Adjunct Faculty for signature. Once approved and signed the Dean will forward the form to the Business office at NCMC.


Adjunct faculty are not reimbursed for mileage.


Classes will not be held on the following days: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the Friday following Thanksgiving, Good Friday, Spring Break Week, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. Please note that on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the College will close at 5 p.m.


All faculty are evaluated by students once each semester. Evaluations will be available for students to fill out through the Learning Management System during the 12th week. At the end of the semester, faculty will be given access to the survey information. Student feedback can be useful in identifying strengths and weaknesses of the course and teaching.


Your course instruction will be evaluated by your Dean.

Adjunct faculty are encouraged to contact full-time faculty for information regarding course objectives, materials, standards, or any other issues related to the course. From time to time your Dean may designate a full-time faculty member to attend sessions of your class for purposes of assistance and evaluation.

Back to Top



In Petoskey, we have several offices dedicated to Adjunct use. Please see the Dean of Business, Education, and Adjunct Faculty for the most current list of available offices. 

Your office hours will be posted outside the door, as the office will be shared with other adjuncts. All adjunct offices on the Petoskey campus use the same key. Keys are available from the main administration office. In Cheboygan and Gaylord, both sites have one open office that can be used by adjunct instructors. 


Copy machines are in the main administration office, room 109, room 148, and the Health Education & Science Center building. To print/copy in color copy machine use the “NCMC Color Hold.” Copy machines in Petoskey require your five-digit ID code.


Keys to buildings and classrooms are issued by the Administration Office. All keys must be returned at the end of each semester.


Mailboxes (room 109) are provided for adjunct faculty teaching on-campus during the current semester. Adjuncts teaching off-campus will have information mailed or e-mailed to them.


All faculty members must use the college’s Student and Community Portal. This portal is the central access point for faculty members for all the college’s electronic resources including but not limited to: 

  • Learning Management System (Brightspace).
  • College’s help desk.
  • Outlook webmail, receiving and replying to all communications from the college via email, (announcements, requests, assistance).
  • Access the Internet when on campus in our classrooms, labs, or library.
  • Class rosters.
  • Posting final grades for students.

When you complete the hiring process, you are also registered for the portal.


Adjunct faculty are given the ability to determine the text book to be used for their sections.  This will be coordinated through the college’s bookstore with directions on how to adopt the selected edition.


  • Helpdesk support is available for general IT needs.
  • Wireless internet access throughout campus
  • Basic troubleshooting of personal laptops
  • Classroom technology support
  • Conferencing support in the designated conference rooms i.e., BLC 123, HESC 369, Athletics Conference
  • Designated Adjunct rooms are outfitted with a shared computer.  

 Contact Information Technology via email:, phone: (231) 348-6617, or in person at our Helpdesk located in BLC 66.


North Central Michigan College Library’s mission is to support learning and research by providing access to a range of academic resources and services. These include providing access to academic content, the creation of curated library research guides, the delivery of course-specific information literacy instruction, interlibrary loan services, and additional research and reference services for students, faculty, and staff. The library also coordinates the reservation and delivery of technology carts including laptops and iPads for instructional use. Instructors are encouraged to actively communicate with the library regarding their students’ research support and academic content needs. All content and services are available on the Library’s website

Please contact us with any questions by email at, phone (231) 348-6617, or 24/7 chat at


Smart Classrooms have an LCD data projector, large screen, and stereo speakers permanently mounted in the room, an integrated computer multi-media station, and provide high-speed Internet access.

Technology use directions can be found in each classroom. Faculty may request training on the use and operation of the Smart Classrooms by contacting the IT helpdesk at (231)-348-6617.


All students and faculty have access to the college’s Learning Management System (LMS) online content server. North Central’s current LMS platform is Brightspace. On Brightspace, you can offer your students one-stop access to all documents (including syllabi and handouts), web links, podcasts (audio and video content), and other class content in your course. All NCMC’s online courses use (LMS), as well as most of the College’s traditionally taught classes. An orientation on how to use Brightspace will be provided.

At a minimum, all adjunct instructors are required to use the LMS to post the course syllabus through Simple Syllabus and to post grades during the semester.


The Tutoring and Testing Center (TTC) provides tutoring and test proctoring free of charge. An assortment of study guides and supports, including the Math Lab, Writing Lab, and areas with whiteboards for study groups, peer tutoring, and individual study space are also available.  

TTC, in conjunction with the Women’s Resource Center, provides services to occupationally enrolled students, either in a degree or certificate program at NCMC, who are in one or more of the following categories: (1) have a hidden or obvious disability; (2) is economically disadvantaged (receives Pell Grant); (3) has limited English proficiency; (4) is preparing for a career non-traditional for their gender; (5) is a single parent (including single pregnant women) or (6) is a displaced homemaker. If a student is uncertain whether they qualify for any of these services, they should be referred to TTC.


Test proctoring in the Tutoring and Testing Center (TTC) is for make-up testing and student testing with accommodations. Please help us to ensure that the resources of TTC are used wisely to benefit students by following these guidelines:

  • Each test must be accompanied by a completed Exam Coversheet – exams submitted without completed coversheets will be returned to the instructor.

  • Make sure that all directions for the exam are complete.  It would be inappropriate for TTC to try to interpret or assume directions beyond what is stated.

  • Completed exams must be picked up and signed out by faculty. To protect the integrity of the testing process, TTC will not return exams via students.

  • Tests must be taken between Monday and Friday during regular hours. No weekend testing is available.

  • Please remind students of TTC hours and photo ID requirements.

  • All online exams require an appointment made by calling (231)-348-6693. 

  • Testing through TTC is designed for make-up exams or students with accommodations.

  • If proctoring is requested for entire classes, TTC may be able to proctor in your classroom depending upon staff availability.

When campus closes due to bad weather, all exams scheduled that day will automatically be rescheduled to the next business day the TTC is open. Our off-campus sites offer test proctoring service during set dates of the semester. Those dates will be sent out electronically to all instructors once the semester begins.


North Central uses Starfish Student Success and Retention Software to provide students with an efficient means of scheduling time with their instructor or advisor. It also connects them with one of the many free campus services like Campus Cupboard, career services, and tutoring.

Back to Top



You must distribute the course syllabus to your students and post it through Simple Syllabus on our Learning Management System, Brightspace. To ensure the continuity of course material and transferability of credit to other institutions, please use Simple Syllabus.

Make sure to adhere to the guidelines in your course syllabus. This allows your Dean to support you in the event of a student complaint. 

A copy of your class roster is available online in the portal by clicking on “My North Central”. Click on the “Faculty Tools Tab” and your courses should be listed. Click on the down arrow next to the class and select the class roster.

The last day students may open enroll in classes is the end of the first week of each semester. After these dates, you should review your class roster to note any discrepancies (e.g., a student attending class who is not on the roster or a student on the roster who is not attending class). Report any discrepancies to the Registrar. Submit final grades per instructions from the Registrar.


Final grade instructions will be sent out by the Registrar. All final grades are to be submitted online per the instructions by noon on the first Tuesday following the end of the semester.


The course work of each student is rated as follows:


Honor Points Per Credit

























P*   Passing

(Credit Only)


Status Marks

(No Honor Points):








No Grade Submitted by Instructor

*Certain designated programs have courses taken on a pass-fail basis up to a total of 16-semester credits in each program.

Each grade assigned for an hour of credit (exclusive of physical education and pass/fail courses) creates an honor point value. Total values are arrived at by multiplying the number of honor points for a grade by the number of credits in the course.

A student who fails to complete all the requirements of a course because of extenuating circumstances may receive an incomplete (“I”). An incomplete is given at the discretion of the instructor and is intended to be granted only in situations where most of the coursework has been completed and the student is doing passing work. The remainder of the course requirements, as determined by the instructor, must be fully satisfied by the end of the next semester, or the “I” grade will automatically be recorded as an “E.”

Withdrawal from Classes
A student will receive a "W" (Withdraw) if they withdraw through the 14th week of the regular semester or through the sixth week of the summer semester. A “W” grade will appear on the official transcript without penalty. All course withdrawals and additions must be processed through the Student Services Office.

“No Grade” and Auditing Status
The "NG" (No Grade) is a temporary status used only until the faculty member officially submits a grade to the Registrar.

A student who wishes to attend the class sessions of a course but who does not wish to receive credit for it may register as an audit (“AU”). The deadline for declaring the audit for Fall or Winter semester is the fifth week; for the summer semester, the deadline is the third week of the semester. Courses audited cannot be counted toward graduation requirements.

Note: Your grading policy must be included in your course syllabus.


Instructors may change a student’s final grade by submitting a grade change form to the registrar. The form may be found on the portal under Faculty Tools.


The college does not have an attendance policy. If you choose to establish one for your course, the consequences for students who fail to comply must be clearly stated in your course syllabus.


Membership in the college community carries with it obligations relative to conduct both within and outside the classroom. Students are responsible for obeying municipal, state, and federal laws which govern the community, as well as the rules and regulations of the college. The Student Code of Conduct (see the Student Handbook) also applies to off-campus activities, such as field trips, off-campus classes, and college-sponsored events.   

If a student participates, individually or in a group, in any violation of the Student Code of Conduct, they can be subject to disciplinary action.Misconduct should be reported using the form found on the Portal under the tab titled “Forms”. Complete this form as soon as possible after any incident that involves any serious form of student misconduct or to report any student behavior that you feel may cause harm to the student, yourself, or other students. Also, if you observe behavior that you think is a threat to you or others, call 911.


Cancellation of on-campus classes due to severe weather or other conditions will be announced by the college through area radio and TV stations. Day class cancellation will normally be announced by 6:30 a.m. Evening class cancellations will normally be announced by 5 p.m. If day classes are canceled, classes are canceled for both day and evening and support service offices are closed, as well. 

Cancellation of off-campus classes due to severe weather will be regulated by the specific public school system hosting the college courses. For example, if Gaylord Public Schools are closed, NCMC classes held in Gaylord are also canceled. You should be aware of the status of the school system where your course is held and be aware of media announcements covering updates on school cancellations.

In the event a high school or other facility is closed due to student illness, College courses will still be held, as planned. Any exceptions to this will be communicated with faculty, staff, and students as soon as possible. If the College decides to close due to student illness, faculty, staff, and students will be notified using all available methods, including Gmail, Brightspace, and the NCMC website. 

Students and others can check for announcements of class status by calling (231) 348-6600 or looking online for class cancellations at  or by checking course announcements in Brightspace. Faculty and students who have signed up for “My Alerts” will also be notified by email, text, Twitter, and Facebook.

In the event you have an emergency arise and are unable to meet your class, please contact Amy Wicker at  and Allie Jablinski at  so that the cancellation can be posted and students notified. 

In the event of excessive absenteeism (i.e., more than one class) faculty are expected to make arrangements with their Dean on how to cover their class.


If an off-campus or on-campus class is canceled during the final week of the semester because of inclement weather, faculty can handle the calculation of students’ final grades by doing the following:

  1. If the instructor thinks they can arrive at an appropriate and accurate final grade for the course for all students, the final examination or activity that was scheduled may be waived.
  2. If any student objects to the waiver of the final activity because they want the grade for it to be included in the final course grade, the instructor must make individual arrangements for that student.
  3. If the instructor thinks that the final week activity (examination, report, presentation, etc.) is essential to determine all students’ final grades. The off-campus instructor should work with the Dean. to determine an alternate day, time, and place to administer that activity. The on-campus instructor should work with their Dean. The college will assist the instructor in contacting students about these arrangements.
  4. In the cases of # 2 and # 3 above, if the end of the semester grade submission deadline occurs before the alternate activity date, the instructor should give the students an incomplete (“I”) as the final grade. This “I” will be changed as appropriate following the completion of the alternate activity. Please refer to the college catalog for policies regarding incomplete grades.


A field trip is defined as any class activity that takes place off campus. Any faculty who wishes to take their class on a field trip must complete a field trip request form and submit it to their Dean. This form can be found on the Portal under the Faculty Tools tab, Adjunct Faculty Forms.


Before students make academic complaints to an advisor, counselor, or administrator, they must try to resolve their concerns with the teacher in question. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, they may then take the complaint to the appropriate Dean. If the student is still not satisfied, they may then take the complaint to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. For a complete description of the procedure, please refer to the Student Handbook available at


FERPA protects student’s privacy while enrolled in college and certain information about the student cannot be given out to anyone, including parents. It is our practice that any student taking a class at North Central is covered by FERPA regardless of age or status including dual-enrolled students. What information can and cannot be given out is described in this document.

Back to Top



Spring Break will coincide with the Spring Break of the institution hosting the off-campus classes. For example, NCMC classes offered in Gaylord will recognize the Spring Break week of Gaylord Area Schools.

NCMC students taking classes at more than one NCMC location may find their classes observing different Spring Break periods. In these cases, students are responsible for making individual arrangements with their instructors. Faculty are encouraged to make reasonable accommodations for students missing class because of conflicting Spring Break periods. However, faculty are not expected to provide special instruction for students absent for this reason. Responsibility for getting material missed under these circumstances rests with the students.


NCMC is a tobacco-free workplace. To maintain a healthy work and learning environment for all students, employees, and visitors, the college prohibits the use of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices or anything that involves or mimics smoking.

For purposes of this policy, tobacco is defined as any tobacco product that is smoked, chewed, or consumed in any other fashion. Products that are part of a smoking cessation program, including patches or gum containing nicotine, are not banned by this policy.


In the event of an emergency Call 911. Please see red flipcharts in every classroom on and off campus titled “Emergency Guide”. Note: If you use a college telephone on campus, simply dial 911 (no other numbers). In the event of a medical emergency, make the individual(s) as comfortable as possible until assistance arrives. 


Anytime an incident occurs in the classroom or at the facility in which you are teaching, that involves a medical, security, or safety concern, an Incident Report should be completed. 

Once completed, the college administration is automatically notified and will be able to address the issue directly.

To submit an Incident Report: Log into the NCMC portal, click on “My North Central”, click on “Forms”, and select Incident Report.


In the event a fire alarm sounds while classes are in session, students and staff are to evacuate the building following the evacuation plan in your classroom. Proceed in an orderly manner to the nearest exit and withdraw a minimum of 100 feet from the building. 

If you encounter a fire, pull the nearest fire alarm, and evacuate as instructed above. The alarm automatically alerts the Department of Public Safety Department.

 Fire extinguishers are located throughout all buildings. Please familiarize yourself with their location.


Damaged college property should be reported to maintenance at (231)-348-6384 or by filling out a ticket in the Portal System. 

Your cooperation in keeping classrooms clean is appreciated. It is requested that rooms be left as found, i.e. lights turned off, whiteboards wiped down, and electronic equipment turned off.

If you encounter a technology issue while teaching, please contact IT HELP DESK at (231)-348-6617 or through Teams. 



North Central has partnered with the software platform Simple Syllabus to help make creating and maintaining your course syllabi easier and more accessible to your students.

Instead of creating a Word or PDF syllabus document for each of your classes for upload in Brightspace, you will build your syllabi in Simple Syllabus for automatic display in Brightspace course shells. Using Simple Syllabus is as easy as filling out a web form.

Please send questions to

Back to Top




  1. Adjunct Faculty will utilize active learning strategies to assist the learner in meeting the course objectives.
  2. Adjunct Faculty will teach college coursework as defined by North Central Michigan College and assigned by either the Dean of Business, Education and Adjunct Faculty.
  3. Adjunct Faculty will be evaluated by students and college administration.
  4. Adjunct Faculty will participate in outcomes assessment efforts of the college.
  5. Adjunct Faculty will conduct themselves in a professional manner promoting statesmanship with students, other faculty, and administrative staff.
  6. The College does not employ any permanent adjunct instructors. In the scheduling of both full-time and part-time/adjunct faculty for NCMC courses, the College reviews a variety of factors including, but not limited to, full-time faculty load requirements, matching skills with course openings, location of courses, etc. The administration reserves the right to select and schedule both full-time and part-time faculty as course needs dictate. Adjunct faculty are hired to teach on a semester-by-semester basis as the College’s needs dictate. Being hired to teach in a single semester does not obligate the College nor the Adjunct faculty member to future teaching assignments. 


  1. Attends annual planning seminars usually held before both fall and winter semesters.
  2. Use the Learning Management System (LMS), currently Brightspace, for posting the course syllabus and student grades.
  3. Create a syllabus using Simple Syllabus for each course taught. Syllabi must be made available to all students through Simple Syllabus during the first week of classes.
  4. Follow the textbook ordering procedure and will respond promptly to requests for textbook information.
  5. Participate in assessment activities.
  6. Submit final course grades by noon on the Tuesday following the end of the semester.
  7. Use the email account to communicate with students, faculty, and staff. Check it frequently and respond in a timely fashion to all emails.
  8. Arrange with students to be available outside the classroom.
  9. Maintain course records as appropriate to normal college procedures and for course assessment.
  10. Communicate with students both verbally and in writing according to FERPA guidelines.
  11. Participate in professional development opportunities on campus when available.
  12. Follows all college procedures and policies.
  13. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  1. See Adjunct Faculty Qualification (Appendix C) for more detail.
  2. Minimum two years teaching in a post-secondary environment preferred.
  3. Knowledge of adult learning theory and techniques
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, the mission of a comprehensive community college.
  5. Skills necessary to identify and use relevant technology.
  6. Excellent written/verbal skills.



North Central Michigan College acknowledges and encourages the appropriate use (i.e., reproduction, distribution, performance and display) of copyrighted works and materials for teaching, scholarship and research purposes consistent with federal copyright law and the standards for fair use. Given both the importance of complying with federal copyright law and the difficulty of determining fair use, this policy provides guidance for the use of others' work as well as links to copyright and fair use resources.
For purposes of this policy, copyrighted works and materials include all audio visual, electronic, and printed works and materials under copyright protection. Some materials are not subject to copyright protection, including:

works that lack originality (e.g., the phone book);
US Government works;
ideas, procedures, concepts, principles or discoveries as distinguished from a description, explanation, or illustration thereof; and works in the public domain, including works with copyrights that have expired (generally older than 95 years). Since a copyright notice is no longer required, the absence of the ©, especially for works published after 1978, does not necessarily mean the work is in the public domain.

The concept of fair use is embodied in section 107 of the copyright law. This law provides that certain limited use of copyrighted materials for such purposes as teaching, criticism, commentary, reporting, scholarship and research is not infringement of copyright. The law sets forth four factors to be considered when making a determination of fair use:



At North Central, all prospective faculty are divided into two broad categories that reflect their primary teaching role: general education / transfer courses or occupational courses. The requirements for faculty qualifications differ depending on the type of North Central course the faculty member will teach.

Broadly speaking, whenever a prospective faculty member wishes to offer a North Central course, s/he should convey that interest first to their high school administration.

The high school administration will in turn contact the Director of Student Outreach and Engagement at North Central with the request and the prospective faculty member’s credentials; North Central administration will review the request and the credentials and communicate back to the high school administration either the approval or denial of the request or the need for further documentation. 

If North Central asks for further documentation regarding a candidate’s request, it may be more expeditious if the faculty member works directly with the North Central Dean who is examining the documentation; once the Dean has decided on the faculty’s qualifications, s/he will convey that information back to North Central’s Director of Student Outreach and Engagement, who will, in turn, communicate back to the high school administration and the prospective faculty member.

For general education and transfer courses (English, Communications, Humanities, Languages other than English, Math, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences):

Route 1: the faculty member is expected to hold a master’s degree in the discipline or relevant sub-field as applicable; or

Route 2: if the master’s is held in another discipline, the faculty member should hold at least 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline in which he or she teaches; or

Route 3: if the master’s is held in another discipline, the faculty member should present a combination of graduate credits in the relevant discipline according to this schedule (candidate must present a minimum of nine (9) credits in the discipline or subfield):

Graduate Credits in Relevant Discipline Minimum Relevant Professional Experience (Full-Time)
9 2 years
12 1.5 years
15  1 year


–Tested experience of the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) consistent with the federal Office of Personnel Management’s General Schedule (GS) classification system at the GS 7 level for that discipline. Per HLC guidelines, time in service alone is not sufficient to receive credit toward this category of “tested” experience.

Candidates for teaching general education/transfer courses using Routes 1 and 2 should experience little difficulty in demonstrating their qualifications; candidates seeking qualification using Route 3, should provide their most current, updated, and complete credentials and experience, and to review the GS classification series for that area, where such series exist, and specifically the requirements expected at the GS-7 level.

For general education and transfer areas that do not have a corresponding GS-7 level position through OPM, or whose professional experiences may not entirely align with the GS position description (e.g., language specialist series) the general process for vetting based on tested experience is the same, with an initial meeting between the candidate and Dean to review credentials, and to consider any request by the candidate for consideration of tested experience.

However, where no GS-07 level position in the academic discipline exists (e.g., language instruction or translation in American Sign Language or Anishinaaabemowin; chaplaincy or other professional work in Religion; journalistic or other work consonant with Communications), demonstration of appropriate experience at the corresponding conversion rate, with clearly defined means of tested experience shall be recognized.

The candidate shall furnish documentation to the Dean that substantiates both time in service and KSA equivalency. At that time, the Dean will complete a written confirmation of the applicable academic credits, appropriate conversion rate, and documentation of professional experience, as well as evidence of the test(s) used to account for the substitution of experience.

While the above forms of tested experience may be considered for areas that do not have equivalent GS-7 positions, they also are subject to the condition that academic credentials remain the primary means of vetting; as such, candidates are still expected to furnish evidence of nine graduate credits in the relevant discipline, interdisciplinary field, or sub-field, as appropriate.

The Dean shall determine if the documentation meets the standards expected under the GS equivalency system. Should the prospective faculty member or the high school administration wish to appeal the decision regarding these qualifications, either may do so directly to North Central’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success.

For Occupational Courses (Accounting, Business, Computer Information Systems, Computer-Numeric-Controlled Operator, Criminal Justice, Economics, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, Office Administrative Services):

Route 1: the faculty member is expected to hold a master’s degree in the discipline or relevant sub-field as applicable; or

Route 2: if the master’s is held in another discipline, the faculty member should hold at least 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline in which he or she teaches; or

Route 3: if the candidate does not hold a master’s degree, he or she will be expected to present documentation of the following combination of academic credentials and tested experience and state or industry licensure, certifications, or badges as applicable to the specific discipline being requested.

Minimum Academic Credential And Equivalent Tested Experience And State or Industry Licensure, Certifications, Badges as applicable
BA/BS with concentration in teaching field 2 years (4000 hours) work experience in field  
BA/BS with minor in teaching field 4 years (8000 hours) work experience in field  
AA/AS/AAS in teaching field 8 years (16000 hours) work experience in field  


As with candidates for teaching general education / transfer courses, candidates in occupational areas using Routes 1 and 2 should experience little difficulty in demonstrating their qualifications; candidates seeking qualification using Route 3, should provide their most current, updated and complete credentials and experience. 

Should the prospective faculty member or the high school administration wish to appeal the decision regarding these qualifications, either may do so directly to North Central’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success.

In conclusion, North Central welcomes the opportunity to bring a college-level experience to area high school students through our dual credit programs and is deeply committed to working closely with high school administration and faculty to ensure proper faculty qualification and a process of working toward such qualification that will benefit students, high schools, and North Central alike.

*At its November 2015 meeting, the Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees resolved to provide an opportunity for member institutions with dual credit programs to apply for extensions related to compliance with faculty qualifications in these programs. North Central will certainly apply for such an extension, but the maximum length of time possible for such an extension will be five years. It is expected that all North Central faculty, including those in dual credit programs, will ultimately be qualified identically.

Documentation for general education/transfer faculty qualification may include, but is not limited to:

  • Supervisory evaluations specifying the nature of work completed consonant with specific knowledge, skills, and attributes (KSAs) required.
  • Contracts and client evaluations specifying specific duties and scope of work completed, for self-employed candidates.
  • Letter certifying qualification from the appropriate tribal executive body.
  • Letter from a recognized body or organization certifying qualification in a language for which graduate academic study is not readily available (e.g., American Sign Language)
  • Recognized, independent systems of testing, including the American Council of Teaching Foreign Language/Language Testing International (ACTFL/LTI)
    • For those desiring experience equivalency in languages that are tested by ACTFL/LTI:
      • All four dimensions of communication must be tested: reading, writing, speaking (interview), and listening.
      • The candidate must receive Superior ratings or higher in each of the areas for them to count toward tested experience equivalency.
  • Other external certifications or credentials from recognized bodies, as applicable.
  • Juried or otherwise competitively ranked and awarded pieces of work appropriate to the field.
  • Peer-reviewed publication(s) in appropriate venues relevant to the field
  • Academic transcript data indicating performance in the relevant discipline to be taught.
  • Other documents or experience, as deemed appropriate by the Dean, and, if necessary, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success.

Documentation for occupational faculty qualifications may include, but is not limited to:


Industry Recognized Certifications


CFP (Certified Financial Planner)

Legal Assistant

NALA - National Association of Legal Assistants (Paralegals)
NALS - The Association for Legal Professionals


American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI)

Criminal Justice

Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES): requirements are (1) minimum selection standards including satisfactory completion of a basic police academy or recognition of prior training and experience, and (2) employment with a law enforcement agency as a law enforcement officer. 


MCSA SQL Server Certification
MCSE (list)
MCSD (list)
Certiport Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Exams:
Project Mgmt certs, PMP;
LPI, Linux Essentials;
(ISC2) Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Cyber Security/Computer Forensics Certifications; PCI, CPC, PSP


NCLEX, Train the Trainer, Clinical Skills Observer (Prometric)