What is Dual Credit?


Courses offered for dual credit stem from agreements between high schools, universities and community colleges whereby a high school junior or senior enrolls in a college course and simultaneously earns college credit and high school credit for the course.

Partnerships between Texas secondary schools and Texas colleges and universities have enabled high school students to earn college credits before graduating from high school, making their transition to the collegiate campus smoother and their likelihood of graduating from college greater.

Courses are offered by accredited colleges and include both academic and career/technical courses. While most students take basic core courses such as English, history, math and social science, coursework may include areas such as culinary arts or criminal justice, depending on the various degree plans offered by each community college.

College courses offered for dual credit may be taught at the college campus or the high school campus by credentialed instructors; that is, instructors must be qualified according to criteria established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Courses offered for dual credit include the same content and rigor as courses taught to other college students, utilizing the same instructors, curriculum and policies.  Additionally, community colleges can assist with agreements to universities.

Student Qualifications

A high school student who qualifies to enroll in a college course offered for dual credit must be a junior or a senior and must meet the college’s prerequisite requirements for enrollment for the college course.  Students must satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements as well; although, they may be exempt from this testing if they meet the standards for the TAKS, ACT or SAT tests.  Check with your local college to determine whether there is a program for you.

To find out what courses are offered by a Texas community college near you, click on the COURSE OFFERINGS link above.