Instructor Approval Process


The course approval process for adjuncts consists of several parts.   These parts must be sent in a complete packet (mailed, or email) to Diane Tanner at the address below. Please remember that the transcript is sent from the terminal institution directly to OPDE. Copies will not be accepted.

Proposed Adjuncts must have a Master’s degree or above and 18 or more hours of verifiable experience in the area they will be teaching and/or related experiences that can be documented.

  • Terminal original transcript sent directly from the university to the OPDE


Send to:

Diane Tanner, Office of Professional Development in Education
School of Education
University of Charleston, South Carolina
66 George St. 
Charleston, SC 29424      or
Official transcripts can be emailed to


  • Two current professional references (sample) with phone numbers and e-mail addresses 
  • Self-Letter explaining specialized training and experience beyond the graduate degree, which qualify the instructor for teaching a specific course, should be described in detail.  (sample self-letter
  • Copy of South Carolina Teaching Certificate and Driver’s License                                                                                            

Course initiators also may request specific instructors.  The proposed instructor's credentials are circulated to the Administrative Council for approval.  If the instructor is not approved, they may submit additional information for reconsideration. If a specific instructor is not requested, the OPDE Director works with the course initiator to identify potential instructors.

In a course where Master Teachers work with the course instructor, the syllabus should indicate the amount of participation from the Master Teacher. The course instructor is the person responsible for facilitating learning in the course and should work alongside the Master Teacher.

*NOTE: Course and instructor materials are subject to review and approval/disapproval by the members of the Administrative Council. This review can be initiated by the Dean, Assistant Dean or Department Chair.

As outlined above, instructor materials are submitted to the Administrative Council prior to the Administrative Council meeting.