CCD embraces concurrent enrollment to increase academic opportunities for students and to ensure that students are better prepared for college when they graduate from high school. This process helps to close the gaps in the academic pipeline that exist, particularly for first-generation college students.
CCD works with high schools and districts after establishing a cooperative agreement with them. Through concurrent enrollment, students earn college-transcripted credits by taking CCD courses. When these courses are taught at a high school, they must follow the same academic expectations of college rigor as those classes taught at CCD campus locations. Students must abide by and instructors must comply with the academic standards of the College.
Concurrent enrollment courses must use the same books and software (if required for the course) that are used on the CCD Auraria Campus and the classroom environment must meet CCD’s standards, which may include instructor or student computers, projector and/or document cameras. More details can be found by reviewing the Concurrent Enrollment Guidelines for Both CCD & High Schools, which explains the responsibilities and accommodations for concurrent enrollment.
Concurrent enrollment students follow the same academic standards as all CCD students. This includes standards for academic integrity academic progress, grading, attendance and student code of conduct. Similarly, concurrent enrollment students are able to benefit from the student support services available to all CCD students. Concurrent Enrollment students also follow FERPA guidelines.
Please contact the CCD College Pathways office for more information.
A large number of concurrent enrollment courses are taught at area high schools utilizing high school teachers who become qualified as CCD adjunct instructors. Concurrent enrollment courses on the high school campus use the same syllabus, book, academic outcomes, instructional practices, and grading policies as classes at CCD campus locations. You are strongly encouraged to incorporate the D2L online learning management tools in your class as well.
High school teachers who wish to become CCD adjunct instructors must meet the same hiring qualifications as all CCD adjunct instructors. In general, this requires a master’s degree in the content area (e.g., master’s degree in English or math, but not a master’s degree in education or curriculum and instruction with a focus in English or math) or a related master’s degree plus 18 graduate hours in the content area. There are some exceptions including many, but not all, Career and Technical Education (CTE) disciplines where a master’s degree in the content area is not required. All CTE courses do require that the instructor obtain a postsecondary CTE credential.
When you apply to CCD for concurrent enrollment, you should treat this the same way as you would when you apply for any new teaching position. The decision to hire or not is based on the same standard used for any new instructor applying to teach at the College. Because of the steps involved in the hiring and onboarding process, your complete application with your resume and all transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) needs to be received by:
For specific instructions on how to apply to become a CCD adjunct instructor to teach concurrent enrollment, please speak with your DPS college liaison (DPS schools only) or the CCD College Pathways office at 303.352.3301. Please refer to the faculty handbook, which includes an adjunct instructor job description describing the duties and responsibilities that are not discipline-specific.
If approved to teach concurrent enrollment classes through CCD, you will be required to go through an onboarding process with CCD, including a discipline-specific training orientation an onboarding process before teaching your first concurrent enrollment college class. This consists of both an in-person meeting with your college program chair or liaison and an online orientation through the Desire2Learn (D2L) learning management system.
Short-term absence is considered if a concurrent enrollment adjunct instructor (high school teacher serving as a CCD adjunct instructor) is absent for 15 percent or fewer consecutive days of the academic term. If this occurs, a substitute teacher may be chosen from the rotation the school uses.
Long-term absence is considered if a concurrent enrollment adjunct instructor (high school teacher serving as a CCD adjunct instructor) is absent for 15 percent or more consecutive days of the academic term. If this occurs, CCD must be notified as soon as possible so a plan can be developed in consultation with the College Pathways office and appropriate CCD program chair. In cases of a long-term absence, a substitute adjunct instructor who meets the minimum qualifications of the College and is approved by CCD and completes the CCD hiring process must be used. CCD program chairs may assist in locating qualified long-term substitutes for area high schools, but the ultimate responsibility of locating a qualified instructor lies with the high school. No student teachers or teaching interns should be assigned to concurrent enrollment classes. If the long-term substitute is a high school employee, no changes would be made regarding billing. If the long-term substitute is a CCD-paid adjunct instructor, the cost for that instructor would be passed to the high school through the billing process. If a qualified substitute cannot be identified to teach the college course, CCD reserves the right to cancel the course for college credit. If a course is canceled for college credit, it may still be offered for high school credit.
If a CCD-paid adjunct instructor will have an extended absence of 15 percent or more consecutive days of the academic term at a high school location, it is the responsibility of the College to provide a substitute adjunct instructor approved by the College. CCD does not provide substitute teachers for short-term absences at high school locations for classes that are staffed by CCD-paid adjunct instructors.