WHAT IS DUAL CREDIT?
Dual Credit is when a high school student takes Ivy Tech classes at their high school (for free!) and the course allows students to fulfill high school graduation requirements and provides college credits. That’s why it’s called Dual Credit—you get credit towards both high school and college graduation at the same time. The classes are taught during the regular school day by certified high school teachers and there is no cost to students!
A Smart Choice
Taking dual credit classes while you’re in high school has many benefits:
- Saves you and your parents money (you get college credit up to your first full year for free!)
- Helps you make a smooth transition onto a college campus - whether that’s Ivy Tech or a four-year college or university
- You are better prepared for college-level courses
- Gives you training and a credential to start a career after high school if that’s your path
- Access to Ivy Tech resources such as the library and tutoring
Dual Credit Crosswalks
Ivy Tech works with Indiana high schools to deliver college-level courses that align with high school standards. The Dual Credit Crosswalk aims to assist high schools and career centers with the alignment between secondary (high school) courses and post-secondary courses.
GET A JUMPSTART ON YOUR CAREER OR COLLEGE
Taking dual credit classes in high school can set you up for success to move straight into the workforce after high school, or to start college with your freshman credits already completed.
Option 1: Career-Focused Courses
If you want to start your career right after high school, your dual credit classes in high school can earn you a short-term certificate (previously known as a certificate) from Ivy Tech in areas such as information technology, welding and construction trades, and healthcare. Many of these certificates are aligned with Indiana’s Next Level Jobs program, too. These certificates can be earned quickly, some in less than a year, while you’re in high school, and all lead to high-wage earning potential. About 55% of dual credit students take these types of courses. (Note, sometimes these courses are called CTE, or Career Technical Education, courses.)
You can also build on the college credits you earn in high school by enrolling at Ivy Tech right after graduation to work toward a higher credential. You’ll have a big head start on getting the high-wage, high-demand job that you’re looking for.
Option 2: General Education Courses – Start College as a Sophomore
If you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree, your dual credit classes in high school can be focused on achieving the Start as a Sophomore: Indiana College Core long-term certificate, which fulfills core requirements equivalent to your first year of college. If you complete this 30-credit hour certificate while you’re in high school, you can start as a sophomore at any public (and many private) Indiana four-year institution right after graduation. You literally save a year’s worth of time and tuition! About 45% of dual credit students take this approach.
DUAL CREDIT PROGRAM DETAILS
High School Partnerships
Ivy Tech operates one of the largest dual credit programs in the country. We partner with over 450 Indiana high schools and career centers to offer dual credit courses to students. To find out if your high school offers Ivy Tech dual credit courses, talk to your high school counselor.
Expectations for dual-credit courses are higher than for other courses in your high school. You will be taking college-level courses and your teacher will expect the same quality of work from you as we do from students on an Ivy Tech campus.
You Choose: Career-Focused Courses and General Education
Courses are offered in a wide variety of subjects, including:
- Career and technical education (CTE) – manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology
- General education – English, mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, life and physical sciences, and humanities/arts
Every high school partner offers a different combination of dual credit courses across a variety of subjects. To see which classes are available at your high school, contact your high school guidance counselor. If you’d like to get an idea of the types of courses that might be available, click the link below to see the dual credit courses being taught at high schools around Indiana this year.
Core Transfer Library (CTL)
Our high school partners commonly offer courses that are part of the Core Transfer Library (CTL), which is a list of pre-approved courses that transfer between all Indiana public colleges and universities.
Start College as a Sophomore: Indiana College Core
Many of the dual credit courses offered are also part of the Indiana College Core, which is a long-term certificate (previously known as a technical certificate) offered by Ivy Tech. The core consists of a block of 30 hours of transferable college credit covering six different academic categories that fulfill general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Any student who satisfactorily completes the core can transfer that coursework to another public college or university in Indiana.
At Ivy Tech, we also call this approach “Start as a Sophomore” because the completion of these 30 credit hours allows you to start your college education as a sophomore at any public (and many private) Indiana four-year college or university.
Developed to NACEP Standards
To ensure high-quality dual credit coursework, Ivy Tech aligns its policies and practices with the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). NACEP is a national accrediting body with standards that ensure the academic rigor of dual credit courses and their alignment with on-campus programming while advancing college in high school initiatives and policy.
Every participating high school works with its nearby Ivy Tech campus to develop the list of dual credit courses it will offer and the short-term and long-term certificates from Ivy Tech that its high school students can pursue. Check with your high school counselor to see what your options are.
Below are some examples of Ivy Tech credentials for which many of our dual credit high school partners offer courses:
Many of the certificates you can earn while attending Ivy Tech in high school align with career and technical education (CTE) pathways and Indiana’s Next Level Jobs program, which prepares students for high-wage, high-demand jobs in Indiana.
Example short-term certificates you can earn:
- Pre-Nursing Studies - Students pursuing this 18-credit-hour track can graduate with the qualifications to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), or apply directly to the Ivy Tech Nursing program right after high school.
- Medical Assisting - Students can pursue one of three 18-credit-hour short-term certificates in the Ivy Tech Medical Assisting program, including Medical Office Administration, Medical Scribe Professional, or Outpatient Insurance Coding.
- Industrial Technology - Ivy Tech offers 4 different 18-credit-hour certificates in this area, including Industrial Coatings and Finishes, Industrial Electrical, Industrial Mechanical, Materials Technology, along with Structural Welding for 21 credit hours.
- Informatics - Be a part of this growing industry by pursuing an Informatics (20 credits) or Salesforce Administrator (22 credits) short-term certificate.
- Business Administration - Ivy Tech offers a variety of short-term certificates related to business, ranging from 9-21 credits each. Highlights include Digital Marketing, Human Resources Management, Business Information Technology, and Insurance.
- Indiana College Core - Many high school students taking classes at Ivy Tech pursue the Indiana College Core, which is a long-term certificate offered by Ivy Tech. The core consists of a block of 30 hours of transferable college credit covering six different academic categories that fulfill general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree. The six categories are written communication, speaking and listening, quantitative reasoning, scientific ways of knowing, and social and behavioral ways of knowing. Any student who satisfactorily completes the core can transfer that coursework to another public college or university in Indiana.
We’ve put together a handy checklist (PDF) to help track a student’s progress toward the Indiana College core:
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION CAREER GUIDE
Not sure which career direction to head? We understand that choosing a career pathway can be difficult work. Check out this helpful, easy-to-read career guide (in the format of an online flip book) developed by the Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet. It contains information to help you navigate your way through your career and technical education (CTE) choices and descriptions for 15 different in-demand fields in Indiana.
Some dual credit courses require students to submit qualifying score(s) before they are deemed “college-ready.” Depending on the course, this college-ready score could be:
- A PSAT 10 score, SAT score, or ACT score
- A cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher for juniors and seniors
NOTE: GPA alone will not qualify students for: MATH 135, 136, 137, 201, 211, 212, CHEM 101, PHYS 101, or SDEV 140.
If you do not have previous college credit, an ACT, SAT or PSAT score, or a cumulative high school GPA that satisfies the assessment requirement, you will need to complete the Knowledge Assessment. The Knowledge Assessment assesses your level in reading, writing, and mathematics. The assessment is free and your score will be accepted up to four years after you take the assessment.
To learn how to access Knowledge Assessment through your student MyIvy account to meet prerequisite requirements for dual credit courses, watch this helpful video tutorial:
A prerequisite is a requirement that a student must have taken prior to enrolling in a specific course or program. Some dual credit courses require students to take prerequisites before they can register for a course. Prerequisites vary by course and some courses do not have prerequisites, so it’s important to work with a high school or Ivy Tech staff member who can assist you.
See the Dual Credit Prerequisite Chart for a complete list of the prerequisite courses and qualifying scores for each dual credit course.
1. See if Your High School Offers Dual Credit Courses
We partner with over 450 Indiana high schools and career centers to offer dual credit courses to students. View Directory of Participating High Schools
2. Talk to Your Counselor
To get started, talk to your high school counselor and let them know you are interested in taking Ivy Tech dual credit courses. They’ll let you know what courses are available and help you determine if you qualify to take the courses based on college readiness standards.
3. Complete the DualEnroll.com Application
Students apply to the Dual Credit program by creating a new student account on the DualEnroll.com website. DualEnroll is a self-registration platform where you will apply and register for your dual credit coursework.
4. Look Out for Confirmation Emails & a Letter
Once you complete the DualEnroll application, you will receive a series of emails from DuelEnroll.com confirming your new account and letting you know your application has been processed. One of the emails and a letter will contain your student identification number (also known as your C#) and your Ivy Tech username.
5. Create a MyIvy Account
MyIvy is Ivy Tech's online student portal. As a Dual Credit student, you will use My Ivy to access Knowledge Assessment (see step 6), grades, transcripts, and support resources such as the virtual library, Tutoring.com, and more. Read Instructions for First-time MyIvy Users -> [link to How to Apply page container]
6. Assess Your College Readiness and Prerequisites Needed
Read more about this above in “Do I Qualify for Dual Credit Courses?”
7. Register for Classes on DualEnroll.com
Once your account is processed, you can make course registration requests on DualEnroll.com. The courses available to you are determined by what’s offered at your home high school and applicable career center. Learn More about How to Register for Classes -> [link to How to Apply page container]
If you need help, please reach out to your local campus or call us at 888-489-5463.
Already a Dual Credit Student?
What's the Difference Between Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment?
You may be wondering how Dual Credit is different than Dual Enrollment since they sound so similar. Here are how they compare:
Who It's For
- Any student in grades 9-12 who meets course prerequisites
- High school students whose high school doesn’t offer Dual Credit classes
- Homeschooled students ready for the challenge of college courses
What It Is
- High school students take Ivy Tech classes at their high school
- Get both high school and college credit for a single course
- High School students take college courses directly with Ivy Tech while still in high school
- Students are enrolled both in high school and Ivy Tech and take courses separately
- Get college credit only for Ivy Tech courses
Where You Take Ivy Tech Classes
- At your high school during the regular school day
- At Ivy Tech—in person at a campus, online, or a variety of options in between
Who Teaches the Classes
- Your high school teachers
- Ivy Tech faculty
- Free for students
- $149.55 per credit hour (or $2,243.25 per semester for a full-time, in-state student)
- Or, free if you enroll in a career- or technical-based pathway sponsored by Next Level Jobs
- All required textbooks are free
A Good Fit If...
- You are looking for training to start a high-wage, high-demand career right after high school
- Or, you want to get a head start on college and complete up to your freshman year of college credits through the Indiana College Core, also known as our Start As a Sophomore program
- You want to gain an understanding of college culture
- Save money—earn college credit up to your first full year for free!
- Save time—earn college credits in high school and graduate quicker
- Save time—earn college credits in high school and graduate quicker
How To Apply
- Create a new student account and complete the application on DualEnroll.com
- Create a new student account and complete the application on DualEnroll.com
About Dual Credit Courses
Dual credit courses carry the same rigor as a traditional college class. All requirements and deadlines are aligned to ensure high quality for the student. Course content is identical to on-campus offerings and incorporates the same syllabi, class assignments, and examinations while utilizing comparable textbooks. Dual credit can be run simultaneously with AP classes to ensure students have an option; however, two separate college partners can’t run a simultaneous dual credit class at the high school.
Courses are Free
No tuition is charged to students or to the school. Ivy Tech covers the cost.
Memorandums of Understanding
High schools must complete agreements (memorandums of understanding) with local Ivy Tech campuses in order for courses to be offered for dual credit.
Ivy Tech Dual Credit Crosswalk
Ivy Tech Community College works with Indiana high schools to deliver college-level courses that align with high school standards. The Dual Credit Crosswalk is updated annually and aims to assist high schools and career centers with the alignment between secondary (high school) courses and post-secondary courses.
High School Instructor Requirements
High school instructors must meet specific Higher Learning Commission (HLC) credentialing requirements to be eligible to teach as dual credit faculty members. Instructor onboarding is completed to familiarize them with Ivy Tech policies and procedures, syllabi are reviewed to ensure alignment to college syllabi, site visits to dual credit classrooms are conducted to ensure content delivery is following Ivy Tech standards, and professional development is offered in a rolling format to ensure best practices are being utilized.
Tuition Fee Remission for High School Teachers
Ivy Tech Community College sincerely appreciates and values the opportunity to partner with high school teachers to provide dual credit opportunities to students. In recognition of this valued relationship, Ivy Tech allows high school dual credit teachers who meet the qualifications to take up to six credit hours tuition-free per semester. This benefit also includes your spouse and dependent children.
Ivy Tech Dual Credit Handbook
View, download, or print our Ivy Tech Dual Credit Handbook (PDF) to learn more about:
- Processes for establishing course offerings
- Faculty credentialing
- Registration timelines
- Rights, commitments, and responsibilities of participating parties
- Academic policies
- Instructions for online tools (MyIvy, IvyLearn, etc.)
- Available resources
DualEnroll is the platform where students apply, enroll, and drop dual credit classes, receive notifications regarding enrollment, and more.
A Collaborative Effort
The Dual Credit program is a collaborative effort between the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), Ivy Tech Community College, and K-12 partner schools, along with oversight provided by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). NACEP is Ivy Tech’s accrediting agency. Read the Indiana Dual Credit legislation here.
ENROLL DIRECTLY WITH IVY TECH
If you’re ready to take college-level classes, but your high school doesn’t offer Ivy Tech courses, you can still enroll directly with Ivy Tech through our high school Dual Enrollment program.