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On the following page, you can find the criteria that faculty and staff are evaluated on when applying to teach in the Senior-to-Sophomore program.

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    Biology Department

    Sample Syllabus

    Teachers applying to teach courses for CSU-Pueblo credit in Biology must meet the following requirements:

    1. Have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, or significant training in the Biological sciences.
    2. Have taught advanced high school or college level biology classes in the past 2 years.
    3. Submit a list of all high school or college level Biology courses previously taught.
    4. Submit a completed application file (see “Instructor Approval Process”.)

    Review of teacher new applications and renewals will consider the following:

    1. Evidence of previous successful teaching in advanced high school or college level biology classes. (such as recommendation from former students, colleagues, or your principal).
    2. Evidence that the instructor has augmented his/her Biology 1 & 2 curriculum, such that the Senior-to-Sophomore-CORE Biology course truly represents instruction at the college/university level.
    3. Adequate coverage of topics covered in the CSU-Pueblo Biology courses (CSU-Pueblo syllabus will be provided).
    4. Evidence of willingness to keep abreast of advances in the field through new college texts (which we can provide), popular journals (e.g. Scientific American, Science News, etc.), and scientific journals.
    5. Evidence of active participation in workshops, conferences, special projects or other activities related to biology instruction or biological research.
    6. Evidence of willingness to meet with other Senior-to Sophomore-CORE faculty and CSU-Pueblo faculty on a regular basis (yearly meeting minimum).

    The following must be submitted to the Biology department on or before April 1 of each year, for an annual review in order to receive approval for teaching the following year:

    1. An updated syllabus for each lecture course taught.
    2. An updated syllabus for each lab course taught, plus an example lab exercise and a summary of each lab exercise for the course.
    3. A copy of the final exam for each course.
    4. An updated curriculum vitae of teacher.
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    Chemistry Department

    Sample Syllabus

    Teachers applying to teach courses for CSU-Pueblo credit in Chemistry must meet the following requirements:

    1. Have a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry
    2. Submit a list of all graduate courses taken
    3. Submit samples of exams, and syllabi for CSU-Pueblo courses

    The following must be submitted on or before June 1 of each year, for an annual review in order to receive approval for teaching the following year:

    1. An updated syllabus for each course taught
    2. Copy of Final Exam
    3. Copies of the final STS-CORE course grades assigned to individual students
    4. Updated curriculum vitae of teacher
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    Chicano Studies Program

    In evaluating the approval or renewal of faculty, the Chicano Studies Program will consider the following:

    1. Completed application file (see “Instructor Approval Process”)
    2. Evidence of academic qualifications to teach the courses requested (e.g., a Master’s degree in Chicano Studies, or in a comparable subject matter (i.e. History, Sociology, Social Work, with an emphasis in Chicano Studies) 
    3. Evidence of successful teaching in Chicano Studies at the college level, such as experience with AP courses or graduate assistantship; a teaching portfolio including lesson plans, sample assignments, and written work by former students; letters from colleagues, former students, department head, or principal
    4. Demonstration of professional development and eagerness to keep informed of innovations in the field by attendance and presentations at institutes, workshops, and conferences, and involvement in special projects or organizations related to Chicano Studies at the college level (e.g., professional conferences)
    5. Instructor must be willing to coordinate with Chicano Studies Faculty and follow the same syllabus used at Colorado State University-Pueblo
    6. In special circumstances the Chicano Studies Program faculty may consider an applicant without some of the above qualifications

    Requirements for renewal each year:

    1. A letter reporting on work during previous appointment, including self-evaluation of performance, and demonstrating progressive teaching in Chicano Studies, as well as documenting attendance at regularly scheduled meetings of the CSU-Pueblo faculty
    2. An updated curriculum vitae including professional activity, conference participation, any publications, and special projects related to Chicano Studies, and pedagogy
    3. A syllabus for each proposed course, accompanied by a memo showing how the course meets the appropriate guidelines;
    4. Willingness to meet with other Senior-to-Sophomore-CORE faculty and CSU-Pueblo Faculty on a regular basis.
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    Computer Information Systems Department

    Sample Syllabus

    For CIS we would like instructors to meet the following requirements:  Have either successfully completed college-level coursework equivalent to the STS course to be taught or have professional experience using the technology to be presented in the course.

    Potential instructors should submit the following items:

    1. Sample syllabus for the course to be taught, including homework/lab assignments
    2. One sample exam, showing typical examination format to be used in the course
    3. Instructor resume - showing IT-related work experience
    4. College transcripts showing IT-related courses completed
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    Economics Department

    Teachers applying to teach courses for CSU-Pueblo credit in economics must meet the following requirements:

    1. Have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, or
    2. Have an MBA, or
    3. Have substantial course work in economics at the graduate, or undergraduate level, or
    4. Have substantial work experience in applied economics

    The following must be submitted on, or before, April 1 of each year for an annual review (in order to receive approval for teaching the following year).

    1. An updated syllabus
    2. Copies of the final
    3. Copies of STS student grades
    4. Updated curriculum vitae for the teacher
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    English Department

    Teachers applying to teach courses for CSU-Pueblo credit in English should submit the following for evaluation.

    1. Completed application file (see "Instructor Approval Process")
    2. Evidence of academic qualifications to teach the courses requested (e.g., a Master's degree in the subject area, a Bachelor's degree with a major in the subject area, evidence of advanced coursework in literature and/or composition)
    3. Evidence of successful teaching in the subject area at the college level such as experience with AP courses or a graduate assistantship; a teaching portfolio including lesson plans, sample assignments, and written work by former students; letters from colleagues, former students, department head, or principal
    4. Demonstration of professional development and eagerness to keep informed of innovations in the field by attendance and presentations at institutes, workshops, and conferences, and involvement in special projects or organizations related to the subject area at the college level (e.g., the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, or the Southern Colorado Writing Project).

    Requirements for Renewal Each Year:

    1. A letter reporting on work during the previous appointment, including self-evaluation of performance, and demonstrating progressive teaching in literature and/or composition as well as documenting attendance at regularly scheduled meetings of the CSU-Pueblo composition faculty;
    2. An updated curriculum vitae including professional activity, conference participation, any publications, and special projects related to literature, composition, and pedagogy.
    3. A syllabus for each proposed course, accompanied by a memo showing how the course meets the appropriate guidelines included in the appendix to this handbook, highlighting planned improvements, discussing course limitations due to institutional concerns, and explaining any changes.
    4. Attendance at required STS-CORE meetings between high school and CSU-Pueblo faculty.
    5. An updated syllabus submitted to the English department by May 30 of each year for review for teaching the following year.

    Requirements for Students:

    In addition to meeting the qualifications listed under “Student Entrance Requirements,” all students wishing to register for Senior-to-Sophomore-CORE credit in English normally must have Senior standing or have completed at least the sixth semester of high school Language Arts.

    Students enrolling in English 101 must submit ACT/SAT scores before registration into STS-CORE English courses.   If  ACT/SAT scores are not available students can contact the CSU-Pueblo Counseling Center for arrangements to take the ACCUPLACER Exam.  Please see “Samples” appendix for list of accepted scores.
    Students enrolling in English 102 must have passed English 101, which is a prerequisite.

    Administrative Requirements:

    To assure that teachers offering English 101 and 102 may provide the attention to students’ writing required by an intensive college-level composition course, class size in English 101 and 102 classes should be limited to 25 students, including students enrolled for dual high school/CSU-Pueblo credit and those enrolled for high school credit only.  Students not enrolled for CSU-Pueblo credit should be permitted to take the class only in the event that fewer than 25 students enroll for CSU-Pueblo credit.

    Normally, each course offered for credit should be given one entire semester for completion of the course.  Teachers who wish to combine courses (such as English 101 and 130) should allow an entire academic year for completion of both courses.  When English 101 is combined with a high school literature curriculum it should spread over two semesters to allow adequate time for the writing component.

    Any exceptions to these rules must be requested on a class-by-class basis, in writing, to the CSU-Pueblo English Department’s Senior-to-Sophomore-CORE committee no later than the end of the first week of the semester.

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    Exercise Science, Health Promotion and Recreation Department

    In evaluating the approval or renewal of faculty, the Department of Exercise Science, Health Promotion and Recreation will consider the following:

    1. Completed application file (see “Instructor Approval Process”).
    2. Evidence of academic qualifications to teach the courses requested (e.g., a Master’s degree in the subject area or a Bachelor’s degree with a major in the subject area with evidence of advanced course work in the courses to be instructed.
    3. Willingness to meet with other Senior-to-Sophomore faculty and CSU-Pueblo faculty on a regular basis; and
    4. An updated syllabus must be submitted to the Exercise Science Department by April 1 of each year for review for teaching the following year.
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    Foreign Language Department

    In evaluating initial approval of STS foreign language instructors (Spanish, French, Italian, and German), the CSU-Pueblo Foreign Language Program STS liaison will consider the following:

    1. Completed application file (see “Instructor Approval Process”);
    2. Current CV;
    3. Evidence of academic qualifications to teach the courses requested (e.g., a Master’s degree in Spanish or related field, evidence of successful teaching at the college level, etc.).
    4. Spanish-language proficiency (should be Advanced Low [as defined by the ACTFL Proficiency Standards] in reading/writing/listening/speaking; the liaison will assess proficiency through conversations with the instructor and possibly through a writing sample).
    5. Evidence of successful teaching in Spanish at an advanced level (e.g., experience with Spanish 3/4, with AP courses, a graduate assistantship, etc.).
    6. Three letters of recommendation (e.g., from colleagues, former students, the department head or principal).
    7. Demonstrable commitment to continual professional development and eagerness to keep informed about innovations in the field (e.g., attendance and/or participation at institutes, workshops, and conferences, as well as involvement in special projects or organizations related to foreign language).
    8. A sample syllabus.
    9. Instructor willingness and ability a) to follow course objectives (similar syllabus, quizzes, exams, etc.) outlined by the CSU-Pueblo Foreign Language Program faculty; b) to meet twice yearly with the liaison; c) to stay connected to the liaison through e-mail.

    In evaluating approval for the renewal of STS Spanish instructors, the CSU-Pueblo Foreign Language Program STS liaison will consider the following:

    1. An updated CV
    2. An updated sample syllabus
    3. Evidence of continued progress in instructors FL proficiency skills.
    4. Continued willingness to meet with other Senior-to-Sophomore faculty and with the CSU-Pueblo foreign language liaison and faculty.
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    Geography Department

    In evaluating an applicant for teaching Geography in the STS program, the following items are considered:

    1. A relevant graduate degree, or current enrollment in a related graduate degree program
    2. Active participation in professional geography associations such as the American Geographical Society or the Association of American Geographers
    3. Active participation in geography workshops or conferences to upgrade skills
    4. Active engagement in research or publication in the field of geography
    5. Course work in the relevant area of geography on the graduate level
    6. Active engagement in special projects involving the teaching of geography
    7. Evidence of an ability to cover issues of diversity through the study of geography,
    8. Willingness to meet with other Senior-to-Sophomore faculty and CSU-Pueblo faculty; and
    9. Course syllabus.

    Faculty are required to submit an annual renewal application including:   

    1. Letter of application reporting on activities during the previous appointment; Updated course syllabus (including at least one substantive writing component as part of the course curriculum)
    2. Grade distribution from previous appointment.
    3. Copies of examinations given in previous appointment; and
    4. Representative samples of student work from previous appointment.

    To verify that the academic challenge of the course is consistent with the comparable on-campus course, the following items must be submitted for annual review by April 1 of each year for review for teaching the following year.

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    History Department

    Sample Syllabus

    In evaluating an applicant for teaching History in the STS program, the following items are considered:

    1. A relevant graduate degree, or current enrollment in a related graduate degree program
    2. Course work in the relevant area of history on the graduate level
    3. Active participation in professional history associations such as the American Historical Society, the Organization of American Historians, or the World History Association
    4. Active participation in history workshops or conferences to upgrade skills
    5. Active participation in local history associations or local museum activities
    6. Active engagement in research or publication in the field of history
    7. Active engagement in special projects involving the teaching of history
    8. Evidence of an ability to cover issues of diversity through the study of history
    9. Willingness to meet with other Senior-to-Sophomore faculty and CSU-Pueblo faculty; and
    10. Course syllabus.

    Faculty are required to submit an annual renewal application including:   

    1. Letter of application reporting on activities during the previous appointment.
    2. Updated course syllabus (including at least one substantive writing component as part of the course curriculum)
    3. Grade distribution from previous appointment.
    4. Copies of examinations given in previous appointment; and
    5. Representative samples of student work.

    To verify that the academic challenge of the course is consistent with the comparable on-campus course, the following items must be submitted for annual review by April 1 of each year for review for teaching the following year.

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    Mathematics Department

    Oversight Plan for the Senior-to-Sophomore Mathematics Course

    1. Enrollment in STS Math Course:

    Students who wish to take the STS Precalculus course should meet the same criteria as on-campus students.  Thus, a high school student will be allowed to enroll in the STS Precalculus course if they meet the following criteria.

    1. They have achieved an ACT Math score of  > 24, OR
    2. They have achieved a SAT Math score of  > 560, OR
    3. Failing the above they must take the College Level Accuplacer and achieve a score of > 86.

    The College Level Accuplacer Exam is available on our campus through the Center for Academic Enrichment. The Center can be reached at 719.549.2581.

    Each semester the CSU-Pueblo mathematics faculty and Extended Studies staff members will meet with STS instructors for the purpose of sharing detailed information about the STS mathematics course and the program.  All STS instructors will be expected to attend a placement session for each course that they offer each year.

    1. Final Exam and award of CSU-Pueblo credit in the STS  Mathematics Course.

    Any student signing up for the STS mathematics course will in effect be creating a CSU-Pueblo transcript, if one does not already exist.  In order to receive CSU-Pueblo credit for the STS-precalculus course, students must pass the ‘final exam’ for the course.  The ‘final exam’ will be either a national achievement exam, such as an ETS exam, or a comprehensive exam over the course material written by faculty members of the CSU-Pueblo Mathematics Department.  The CSU-Pueblo Mathematics Department will determine the ‘final exam cutoff score’ for which CSU-Pueblo credit may be obtained.  STS instructors may use the results on the ‘final exam’ towards the students overall grade as they choose.  Thus, a student might pass the course and receive high school credit for the course, but fail the ‘final exam’ and not receive CSU-Pueblo credit.  In the event that CSU-Pueblo credit is not attained, a grade of F would appear on the student’s CSU-Pueblo transcript.

    The ‘final exam’ will be administered and graded by CSU-Pueblo staff members. The exam will be given once each semester at each participating high school.  Students missing the scheduled examination date may take the exam at any of the CSU-Pueblo offices in Colorado Springs, the Extended Studies Office on the CSU-Pueblo Campus, or in the Mathematics Learning Center located in the Physics/Math Building on campus.    Students are allowed to take the ‘final exam’ only once.

    1. Qualifications necessary to become an STS-instructor.

    To qualify to teach the STS Precalculus course, a person should either:

      1. have completed fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate level course work in the mathematical sciences, or
      2. have completed an undergraduate major in mathematics and have previously taught a calculus course equivalent to Advanced Placement Calculus.
    1. Oversight for continued offering of the STS Precalculus course.

      The Department of Mathematics will monitor success rates of students in the STS-mathematics course at individual high schools,  as measured by student results on the ‘final exam’ and the high school grades assigned by the STS-instructors.  If the success rate of students in the STS Precalculus course at a particular school consistently falls below 70% (seventy per cent), that school will not be authorized to continue to offer the STS Precalculus course.
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    Philosophy Department

    In evaluating an applicant for teaching Philosophy in the STS program, the following items are considered:

    1. A relevant graduate degree, or current enrollment in a related graduate degree program
    2. Course work in the relevant area of philosophy on the graduate level.
    3. Active participation in professional philosophy associations such as the American Philosophical Association.
    4. Active participation in philosophy workshops or conferences to upgrade skills.
    5. Active engagement in research or publication in the field of philosophy.
    6. Active engagement in special projects involving the teaching of philosophy.
    7. Evidence of an ability to cover issues of diversity through the study of philosophy,
    8. Willingness to meet with other Senior-to-Sophomore faculty and CSU-Pueblo faculty; and
    9. Course syllabus.

    Faculty are required to submit an annual renewal application including:

    1. Letter of application reporting on activities during the previous appointment
    2. Updated course syllabus (including at least one substantive writing component as part of the course curriculum)
    3. Grade distribution from previous appointment.
    4. Copies of examinations given in previous appointment; and
    5. Representative samples of student work.

    To verify that the academic challenge of the course is consistent with the comparable on-campus course, the following items must be submitted for annual review by April 1 of each year for review for teaching the following year.

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    Political Science Department

    Sample Syllabus

    In evaluating an applicant for teaching Political science in the STS program, the following items are considered:

    1. A relevant graduate degree, or current enrollment in a related graduate degree program
    2. Course work in the relevant area of political science on the graduate level.
    3. Active participation in professional political science associations such as the American Political Science Association;
    4. Active participation in political science workshops or conferences to upgrade skills.
    5. Active participation in local political and civic activities.
    6. Active engagement in research or publication in the field of political science.
    7. Active engagement in special projects involving the teaching of political science.
    8. Evidence of an ability to cover issues of diversity through the study of political science.
    9. Willingness to meet with other Senior-to-Sophomore faculty and CSU-Pueblo faculty; and
    10. Course syllabus.

    Faculty are required to submit an annual renewal application including:

    1. Letter of application reporting on activities during the previous appointment.
    2. Updated course syllabus (including at least one substantive writing component as part of the course curriculum)
    3. Grade distribution from previous appointment.
    4. Copies of examinations given in previous appointment; and
    5. Representative samples of student work.

    To verify that the academic challenge of the course is consistent with the comparable on-campus course, the following items must be submitted for annual review by April 1 of each year for review for teaching the following year.

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    Social Science Department

    In evaluating an applicant for teaching Social Science in the STS program, the following items are considered:

    1. Active participation in professional associations in Social Science.
    2. Active engagement in special projects involving the teaching of Social Science.
    3. Active participation in classes, workshops, or conferences to upgrade skills.
    4. Active engagement in research and publication.
    5. Evidence of successful teaching in AP classes (test scores of AP students); and
    6. Willingness to meet with other Senior-to-Sophomore faculty and CSU-Pueblo faculty on a regular basis.

    For faculty renewals, the following items should be submitted:

    1. A letter of application reporting on his/her work in the previous appointment; and
    2. An updated syllabus by April 1 of each year for review for teaching for the following year.
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    Spanish Program

    Sample Syllabus

    In evaluating the approval or renewal of faculty, the Spanish Program will consider the following:
    Completed application file (see “Instructor Approval Process”); Evidence of academic qualifications for teaching the courses requested  (i.e., a Master’s degree in Spanish).
    Evidence of successful teaching in Spanish at the college level such as experience with AP courses or graduate assistantship; a teaching portfolio including lesson plans, sample assignments, and written work by former students; letters from colleagues, former students, department head, or principal.
    Demonstration of professional development and eagerness to keep informed of innovations in the field by attendance and presentations at institutes, workshops, and conferences, and involvement in special projects or organizations related to Spanish at the college level (e.g., professional conferences).
    Instructor must be willing to follow the same syllabus, quizzes, and exams coordinated by the CSU-Pueblo Spanish Program faculty.
    In special circumstances the Spanish Program faculty may consider an applicant without some of the above qualifications.

    Requirements for Renewal Each Year:

    1. A letter reporting on work during previous appointment, including self-evaluation of performance, and demonstrating progressive teaching in literature, composition as well as documenting attendance at regularly scheduled meetings of the CSU-Pueblo faculty.
    2. An updated curriculum vitae including professional activity, conference participation, any publications, and special projects related to literature, composition, and pedagogy.
    3. A syllabus for each proposed course, accompanied by a memo showing how the course meets the appropriate guidelines included in the appendix to this handbook, highlighting planned improvements, discussing course limitations due to institutional concerns, and explaining any changes.
    4. Willingness to meet with other Senior-to-Sophomore faculty and CSU-Pueblo Faculty on a regular basis.
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    Speech Communication Program

    Sample Syllabus

    Teachers applying to teach courses for CSU-Pueblo credit in speech should submit the following for evaluation:

    1. Completed application file (see “Instructor Approval Process”)
    2. Evidence of academic qualifications to teach the courses requested (e.g., a Master’s degree in the subject area, a Bachelor’s degree with a major in the subject area, evidence of advanced coursework in speech communication)
    3. Evidence of successful teaching in the subject area at the college level such as experience with AP courses or a graduate assistantship; a teaching portfolio including lesson plans, sample assignments, and written work by former students; letters from colleagues, former students, department head, or principal
    4. Demonstration of professional development and eagerness to keep informed of innovations in the field by attendance and presentations at institutes, workshops, and conferences, and involvement in special projects or organizations related to the subject area at the college level (e.g., Rocky Mountain Communication Association or Toastmasters Organization).

    Requirements for Renewal Each Year:

    1. A letter reporting on work during the previous appointment, including self-evaluation of performance and demonstrating progressive teaching in speech as well as documenting attendance at regularly scheduled meetings of the CSU-Pueblo speech communication coordinator
    2. An updated curriculum vitae including professional activity, conference and/or organizational participation, any publications, and special projects related to speech communication
    3. A syllabus for speech, following the guidelines for SPCOM 103 (course title and description, identification of STS program, instructor information, objectives, textbooks, method of grading, and an academic honesty statement)
    4. Attendance at required STS-CORE meetings between high school and CSU-Pueblo faculty
    5. An updated syllabus submitted to the Speech Communication Program Coordinator by May 30 of each year for review for teaching the upcoming year.

    Requirements for Students:

    In addition to meeting the qualifications listed under “Student Entrance Requirements,” all students wishing to register for Senior-to-Sophomore-CORE credit in speech normally must have Junior or Senior standing.

    Administrative Requirements:

    Normally, speech offered for credit should be given one entire semester for completion of the course.
    Any exceptions to these rules must be requested on a class-by-class basis, in writing, to the CSU-Pueblo Speech Communication Coordinator no later than the end of the first week of the semester.​

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