• Enjoy: Career-enhancing professional development in your discipline
  • Join: A community of high school and university instructors offering the same course
  • Benefit: From the insights and expertise of colleagues
  • Apply: View the Instructor Applicant Handbook for details about teaching a course in 2019-20
  • Calendar of Events

If you are an energetic, lifelong learner committed to staying current in your field and challenging yourself and your students, teaching a U of M course might be a good fit for you. 

Instructor Qualifications

Each University department that offers a course through College in the Schools has minimum instructor qualifications. Consult the Applicant Handbook to learn more about your specific course and if we are accepting applications for that course to teach in 2019-20.

Application Process

Deadline: March 30, 2019

Apply early, as some courses have a limited number of new instructors each year. (View details in the Teacher Applicant Handbook.)

Note: Applications to replace current CIS teachers are accepted at any time. Please contact cisapply@umn.edu for more information.

Application Components

Please note that only complete applications will be reviewed. A complete application includes:

  • Application form
  • Official transcript(s) - Sent directly from the institution(s) to: cisapply@umn.edu OR
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  • Applicant self-assessment of qualifications - Find the link to a specific course's self-assessment in the Teacher Applicant Handbook.
  • Demonstration of advanced, relevant knowledge - Varies by course. Complete the specific course Self-Assessment to see what you will need to provide.
  • Resume - Provide an overview of your skills and experience, especially as they relate to the topics covered in the U of M course or advanced topics in the same field. Annotations on your resume should also provide evidence of how you meet some of the instructor qualifications. See the Applicant Self-Assessment of Qualifications to understand the specific information to be included.
  • Letter of recommendation from your principal -Forward the Memo to Principals to your principal.
  • Cover letter - Summarize your background and describe why you are interested in offering this course.

Submit all application materials to cisapply@umn.edu.

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

  • Qualified applicants will 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 cisapply@umn.edu.

Ongoing Professional Development

College in the Schools teachers participate in professional development throughout their tenure as U of M teaching specialists. This ensures University quality in the classes they teach in the high school and keeps teachers abreast of recent developments in the discipline and any changes in the course.

Student Field Days and Professional Workshops Calendar

Instructor Role

Below are a few of your key responsibilities as a U of M teaching specialist.

Support Students

Contribute Your Expertise to Other Teachers

  • Participate in U of M faculty-led, discipline-specific professional development activities for as long as you teach the U of M course
  • Share resources and teaching materials with your colleagues in the CIS cohort

Work with the College in the Schools Office

  • Respond to requests for information
  • Submit syllabi, grades, and course evaluations on time
  • Participate in the evaluation of the CIS program

For more details:

Policies Governing University of Minnesota Twin Cities Courses in the High School

CIS Teacher Guide

Quick Guide to CIS Course Requirements and Related Policies (2018-19)

Quick Guide to CIS Course Requirements and Related Policies (2019-20)