The credentialing process is intended to ensure that all faculty hired meet the system-established minimum qualifications required to teach in their field and possess the additional skills necessary to be an effective instructor.  The faculty's information will be evaluated to determine salary placement, credential field(s) qualification, and teaching-and-learning competency. 

TFT & TPT (Adjunct)

Temporary Full-time and Temporary Part-time (Adjunct Faculty) must meet the credential field(s) qualification or have an approved exception.   Salary placement only needs to be complete if teaching 5 or more credits for Fall or Spring or more than 3 credits for Summer.   Teaching-and-learning competency requirement does not need to be completed for TFT &TPT Faculty at this time.  See below for information on the next steps. 

Credential Field(s) Qualification

  •  (Follow Instructions as a first time user)
  • You will receive an email after registering that you will need to use the link to activate your account
  • Enter your personal information into the system including previous employment, educational  degrees, coursework, certifications and licenses pertinent to the credential field you are assigned
  • Request official transcripts from the college you entered in the system (ask them to be sent to you)
  • Once all transcripts have been received, forward transcripts and a current Resume to Human Resources
  • Human Resources will now set you up in the system so you can complete your final steps
  • Log into the system again and complete a New Qualification Evaluation Form by following these instructions
  • You have now completed the process and may check the status by logging back into the system
  • If you teach 5  or more credits for Fall or Spring or more than 3 credits in the Summer, follow below salary placement instructions.

Unlimited Faculty

Unlimited positions must meet the credential field qualification upon hire.  Salary placement shoud be completed by the start of employment and the teaching-and-learning competency within 3 years from hire.  Salary placement is the evaluation of the faculty member's credentials for initial salary schedule placement. 

What are my next steps?

Credential Field Qualification

  • Follow the steps above for the Credential Field(s) Qualification

Salary Placement

Teaching-and-Learning Competency FAQ's

  • Plan to register for online Philosophy of Community and Technical College Education Course and other courses as required by your credentialing determination.  See below for information on T&LC Courses.
  • Complete the online New T&LC Request Form by following these instructions
  •  You have now completed the process and may check the status by logging back into the system

The Philosophy of Community and Technical College Education course, required to complete the teaching and learning competency requirement for new unlimited college faculty.  This course is free of charge through the MnSCU System Office (adjunct/part-time faculty are not required to complete T&LC’s).  The course is offered in an online, self-directed, non-credit format as a D2L course from the Center for Teaching and Learning.

To enroll by self-registration for the Philosophy of Community and Technical College Education, go to:

Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Minnesota web sites are also listed on this website.  Check out this flyer for course offerings from Southwest Minnesota State University or their website at:

You may use the Tuition Waiver for courses taken through SMSU but not courses taken at the University of Minnesota.  You will need a Star ID number to access the Tuition Waiver application.  View the Tuition Waiver Reference Guide for instructions.

Last updated by kholtzman : 2014-10-02 08:34:12