Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment (CE) provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses taught by college-approved high school teachers. It is a low-cost, scalable model for bringing accelerated courses to students in high schools. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment and earn transcripted college credit at the time they complete the course.

Concurrent Enrollment also facilitates close collaboration between high school teachers and college faculty that fosters alignment of secondary and postsecondary curriculum.

Sometimes called dual credit, dual enrollment, or college in the schools, concurrent enrollment partnerships differ from other models of dual enrollment because high school instructors teach the college courses. Read about Concurrent Enrollment at the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

Students

About Concurrent Enrollment

Taking Concurrent Enrollment (CE) courses means you are a college student. As an RCTC student, we want you to be successful. It is not only a privilege to be a college student, but there are responsibilities as well. If you have questions about what it takes to be a college student or are struggling in one of your classes, please contact your high school counselor or email to make an appointment with the college transition advisor at your school. There are potential consequences that could affect your future college if you do not take this opportunity seriously.

College Transition Advisors

Century High School – Jamie Johnson, jamie.johnson@rctc.edu
John Marshall High School – Jamie Johnson, jamie.johnson@rctc.edu
Lourdes High School – Tiffany Betcher, tiffany.betcher@rctc.edu
Mayo High School – Jamie Johnson, jamie.johnson@rctc.edu
Triton High School – Sarah Kling-Punt, sara.kling-punt@rctc.edu

The annual High School Schedule links contain the concurrent enrollment high school partnerships with RCTC. The following information is provided: Course, Course Title, Course ID, Semester, High School Partner, Number Enrolled/Max, High School Instructor, College Liaisons.

Registration

Meet with your high school counselor if you are interested in concurrent enrollment. Your counselor will help you determine if concurrent enrollment is a good fit for you, discuss courses offered through your high school, ensure you are on track for high school graduation, and assist with the application and registration process.

The process for student registration:

1. RCTC College Transition Advisor assists students with application process and subsequently proctors the Accuplacer placement assessment on site at each high school in February and March. Through the application process, students will obtain a StarID, Tech ID and password. It will be received through an automated email sent from MinnState as well as in an acceptance letter for the RCTC Admission and Records Department.

2. Upon completion of the application process, the high school counselor will notify students of their acceptance to RCTC and that they are ready to select their concurrent enrollment course(s).

3. Students, with the assistance of their high schools counselor, review the course description to determine if the course meets their academic needs and if they meet the prerequisite required for the course. The course descriptions and prerequisite information can be found in the college catalog online.

Approved Concurrent Enrollment Courses

4. Registration for both fall and spring semester courses occurs during April and May as part of the student’s regular high school registration. The high school counselor and the RCTC College Transition Advisor assist students with the registration process which includes completing registration cards complete with student signature.

5. Once course choices are complete, the high school counselor and the RCTC College Transition Advisor will send the registration materials to the RCTC Admission and Records staff who will verify information, including prerequisite requirements for each course, and input the courses into the College’s Student Records System. In general the RCTC staff complete all registrations by June 30th.

6. In July the student will go online at https://www.rctc.edu/eservices/ to view their concurrent enrollment course schedule. Students will need Tech ID, STAR ID and password to access the information. Students are asked to contact Admissions and Records at 507-285-7268 if questions.

Accuplacer

The Accuplacer provides students information relating to basic reading and math skills. There are no specific scores required to be admitted to the Concurrent Enrollment program, however, some courses require a specific score for registration purposes. (Note: some courses have prerequisites that must be met as well.)

Minnesota State policy requires all students take the Accuplacer unless an approved alternative placement method has been utilized. In place of the Accuplacer, students may substitute an ACT score of 21 or higher in Reading for ENGL 1117, a score of 21 or higher in Reading to enroll in all other Liberal Arts courses and a score of 22 or higher in Math for college level Math courses. In place of the Accuplacer, students may substitute an MCA score of 1047 or higher in Reading for ENGL 1117 and all other Liberal Arts courses with a college level reading prerequisite and a score of 1158 or higher in math for college level math courses.

Sites for Accuplacer Preparation

More on the Accuplacer

Due to COVID-19, some students may not have been able to complete the Accuplacer, MCA, and/or ACT. These students may still be eligible to participate in Concurrent Enrollment. If this is the case for you, please contact your CTA to determine the temporary 2020-2021 eligibility and individual placement guidelines.

Student Handbook

As an RCTC college student, it is important that you understand the student policies that apply to your college enrollment.

The Concurrent Student Handbook contains not only student policies and student course expectations but also provides information regarding academic standards, grading standards, academic records, support resources, library access and transferring your college credits to other college and universities.

Understanding the Difference Between High School and College

Minnesota Association of Developmental Education (MNADE) developed a brochure that compares high school and college learning environments to better prepare students and their families for postsecondary education.

The brochure highlights the differences in curriculum, instructor expectations, and student responsibilities. The brochure is a useful tool to review prior to enrolling in a PSEO or Concurrent Enrollment course to ensure readiness and success.

MNADE Transition to College Brochure

Resources

Transfer InformationRCTC and Minnesota State are committed to making the transfer process as easy for you as possible. Anyone may access www.transferology.com. Simply sign up for a free account. You will be able to view how the classes you take at one college will be recognized at another college.

It is always important to contact the college you wish to transfer to prior to taking classes from another college so that you will know in advance how the classes will transfer for both the college and major requirements.

As a high school student, you may be applying to several colleges without knowing exactly which college you will attend. It is best to take advantage of any college opportunities that your high school offers. The preparation and experience will be well worth it.

Desire to Learn/Brightspace (Online Learning System): Desire2Learn/Brightspace (D2L) is the instructional management system used at RCTC and throughout Minnesota State.

D2L/Brightspace provides a secure online environment, either to supplement face-to-face courses, or to offer classes entirely online. D2L/Brightspace includes a number of interactive tools which allows students to access course materials, upload assignments (dropbox), participate in discussions, watch recorded lectures, take tests and quizzes, and see their grades.

The RCTC Department Educational Technology provides support for D2L/Brightspace for both students and faculty, through workshops and training sessions and one-on-one consultation.

College Academic Calendar: While PSEO students will follow the RCTC academic calendar; Concurrent Enrollment students will follow their high school calendar.

Student Life: As a Concurrent Enrollment student, you ARE an RCTC student and you are welcome to enjoy student life activities. RCTC has an art gallery, theatre, athletic and music events; and many other student activities. All RCTC students gain free admission to theatre productions, concerts, athletic events with a valid RCTC ID. Student Life also organizes Wild, Timberwolves, and Vikings trips that include bus ride, food, and a game ticket at extremely reduced prices.

Scholarships:  The RCTC scholarship application portal is typically open for about six weeks beginning in January and ending in mid-February each year. High school students are encouraged to apply during their senior year for a scholarship their first year of college. More information about the numerous RCTC and external scholarships available, use this link

 

Parents

About Concurrent Enrollment

As a parent of a college-bound high school student, preparing for the ever rising cost of a college education can be difficult. According to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, college students attending two-year or four-year public or private colleges face costs for tuition and fees from $5,000 to $52,782 per year. In addition, the students are paying as much as $15,000 for living expenses. Refer to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for a tuition and fees chart for all Minnesota colleges (public and private) – Tuition and Fees Chart – Minnesota

The Concurrent Enrollment program provides an opportunity for your student to earn college credit in high school and at very little or no cost to the family. Your student will saves thousands of dollars on tuition AND develop the skills and understanding of college rigor necessary for future college success. Research shows that students who complete college courses in high school graduate more often, on-time and with less debt. Your student will be starting a college transcript that will set the pace for future college opportunities. Please encourage your student to take this privilege seriously. There could be consequences that alter a future successful college career. Speak with your high school or a college counselor to determine if this is the right choice for your student at this time.

For questions relating to RCTC’s PSEO or Concurrent Enrollment program, please see the Concurrent Student Handbook.

Understanding the Difference Between High School and College

Minnesota Association of Developmental Education (MNADE) developed a brochure that compares high school and college learning environments to better prepare students and their families for postsecondary education.

The brochure highlights the differences in curriculum, instructor expectations, and student responsibilities. The brochure is a useful tool to review with your student prior to enrolling in a PSEO or Concurrent Enrollment course to ensure readiness and success.

MNADE English College Readiness

MNADE Transition to College Brochure

Privacy of Student Records

It’s not just a school policy, but it’s the law. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are subject to federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and state law, the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA), which contain detailed rules about student record privacy.

 

High School Teachers

Teach College Courses in High School

Teaching college courses in high school is both an opportunity and a responsibility for high school teachers. RCTC is committed to NACEP (National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships) accreditation standards to ensure the same level of rigor and college course expectations are upheld. High school teachers will be expected to teach RCTC common course outline content, follow college syllabi guidelines, attend an orientation prior to teaching a CE course as well as discipline-specific professional development, participate in on-site liaison visit(s), and work with a college liaison for paired assessment and grading requirements. The college liaison will support, guide, and partner with you.

How to Apply

 Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses:

  • Master’s Degree in-field OR Master’s Degree with 18 credits in-field

Career and Technical Courses:

  • A mix of formal academic preparation and discipline-specific work experience in a technical field. Credentialing requirements are field-specific and will vary. Please contact the college for CTE credentialing requirements.

High school instructors interested in applying to teach in the Concurrent Enrollment program should discuss their interest with their high school principal.

Application Materials

Due to the sensitivity of the information, mail to Michele Altman at Rochester Community and Technical College, 851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, Minnesota 55904 or talk with your tech department about how to send documents securely via e-mail to michele.altman@rctc.edu.

Review Procedure

The college will review applicant materials and make the decision to approve, approve conditionally, or deny the applicant. The applicant will receive correspondence indicating approval, approval with conditions, or denial from the college. Conditional approval will require completion of the Credential Annual Progress Report. to be monitored by the college and the high school administration for successful progress toward meeting full approval status by September 1, 2023. If satisfactory progress is not being made the college has the right to revoke the conditional status at any time.

Approved Procedure

1. The new concurrent enrollment teacher and administration will receive the approval letter.

2. A liaison will be assigned by the college and the Common Course Outline will be sent to the new concurrent enrollment teacher.

3. The new concurrent enrollment teacher will meet with their college liaison prior to semester start for course-specific training to include creation of a syllabus, textbook review, and discuss course expectations in assessment and grading.

4. The new concurrent enrollment teacher will participate in Concurrent Enrollment Partnership orientation.

5. The liaison and concurrent enrollment teacher will establish regular communications and set a time for a classroom site visit sometime during the course.

6. A new concurrent enrollment teacher will receive a site visit from the liaison. During the visit, the liaison will observe a class session and the liaison and concurrent enrollment teacher will discuss course components to ensure the course is at college-level and contains the same components as the on-campus course.

7. All Concurrent Enrollment teachers must complete discipline-specific professional development annually.

8. End of Course Surveys (Evaluation Kit) will be administered through Desire2Learn (D2L) to be completed prior to the end of the semester. It is the concurrent enrollment teacher’s responsibility to schedule a time for the class to take the survey as a whole. Once it is complete, the concurrent enrollment instructor will contact Michele Altman, michele.altman@rctc.edu that it has been completed. This is a requirement for NACEP accreditation.

9. The concurrent enrollment teacher will be expected to participate in the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Committee meetings.

10. Non-compliance with any of the NACEP requirements will be addressed and may affect continuation of the Concurrent Enrollment course.

Conditional Requirements/Procedure

RCTC requires all CE teachers to have a minimum of 2 graduate-level in-field courses successfully completed prior to receiving conditional status.

The Higher Learning Commission has given the deadline of Fall 2023 (newly extended to Fall 2023 due to COVID-19) for all concurrent enrollment teachers to meet full college credentialing requirements. RCTC’s commitment to meet the deadline ensures the Concurrent Enrollment Partnership will work with all conditional Concurrent Enrollment teachers and high school administrators on a Credential Annual Progress Report. The Credential Annual Progress Report will contain the graduate credits completed as well as a plan to complete the remaining credits prior to Fall 2023. The report will be signed by all parties and reviewed annually for successful completion. On-going tracking will use the Credential Annual Progress Report. It is the CE teacher’s responsibility to find courses and send them to the Associate Dean, Lori Jensen, for review and pre-approval.

If Approved as Conditional Status:

1. You will receive a letter approved with conditional status and a Initial Approval Form – Initial Approval Form

2. Annually complete Credential Annual Progress Report

Denial Procedure

Typically a denial letter is not necessary because communication between Concurrent Enrollment Partnership and the high school has reviewed application items required before submission. If the event Concurrent Enrollment Partnership receives an incomplete application or the minimum requirements for conditional approval have not been met, a denial letter will be sent to the applicant and high school administration.

Professional Development

As a concurrent enrollment high school teacher, your high school has agreed to support your professional development activities. In some schools, support may be financial support for college courses taken in a concurrent enrollment instructional field. 18 Online offers courses for Concurrent Enrollment teachers.

Regardless of your situation, a professional development plan is critical for your development as a concurrent enrollment teacher. The professional development plan format and expectations are identified in the following documents. The Initial Approval document is for your initial credential review. The Credential Annual Progress Report will be completed annually to ensure satisfactory progress toward full credential requirements if approval was conditional.

  • Initial Approval (completed once at initial review)
  • Credential Annual Progress Report (completed annually until full credential requirements have been met)
  • Annual discipline-specific professional development is required of all Concurrent Enrollment teachers. Use the form below to capture and submit your annual discipline-specific professional development.
  • College Faculty Liaisons will visit concurrent high school teachers in their classrooms a minimum of once during the term, but more is welcomed and encouraged. At the site visit your liaison will observe the course, complete the Faculty Site Visit Report with you and review the process to complete the end of course evaluations prior to the end of the semester.
Syllabi

Concurrent Enrollment high school teachers are required to hand out a college-approved course syllabus at the beginning of each semester or year (depending on the duration of the course) that is in alignment with the equivalent RCTC course syllabus. Before the first day of school, concurrent enrollment high school teachers should submit the course syllabus to their assigned liaison for their review and approval. A syllabus is submitted for each course, each semester. The liaison, in turn, will review the syllabus and, if approved, notify the concurrent enrollment high school teacher of the approval, and then will submit the syllabus to Michele Altman. If the syllabus is not approved, the liaison will work with the concurrent enrollment high school teacher to make the necessary changes before submitting it to Michele Altman. It is imperative that the semester is indicated at the top of each syllabus. For example: if a concurrent enrollment teacher teaches the same section in both the fall and spring semesters, the syllabus for each must indicate the correct semester – Fall 2017 for fall and Spring 2018 for spring. A syllabus from BOTH the concurrent enrollment teacher and the liaison must be submitted to Michele Altman, at the beginning of each semester for NACEP accreditation purposes.

Resources

The syllabus elements below are required on all syllabi:

Concurrent Enrollment Instructor Guide and Handbook/Concurrent Student Handbook

It is the Concurrent Enrollment (CE) teacher’s responsibility to review the CE Instructor Guide prior to orientation and to review the Concurrent Student Handbook with the students.

CE Teacher Responsibility Checklist

Concurrent Enrollment Instructor Guide

Concurrent Enrollment Student Handbook

Benefits to Teaching a CE Course
  • Concurrent enrollment (CE) students are highly motivated and engaged learners. Data suggest that CE and Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) students academically perform equal or better when compared to students who enter as freshmen.
  • The college common course outline provides clarity on content and instructors have academic freedom to use materials or to teach the required content as they wish.
  • RCTC CE instructors engage with RCTC discipline faculty and have access to college resources and professional development in their area of expertise.
  • CE instructors could teach for RCTC if courses are available.
  • CE courses provide an alternative for students who are college-level but not ready or wanting to go to the RCTC campus. The amount of funding the school district keeps for this approach is much higher than if a student participates in PSEO. Furthermore, students who may not consider themselves college-bound can take a college-level course in a familiar and supportive environment. Because there is no additional cost to students, this option affords students the opportunity to explore and engage in college-level learning.
Courses

Concurrent Enrollment courses include both liberal arts/transfer courses and technical courses. A high school wishing to offer a course that is not on the current list should discuss with the Associate Dean of Career and Technical Education to determine if the course is appropriate for the concurrent enrollment program.

Approved Concurrent Enrollment Courses

Concurrent Enrollment Schedule FY21
Concurrent Enrollment Schedule FY20
Concurrent Enrollment Schedule FY19
Concurrent Enrollment Schedule FY18
Concurrent Enrollment Schedule FY17

Grades

As a concurrent enrollment high school teacher, it is important to access class lists and submit grades at the end of the course. Refer to the Concurrent Enrollment Instructor Guide.

D2L/Brightspace

RCTC uses the online learning management system D2L/Brightspace.

Welcome to Online Learning at RCTC

Log in to D2L

Please feel free to contact one of our RCTC Department Educational Technology staff members if you have questions on RCTC technology related to concurrent enrollment education.

College Calendar

College Academic Calendar: While PSEO students will follow the RCTC academic calendar; Concurrent Enrollment students will follow their high school calendar.

 

 

College Faculty Liaisons

Responsibilities

Rochester Community and Technical College faculty serve as concurrent liaisons to provide on-going support to high school teachers. The liaison role exists to support Concurrent Enrollment teachers and to ensure college rigor is present.

  • Review Liaison Handbook
  • F2 – Meet with new concurrent teacher(s) prior to the course start to review syllabus, textbook, assignments, assessments, grading, concurrent instructor guide and to share college course rigor and expectations. F2- New Teacher Training Form
  • C2 – Submit both high school and college shared syllabi for each course section during the first week of each semester.
  • C3 – Conduct at least one site visit and complete a Faculty Site Visit Report.  Faculty Site Visit Report
  • A1 – Submit at least one shared grading activity or grading related item and at least one shared assessment Assessment Standard Form
  • A1 – Discipline leads will complete a Statement of Equivalency annually to affirm NACEP standards are being met. Statement of Equivalency
  • F3 – Ensure CE Teachers complete annual discipline-specific professional development. F3 -Discipline Specific Professional Development Annual Reporting Form
  • E1 – Monitor that student end of course surveys are completed for each section offered.
  • Ensure that CE teachers submit final grades

Responsibilities can be found in the Liaison Responsibility Checklist.

Faculty members interested in becoming a faculty liaison should contact the Associate Dean of Career and Technical Education, Lori Jensen at lori.jensen@rctc.edu.

 

 

Counselors

Counselors are the Key to Success

High school counselors are the key to a concurrent enrollment student’s success. Counselors provide advising for course selection, assist with student registration, conduct student assessment, submit student appeals and help determine if course waivers are needed.

To a student or parent of a concurrent enrollment high school program, the high school counselor is the first line of contact to the concurrent enrollment program (CEP).

Approved Concurrent Enrollment Courses

Course Information

The annual high school schedule links contain the concurrent enrollment high school partnerships with RCTC. The following information is provided: Course, Course Title, Course ID, Semester, High School Partner, Number Enrolled/Max, High School Instructor, College Liaisons.

Admission Information

High school counselors assist students in the RCTC online application process. Be sure they are prepared with required information as the session will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity. Please begin this process early spring semester. It is imperative that students include a personal email address on the application, not a school issued email address. Once each student has completed the online application, they will receive communication from the college of their admission status. The communication will contain a student or tech ID that will be required when they take the Accuplacer. The student will also need to activate their Star ID in order to use RCTC E-Services such as D2L/Brightspace, Library access, etc. Click on Star ID more information.

Student Registration Process:

1. The RCTC College Transition Advisor may assist students with the application process and subsequently proctors the Accuplacer placement assessment on site at each high school in February and March. Through the application process, students will obtain a StarID, Tech ID and password. It will be received through an automated email sent from MinnState as well as in an acceptance letter for the RCTC Admission and Records Department.

2. Upon completion of the application process, the high school counselor will notify students of their acceptance to RCTC and that they are ready to select their concurrent enrollment course(s).

3. Students, with the assistance of their high schools counselor, review the course description to determine if the course meets their academic needs and if they meet the prerequisite required for the course. The course descriptions and prerequisite information can be found in the college catalog online.

4. Registration for both fall and spring semester courses occurs during April and May as part of the student’s regular high school registration. The high school counselor and the RCTC College Transition Advisor assist students with the registration process which includes completing registration cards complete with student signature.

5. Once course choices are complete, the high school counselor and the RCTC College Transition Advisor will send the registration materials to the RCTC Admission and Records staff who will verify information, including prerequisite requirements for each course, and input the courses into the College’s Student Records System. In general the RCTC staff complete all registrations by June 30th.

6. In July the student will go online at https://www.rctc.edu/eservices/ to view their concurrent enrollment course schedule. Students will need Tech ID, STAR ID and password to access the information. Students are asked to contact Admissions and Records if questions.

Student Registration Process

Student Registration Process:

1. The RCTC College Transition Advisor may assist students with the application process and subsequently proctors the Accuplacer placement assessment on site at each high school in February and March. Through the application process, students will obtain a StarID, Tech ID and password. It will be received through an automated email sent from MinnState as well as in an acceptance letter for the RCTC Admission and Records Department.

2. Upon completion of the application process, the high school counselor will notify students of their acceptance to RCTC and that they are ready to select their concurrent enrollment course(s).

3. Students, with the assistance of their high schools counselor, review the course description to determine if the course meets their academic needs and if they meet the prerequisite required for the course. The course descriptions and prerequisite information can be found in the college catalog online.

4. Registration for both fall and spring semester courses occurs during April and May as part of the student’s regular high school registration. The high school counselor and the RCTC College Transition Advisor assist students with the registration process which includes completing registration cards complete with student signature.

5. Once course choices are complete, the high school counselor and the RCTC College Transition Advisor will send the registration materials to the RCTC Admission and Records staff who will verify information, including prerequisite requirements for each course, and input the courses into the College’s Student Records System. In general the RCTC staff complete all registrations by June 30th.

6. In July the student will go online at https://www.rctc.edu/eservices/ to view their concurrent enrollment course schedule. Students will need Tech ID, STAR ID and password to access the information. Students are asked to contact Admissions and Records if questions.

Accuplacer Information

The Accuplacer provides students information relating to basic reading and math skills. There are no specific scores required to be admitted to the Concurrent Enrollment program, however, some courses require a specific score for registration purposes. (Note: some courses have prerequisites that must be met as well.)

Minnesota State policy requires all students take the Accuplacer unless an approved alternative placement method has been utilized. In place of the Accuplacer, students may substitute an ACT score of 21 or higher in Reading for ENGL 1117, a score of 21 or higher in Reading to enroll in all other Liberal Arts courses and a score of 22 or higher in Math for college level Math courses. In place of the Accuplacer, students may substitute an MCA score of 1047 or higher in Reading for ENGL 1117 and all other Liberal Arts courses with a college level reading prerequisite and a score of 1158 or higher in math for college level math courses.

Once the class lists are complete, please email them to Brooke Kosok, PSEO Advisor at brooke.kosok@rctc.edu. She will register all concurrent enrollment students. She is also a good source if you have questions about the testing and/or registration process.

Due to Covid-19, some students may not have been able ro complete the Accuplacer, MCA, and/or ACT. A student may still be able to participate in Concurrent Enrollment If this is the case, please work with the College Transition Advisor to determine the temporary 2020-2021 eligibility and individual course placement guidelines.

 

 

High School Administrators

Administrators

Concurrent Enrollment courses can include both liberal arts or career and technical courses.

Approved Concurrent Enrollment Courses

A high school wanting to offer a course not listed on the approved concurrent enrollment course list should work with the Associate Dean of Career and Technical Education, Lori Jensen at lori.jensen@rctc.edu

Concurrent Enrollment Schedule
Concurrent Enrollment Contracts

The concurrent enrollment contract is an agreement between the college and high school partners to support the concurrent enrollment program and ensure program quality. The contract identifies the rights and responsibilities of all partners including student expectations as well as the fiscal responsibility relating to course delivery. The contract is sent to high school Administration during the month of August and should be returned no later than October 15 of the academic year.

Concurrent Enrollment Instructor Credentials/Qualifications
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences Courses:
    Master’s Degree in-field OR Master’s Degree with 18 credits in-field
  • Career & Technical Courses:
    A mix of formal academic preparation and discipline-specific work experience in a technical field. Credentialing requirements are field specific and will vary. Please contact the Concurrent Enrollment Partnership

We recommend that instructors interested in applying to teach in the concurrent enrollment program should discuss their interest with their high school principal. RCTC is willing to work with teachers conditionally who do not yet meet full credentials, however all teachers must meet minimum qualifications by September 2023.

RCTC requires all CE Teachers to have a minimum of 2 graduate level in-field courses successfully completed prior to receiving conditional status.

Application

Concurrent Enrollment Application Materials to Submit:

Due to the sensitivity of the information, mail to Michele Altman at Rochester Community and Technical College, 851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, Minnesota 55904 or talk with your tech department about how to send documents securely via email to michele.altman@rctc.edu.

Approval Process

Conditional Requirements

The Higher Learning Commission has given the deadline of Fall 2023 for all concurrent enrollment teachers to meet full college credentialing requirements. RCTC’s commitment to meet the deadline ensures the Concurrent Enrollment Partnership will work with all conditional CE teachers and high school administrators on a Credential Annual Progress Report. The Credential Annual Progress Report will contain the graduate credits completed as well as a plan to complete the remaining credits prior to Fall 2023. The Report will be signed by all parties including the teacher, High School Administrator, and a representative of the RCTC Concurrent Enrollment Partnership. It will be reviewed annually for successful completion. It is the CE teacher’s responsibility to find courses and send to the Interim Dean, Lori Jensen, for review and pre-approval.

Full Approval

A Concurrent Enrollment teacher will be fully approved initially if they meeet full credential requirements.

A Concurrent Enrollment teacher will be granted conditional status if they have a master's degree in an unrelated field (i.e. Education) AND has successfully completed at least two graduate-level in-field courses as determined by college administration.

The college will review applicant’s materials and will make a recommendation to approve, approve conditionally, or deny the applicant. Correspondence communicating the decision will be sent to the high school instructor and the administrator.

Required Professional Development

High School Administration should support at CE teacher professional development activities. In some schools support may be financial support for college courses taken in a concurrent enrollment instructional field, while others provide release time to attend workshops for college courses to meet NACEP standards.

Professional development is a crucial piece of NACEP requirements for all Concurrent Enrollment teachers.

1. Professional Development – Credentialing

Initial Approval (completed once at initial review)
Credential Annual Progress Report (completed annually until full credential requirements have been met)

For Concurrent Enrollment teachers on Conditional Approval, a Credential Annual Progress Report will be required. The Concurrent Enrollment Partnership will send the form to the Concurrent Enrollment teacher and their administrator for signatures.

2. New Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Orientation

Annual orientation to introduce all new Concurrent Enrollment teachers to the college and the resources available to them.

3. Annual Discipline Specific Professional Development

Annual discipline-specific professional development is required of all Concurrent Enrollment teachers. They will work with their liaison and the RCTC Concurrent Enrollment Partnership for NACEP acceptable options. These must be turned in as required NACEP evidence.

4. Site Visits

The college liaison will visit the Concurrent Enrollment classroom as least once per semester or annually based on NACEP guidelines. Due to COVID-19, a technology-based site visit may be necessary.

Policy and Procedure

Minnesota State Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program – Board Policy 3.5 https://www.minnstate.edu/board/policy/305.html
Minnesota State Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program – System Procedure 3.5.1  https://www.minnstate.edu/board/procedure/305p1.html
Minnesota State Statute 124D.09 Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/124D.09

NACEP

The Rochester Community and Technical College Concurrent Enrollment program follows the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) accreditation standards. High school responsibilities to maintain NACEP standards include:

1. providing the college with a complete application packet for concurrent enrollment teacher consideration,

2. ensuring concurrent enrollment teachers participate in the concurrent orientation (both general and discipline specific) prior to teaching a concurrent enrollment course,

3. providing the college with a syllabus for each concurrent enrollment course section offered each semester,

4. encouraging concurrent enrollment teacher participation in annual discipline specific professional development workshop provided annually by the college with their CE Liaison.

5. assisting the college in the event of concurrent enrollment teacher non-compliance in professional development and general concurrent enrollment responsibilities,

6. ensuring concurrent enrollment teachers communicate the college student handbook and campus policies to concurrent enrollment students (most will add the links to the syllabus),

7. ensuring that concurrent enrollment teachers allow at least one liaison classroom visit per course per semester or annually based on NACEP guidelines,

8. ensuring that concurrent enrollment teachers implement college department wide assignments, assessments and grading as communicated by the liaison,

9. ensuring that each concurrent enrollment teacher administers a course evaluation survey provided by the college via electronic format near the end of each semester to all concurrent enrollment students, completion of a program evaluation survey to counselors, concurrent enrollment teachers and administration as distributed by the college.