Dual Credit

 

General Information

Dual credit means that students receive dual (double) credit for single course, one credit at the high school level and one at the college level.  However, the numbers are often different.

Example – HIST 1301 & HIST 1302 (US History)

  • History 1301 is college-level course that, if passed, earns a student 3 semester credit hours (SCH) for most college degrees*. It is matched with “US History A” which is the high school course, which if passed, earns 0.5 credit toward graduation.
  • History 1302 is the second semester of US History, which is coded as “US History B” and is the other half (0.5) of the 1.0 credit that is needed to graduate. Passing HIST 1302 is worth a separate 3 semester credit hours (SCH) towards most college degrees*.

*Students must note that not all colleges/universities accept all credits earned at Houston Community College, especially schools outside of Texas.


Benefits

The biggest benefits of taking dual-credit courses while in high school are that

  • You earn credit toward HS graduation and you earn credits toward a college degree.  (Please note that each university/college decides what courses they will accept from HCC.  The student must research this early.)
  • You save money on college credits because dual-credit classes at Empowerment are FREE!

Qualifications

In order to enroll in a dual-credit course at any high school in Texas, a student must be qualified to take the course. There are two things to be considered:  test scores and class(es) that must be taken beforehand (pre-requisites, pronounced /pre-WRECK-wi-zits/).

Prerequisites

Some classes have “prerequisites,” which means that a different course is required (“requisite”) BEFORE (“pre-“) before a course can be taken.

Example – MATH 1314 (College Algebra) is a prerequisite for MATH 1316 (Trigonometry).  This should make sense because even in high school, a student should successfully complete (earn credit for) Algebra 2 before taking Trigonometry.

Test Scores (Math)

MATH 1314 is the lowest level math class that is considered for college credit.  (HCC Math classes with a number smaller than 1314 are considered remedial to help students develop skills that should have been mastered while in high school.)

Qualifying scores that show a student is ready for MATH 1314 would be the following:

  • TSI – 350 or higher
  • SAT – 530 or higher
  • ACT – 19 or higher on Math section and 23 Composite
  • STAAR – 4000 or higher on Algebra 2 (You cannot qualify from an Algebra 1 STAAR score and will need to take one of the above tests to qualify.)

Test Scores (Reading/Writing)

College has a lot of reading.  (Yes, the word “a lot” has a space, and college professors think you should know that already.)  There is a lot of reading in most college classes, including all types of social sciences (psychology, sociology, political science), natural sciences (geology, astronomy), and humanities (art or music appreciation, history, geography, literature).

Qualifying scores that show a student is ready for any of these types of courses would be the following:

  • TSI – 351or higher on reading with a writing essay score of 5 or higher
  • TSI – 363 or higher on reading with a writing essay score of 4 or higher
  • SAT – 480 or higher on Evidence-Based Reading
  • ACT – 19 or higher on Reading section and 23 Composite
  • STAAR – 4000 or higher on English 2 (You cannot qualify from an English 1 score and will need to take one of the above tests to qualify.)

If you believe you have a qualifying score based on these criteria, and you would like to learn the process to enroll in a dual-credit course, please go to the next section.


Enrollment Process

After you have determined if you qualify for a course (ask your academic counselor if you have questions), then you would look to see if any courses are being offered that interest you. See ‘resources’ section to the right for forms and more information.

 

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RESOURCES


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