Indiana is requesting an extension for high school teachers who teach dual credit courses to earn additional college credit. An extension could give teachers an additional five years to meet the requirement, which was originally slated to take effect in 2017.
The new requirements were issued by the Higher Learning Commission for Indiana and 18 other states. The HLC is the federal government’s designated regional accreditation organization. The guidelines require high school dual credit teachers to hold a master’s degree, including at least 18 credit hours in the subject they teach. Indiana’s current policy requires those teachers to hold the same credentials as college instructors or be approved by the college that is awarding the credit.
The HLC is allowing states to seek an extension of up to five years. Indiana’s application must be filed by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education by September.