Montana Teachers Dual Credit Incentive Program

I want to teach concurrent enrollment!

Concurrent enrollment joins two intuitions in an educational partnership to deliver college courses in a high school.  This process requires collaboration, communication, and relationship building. Therefore connecting with your local two-year or community college is vital to establishing concurrent enrollment. 

What can I expect from the process of establishing concurrent enrollment?

There are essentially two components to establishing concurrent enrollment: alignment of the course content and verification of instructor qualifications.

Alignment of course content:

Concurrent enrollment courses are college courses that happen to be taught at a high school by a high school instructor. The Montana University System (MUS) has a set of guidelines that outline procedures, policies, and practices that help to ensure alignment between the course taught at a high school and the same course taught at a college. As a result, teachers starting concurrent enrollment can expect to work with their local two-year or community college to align curriculum, connect with faculty, and build a relationship. Your local two-year or community college can provide more information about how this process works in their program.

MUS Guidelines: http://www.mus.edu/2yr/CollegeNOW/assets/DualEnrollmentGuidelines.pdf

Verification of instructor qualifications:

Because concurrent enrollment is a college course taught in a high school, for college credit, the requirements for high school faculty are similar to those for college faculty. These requirements are set by Board of Regents policy. The required qualifications differ depending on the type of course being taught (General Academic vs. Career Technical Education). An exciting new development in BOR policy now provides for a temporary waiver for certain teachers working towards fulfilling their qualifications. Again, your local dual credit coordinator can help you understand how all this applies to you.  

BOR Policy:   http://www.mus.edu/borpol/bor700/730.pdf