Dual credit is the process by which a high school student enrolls in a college course and receives simultaneous academic credit for the course from both the college and the high school. It is designed for high school juniors and seniors who may be eligible to earn college credit while they are still in high school. As with all students in college level courses, high school students must satisfy TSI requirements and/or prerequisite requirements for all college level courses. In general, high school students should not be enrolled in more than two courses per semester.*
Unlike other admissions, dual credit students are not required to show college readiness in all three areas (reading, writing and math), but rather for only the requirements for the course(s) they wish to take. For example, students taking English will only need to show college readiness in reading and writing since no math score is required for that class. Therefore, students will qualify for this class by either 1) meeting the TAKS exemption standard or 2) taking the reading and writing portions of the Accuplacer and scoring the necessary score.
Visit the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website for more information on dual credit: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us.
*Exceptions to this requirement can be made for students with outstanding academic performance and may be approved by the high school principal and the chief academic officer.
NOTE: Some college-level courses contain subject matter that is of an adult nature.