Frequently Asked Questions about Dual Credit
1. What are dual credit courses? The term “dual credit courses” is somewhat misleading.
Dual credit actually refers to an opportunity and agreement though which a student may
earn high school credit for successfully completing a college course that covers all the
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) of any specified high school course. The
“dual credit” earned is college credit and high school credit for one course. Courses
through which a student may earn dual credit may be taken at the high school or at a
college and may be taught by a high school teacher with appropriate credentials or by
regular college faculty. The high school and college work together to determine
appropriate high school credit to be awarded upon successful completion of the course.
2. What is the difference between dual credit and concurrent enrollment? Concurrent
enrollment means that a high school student is enrolled in and taking one or more
courses at a college. Dual Credit may be viewed as a form of concurrent enrollment.
Students may earn college credit through simple concurrent enrollment, but may only
earn high school credit through the dual credit agreement between the high school and
3. Can a student earn high school credit for any college course? No. It is the
responsibility of the institutions entering into a dual credit agreement to ensure the
following requirements are met:
• Courses offered for dual credit by public two-year associate degree granting
institutions must be identified as college-level academic courses in the current
edition of the Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual adopted by the
Board or as college-level technical education courses in the current edition of the
Workforce Education Course Manual adopted by the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board (THECB).
• Courses offered for dual credit by public universities must be in the approved
undergraduate course inventory of the university. Pu