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Minimum Qualifications (Faculty/Staff)

With the passage of Assembly Bill 1725 (1988), the issuance of credentials was discontinued in 1990. Credentials were replaced by a set of "Minimum Qualifications" that are used to determine a candidate's eligibility for academic and administrative positions in the community college system based on their education and experience.

For academic disciplines, the minimum qualifications now are a masters’ degree in the discipline of the assignment; or a bachelor’s degree in the discipline of the assignment and a master’s degree in a reasonably related discipline. A statewide “disciplines list” defines the degrees that are considered to be reasonably related. Assignments in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts generally fall into this category, as do a number of technical disciplines, such as engineering, home economics, nursing, dietetics, accounting, and business management.

Counselors and librarians are also expected to hold appropriate master’s degrees. There are special requirements for employees of Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS).

For disciplines in which a master’s degree is not generally expected or available, the minimum qualifications are a bachelor’s degree (with any major) and two years of experience in the occupational area of the assignment. Assignments that fall into this category are generally in technical, trade, or industrial fields. Nearly 150 such disciplines have been identified in a statewide list. Examples include:

  • Administration of Justice 
  • Interior Design
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Office Technologies
  • Dental Technology
  • Real Estate
  • Electronics
  • Sign Language
  • Fire Technology
  • Telecommunication Technology
  • Graphic Arts
  • Welding

For educational administrators, the minimum qualifications are a master’s degree (in any discipline), and one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment.

All public California community districts have hiring authority and must adhere to the minimum qualifications when establishing hiring criteria and/or determining hiring eligibility. The districts may include additional criteria over and above the minimums, but can never hire below the minimums.


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