• Concurrent High School Instructor Resources and Information

    The opportunity for high school students to challenge themselves with college-level classes wouldn't be possible without enthusiastic and motivated teachers in the classroom.


New Teacher Application

Interested in applying to teach in the concurrent enrollment program? Each applicant is considered independently, but a minimum of a master's degree with 18 graduate credits in the specific field you want to teach is preferred.

Applications must include:

  • A letter of recommendation from your high school principal
  • A letter of interest from you (the teacher) with a summary of your qualifications. Include the courses, or discipline you would like to teach in. The letter should also highlight your education, special expertise and any other relevant experience that makes you a good candidate to teach college-level courses.
  • Resume
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts

The letters of recommendation and application can be addressed to Jill Abbott, M State AVP of Academic Affairs.

Completed applications can be mailed to: M State, 1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, MN 56537, Attn: Katie Tysdal


Teacher/Mentor Meeting and Observations

For a new class, new instructor or new mentor, six meetings are required. At least one planning meeting between the mentor and high school instructor (which includes new instructor orientation) must occur prior to the start of the semester. At least two in-person classroom observations will occur and one follow-up meeting. Mentors will record their observations and recommendations, which are submitted and reviewed by M State's associate vice president (AVP).

Repeat course offerings with the same instructor and mentor are required to have three meetings. At least one of these meetings will be a classroom observation.

Upon request, high school teachers can be provided feedback from their mentor reports.


New Teacher Orientation

A minimum of one planning meeting between the faculty mentor and high school instructor will occur prior to the start of the course. This meeting will include a comprehensive New Teacher Orientation with discipline-specific training in topics including course curriculum, assessment criteria, pedagogy, course philosophy and theory. Other agenda items will include the Concurrent Enrollment Program handbook, administrative responsibilities, programmatic policy and procedures and ongoing/annual professional development.

Detailed responsibilities for all Concurrent Enrollment Program instructors can be found on the High School Instructor Responsibilities page.


Teacher/Mentor Meeting and Observation Topics

Meeting topics may include:

  • Syllabus development and requirements
  • Course outline
  • Assignments and assessment criteria
  • Course curriculum (including materials and resources)
  • Pedagogy
  • Course philosophy and theory
  • Plagiarism
  • Grading
  • Overview of the CEP and handbook
  • Concurrent Enrollment Day
  • The length and number of classes and how they will be used to cover the subject matter of the course
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and MN Government Data Privacy Act
  • Disability services

Classroom observation topics may include:

  • Clarity of the lesson objectives
  • Organization of the presentation
  • Communication of subject matter
  • Demonstration of concept or principles examples
  • The monitoring of student learning and adjusting instruction appropriately
  • Receptiveness to students views and responses
  • Answering student questions clearly and positively
  • Summarization of key points
  • Definition of terms and background information given when necessary
  • Student engagement and/or involvement in classroom activities
  • The methodology used to assess student learning