I am a bit in the dark about the golden rule of assuming 18 graduate-level credit hours in a given subject to teach. I had just completed my master's degree in December, and, much to my dismay, realized that a solitary class potentially throws off my count in the PSC prefix to 15 graduate credits. The following are courses toward the Master of Science in Administration with a concentration in Public Administration through Central Michigan University. The courses in bold are those courses that I had completed: Required Core (18 hours) •MSA 600 Foundations of Research Methods in Administration •MSA 601 Organizational Dynamics and Human Behavior •MSA 602 Financial Analysis, Planning and Control •MSA 603 Strategic Planning for the Administrator •MSA 604 Administration, Globalization and Multiculturalism •MSA 699 Applied Research Project in Administration Required Courses (15-18 hours) Select five or six from the following: •COM 665 Seminar in Communication and Negotiation in Employee Relations •ECO 515 Collective Bargaining and Labor Law •MGT 646 Labor Relations Issues •PSC 514 American Public Policy Making •PSC 522 Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law •PSC 561 American State Government and Administration •PSC 563 Politics and Policy in Urban Communities •PSC 565 Managing Modern Local Government •PSC 566 Intergovernmental Relations in the United States •PSC 610 Foundations of Public Administration •PSC 711 Public Personnel Administration Practice •PSC 713 Public Budgeting and Finance •PSC 714 Program Analysis and Evaluation •PSC 774 Strategic Planning for Public/Non-Profit Organizations •PSC 775 Organization Theory in Public Administration •PSC 785 Strategic Leadership Note: Only one of the following may be used to fulfill concentration requirements: ECO 515, COM 665, or MGT 646. Questions: 1) Notice how I have 18 credit hours of the required core courses with the "MSA" prefix. Does this limit me to teaching general administration courses, or can I branch out into teaching human resources, business admin. courses, etc? I notice after a bit of digging on the subject, several MBA grads, too, are curious about what subjects they are qualified to teach as their curriculum is often a piecemeal cocktail of different disciplines. 2) Would the "PSC" designator/prefix, (which I clarified as referring to political science on the website), imply that 18 of such graduate level credits would yield the possibility to strictly teach political science, i.e.: other "PSC" courses? What is strange is that these PSC courses comprise the other half of the curriculum which is all Public Administration both in content and in course nomenclature. Are the fields of public administration and political science so interchangeable in the community college setting that the PSC prefix is really a trivial concern on my part? 3) I took one course, MGT 646, to satisfy 3 credits out of the required 18 in the concentration. Now I am worried that I might have to go back and take another "PSC" course just to satisfy the coveted 18 credit-hour status, but truthfully, I would rather not if I can really help it. Perhaps I am looking too hard into this, which should be enough concrete evidence to show that I learned a thing or two in graduate school over many a cup of coffee. I want to be as versatile as possible in academia, and so the omission of a mere 3 credit hours that would otherwise keep another door open bothers me a tad bit.