Resources for Educators

Please first review the information provided on the about articulated credit page, before returning here for additional information specific to educators. 

Here are the steps for new instructors and schools to build an articulated credit partnership with OTC:

Step 1: Explore: Course Options & Instructor Eligibility –

  1. Learn more about articulated credit with OTC to ensure an understanding of program expectations and practices.
  2. Review course options via a sample list of articulated course options by the current school partner and/or see all course descriptions at the college.
    • Remember, articulated credit courses are primarily introductory-level, technical education courses.
    • Instructors who teach these PLTW courses are eligible to teach through articulated credit as well.
  3. Review instructor credentialing guidelines. If you’re uncertain if you qualify, please apply! 

Step 2: Overview of Process –

  • Cycles & Expiration Dates:
  • Deadlines:
  • Materials to Include:
    • Applicants must include all relevant documentation for each course at the time of application. 
      • a sample syllabus for each course with (1) competencies or task list, (2) grade rationale/breakdown, and (3) course materials information for each course
      • a resume with the (1) instructor credentials outlined, and (2) any supporting transcripts and/or certifications.
  • Application Process:
    • Only complete applications submitted via the appropriate link(s) will be evaluated.
    • Applicants must use the correct link to apply for each course. This may mean multiple applications. 
      • For example, an applicant interested in Accounting, Business, and Computer Sciences courses must apply for accounting and business courses via the Accounting and Business link and then separately apply for computer sciences classes through the Computer Science link.
    • Complete application packets are reviewed by an academic committee. The outcome of the review process will be provided via DocuSign and/or from the to the applicant and/or school administration.
  • Resources for DocuSign: 

Step 3: Apply via the Correct Link(s) Below:

Step 3: Partnership Agreement & Checklists –

  1. Partnership Agreement, Each Year – If approval is obtained by the review committee, the Articulated Credit office obtains the sites’ principal and/or director’s signatures on the Articulated Credit School Partnership Agreement. The approved courses and their expiration/reapplication date are added to the Course Options by School Partner page.
  2. Instructor Checklist, Each Semester – Approved instructors utilize information in the section below for the steps to complete each semester an OTC course is offered. 

After a Partnership Agreement exists (see How to Build a School Partnership section above), the following must be completed for each semester an OTC Articulated Course is offered.

Approved instructors and school sites:

  1. Ensure the approved OTC course(s) are taught
  2. Support eligible students in completing the high school portion of this process at their site and/or in their classroom.
    • Each student interested in articulated credit registers online in CATEMA at
      • Accurate SSN, Date of Birth, and non-high school email address must be provided within CATEMA to be eligible to earn credit
    • The high school instructor accepts each student into each class in CATEMA.
    • At the close of each articulated credit course, the instructor selects either “credit recommended” or “not recommended” for each student in each course.
      • Note: Only those with 80% and above as their final grade in the course are marked as “credit recommended” by the instructor.
    • Refer all students who earned 80% or above/”credit recommended” to their next steps, to assist them with understanding expectations and the process to earn college credit.

The School Partnership Agreements are renewed with the site’s administration each year. See the How to Build a Partnership section above.

Course agreements are reviewed every three years. Instructors must re-apply, using the process above, within the semester their course expires.

Instructors and other school personnel can see the course expiration date for the course(s) offered on the Course Options by School Partner page.

While in high school, students receive support about the articulated credit program from the participating high school.

However, once students begin transitioning to OTC, students become college students. In college, federal regulations (FERPA) state all educational rights shift solely to the student, no matter the student’s age. Meaning, we cannot disclose student information to educators, even when students are minors.

Therefore, in college, students become entirely responsible for their education and completion of processes, including articulated credit. Students are encouraged to contact OTC directly for assistance. We are happy to help!

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