FAQs for High School Instructors/Representatives
Dual Credit - PACE Program
- Where are the administrative rules regarding dual credit?
- What kind of agreement is required for dual credit partnership with UT Tyler?
- What is the difference between dual credit and concurrent enrollment?
- What are the benefits of partnering with UT Tyler and the PACE program?
- Who is responsible for the content of a course offered in the PACE Program?
- What is the high school teacher's role in PACE Program online courses?
- What requirements are needed in order to credential a high school instructor to teach college courses as part of the PACE Program?
When a high school agrees to partner with UT Tyler to offer dual credit, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) must be written in order to outline the details of the partnership. The MOU must be approved by designated authorities at both institutions and must include the following information:
- Eligible courses
- Student eligibility
- Location of course
- Faculty selection, supervision, and evaluation
- Course curriculum, instruction and grading
- Academic policies and student support services
- Transcripting of credit
Typically, students will not be able to apply and register for dual credit courses until an official MOU is in place. A new MOU will be signed every year that a high school wishes to partner with UT Tyler.
Dual credit is a process by which high school students (typically juniors and seniors) receive both high school and college credit for a particular course. Dual credit courses can either be taken at the high school or on the college campus, but it typically involves a partnership between both institutions to offer the credit as dual credit.
Concurrent enrollment is a term used to describe students who are enrolled in both high school and college. This term encompasses all dual credit students, but also includes those students who choose to take college level courses independent of their high school.
There are many benefits to working with UT Tyler's PACE Program, including but not limited to:
- Courses are developed and taught by UT Tyler faculty
- Students have the benefit of repeating lectures and class exercises
- Both the high school instructor and UT Tyler faculty will be available as a resource for students throughout the course
- Videos can be close-captioned, transcribed and adapted to different learning styles
- Free technology and time management assessment at beginning of the course to determine possible areas for improvement
- Early intervention efforts for students who may need academic assistance
- 24 hour technical support
- Access to a multitude of resources on campus and online, including academic advising, unlimited library use, and more
The academic department at UT Tyler which houses the subject area is responsible for developing and overseeing all content for the course. Regardless of delivery method, the academic department must approve all content for PACE Program courses.
If the course is online (meaning a UT Tyler faculty member is Instructor of Record), the high school instructor's role is to facilitate the delivery of the course and work with the UT Tyler instructor of record in order to develop a schedule for delivering content consistent with the scheduled time of the course in the high school. In addition, the high school instructor will be responsible for providing a structured environment for students to learn the material as well as supplement with their own knowledge and information. High school course requirements could include supplemental material not included in the college course, and it is the responsibility of the high school instructor to ensure that students are meeting high school requirements.
What requirements are needed in order to credential a high school instructor to teach college courses as part of the PACE Program?
High School teachers interested in teaching college courses through the PACE Program must meet criteria as required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1, which states:
Faculty teaching general education courses at the undergraduate level must possess
doctorate or master’s
degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching
discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).
In order to begin the credentialing process, teachers must submit graduate transcripts and Curriculum Vitae to the PACE Program Coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The appropriate academic department at UT Tyler will review all documents in order to determine if the teacher meets credentialing requirements for SACSCOC. Documents must be submitted the semester prior to the course being offered (excluding Summer semester) in order to be considered.