Maricopa Community Colleges

Faculty Minimum Qualifications

MCCCD is comprised of ten colleges. On average, the District hires over one hundred new full-time faculty each academic year. All positions will be advertised individually as they occur. Please visit the listing of current faculty openings.

An online application will only be accepted for open, posted positions. All interested individuals MUST submit:

  • A completed online application which includes
  • Unofficial transcripts (scanned and uploaded as an attachment to online application)*

In addition, a resumé/vita with cover letter detailing how the applicant's education, training, and experience directly relate to the listed minimum/desired qualifications and job description should be included.

*Transcripts from non U.S. institutions must be translated/evaluated. Foreign Transcript Evaluation Instructions.

Online application materials are due by midnight (Arizona time) on the deadline date.

Office Hours : The Strategic Staffing office is open is open Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm during the school year and Monday-Thursday, 7:00am - 6:00pm during the summer.
Telephone # (480) 731-8465. FAX # (480) 731-8599.

Background checks:  MCCCD conducts criminal background checks on all new employees. As per the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you can view your rights (pdf). In addition, MCCCD is required by Arizona law to participate in the Department of Homeland Security E-Verify program.  All new employees will be checked to see if they are eligible to work in the U.S.

Please Note: MCCCD does not sponsor individuals for any type of work visas.

Starting salaries for faculty range from $42,939 - $82,746 and are based on education and experience. Residential Faculty Salary Schedule (pdf).

Faculty Minimum Requirements

The State of Arizona no longer requires a certificate to teach at the community college level. However, the State has asked each County to establish its own minimum qualifications. Maricopa Community College District has adopted the following minimum qualifications for faculty:

Minimum Requirements for Academic Areas

The Academic Teaching Fields require the following from an accredited college or university:

  • a masters degree in the teaching field, or
  • a master's in any teaching field with 24 upper division and/or graduate semester hours in the teaching field, or
  • master's in any teaching field with 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching field.
  • EDU 250 - Teaching and Learning in the Community College -- or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

Minimum Requirements for Occupational Areas

The Occupational Teaching Fields require the following from an accredited college or university:

  • the same qualifications as those listed for Academic Teaching Fields, or
  • a bachelor's degree plus 3 years work experience in field to be taught, or
  • an associate's degree or 64 semester hours and 5 years work experience in the field to be taught, or · 5 years work experience in the field to be taught.
  • EDU 250 - Teaching and Learning in the Community College-or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

Please note that the following disciplines have minimum requirements exceptions. See special minimum requirements by discipline as described below:

ADDICTIONS AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS:: A master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university in a behavioral health field and currently licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE) as a: Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) or currently licensed by state of residence at the independent level in Addiction, Substance Abuse and/or Chemical Dependency Counseling. EDU 250-Teaching and Learning in the Community College-or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

ANTHROPOLOGY: A minimum of a master's degree in Anthropology.

AUDIOLOGY: Minimum of a bachelor's degree in the field to be taught or closely related health or science field and at least (3) three years of directly related occupational experience in Audiology. EDU250 Teaching and Learning in the Community College or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

BIOLOGY: A Master's degree or higher in a biology related discipline, in a medical or health related discipline, or in Education, with a minimum of twenty-four (24) upper division and/or graduate semester hours in a Biological or Life Science Area. Acceptable disciplines, degrees, and coursework include but are not limited to:
Agricultural Sciences, Anatomy, Biology, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Sciences, Biosciences, Biotechnology, Botany, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Chiropractic Doctorate, Conservation-Wildlife/Plant/Animal, Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Evolutionary Biology, Embryology, Entomology, Environmental Science, Environmental Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Immunology, Limnology, Mammology, Marine Sciences, Marine Biology,Medical Doctorate, Medical Sciences, Microbiology - Soil/Medical/Veterinary, Molecular Biology, Mycology, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Nutritional Sciences, Osteopathic Doctorate, Ornithology, Pathology, Parasitology Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Therapy, Physiology, Plant And Animal Sciences, Public Health - Epidemiology/Infectious Disease/Toxicology, Veterinary Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Virology, Zoology.

Courses related to science teaching or teaching methods do not meet the MCCCD course requirements. EDU250-Teaching and Learning in the Community College-or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

CLINICAL NURSING: A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree plus 3 years of experience as a professional nurse providing direct patient care, or a BSN and a graduate degree and 2 years experience as a professional nurse providing direct patient care, or a graduate degree in nursing and 2 years of experience as a professional nurse providing direct patient care. 

Must hold an Arizona registered nurse license in good standing or multi-state privilege to practice in Arizona by the first day of employment.

Must be able to meet health and safety requirements including CPR certification, Fingerprint Clearance Card, and drug testing.

Must complete EDU 250 – Teaching and Learning in the Community College or equivalent within two years of date of hire.

COMPUTER SCIENCE: Please note that individuals hired as Computer Science faculty must have at least twenty (20) semester hours of graduate credit in Computer Science in order to obtain appointive status. If 20 graduate hours in Computer Science cannot be validated, then a program must be developed in concert with the individual, the department chair, and the appropriate dean to remove the deficiency during the usual probationary period, i.e., before appointive status can be recommended.

COUNSELOR: Master's degree with an emphasis in guidance/counseling from an accredited college or university and have completed at least twenty-four (24) semester or 36 quarter hours of graduate work including the following:

  1. Counseling Theory and Techniques
  2. Personality Theories or Development
  3. Testing Theories and Applications
  4. Group Counseling Theories and Techniques
  5. Career Counseling Theories and Resources
  6. Individual Assessment (a course that teaches how to prepare an individual assessment or appraisal from test data, transcripts, and other educational and personal data)
  7. Practicum, supervised Practice, or Internship in Counseling. Must have completed either a Practicum, Supervised Practice, or an Internship in counseling
  8. (Applicants for counseling positions are strongly encouraged to include course descriptions from the university's catalog for the aforementioned seven courses). A counselor may be hired if he/she has completed coursework in at least five (5) of the first six (6) a bove areas and has the required twenty-four (24) semester or 36 quarter hours of graduate work. If the counselor is deficient in an area 1 through 6, the deficiency shall be removed within one year of the date of hire. Area seven (7) must be completed before the date of hire.

    EDUCATION: Education Montessori: A Master's degree, Montessori certification for level or coursework being taught, and (5) five years teaching experience in Montessori core curriculum at level of instruction. EDU250 - Teaching and Learning in the Community College or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

    Education Professional Development: Master's degree in Education or a related field with 24 upper division credits or 18 graduate credits in the discipline (i.e., Reading, ESL, Math, etc.) that they will be teaching and a state recognized current standard teaching certificate. EDU250 - Teaching and Learning in the Community College or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

    ELECTRONIC COURTROOM TECHNOLOGY: A bachelor's degree plus 3 years work experience in field to be taught or an associate's degree or 64 semester hours and 5 years work experience in the field to be taught, or a master's degree in the teaching field. EDU250 - Teaching and Learning in the Community College or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire. Active member of the State Bar of Arizona. Experience in the practice of law, including litigation and administrative law. Experience in working with diverse populations and with paralegals.

    ELECTRONICS: Must have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in the field to be taught or closely related field and at least (3) three years of directly related occupational experience and skill in the field to be taught.

    ESL ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: Hiring Qualifications: Master's degree in the teaching field or a master's in any teaching field with 24 upper division and/or 18 graduate semester hours in one or more of the following academic areas:

    • Teaching English as a Second Language
    • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
    • English as a Second Language
    • English Language Learning
    • Applied Linguistics

    EDU250-Teaching and Learning in the Communigy Colleges-or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

    FOOD AND NUTRITION: A Master's degree or higher in Nutrition/Dietetics from a regionally accredited institution, OR Registered Dietitian (RD), OR Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) and EDU250 Teaching and Learning in the Community College or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

    HUMANITIES: A Master’s degree in Humanities, or

    A master's in any teaching field with at least 24 upper division and/or graduate semester hours. The semester hours must be derived from three of the Humanities fields* listed below with a maximum of nine (9) hours from two of the fields and six (6) hours from a third selected field (Example: 9 hrs./9hrs./6 hrs) or

    A Master’s in any teaching field with 18 graduate semester hours from three of the Humanities fields listed below* with a maximum of 6 hours from any one of the fields.

    * Humanities fields:
    Anthropology,
    Art,
    Art History,
    Classics,
    Dance,
    English Language and Literature,
    Film,
    Humanities,
    Modern Languages and Literature,
    Music,
    Philosophy,
    Religious Studies,
    Romance Languages and Literature,
    Theater.

    LIBRARIAN: Master's degree in Library or Information Science (or its equivalent) from a graduate professional program accredited by the American Library Association.

    MATHEMATICS: Master's in any teaching field with 24 upper division and/or graduate semester hours with Math or Statistics and Probability prefixes, or master's in any teaching field with 18 graduate semester hours with Math or Statistics and Probability prefixes, or a master's in mathematics. Note: A maximum of 9 upper division/graduate semester hours in math education or math content areas with physics or engineering prefixes may be counted toward the 24 at the discretion of the math department/division chair.

    Please note: If selected for a Residential Faculty position, in order to reach appointive status, 21 graduate semester hours in MAT or STP prefixes must be obtained. If 21 hours of graduate credit cannot be validated at the time of hire, a program must be developed in concert with the individual involved, the department chair, and the appropriate dean to remove the deficiency during the probationary period. Note: A maximum of 6 semester graduate hours of math education may be counted toward the 21 hours at the discretion of the department/division chair.

    NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with at least three (3) years of directly-related occupational experience and skill in the field to be taught, OR Associate's degree or at least sixty-four (64) semester hours from an accredited college or university and, in addition, at least five (5) years of directly related occupational experience in the field to be taught, OR Master's degree or higher earned degree from an accredited college or university with at least twenty-four (24) semester or thirty-six (36) quarter hours of upper division and/or graduate credit in the field to be taught. Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) Certification. EDU250 - Teaching and Learning in the Community College or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

    NURSING: Please see the requirements
    for CLINICAL NURSING above.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION: The Governing Board has approved new faculty minimum qualifications for PED prefixed Fitness Center and Strength & Conditioning courses as follows:

    FITNESS CENTER: Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, Physical Education, Kinesiology, Wellness or related field AND current certification in one of the following: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or American Council on Exercise (ACE) certifications.
    OR
    Bachelor's Degree in any field AND American College of Sports Medicine, Health/Fitness Instructor (ACSM-HFI) or National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS

    SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY: A master's degree or higher in speech language pathology or related field, five years or more clinical practice experience in a variety of settings and supervisor of speech language pathology assistants for a minimum of two years. Valid Arizona department of health services license, certificate of clinical competence (CCC) and Arizona Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) member in good standing, and level I or higher Arizona department of public safety fingerprint clearance card. EDU 250-Teaching and Learning in the Community College-or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

    STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING: Bachelor's Degree in any field AND National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NCSA-CSCS).

    RELIGIOUS STUDIES: The candidate must have either:
    a. a master's degree in Religious Studies or

    b. a master's degree in any teaching field with 24 upper division and/or graduate semester hours in Religious Studies or courses that relate to the development of religion and religious history within such fields as Philosophy, Theology, Anthropology, History, or Sociology.

    The candidate must have evidence of knowledge of diverse religious traditions. Knowledge of diverse religious traditions is defined as a working knowledge of at least five of the following: a) Hinduism, b) Buddhism, c) Taoism or Confucianism, d) Judaism, e) Christianity, f) Islam, g) African traditions, h) Asian/Pacific traditions, i) North American Indian traditions. Knowledge of at least five of these diverse religious traditions must be demonstrated in any one or more of the following ways:

    a. upper division and/or graduate course work at a regionally accredited college or university to include 3 comparative courses (at least 9 semester credits) or 9 semester credits in Non-Western Religions and 9 semester credits in Western Religions and/or

    b. previous teaching experience at a regionally accredited college or university which could be 4 courses of one religion or 4 courses of comparative religion* *(Mysticism, Comparative Religion, Women and Religion and Comparative Ritual) and/or

    c. publishing at least one article or chapter in religion through academically peer reviewed journals or standard academic publishing companies (for example: McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall.)

    All applicants must complete the Religious Studies Course Completion form and submit it within the application. Please click here for the Religious Studies Course Completion form.

    STORYTELLING: Masters Degree in Storytelling or Masters Degree in any area plus three credits of coursework in storytelling.

    SUSTAINABILITY: Sustainability/Natural Sciences: A Master's degree in Sustainability or related field (such as Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies)
    or
    A Master's in any teaching field with at least 24 upper-division and/or graduate semester hours. The semester hours must be derived from three of the Sustainability/Natural Sciences component fields (including Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Life Science, Geography, Anthropology (ASM), and Exercise Science/Health, Environmental Science, with a maximum of (9) nine hours from two of the fields and (6) hours from a third component field. (Example: 9hrs/9hrs/6hrs)
    or
    A Masters in any teaching field with 18 graduate hours from (3) three of the Sustainability/Natural Sciences component fields (including Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Life Science, Geography, Anthropology (ASM), and Exercise Science/Health, Environmental Science, with a maximum of (6) six hours from any one of the component fields.
    EDU250 - Teaching and Learning in the Community College-or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

    Sustainability/Social Sciences and Humanities: A Master's degree in Sustainability or related field (such as Environmental Studies)
    or
    A Master's in any teaching field with at least 24 upper-division and/or graduate semester hours. The semester hours must be derived from three of the Sustainability/Social Sciences and Humanities component fields (including Philosophy, Geography, Anthropology (ASB), Education, Economics, Southwest Studies, American Indian Studies, Exercise Science/Health, Humanities, Environmental Sciences, Women's Studies) with a maximum of (9) nine hours from two of the fields and (6) hours from a third component field (Example: 9hrs/9hrs/6hrs)
    or
    A Master's in any teaching field with 18 graduate semester hours from three of the Sustainability/Social Sciences and Humanities component fields (including Philosophy, Geography, Anthropology (ASB), Education, Economics, Southwest Studies, American Indian Studies, Exercise Science/Health, Humanities, Environmental Sciences, Women's Studies), with a maximum of (6) six hours from any one of the component fields.
    EDU250 - Teaching and Learning in the Community College-or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.

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