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Certification Standards

Pima's faculty qualifications standards are described in Board Policy BP 3.01, Faculty Qualifications Standards

The minimum qualifications standards for both full time and adjunct teaching faculty are largely based on course classification: Academic (Transfer); Developmental; Occupational/Workforce. 

In most cases, a master's degree is required to teach Academic (Transfer) courses that are designed to transfer to other colleges and universities, a bachelor's degree is required to teach Developmental level courses, and to teach Occupational/Workforce courses requires some combination of academic and/or professional preparation and work experience. For some disciplines, there are exceptions to these general requirements, or additional requirements must be met.

Academic (Transfer)

  • Master’s degree in the field of study or
  • Master’s degree in any field with 18 graduate semester hours in the field of study or
  • In-progress doctoral dissertation (proposal defended) in any discipline and 24 graduate semester hours in the field of study.

Developmental

  • Same qualifications as those listed for Academic or
  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of study or
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field with 24 lower and/or upper division semester credit hours in the field of study.

Occupational/Workforce

  • Same qualifications as those listed for Academic or
  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of study or
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field and 3 years of work experience in the field or
  • Associate’s degree in any field and 5 years of work experience in the field or
  • 64 semester credit hours in the field of study and 5 years of work experience in the field or
  • Industry-recognized certification in the field of study and 5 years of work experience in the field or
  • License in the field of study and 5 years of work experience in the field.

Degrees and coursework used to meet these standards must be from colleges or universities accredited by any of the following regional accreditation commissions:

  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
  • Northwest Commission on Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  

Questions about these standards?  Contact the Faculty Certification Office.