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Dual Credit / Dual Enrollment Courses

What is Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment???

What is Dual Credit?

Dual credit enables qualified high school students to take University-level courses taught by qualified high school instructors. Students simultaneously receive academic credit for the course from both the high school and the college that offers the course. Currently Sheldon High School offers the following dual credit courses through Crowder College; English 101, English 102, and Psychology. These courses are subject to change each year and greatly depend on the availability of qualified instructors.

What is Dual Enrollment?

Dual enrollment enables qualified high school students to take University-level courses taught by a College Faculty member while simultaneously enrolled in the high school and the college. Credit is typically only awarded at the university level; however, students may be eligible to earn high school credit for such courses with approval from the high school district. Dual enrollment opportunities typically are likely be delivered to the student through a distance learning delivery mode (online), but opportunities to attend classes at the college are also available for some students. Crowder College and Missouri Southern State University offer dual enrollment courses online that are available to area students. Cottey College also offers dual enrollment courses (female students only), however, at this time, the students must attend class on Cottey's campus.

Dual enrollment/dual credit classes typically have eligibility requirements which may require the student to take a placement exam and achieve a qualifying score or have a specific GPA, or ACT score before enrolling in the course. Typically dual credit/dual enrollment classes are limited to eligible Juniors and Seniors, however in some cases Sophomores may be able to enroll as well.

Dual enrollment courses can be taken at school, IF the classes are offered online, IF the student's schedule allows for such, and IF the school agrees to award credit for the course. Otherwise, the student can take the course outside of school hours and it will have no bearing on high school, only college.

Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment courses have fees that must be paid for by the student and/or parent. Sheldon Schools will not pay for students college credit. Dual credit/dual enrollment courses are typically offered at a substantial discount over taking the class after high school graduation. For example, MSSU offers dual credit/dual enrollment @ $50 per credit hour (plus the cost of textbooks). Cottey offers dual credit/dual enrollment @ $25 per credit hour (plus the cost of textbooks). Most courses are 3 credit hours.

Contact Mrs. Smith if you have any questions about dual credit/dual enrollment courses.