Minimum Instructor Credentials for All Undergraduate Courses

  • Master's degree or higher in the discipline
  • Master's degree + a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline
  • Master's degree or higher in any discipline applicable for SLS 1510 

If you meet these requirements, and your school will be offering a dual enrollment course, your school can request you be considered for a Courtesy Lecturer appointment. Appointment must be approved by the FIU academic unit.

How to Become a Courtesy Lecturer

1. Request an Appointment

The partner school requests the appointment of the high school instructor as a Courtesy Lecturer. This process should be initiated before the start of the semester. Schools must provide:

  • Course(s) information
  • Instructor’s curriculum vitae (resume)
  • Instructor’s transcript

2. Review Credentials

The FIU academic unit reviews the instructor's credentials to ensure they meet Faculty Credential Guidelines and recommends for final approval by FIU Academic Affairs.

3. Accept Appointment

If approved by the FIU academic unit and FIU Academic Affairs, high school instructors will receive a Courtesy Appointment. With the Courtesy Lecturer appointment from the FIU academic unit, the instructor can begin to offer courses at partner school.


Courtesy Lecturers teach college courses at the high school that are equivalent to the on campus section.

Courtesy Lecturers are paired with FIU Faculty Liaisons and participate in annual discipline-specific professional development. Instructors engage in ongoing collegial interaction with Faculty Liaisons to further enhance pedagogy and breadth of knowledge in the discipline.

Additionally, new instructors attend course-specific training in course philosophy, curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment prior to teaching the course at the high school.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Ordering textbooks for the classroom
  • Assisting students with dual enrollment pre-registration
  • Arranging facilitation of Student Perception of Teaching Survey (SPOTs)
  • Verifying class roster
  • Submitting grades

Instructor Resources

Center for Advancement of Teaching: FIU is committed to cultivating learner-centered teaching. The Center for Advancement of Teaching provides you a space for intellectual exchange about teaching and learning. Take advantage of the workshops and useful resources here.

FIU OneCard: Discounts offered to FIU faculty/staff are also available to Courtesy Lecturers through the FIU OneCard.

FIU Libraries: Access library facilities and check out materials at the Green Library on the Modesto A. Maidique (MMC) and the Glenn Hubert Library at the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC). Take advantage of off-campus access to the FIU Libraries digital holdings with over 200,000 free electronic books available at Canvas for faculty.

Canvas: Haven’t made the move to Canvas yet? No worries. Catch up and attend a Canvas information session or learn how to use Canvas today.

Panther Tech: Special prices on software at the Panther Tech store located at MMC.

IT Technical Support: Faculty members and Courtesy Lecturers can contact IT for technical support services at or call them at 305-348-2284.

LinkedIn Learning: LinkedIn Learning is FIU's online learning platform that enables you to discover and develop skills through an online library of high-quality, expert-led videos. A wide variety of topics are available to complement students' coursework, explore new technologies, enhance skills, and boost productivity.