New/Prospective Concurrent Enrollment Instructors


Welcome current Concurrent Enrollment Instructors! This webpage is intended to act as your one-stop-shop for all the information and resources you’ll need to be a successful Concurrent Enrollment instructor with Red Rocks Community College. 

New Instructors

Thank you for your interest in becoming a RRCC Concurrent Enrollment Instructor! To start the academic approval process please complete the following steps: 

  • Coordinate with High School level administration. 
  • Receive approval from local district Concurrent Enrollment and Career & Technical Education (as applicable) office/coordinators. 
  • Review the CE Instructor Qualifications to ensure you meet all the hiring requirements. 
  • Review the required CCNS course learning outcomes and topical outlines. 
  • Submit electronic CE Instructor Application for RRCC Concurrent Enrollment.


  • Fall Semester: March 15
  • Spring Semester: October 15


CE Instructor Qualifications & Application

RRCC Concurrent Enrollment Instructors are expected to meet the same required qualifications as Faculty and Adjunct Instructors. See RRPR 3-291 Faculty Instructor Qualifications Procedure - Appendix A for a specific list of qualifications for each discipline/program.   

Application Deadline:

  • Fall Semester: March 15
  • Spring Semester: October 15


Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways Courses:

GT Pathways Courses, in which the student earns a C or higher, will always transfer and apply to GT Pathways requirements in AA, AS and most bachelor's degrees at every public Colorado college and university. GT Pathways does not apply to some degrees (such as many engineering, computer science, nursing and others listed here).    

A faculty member or instructor must hold a master’s degree in the program of study of the discipline or subfield in which they teach. If the general education applicant holds a degree in a discipline other than the one proposed for teaching, then the chair or dean of the program will do a close review of the transcript to verify at least 18 (eighteen) graduate credit hours, relevant to the field or subfield. 

Required Application Materials: 

  • Resume 
  • References  
  • Copies of transcripts, unofficial preferred  
  • Copy of Secondary Teaching Credential  
  • Copies of additional credentials, if applicable. 


GT Concurrent Enrollment Application 


Career and Technical Education (CTE) Courses:   

CTE courses leverage the workforce and education systems so that each learner has quality CTE experiences leading to lifelong career success. Under the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) board rules governing credentialing, all secondary instructors who teach in a Colorado Community College System (CCCS) approved program must hold a valid credential. 


At the post-secondary level, CRS 23-60-304 indicates postsecondary CTE instructors must hold a valid credential. A credential ensures that the CTE program provides students with well qualified instructors possessing appropriate occupational and educational experience. 


Occupational experience is required for all CTE positions held within the last 7 years (5 years for the health science programs) related to the field in which you are applying to teach.

  • An applicant with a related Bachelor's degree or higher - 2,000 hours 
  • An applicant with a related Associate's degree or Industry license, certification or at the minimum a high school diploma - 4,000 hours 
  • Health areas must provide 4,000 occupational hours regardless of the degree they hold 
  • Some CTE courses will require additional instructor certifications (i.e. CPR, OSHA, etc.) 

Required Application Materials: 


CTE Concurrent Enrollment Application 


Your submitted application and documents will be submitted to the RRCC department chair/lead for review. After review by the department chair/dean, the Concurrent Enrollment Academic Affairs Manager will notify you of the decision regarding your application to offer C.E. at your high school. If denied, RRCC will provide information on steps instructors can take if they want to reapply in the future such as additional coursework or specific occupational experience.

Approved Instructors

  • Complete RRCC HR paperwork to receive RRCC email address and employee S# to access the web portal “The Rock” 
  • Schedule a meeting with your RRCC CE Department Chair/Lead after instructor qualification approval to discuss requirements for course curriculum, syllabus, materials, and equipment. 
  • View Concurrent Enrollment Statement of Standards: RRCC Instructor Guidelines
  • Use the RRCC course syllabi verbatim or map your high school syllabi with RRCC's with approval from RRCC chair/lead. Syllabi Resources: Accessible syllabi template  
  • Upload course syllabi to your D2L course shell to reflect RRCC competencies and requirements. (Instructors may also be required to provide additional materials and/or use RRCC exams to ensure consistency). 
  • Distribute RRCC syllabus to students. 
  • Check your rosters once registration is complete and sign your Roster Verification Form via Adobe Sign by using your RRCC issued email. 
  • Schedule yearly classroom observation with RRCC CE Liaison. 
  • Have students submit Student Observations of Instruction (SOIs). 
  • Attend annual CE professional development (Mid-Spring Semester) 
  • All CE instructors are expected to respond within 48-72 hours (excluding weekends/holidays) to their RRCC department chairs/department liaison communications. 
  • Submit final grades into the RRCC Banner system (through The Rock portal using your S#) 48 hours after the last class date. 


Course Offerings

  • Review CCCS Common Course Number System (CCNS) to align coursework: CCCS course alignment Only courses in the current RRCC catalog will be considered for approval.
  • RRCC CE Liaison must approve the following before the course may be offered to ensure alignment with campus based RRCC courses. 
  • Class has been reviewed and matches a Common Course in CCCNS and RRCC’s catalog. 
  • Course syllabus has been reviewed. 
  • Course assignments, tests, and papers are at the same level, rigor, relevance, and depth as those in campus-based courses. 
  • Textbook and course materials have been reviewed and are appropriate for use in teaching the college course. 
  • The instructional facilities, including laboratory, studio, and technology facilities have been reviewed and are comparable to campus-based facilities. 

Participation/enrollment requirements: Red Rocks Community College requires Concurrent Enrollment classes to have the following minimum participation percentages. Lack of participation may result in class cancellations. 

  • Career Technical Education (CTE) courses: 50% of students enrolled 
  • Guaranteed Transfer (GT) courses: 80% of students enrolled 
  • Courses with RRCC Instructors, require the use of Desire2Learn (D2L) all and math courses: 100% of students enrolled 
  • Encourage your students to take advantage of Concurrent Enrollment program opportunities! 

Annual re-approval for Concurrent Enrollment Courses: Each academic year, RRCC Department chairs/leads will review your course offerings for re-approval. Please communicate any curriculum changes or new course requests to your RRCC department chair/lead and the Concurrent Enrollment Academic Affairs Manager by the academic approval deadlines. 

Academic Approval Request Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1


Instructor Resources



Videos and Tutorials

  •  Desire2Learn (D2L) Presentation: Former Dean of Instructional Technology, Jon Jonson, provides a tutorial on Desire2Learn (D2L), RRCC's online learning management system. 
  • RRCC Grade Posting Tutorial: Tutorial and step-by-step instructions on how to post RRCC final grades on The Rock student portal.  


RRCC Supports

RRCC Department Chair/Department Liaison: RRCC Department Chairs/Department Liaisons will provide the following support to assist in the development of your course. 

  • Sample Syllabi 
  • Additional course material lists 
  • Textbook samples (when available) 
  • Classroom observation/feedback 
  • Prompt responses to any course-related questions 

RRCC Concurrent Enrollment Office

  • Semester check-ins with Concurrent Enrollment Academic Affairs Manager 
  • Support with roster reviews, withdraws and grade postings 
  • Frequent updates college policies and procedures 
  • Reminders of important deadlines 
  • Management of Student Opinions of Instruction (SOI’s) 
  • Provide professional development opportunities 
  • Assist students with RRCC registration process