Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

PSY Instructor Requirements prior to May 2013:


Master’s degree (or higher) in the Subject Area OR a Master’s degree (or higher) in a Related Area plus 30 quarter hours of graduate credit in the Subject Area 

  • Subject Area degrees include:
  • Psychology (General)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling (including specialty in MFT, MFCC, CMF)
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology

Related Area degrees include, but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive Science
  • Human Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Social Ecology
  • Social Work

The list of Related Areas may not be inclusive as there are other degree titles that may be appropriate. The Division Dean, in consultation with the Faculty Department Chair (and/or screening committee), will make the final determination about the applicability of a particular degree that is outside the scope of these lists.

The SAC can approve a Master’s degree outside of these qualifications for a special-topic course.

Approved: June 2012


Psychology faculty must have a Master’s Degree or a PhD/PsyD in Psychology, or a Master’s Degree or PhD/PsyD in a related field which includes at least thirty hours of graduate psychology credits.  Examples of related fields include the following:

Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Social Ecology
Social Work
Marriage and Family Therapy
Cognitive Science
Experimental Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Human Sciences
or other APA-approved graduate program in psychology

There may be exceptions for special topic classes, as specified by the SAC. 

In making course assignments, administrators should consider the instructor’s academic background, expertise, and professional experience with the goal of matching instructor qualifications to the specific course assignment.

June, 2009



Masters degree or 30 graduate credits in subject area. HR needs to consult with Psychology instructor that new hires have correct qualifications for specific class

Revised Date: 6/16/1987