Dual-credit classes in rural schools could suffer under new guidelines

Jun 7, 2016 by

New teacher standards for classes that offer dual high school and college credit could jeopardize rural schools’ ability to offer the classes. A Pioneer Press story in the Duluth News Tribune says the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits colleges and universities in 19 states, including Minnesota, wants those who teach dual-credit classes to have at least a master’s degree plus 18 credits in relevant subject matter. Currently, a master’s degree in education is good enough to teach the classes. Fred Nolan, executive director of the Minnesota Rural Education Association, said the change could limit the number of teachers in outstate districts who can teach dual-credit classes and create another urban/rural education divide. More than 20,000 students took dual-credit courses through MnSCU in 2014. Since the courses were offered in high school, student received the college credit without paying college tuition.

Source: Dual-credit classes in rural schools could suffer under new guidelines | MinnPost

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