11 NCAC 08 .1320             CRITERIA FOR ELECTIVE COURSE APPROVAL

The following requirements shall be satisfied in order to obtain approval of a proposed elective course:

(1)           The applicant shall submit all information required by the rules in this Section and pay the application fee.

(2)           The applicant shall satisfy the requirements of Rules .1327 through .1337 of this Section relating to the qualifications or eligibility of course sponsors.

(3)           The subject matter of the course shall satisfy the elective course subject matter requirements set forth in Rule .1321 of this Section and all information to be presented in the course shall be current and accurate.

(4)           The course shall involve a minimum of two classroom hours of instruction on acceptable subject matter.  A classroom hour consists of 50 minutes of instruction and 10 minutes of break time.

(5)           The applicant is honest.  In this regard, the Board may consider the reputation and character of any owner, member, officer, continuing education coordinator, and director of any corporation, association, or organization applying for sponsor approval.

(6)           The proposed instructor(s) for the course shall possess the qualifications described in Rule .1322 of this Section.

(7)           The instructional delivery methods to be used in the course shall comply with the requirements described in Rule .1326 of this Section.

(8)           The applicant shall submit an instructor guide that includes:

(a)           a detailed course outline;

(b)           the amount of time to be devoted to each major topic and to breaks;

(c)           the learning objective(s) for each major topic; and

(d)           the instructional methods and instructional aids that will be used in the course.

The proposed time allotments shall be appropriate for the proposed subject matter to be taught.  Unless the applicant can demonstrate that straight lecture is the most effective instructional method for the course, the instructor guide shall provide for the use of a variety of instructional methods and instructional aids intended to enhance student attentiveness and learning.  Examples of instructional methods and instructional aids that may be appropriate include class discussion, role-playing, in-class work assignments, overhead transparencies, and videos.

(9)           The course shall include handout materials for students unless the applicant can demonstrate that such materials are either inappropriate or unnecessary for the course.  Such materials shall be current, accurate, grammatically correct, logically organized, and produced in a manner that reflects reasonable quality.

(10)         Either the instructor guide or the student materials shall describe, in narrative form, the details of the substantive information to be presented in the course.  The substantive information to be presented must be provided in sufficient detail to demonstrate that the information is current, accurate, and complete.

(11)         If an applicant proposes to use copyrighted materials in the course, such materials must be used in a form approved by the copyright holder.  If any copyrighted material is to be duplicated by the applicant for use in the course, the sponsor shall have the specific permission of the copyright holder.

(12)         Applicants requesting approval of a computer-based instructional program need not comply with the requirements in Subparagraphs (8), (9), and (10) of this Rule; however, such applicants shall submit a written course plan that includes a detailed course outline, the minimum amount of time required for a typical licensee to complete each lesson, and the entire course and the learning objectives for each major topic.  Such applicants shall also submit a complete copy of the instructional program on the medium that is to be utilized and shall make available, to the Board and at the sponsor's expense, all hardware and software necessary for review by the Board.  The information in the instructional program shall comply with the requirements of Rule .1326 of this Section.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143-151.49(13); 143-151.64;

Eff. July 18, 2002.