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Faculty Guidelines

Faculty Credentials

To be eligible for a teaching assignment at Daytona State College, faculty must meet the minimum standard for faculty credentials established by College Policy 6.15 in accordance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Faculty Credential Guidelines. Eligibility for teaching must be established prior to assignment of teaching duties. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to request that official transcripts be sent to Human Resources for inclusion in the personnel file.

For both full‑time and adjunct faculty, transcripts and documented experience will be reviewed by the department chairperson and the appropriate AVP. Adjunct faculty need to be aware that credentialing establishes eligibility to teach but does not guarantee employment.

Credentialing is done by course. Faculty must be qualified to teach each course to which they are assigned.

1. Upper Division Advanced & Professional Courses

Upper division Advanced and Professional (A&P) courses include 3000 and 4000 level courses offered as part of a bachelor’s degree.


(a) Minimum requirements

Master’s degree with a major in the teaching discipline OR a master’s degree and 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. 


(b) Preferred credentials

Doctorate degree in the discipline.

2. Lower Division Advanced & Professional Courses

Lower division Advanced and Professional (A&P) courses include 1000 and 2000 level courses offered as part of an associate of arts degree or general education component of an associate of science degree. Some, such as ENC1101: College Composition, are also taught as part of certain certificate programs.


(a) Minimum requirements

Master’s degree with a major in the teaching discipline OR a master's degree and 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline.

Faculty teaching science laboratory courses must have a bachelor's degree with a major in the teaching discipline.

Student Life Skills faculty teaching in the School of Student Life Skills must have at minimum a Master’s degree.


(b) Preferred credentials

Doctorate degree in the discipline. 

3. Postsecondary Vocational Courses

Postsecondary vocational (PSV) courses are 1000 and 2000 level courses that are offered as part of an associate of applied science, associate of science, or college credit certificate program.


(a) Minimum requirements

Master’s degree with a major in the teaching discipline OR a master’s degree and 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline.

Faculty must present appropriate credentials if a license is required by a Licensing Board or by the State of Florida as an outcome of the specific program.

If a program is accredited by an external program level accreditation agency, then the minimum requirements of that agency must also be met.


(b) Preferred credentials

Doctorate degree in the discipline.

4. College Preparatory Or Developmental Education Courses

College preparatory courses are offered in reading, writing, and math. They have catalog numbers that begin with a zero (e.g. ENC0055L). They are taken as part of a recommended sequence and do not count toward a degree.


(a) Minimum requirements

Must have a bachelor's degree.

5. Postsecondary Adult Vocational Courses

Postsecondary adult vocational (PSAV) courses are offered as part of a vocational credit certificate. They have catalog numbers that begin with zero.


(a) Minimum requirements

Faculty teaching in professional, occupational and technical areas must possess an academic degree or certificate at the same level or higher as the program to be taught.

Faculty must present appropriate credentials if a license is required by a Licensing Board or by the State of Florida as an outcome of the specific program.

If a program is accredited by an external program‑level accreditation agency, then the minimum requirements of that agency must also be met.

6. Adult Education Courses

Adult education courses are offered as part of the high school, GED, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and adult basic education programs.


(a) Minimum requirement

Must have a bachelor’s degree.  Experience with instruction of reading, math or language is preferred.

Faculty teaching GED must have a bachelor’s degree and proven math skills.

Faculty teaching ESOL courses must have a bachelor’s degree and ESOL certification. A master’s degree with a major in TESOL or a master’s degree and ESOL experience is preferred.

7. Exceptions

Faculty who do not meet the minimum requirement may be credentialed by exception. All exceptions must be approved by a committee assembled by the Vice President of Academic Affairs/College Provost.