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Faculty Credentials

The College of Charleston employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, the College gives primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline. The College also considers competence, effectiveness, and capacity, including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching, or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes. For all cases, the College is responsible for justifying and documenting the qualifications of its faculty. Each academic unit has the responsibility to ensure that instructor of record faculty credentials satisfy the SACSCOC Standards for Faculty Credentials as outlined in the Instructor of Record and Faculty Credentials Policy. These standards are summarized in the table below, and links to the credentials form and additional information are provided.

Credentials Policy

View the Instructor of Record and Faculty Credentials Policy.

Credentials Form

Complete the Faculty Credentials Form for credentialing instructors of record or select the from the options below. (Updated October 2017)

Credentials Instructions by Type: 

» Instructor of Record Credentials (Roster, Adjunct, Contract, and Joint Program Faculty or Teaching Assistants serving as IRs)
» Non-Instructor of Record Credentials (Regular Faculty serving as NIRs)
» Teaching Assistant Credentials (Teaching Assistants NIRs)
» Academic Curricular Program Director Credentials (Department Chairs and Program Directors who direct academic programs)
» Courtesy Appointed Faculty Credentials (faculty affiliates who may instruct or advise students)
» Faculty with Foreign Credentials (supplemental information for faculty with degrees from non-U.S. institutions)

Summary of Minimum Qualifications by Type: 


Undergraduate Teaching

Earned doctorate or other terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a closely related discipline OR

Master’s degree in the teaching discipline OR

Master’s degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline, including a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. OR 

In the absence of a completed master’s degree, a concentration may be established through official documentation confirming that (1) as part of the instructor’s doctoral or terminal degree program, the equivalent of a master’s degree was achieved, and (2) at least 18 graduate hours in the teaching or a related discipline have been successfully completed*

Graduate Teaching

Earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a closely related discipline*


Teaching Assistant Instructor of Record (TA-IR)

Graduate teaching assistants may serve as Instructors of Record on 100-level introductory undergraduate courses only. TA-IRs must hold a master’s in the teaching discipline or 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline, direct supervision by a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline, regular in-service training, and planned and periodic evaluations*

Teaching Assistant Non-Instructor of Record (TA-NIR)

Graduate teaching assistants may serve as Non-Instructors of Record on undergraduate courses only. TA-NIRs must be current graduate students in good standing in a related College of Charleston program and should be appropriately supervised by a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline who provides training and curricular materials, along with close oversight of the delivery of that curriculum, and who is responsible for the final assignment of grades in the course.*

*Exceptions may be granted if there is documented evidence of strong alternate qualifications. See the Instructor of Record and Faculty Credentials Policy for details and complete page 3 of the credentials form.