High school instructors

Instructor resources

The opportunity for high school students to challenge themselves with college-level classes wouldn't be possible without enthusiastic and motivated teachers in the classroom. Below are some resources you may find helpful throughout the year.

Concurrent Program Resources:

New instructor application

Are you interested in applying to teach for M State's Concurrent Enrollment Program? Each applicant is considered independently, but a minimum of a master's degree with 18 graduate credits in the specific field you want to teach is preferred. If you do not currently meet the minimum qualifications, please include your plan to meet this expectation by September 1, 2022.

Click here to start your Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Application.

What you need to complete this online application:

  • Resume
  • Summary of why you are interested in teaching concurrent courses and your qualifications. Highlight your education, special expertise and any other relevant experience that makes you a good candidate to teach college-level courses.
  • The courses, or discipline you would like to teach
  • Letter of recommendation from your high school principal
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application, but if you are approved we will need official transcripts on file)

I submitted my application, what's next?

  • Your application will be reviewed by M State's associate vice president of academics and K12 collaborations manager. You will be contacted as soon as possible once a decision is made, but the review process may take five to 15 business days.
  • If you are approved, you will be assigned a faculty mentor who will help you start preparing for your class. Make sure to communicate what you plan to teach with your high school principal and counselor so they can help get students tested and registered.
  • Visit the Concurrent High School Instructor web page for syllabus development and other helpful resources.

Teacher/mentor meetings and observations

For a new course or new instructor six meetings are required. At least one planning meeting between the mentor and high school instructor (which includes new instructor orientation) must occur prior to the start of the semester. At least two in-person classroom observations will occur and one follow-up meeting. Mentors will record their observations and recommendations, which are submitted and reviewed by M State's associate vice president of academics and the K12 collaboration manager.

Repeat course offerings with the same instructor are required to have three meetings. At least one of these meetings will be a classroom observation.

Upon request, high school instructors can be provided with more feedback from their mentor's report.

Instructor/mentor meeting and observation topics

Classroom observation topics may include:

  • Clarity of the lesson objectives
  • Organization of the presentation
  • Communication of subject matter
  • Demonstration of concept or principles examples
  • The monitoring of student learning and adjusting instruction appropriately
  • Receptiveness to students views and responses
  • Answering student questions clearly and positively
  • Summarization of key points
  • Definition of terms and background information given when necessary
  • Student engagement and/or involvement in classroom activities
  • The methodology used to assess student learning

New teacher course-specific training

A minimum of one planning meeting between the faculty mentor and high school instructor will occur prior to the start of the course. This meeting will include a comprehensive New Teacher Orientation with discipline-specific training in topics including course curriculum, assessment criteria, pedagogy, course philosophy and theory. Other agenda items will include the Concurrent Enrollment Program handbook, administrative responsibilities, programmatic policy and procedures and ongoing/annual professional development.

High school instructor responsibilities

High school teachers will:

  • Work with an assigned faculty mentor to create a syllabus that meets all of M State's CEP syllabus requirements, for every course taught. A sample syllabus and a syllabus template and checklist with these requirements is available at www.minnesota.edu/instructor.
     
  • Instructors will distribute the approved syllabus to their students at the start of the course. Instructors are encouraged to have students sign the syllabus to further ensure that students have read and understand their responsibilities.
     
  • Instructors are required to meet, or exceed, the competencies listed in the course outline and assess for those competencies. Individual lessons, models, methods and pedagogy are determined by the individual instructor in consultation with the mentor. Course outlines and competencies can be found here.
     
  • Work with their mentor to select a textbook that reflects current information relevant to the discipline. The high school is responsible for the purchasing of course textbooks.
     
  • Work with an assigned faculty mentor to select a textbook that reflects current information relevant to the discipline. The high school is responsible for the purchasing of course textbooks.
     
  • Meet with M State faculty mentor:

    For a new class, new instructor or new mentor, six meetings are required. At least one planning meeting between the mentor and high school instructor (which includes new instructor orientation and course specific training) must occur prior to the start of the semester. At least two in-person classroom observations will occur and one follow-up meeting. Mentors will record their observations and recommendations, which are submitted and reviewed by M State's K12 collaboration manager.
    Repeat course offerings with the same instructor and mentor are required to have three meetings. At least one of these meetings will be a classroom observation.
     

  • Attend annual professional development (Concurrent Enrollment Day). Annual professional development and ongoing collegial interaction is a NACEP accreditation requirement which serves to further enhance instructor pedigogy and breath of knowledge in the discipline.
     
  • Respond to communications from faculty mentors and CEP staff in a timely manner.
     
  • Review class lists at the start of the course and work with the designated high school contact to communicate any and all changes to M State.
     
  • Submit grades by the deadline at the end of the term.
     
  • Stay in compliance with FERPA.
     
  • Participate in M State's concurrent enrollment electronic surveys (end-of-course surveys sent to students and program feedback surveys sent to instructors).
     
  • Communicate extended leave dates and coverage plans by submitting an Instructor Extended Leave Form, found at www.minnesota.edu/instructor.