High School Partner Information

The colleges and universities of Minnesota State remain firmly committed to helping Minnesota's secondary students prepare for and successfully make the transition to college, regardless of when that transition begins. The opportunity for high school students to challenge themselves with college-level courses without leaving their high school campus would not be possible without motivated and enthusiastic high school teachers.

Below are some resources that you may find helpful throughout the year.

New Teacher Interest Process

Thank you for your interest in joining Pine Technical and Community College's (PTCC) Concurrent Enrollment Program. The process to becoming an approved concurrent enrollment teacher in PTCC's concurrent enrollment program begins by having a conversation with your high school administration.

Once it is determined by the partner high school to offer new concurrent enrollment course, the high school must indicate interest to the Director of Student Success for approval. If the new concurrent enrollment course is approved, any interested high school teachers must submit a new teacher interest form, resume/vitae, and undergraduate and graduate level transcripts, for review prior to PTCC prior to the high school submitting the course request form for the following academic year. Course request forms are due March 1st.

Although new teacher interest forms are accepted throughout the year, PTCC prefers that all documents are submitted for consideration for the upcoming academic year by May 1. The optimal time to apply to the Concurrent Enrollment Program is between January and March when high school schedules are being developed.

PTCC understands that schools already participating in the program may learn after May 1 that they need to replace a concurrent teacher. Should this occur, please alert the Director of Student Success as soon as possible so that credentials can be reviewed in a timely manner. A generous lead time allows schools to address issues that may arise during the teacher application process and allows teachers to complete the required preparatory work before they teach. This lead time also allows PTCC and the high schools to make the necessary changes to course listing information.

Credentialing Information

As with our college faculty, minimum qualifications include graduate education in a focused discipline or concentration to ensure that teachers have a mastery of the major theories, methods, and approaches in a subject area. Advanced subject expertise also means that teachers are well prepared to help students to apply knowledge beyond typical high school level to important questions and problems.

All College Faculty teaching credit-based courses and counselors and librarians will meet the College Faculty Credentialing requirements as established by Minnesota State Board Policy 3.32 and Procedure 3.32.1. The Office of the Chancellor shall complete the credentialing process for unlimited faculty positions. The Pine Technical College Human Resources Department, in consultation with the Academic Affairs Department, will manage the credentialing process for temporary-full time (TFT) faculty, temporary part-time (TPT) faculty, adjunct faculty, and external instructors including high school teachers teaching PSEO concurrent enrollment courses.

To determine credentialing requirements of a specific discipline, please visit the Minnesota State College Faculty Credentialing page, where you can search credential fields for discipline specific requirements.

To Apply

Interested teachers must submit these four items to the Director of Student Success:

  1. New Teacher Interest Form
  2. Current/Updated Resume or Vitae
  3. Transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended (both undergraduate and graduate work, official transcripts will be requested upon approval)
  4. Concurrent Enrollment instructor credential review form

Once these materials have been received, the submitted information will be reviewed by the Director of Student Success, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, and the appropriate Dean. Once reviewed, the Director of Student Success will notify the high school administration and partner teacher of their approval or denial to teach the Concurrent Enrollment Course.

Applications and supporting documents should be submitted to:

Kierstan Peck
Director of Student Success
Pine Technical and Community College
Kierstan.peck@pine.edu
900 East Fourth Street SE
Pine City, MN 55063

New Teacher Orientation

A new teacher orientation will be required of all new Concurrent Enrollment high school teachers. This orientation will provide information about PTCC's concurrent enrollment program, responsibilities of the high school partner teachers, and discipline specific information pertaining to the concurrent course that the teacher will offer.

The Faculty Mentor will also attend the new teacher orientation and will provide course-specific training in course philosophy, curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. Additionally, the Faculty Mentor and Concurrent Enrollment teacher will schedule required classroom visits throughout the year.

The new teacher orientation must occur prior to the Concurrent Enrollment teacher teaching the course. (This is typically held in August of each year in conjunction with Concurrent Enrollment Professional Development Day.

 

PTCC Faculty Mentor

One of the most exciting elements of our faculty’s work with concurrent enrollment instructors is the mentor‐mentee relationships, in which both groups have an opportunity to learn from one another about how their students are alike and how they differ. High school teachers get to consider different methods of teaching or new kinds of assignments, while college instructors get to learn more about the changing world of high‐school graduates they’ll soon be seeing, and how prepared they are to do college work.

A PTCC Faculty Mentor will be assigned to all Concurrent Enrollment Program teachers. The role of the Faculty Mentor is to provide resources and support throughout length of the concurrent enrollment course, including, but not limited to providing the concurrent enrollment teacher with initial training, annual professional development, and on-site high school visits. Prior to the start of a new concurrent enrollment course, the PTCC Faculty Mentor will meet with the Concurrent Enrollment teacher for the required new teacher orientation.

 

Professional Development

Concurrent enrollment teachers are to participate in annual discipline specific professional development opportunities provided by the college and Faculty Mentors to further enhance the Concurrent Enrollment teachers' pedagogy and breadth of knowledge in the discipline.

While there are multiple opportunities for discipline specific professional development, a college-wide Concurrent Enrollment Professional Development day is schedule in August prior to the start of the new academic year. All new and returning Concurrent Enrollment teachers are required to attend. High school teachers must adhere to the Non-Compliance Policy for Professional Development as stated in the Concurrent Enrollment handbook.

Student Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) prevents PTCC from sharing a student's academic record with anyone, including parents of Concurrent Enrollments students, even if a student is under 18. Unless the student completes a Release of Information Form indicating PTCC may share information, no information will be disclosed to parents (or anyone). A few important notes about this that you may find helpful:

  • It is permissible to talk with parents about general procedures and non-specific types of information
  • High school teachers and administrators can still discuss the high school portion of the class, as they would normally

Your PTCC Primary Contacts

Kierstan Peck                                                  Jodie Klinkhammer
Director of Student Success                            PSEO/Concurrent Specialist
Kierstan.peck@pine.edu                              Jodie.klinkhammer@pine.edu
320-629-5180                                                  320-629-5117             

Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Resources