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  • 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
  • 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 to teach that course.

Application Process

Deadline: March 30, 2023

Apply early, as some courses have a limited number of new instructors each year. (View details in the Instructor 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. More information about each of the items can be found in the Instructor Applicant Handbook.

A complete application includes:

  • Teacher information
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Self-assessment of qualifications
  • Demonstration of advanced, relevant knowledge
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation from your principal
  • Cover letter

To begin your application and find information about the review, interview, and decision process, please refer to the Instructor Applicant Handbook.


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:

CIS Policy Reference Guide

CIS Instructor Guide

Quick Guides to CIS Course Requirements and Related Policies