College in the Schools Applicant Handbook

We welcome your application to teach a University of Minnesota Twin Cities course through College in the Schools.
Instructors are selected in accordance with University policies, by faculty from the University department offering the course.
Instructors are appointed as Teaching Specialists in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies,
the administrative home for College in the Schools.

Below is the essential information you will need to apply to become a U of M Teaching Specialist for CIS.

Deadline to apply: March 30, 2019   

Apply early; some faculty accept a limited number of new instructors each year. 

Note: Applications to replace current CIS teachers are accepted at any time.  Please contact as soon as possible.

To learn if a course is open to new applicants
Select the course title link at right. 

Only complete applications can be reviewed.
A complete application includes:
  1. Application form 
  2. Official transcripts: These should be sent directly from the institution to or College in the Schools, 107 Armory Building, 15 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455.
  3. Applicant Self-assessment of Qualifications: Select the course title link at right.
  4. Demonstration of advanced, relevant content knowledge:  This varies by course. Complete your Applicant Self-Assessment of Qualifications to understand what you will need to provide.
  5. Resume: Your resume should provide an overview of your skills and experience, especially as these relate to the topics covered in the U of M course or advanced topics in the same field.  Annotations on your resume will also provide evidence of how you meet some of the instructor qualifications.  See the Applicant Self-Assessment of Qualifications to understand the specific information that needs to be included on your resume.
  6. Cover letter:  Summarize your background and describe why you are interested in offering this course.
  7. Letter of recommendation from your principal: Please forward the Memo to Principals to your principal.
Submit all application materials to

The review process
  • Candidates may be asked to clarify information or provide additional documentation.  
  • At peak times, it may take 4-6 weeks to move an application through the review process to a decision.
Candidate interview
  • CIS invites qualified applicants to interview with a U of M faculty member and a CIS applications team member.  
  • The interview provides an opportunity to discuss prior teaching in the field; the University course and pedagogies; and your school context, students, and curricula.
  • Successful candidates are appointed as Teaching Specialists in the U of M's College of Continuing and Professional Studies.  
  • In rare cases, candidates may be appointed with the understanding that they will meet certain conditions before teaching the U of M course.  
  • Applicants who are denied may be able to reapply after gaining additional teaching experience or completing additional course work or professional development.  
Final steps
Before teaching the course for the first time, approved applicants participate in three U of M faculty-led workshops:
  • A one- or two-day orientation to the course,
  • A one- to three-day professional development workshop, and
  • A one-day orientation to the CIS program, U of M academic policies and administrative processes.
Teaching Specialists who complete all of the trainings, as well as any conditions outlined in their acceptance letter, will be able to teach the U of M course.

Contact the CIS applications team at

Course-specific application materials:






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