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Minimum Qualifications for Instructors of Noncredit Courses.   

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Except as provided elsewhere in this article. the minimum qualifications for service as a faculty member teaching a noncredit course shall be the same as the minimum qualifications for credit instruction in the appropriate discipline, or as follows:

(a) For an interdisciplinary noncredit basic skills course, a bachelor's in any social science, humanities, mathematics, or natural science discipline or in liberal studies, as appropriate for the course.

(b) For a noncredit basic skills course in mathematics, a bachelor's in mathematics.

(c) For a noncredit basic skills course in reading and/or writing, either: a bachelor's in English, literature, comparative literature, composition, linguistics, speech, creative writing, or journalism; or a bachelor's in any discipline and twelve semester units of coursework in an accredited institution of higher education in teaching reading.

(d) For a noncredit course in citizenship, a bachelor' in any discipline, and six semester units in American history and institutions.

(e) For a noncredit course in English as a second language (ESL), any one of the following:

(1) A bachelor's in teaching English as a second language, or teaching English to speakers of other languages.

(2) A bachelor's in education, English, linguistics, applied linguistics, any foreign language, composition, bilingual/bicultural studies, reading, or speech; and a certificate in teaching English as a second language, which may be completed concurrently during the first year of employment as a noncredit instructor.

(3) A bachelor's with any of the majors specified in subparagraph (2) above; and one year of experience teaching ESL in an accredited institution; and a certificate in teaching English as a second language, which may be completed concurrently during the first two years of employment as a noncredit instructor.

(4) Possession of a full-time, clear California Designated Subjects Adult Education Teaching Credential authorizing instruction in ESL.

(f) For a noncredit course in health and safety, a bachelor's in health science, health education, biology, nursing, dietetics, or nutrition; or an associate degree in any of those subjects, and four years of professional experience related to the subject of the course taught.

(g) For a noncredit course in home economics, a bachelor's in home economics, life management, family and consumer studies, dietetics, food management, interior design, or clothing and textiles; or an associated degree in any of those subjects, and four years of professional experience related to the subject of the course taught.

(h) For a noncredit course intended for older adults, either pattern (1) or pattern (2) following:

(1) A bachelor's with a major related to the subject of the course taught; and either (A) or (B) below:

(A) Thirty hours or two semester units of coursework or classwork in understanding the needs of the older adult, taken at an accredited institution of higher education or approved by the district. This requirement may be completed concurrently during the first year of employment as a noncredit instructor.

(B) One year of professional experience working with older adults.

(2) An associate degree with a major related to the subject of the course taught; and two years of occupational experience related to the subject of the course taught; and sixty hours or four semester units of coursework or classwork in understanding the needs of the older adult, taken at an accredited institution of higher education or approved by the district. This last requirement may be completed concurrently during the first year of employment as a noncredit instructor.

(i) For a noncredit course in parent education, a bachelor's in child development, early childhood education, human development, family and consumer studies with a specialization in child development or early childhood education, educational psychology with a specialization in child development, elementary education, psychology, or family life studies; and two years of professional experience in early childhood programs or parenting education.

(j) For a short-term noncredit vocational course, any one of the following:

(1) A bachelor's degree; and two years of occupational experience related to the subject of the course taught.

(2) An associate degree; and six years of occupational experience related to the subject of the course taught.

(3) Possession of a full-time, clear California Designated Subjects Adult Education Teaching Credential authorizing instruction in the subject matter.

(4) For courses in an occupation for which the district offers or has offered apprenticeship instruction, the minimum qualifications for noncredit apprenticeship instructors in that occupation, as specified in section 53413.

Authority cited:

Education Code 70901

Education Code 87356

Reference:

Education Code 70901(b)(1)(B).

Education Code 87356

(Amended by Register 93, No. 42).