Dual Enrollment: Postsecondary and/or Secondary Credit Earned

Dual Enrollment: Postsecondary and/or Secondary Credit Earned

This database indicates whether students in dual enrollment programs earn high school and postsecondary credit, only postsecondary credit, or only high school credit.

Why does it matter?
  • Some critics contend that dual enrollment courses without an end-of-course assessment have no measure to ensure that the level of rigor matches that of traditional postsecondary courses.
  • Similar criticisms relate to dual enrollment courses that are offered on postsecondary campuses but serve primarily high school students.
  • Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia specify that dual enrollment students earn both high school and postsecondary credit.
  • In 2 states only postsecondary credit must be awarded. A district may but is not required to award high school credit.
  • In 1 state, only high school credit is awarded. Postsecondary credit may but is not required to be awarded.
  • In 13 states, the type of credit awarded (high school, postsecondary, or dual credit) varies depending on the state program in which a student is enrolled.
  • Ten states do not specify in state policy whether secondary or postsecondary credit is awarded upon completion of a dual enrollment course. A student may choose whether to apply a course to both types of credit (or only high school or postsecondary credit), or policy is silent (awarding of credit is left to the determination of school districts and/or postsecondary institutions).
Note: This database does not include information about Tech Prep or early/middle college high school programs. Information about such programs is included in the ECS career/technical education and early/middle college high school databases.

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.

Last updated: December 2013

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.

Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned
Alabama Both
Alaska Not specified
Arizona Dependent on where courses accessed. Secondary and postsecondary credit awarded for community college courses offered at a high school. Postsecondary credit awarded for community college or university courses offered on the postsecondary campus.
Arkansas For both programs: Both
California Not specified. Credit for courses completed is at the level determined to be appropriate by the school district and community college district governing boards.
Colorado Both
Connecticut Not specified
Delaware Both
District of Columbia Both
Florida Both
Georgia All programs but Joint Enrollment: Both

Joint Enrollment: Postsecondary
Hawaii Both
Idaho Not specified. At the time a student enrolls in a course, the student must indicate whether the course is being taken for secondary, postsecondary, or dual credit. A student taking several courses may designate some for secondary credit, some for postsecondary credit and some for dual credit.
Illinois Both
Indiana Depends on course type. A student in:
  • A concurrent enrollment course taught by an approved high school faculty member earns high school credit and may earn college credit through an agreement between the institution and school corporation.
  • An on-campus course taught by a faculty member of an institution as a regular course offering to postsecondary students earns postsecondary credit and must be approved by the student’s high school for high school credit.
  • A college course taught in a high school by a faculty member of an institution may earn both secondary and postsecondary credits.
  • An online course taught by a faculty member of an institution as a regular course offering to postsecondary students earns postsecondary credit and must be approved by the student’s high school for high school credit.
Postsecondary Enrollment Program: Not specified. Awarding of secondary credit is subject to school corporation’s approval of a course for secondary credit. The criteria for determining the courses approved for secondary credit, which may include a provision that a course in which the student intends to enroll is not approved for secondary credit if the course is so unlike any of the approved courses listed in 511 IAC 6-2-5(d) that appropriate secondary credit cannot be given.

Currently, institutions must award postsecondary credit upon a student’s completion of a Postsecondary Enrollment Program course. Effective with courses offered at a high school beginning in the 2014-15 school year, a student must achieve at least the equivalent of a 2.0 on a 4.0 unweighted grading scale to receive postsecondary credit. If the student achieves less than a 2.0 on a 4.0 unweighted grading scale, the dual credit teacher must not submit the grade for the dual credit course to the eligible institution.
Iowa District-to-Community College Sharing or Concurrent Enrollment: Both, if course previously approved by the school board through annual approval process.

Postsecondary Enrollment Options: Both

Project Lead the Way: Both, if the course is offered through a community college. School districts may elect to offer a Project Lead the Way course as an articulated course, where the student will earn high school credit upon completion of the course and college credit upon matriculation (assuming requirements contained in the articulation agreements are met).
Kansas Postsecondary credit.  A school district may but is not required to award secondary credit. The district may deny awarding credit on the basis that high school credit is inappropriate for such coursework.
Kentucky Dual Credit: Both

Dual Enrollment: Postsecondary credit only
Louisiana Dual Enrollment: Not specified. A dually enrolled student may take a course for secondary credit, for secondary and postsecondary credit, or postsecondary credit only.

TOPS-Tech Early Start Award: Postsecondary only
Maine General program: Postsecondary credit. District may choose to award secondary credit.

Dual enrollment career and technical education program: Both
Maryland Both
Massachusetts Both
Michigan Both programs: Not specified. At the time a public school student enrolls in a postsecondary course, he/she must designate whether the course is for high school or postsecondary credit, or both. A nonpublic school student may enroll only for postsecondary credit and may not receive high school credit for the course. Exceptions provided for a course that would be determined “a nonessential elective course” under specified circumstances.
Minnesota Not specified. A district must grant academic credit to a course for secondary credit, but must grant academic credit for a postsecondary course only if requested by a student.
Mississippi Yes, for dual credit students. Postsecondary credit only, for dual enrolled students.
Missouri Both
Montana Running Start: Not specified. Interlocal agreement between district and postsecondary institution determines whether course is offered for dual credit or college credit.

Class 8 or Class B Alternative License: Both

Concurrent Enrollment: Both

Montana Digital Academy: Both
Nebraska Dual credit: Both
Nevada Both
New Hampshire Not specified
New Jersey Both
New Mexico Both
New York Not specified
North Carolina Postsecondary credit. High school credit may be earned for some CTE and College Transfer courses.
North Dakota Both
Ohio Not specified. Students elect at the time of course enrollment whether to take the course for college credit only, for high school credit only, or for high school and college credit.
Oklahoma Both
Oregon Both
Pennsylvania Secondary credit. Postsecondary credit must be awarded if the concurrent student enrolls in the postsecondary institution at which the concurrent student took a concurrent course, and may be awarded if the concurrent student enrolls in a postsecondary institution other than the one at which the concurrent student earned the credits.

In addition, a student in a charter school, nonpublic school, private school or home education program must be permitted to enroll in concurrent courses in the concurrent enrollment agreement approved by the student's school district of residence, provided that the charter school, nonpublic school, private school or home education program awards secondary credit for a successfully completed concurrent course.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Rhode Island Both
South Carolina Both
South Dakota Not specified. Both may be earned. However, since board of regents policy provides that having all students in a dual enrollment course enrolled for college credit may be difficult in smaller school districts, at a minimum more than 50% of the students in a high school-based dual enrollment course must be enrolled for college credit.
Tennessee Dual credit and dual enrollment: Both
Texas Dual credit, concurrent enrollment, joint high school and college credit, articulated postsecondary courses/articulated postsecondary advanced technical credit courses, and dual enrollment: Both

Administrative code also allows for contractual agreements between school districts and public two-year colleges, for colleges to provide instruction in courses to high school students for award of high school credit only.
Utah Both
Vermont Dual Enrollment: Both. A student may but is not required to receive secondary credit for a course the district approved but did not pay for. A school district may not withhold approval or credit without reasonable justification.

Technical: Secondary credit. Programs must "provide an opportunity for" the student also to receive postsecondary credit, but policy does not specify that both high school and postsecondary credit are automatically awarded.
Virginia Both
Washington All programs: Both
West Virginia Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment and West Virginia EDGE: Both

Early Enrollment: Postsecondary credit. High schools determine if high school credit is offered for these courses.
Wisconsin Youth Options: Not specified. On the application submitted to the institution of higher education, the pupil must specify whether he or she will be taking the course or courses for high school credit or postsecondary credit. A district must determine whether the course is comparable to a course offered in the school district, whether the course satisfies any of the high school graduation requirements, and the number of high school credits to award the pupil for the course, if any. A district must grant high school credit if the postsecondary course meets any high school graduation requirements. Administrative code identifies additional conditions under which a district may approve or deny awarding high school credit for a course.

Course Options: Not specified

Section 118.15(1)(b): Postsecondary only. Courses taken at a technical college through this program do not fulfill high school graduation requirements unless the state superintendent has approved the course for that purpose.

Dual Enrollment: Both

Section 118.55(7r): Not specified. Postsecondary credit is awarded. The student’s local board must notify the student if a course does not meet the high school graduation requirements and whether the course is comparable to a course offered in the school district. If the pupil disagrees with the school board's decision regarding comparability of courses or satisfaction of high school graduation requirements, the pupil may appeal the school board's decision to the state superintendent.
Wyoming Both

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