Dual credit courses are university-level courses taught in high schools to eligible, enrolled students by university-qualified instructors, using the college's required textbooks and curriculum. When students successfully complete a dual-credit course, they receive both high school and college credit. A letter grade and university credit hours are awarded by the college or university offering the dual credit course, and a record of that class is kept at that institution, just as if the students had been on-campus taking the class.
The courses are taught at the high school by teachers who have been approved to serve as adjunct lecturers by the university. In the state of Missouri, these high school teachers must have a master's degree that includes substantial study (usually a minimum of 18 semester hours) for the academic field in which they are teaching. As for any instructor of college-level courses, high school instructors of dual credit courses must meet requirements as stipulated for accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.
CHOOSING A DUAL CREDIT COURSE
While considering what advanced credit classes to enroll in, students should be checking with the institutions they plan on attending in the future, to ensure they are taking classes best suited for their college career. High school counselors may be helpful in determining what advanced courses are duel credit and to which universities they will transfer. Course transferability cannot be guarenteed.
For more information about Missouri's dual credit program, please visit the Missouri Department of Higher Education's Dual Credit Policy page.