Teachers seeking to teach Missouri Baptist University courses through EXCEL should demonstrate strong credentials in the chosen discipline, experience in teaching the subject, a recommendation by their high school administrators, and a dedication to offering students a challenging college course in the high school setting.
Approved EXCEL teachers are expected to hold the credentials expected of part-time instructors on the MBU campus.
The academic divisions at MBU evaluate EXCEL candidates on the following recommended criteria:
Master’s degree in the discipline or a master’s degree including or in addition to at least 18 graduate hours in the EXCEL subject
Three years teaching in the subject area
Certification in the subject area
Once accepted, EXCEL teachers are expected to participate in the following events:
Annual EXCEL workshop and orientation offered each summer.
Sessions led by MBU faculty and EXCEL staff cover courses expectations including syllabi, content, texts, teaching methods, assignments, assessments, and grading. On-campus faculty provide the high school teachers with sample course materials.
An orientation to EXCEL administration policies and procedures is also included.
Annual EXCEL workshop sessions for professional development
EXCEL teachers are also strongly encouraged to attend summer workshop sessions led by MBU faculty. In the session, MBU faculty members introduce new research in content and pedagogy and review course expectations and grading policies.
Sessions include time for discussion and for questions and answers about syllabi, texts, possible new courses, and other issues common to both high school and college instructors.