Alternative Credentialing (AC) Review 

Individuals that explicitly meet college accreditation minimum degree and course work requirements as outlined in the Joliet Junior College Faculty Credential Guidelines are considered to be credentialed on a “self-evident” basis. Additional documentation is not required.

Individuals who do not explicitly meet college minimum degree and course work requirements as outlined in the Joliet Junior College Faculty Credential Guidelines can be justified on an individual basis by documenting other qualifications. In accordance with the JJC Faculty contract section 4.3.1 and accrediting and governing agencies, justification can be based on

  • related and current work experiences in the field
  • current professional licensure and certifications
  • continuing education hours (CEH)
  • honors and awards
  • continuous documented excellence in teaching
  • or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes.

Considerations based on Alternative Credentialing (AC) Review must have attached to the Verification of Academic Credentials for College Teaching Form (VACCT) appropriate documentation. A detailed rationale for credentialing must be submitted by the Department Chair and approved by the Dean of the instructional discipline and by the Vice-President of Academic Affairs.

Alternative Credentials (AC) for instruction identify course work equivalencies through competency, effectiveness, capacity, licenses/certifications, continuing education hours, awards, honors, teaching experience, and work experience.

  • AC for instruction in for Transfer courses (AC-T) - faculty members who do not hold the accrediting standard for instruction of a master’s degree in the teaching discipline, or a master’s degree plus 18 graduate level credits in the teaching discipline of instruction may qualify to teach under equivalency evaluation.
  • AC for instruction in non-Transfer courses (AC-N) College Prep (AC-P) or Continuing Education (AC-CE) - faculty members who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in the teaching discipline or do not hold one degree beyond the level of student instruction may qualify to teach under equivalency evaluation.

Joliet Junior College Accepted Standards for AC rationales

Instructors who are alternately credentialed for instruction will demonstrate education/degree completion combined with one or more acceptable credential alternatives.

  • Credit hours by degree type
    • Certification programs, e.g. Certificate of Achievement (CAC) and Certificate of Completion (CCO) typically 30 hours course credit or less
    • Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Associate of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (AAT SPED) = 60-80 hours course credit
    • Bachelor’s degrees = 110-130 hours course credit
    • Master’s degrees = 160-180 hours course credit
  • Work and Teaching Experience Equivalencies
    • Current full-time relevant work experience in an advanced position within the area of instructional discipline can have an equivalency of one year of service = one hour of course credit.
    • Current part-time relevant work experience in an advanced position within the area of instructional discipline can have an equivalency of one year of service = ½ hour of course credit.
    • Teaching experience at an accredited collegiate or post-secondary level institution can have an equivalency of full-time one year of service = one hour of course credit.
  • Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
    • Though Joliet Junior College measures a 3-credit hour course as, representative of 3-contact hours per week during a 15 week semester or 45 contact hours, it will accept for the purposes of alternate credentialing, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) [an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member, an organization that serves as the Official United States Representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)] standard of one CEU is equal to 10 contact course hours.
    • Licenses/Certifications can hold course credit equivalencies. Each program for licensure and certification is different. Equivalencies must be based on documented program statements.
    • Appropriate CEU training may be used in AC equivalency justifications. A maximum of 30 credit hours for training and CEUs related to certification may be applied in equivalency calculations.
  • Generalist type degrees such as Masters in Business Administration (MBA) or Masters in Technology Education will be evaluated based on specific course work taken by the individual who holds the degree to determine areas of instruction. This evaluation will be documented in the AC description to outline the specific areas of accepted instruction. Specifically for the MBA degree:
    • An MBA degree allows for instruction in the areas of Business, Economics 107(Consumer Finance) and Management courses without AC justification.
    • In the area of Accounting an MBA degree will credential a person for instruction in accounting courses as follows:

       
        ACCY 100
       
        MBA with 18 graduate level credit hours in Accounting or • MBA with current Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license in the State of Illinois
       
        ACCY 101 or above level courses
       
        MBA with current Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license in the State of Illinois

Joliet Junior College will require that all current faculty members obtain the minimum standards for instruction no later than the fall 2015 semester and prior to this date, show a commitment of successful completion of a documented corrective action plan, if one is identified. Any faculty member who has not taught in the semester prior to fall 2015 must meet the new hire qualification standards before providing instruction.

Applications based on Alternative Credentialing (AC) Review must be written by the Department Chair in the instructional discipline and approved by the Dean of that discipline and the Vice-President of Academic Affairs prior to the scheduling of any formal teaching assignments.

SAMPLE: Alternative Credentialing (AC) Review Based on Other Documented Qualifications This individual does not explicitly meet degree and course work guidelines, but has been recommended for a teaching assignment based on an Alternative Credentialing (AC) Review of other documented qualifications.

EXPLANATION
AC-X = from YYYY to YYYY, accumulated extensive professional /teaching experience as an XXX (number of years and specific equivalency). S/He has received the following highly accredited awards/honors XXX (list specific equivalency). S/He has successfully completed the following graduate level courses at XXX an accredited institution (list specific course numbers, names, credits earned, and name of institution).

Documented evidence on alternative credentials is attached.

Example 1: A degree combined with continuing education units (CEU) leading to an industry recognized certification and/or licensure and relevant work experience in an advanced position.

 

Instructor is being alternately credentialed to provide instruction in non-transfer courses in the discipline of Automotive Technology because the HLC requirement states the instructor must hold a degree above the level of instruction.

 

Written on form as follows

Discipline: Automotive Services; Rationale: AC-N = AAS in Automotive Technology plus

 

Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology (not one level above instruction) plus

-          Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications since 1976: as per ASE website

·         Advanced Level  = 2 credits per renewal period – credit is being given for original and one renewal as this is the only official documentation in the file for a total of 4 credits

·         Master Automotive Technician 8cr per renewal period – credit is being given for original and one renewal as this is the only official documentation on file for a total of 16 credits

-          Full-time industry relevant work experience as Journeyman Technician-Master Technician (1975-1987) for 12 years = 12 credits

Work experience plus certifications with a total course credit equivalent of 32 undergraduate credits alternatively credentials instructor to instruct in non-transfer courses in the discipline of Automotive Services.

 

 

Example 2: A combination of coursework and work experience for instruction at a for-transfer level.

 

Instructor is being alternately credentialed to provide instruction in for-transfer courses that are not in the same instructional discipline as the conferred degree.

 

Written on form as follows

Discipline: Business; Rationale: T = Master’s in Business Administration

 

Discipline: Management; Rationale: T = Master’s in Business Administration

 

Discipline: ECON 107 – Consumer Finance only; Rationale: T = Master’s in Business Administration

 

Discipline: Salesmanship; Rationale: AC-T = Master’s in Business Administration plus

-          Work experience as Distributor Sales Representative in a global supply chain management setting 1992-2007, 15yrs

-          Graduate level coursework at Eastern Illinois University

·         MBA5550 Marketing Management 3 credits

·         INT5723 Issues & Trends 3 credits

Work Experience plus graduate credits earned in field total 21 graduate level credits above a master’s in area.

 

Discipline: Transportation/Logistics; Rationale: AC-T = Master’s in Business Administration plus

-          Work experience as Distributor Sales Representative in a global supply chain management setting 1992-2007, 15yrs

-          Graduate level coursework at Eastern Illinois University

·         MBA5550 Marketing Management 3 credits

·         INT5723 Issues & Trends 3 credits

Work Experience plus graduate credits earned in field total 21 graduate level credits above a master’s in area.

 

 

Example 3: Degree conferred in a discipline plus additional graduate coursework in another discipline.

 

Instructor is credentialed to teach in the discipline of the conferred degree and pursued 18 plus additional graduate level credits in another discipline which requires a Master’s degree to provide instruction in non-transfer courses.

 

Discipline: History; Rationale: T = Master’s in History

Can instruct in for-transfer courses in the history discipline.

 

Discipline: Developmental Reading; Rationale: AC-N = Master’s in History plus graduate level courses taken at the University of St. Francis = 23 credits

-          EDUC 05320A Teach Reading Elem School 3cr

-          EDUC 05310A Meth &Teach Elem 2cr; EDUC 05310B Mths & Teach El Cli Ex 1cr

-          EDUC 05634B Clinical Experience 2cr; EDUC 05600A Elem Student Teach k-9 12cr

-          EDUC 05311A Exceptional Child 2cr; EDUC 05611B Exceptional-Clin Exp 1cr

Master’s and 18+ graduate level credits in Reading allow for instruction in non-transfer Reading courses.

 

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