Teacher Approval Process

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Thank you for your interest in College Now. This program provides high school students opportunities to earn college credits while still in high school. There is no compensation from COCC for teaching these classes.

COLLEGE NOW / CTE (CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION)

These are outcomes-based courses along a Career Pathway in a Program of Study leading to a certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree. Course options are in these content areas: allied health, automotive, biology, business administration, criminal justice, culinary, early childhood education, emergency medical technician, forestry, manufacturing and nursing. The cost to the student is a reduced fee of $15 per credit.

Review the complete listing of current articulated courses. Read the specific course outcome checklist for the course(s) you want to articulate.

The Teachers' Handbook contains complete program information.

COLLEGE NOW / TRANSFER

Transfer courses are limited to selected juniors and seniors who can successfully complete the learning objectives and performance criteria to obtain credit in these college-level articulated courses. Currently COCC offers courses in the following Transfer areas: math, science, literature, writing, health & human performance, film and history. The cost to the student is a reduced fee of $15 per credit.

Review the complete listing of current articulated classes. Read the specific course outcomes for the course(s) you want to articulate.

The Teachers' Handbook contains complete program information.

QUALIFICATIONS

To articulate College Now classes, you must meet the same education and training requirements as COCC instructors in your content area. For College Now/CTE, this is a combination of education and industry experience as required in the content area. To teach College Now/Transfer classes, you must hold a Masters degree in the content area. This standard is used for all COCC transfer courses and is specifically required by Oregon Administrative Rule (589-007-0200).

Provisional Approval:

If you do not meet the preferred qualifications criteria above, you may qualify for provisional approval based on the following criteria.

1. College Now/Transfer high school teachers may seek and be granted approval if the following qualifications are met:

  • Bachelors degree in the course content area, a Masters degree in any discipline, and professional experience teaching at College level in the content area; or
  • Bachelors degree in the course content area, a Masters degree in any discipline, and at least 15 credits of graduate-level coursework in the content area.

2. College Now/CTE high school teachers may seek and be granted approval if the following qualifications are met:

  • Appropriate degree plus work experience and additional coursework in the content area; or,
  • Three calendar years of work experience in an occupational area directly related to the instructional program (the work experience must be beyond that acquired in apprenticeship, on-the-job training); or
  • Occupational outcome for the teaching assignment secured through a combination of three years of work experience and specialized training.
  • When applicable, the applicants qualifications may be reviewed by the appropriate occupational advisory committee.

Alternative Approval:

If you participate in the Cascades Commitment Summer Workshop and the Professional Learning Communities for Writing 121 & 122, History 202 & 203, or Math 111 & 112, you may qualify for alternative approval to articulate those courses only. Through the approval process, we will verify that you have met all of the Cascades Commitment requirements or are currently enrolled. Currently enrolled participants must complete all PLC requirements within their first year of teaching. You must begin articulating a course within two years of your summer workshop date to be eligible for this alternative approval.

Appropriate COCC department faculty will be consulted during this teacher approval process, and approval authority will include the appropriate Instructional Dean.

APPROVAL PROCESS

Before you articulate a course, you must go through the approval process. This involves providing documentation that verifies you have the required education and training in your content area.

1. Download, complete and print the Teacher Approval Request form.

2. Email the completed form with unofficial copies of your college transcripts and a current resume to Debbie Hagan at dhagan@cocc.edu or mail/fax to the College Now office at the following address:

College Now Office
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97703

541.504.2930
541.317.3071 fax

You need to be approved only once to articulate a course. If you would like to articulate additional courses, however, you will need to resubmit the Teacher Approval Request form. You need to submit your transcripts only once as your documents will be kept on file. You may resubmit your resume if you wish to highlight different experience.

3. The COCC department chair in the content area and Instructional Dean are responsible for reviewing your request and documentation.

4. You will be notified by email regarding your approval status for each course. After you have been approved you will need to contact the appropriate faculty mentor to complete the articulation process. High School teachers generally cannot articulate a course in the same trimester/semester in which they are approved. The timeline is just too tight to finish the teacher approval process and begin the articulation process in time to cover all of the college topics and activities in the course.

Please call the College Now office at 541.504.2930 or email Debbie Hagan at dhagan@cocc.edu, if you have questions.