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Earning College Credit in High School

MISD students may earn college credit while enrolled in an MISD high school in several different ways.  It’s important to plan early for a course of study that will assure acceptance at a college or university.  High school counselors have many resources that students and parents can use to learn more about college requirements and financial aid.

Listed below are some of the ways students can gain college credit while still in high school:

Advanced Placement (AP) Program
The College Board Advanced Placement Program gives students the opportunity to pursue college-level courses while still in high school.  College credit may be granted by a university based upon Advanced Placement examinations with a score of 3 or higher.  For more information, see the current High School Course Description Guide.

Concurrent Enrollment
Concurrent enrollment for college credit provides the opportunity for students to remain in high school and take courses for college credit in the evenings, on the weekend, or during the summer.  These courses generally do not count for high school credit unless special circumstances exist; however, high school credit may also be earned for academic courses taken concurrently and passed if certain criteria are met:

  • The courses are provided by institutions of higher education accredited by SACS CASI, AdvancEd or other recognized regional accrediting associations that are part of the same national organization.
  • The course is part of a Special Program recognized and approved by MISD.
  • The college course should correlate to a Texas state approved course and provide advanced academic instruction beyond or in greater detail than the essential knowledge and skills for the MISD high school course.
  • Each course syllabus has been submitted for review and approval by the Administrative Officer – Curriculum prior to student enrollment.
  • The student must arrange for an official college transcript carrying the final grade to be sent from the college to the high school counselor for evaluation before credit can be awarded and before the course can be added to the student’s academic achievement record. 

For more information, see the current High School Course Description Guide.

Dual Credit
Dual credit courses are courses offered to 11th and 12th grade students through an official agreement between Dallas County Community Colleges and MISD. These specific, pre-approved courses meet both district and college guidelines in order to provide credit both in high school and college. No grade points were awarded for courses not taught on the high school campus during the regular school day and specific procedures must be followed. Check the MISD website for the specific courses and procedures.

Tech Prep Articulated Courses
Students may earn college credit through the Tech Prep articulated course program under an agreement with the Dallas County Community College District.  Information is contained in the High School Course Description describing the Tech Prep courses and how college credit can be earned after high school graduation. The Career and Technical Education counselor at the high school campus will also have information.  Students should check with their registrar about specific courses and requirements.

For more information about college credit information, contact the high school counselor or registrar at the campus level, or Dr. Treva Franklin at 972-882-7377, at the district level.

MISD Dual Credit Courses with Dallas County Community College District beginning Fall 2014

This list of courses applies to the designated school years only, and it may change according to written agreement between MISD and DCCCD. No grade points are awarded for dual credit courses taken outside the regular school day or during summer at the college campus. The tuition-free courses are only available to 11th and 12th graders who complete all Dallas County Community College registration and enrollment procedures including testing. If a student must repeat a course to earn credit, there may be a tuition charge. Textbook costs must be paid by the student if the course is taken on the college campus.

To obtain one high school credit for a year-long high school course, both college semester courses must be taken and passed each semester. The student must provide official documentation from the college campus to the high school registrar each semester verifying the grade earned. High school credit may then be awarded and placed on the student’s high school transcript. To remain in the dual credit program and to earn high school credit for a course, a student must earn a college grade no lower than a “C” in the course. English 4 and U.S. Government will be available for dual credit and may be taken on the high school campus during the school day.  Beginning the Spring semester of 2015, Economics will also be offered on the high school campus.

**Specific academic courses with a grade of “B” or higher
earned by the student may be counted as a DAP measure.

Courses that are listed as dual credit may not be available at the Eastfield campus each semester, but they may be taken at another DCCCD campus.  In these situations, the high school student must go through the Dual Credit Coordinator at the campus where the course is offered to complete enrollment. For enrollment applications, contact the Career and Technical Education counselor at each high school during the school year.  During the summer, contact the Dual Credit Coordinator at Eastfield College for applications. The MISD contact is Dr. Treva Franklin at 972-882-7377.


Admission Process

  1. Visit with your high school counselor about eligibility and course selection.
  2. Complete the online DCCCD Application for Admission.
  3. Complete the High School Enrollment form with all required signatures (parent, counselor, student & principal) and desired courses listed.  Incomplete forms will not be processed.
  4. Complete Consent to Emergency Treatment form.  If under 18, your parent/guardian must complete and sign in blue or black ink.
  5. Request official high school transcript with TAKS, STAAR, ACT or SAT scores.  If college level assessment scores are available (ie.  THEA, Accuplacer, Compass etc.) please include.  Home school transcripts must be notarized.
  6. A student who participates in dual credit courses will be required to submit a copy of his/her immunization record for proof of Bacterial Meningitis vaccination.
  7. Submit complete application packet to high school counselor or Dual Credit contact at your high school or bring to the Dual Credit office (C125).
Students cannot be tested, advised, and registered until the admissions process is complete
MISD Courses PEIMS Number HS Credit Eastfield College Courses DCCCD Course Number DCCCD Credit Hours
Art III History 03501700 .5 credit
.5 credit
Art Appreciation
Survey of Art History
ARTS 1301
ARTS 1303/1304
English 4 ** 03220400 .5 credit
.5 credit
Composition 1
Composition 2
ENGL 1301
ENGL 1302
French I ** 03410100 .5 credit
.5 credit
Beginning French I
Beginning French II
FREN 1411
FREN 1412
French II ** 03410200 .5 credit
.5 credit
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
FREN 2311
FREN 2312
Spanish I ** 03440100 .5 credit
.5 credit
Beginning Spanish I
Beginning Spanish II
SPAN 1411
SPAN 1412
Spanish II ** 03440200 .5 credit
.5 credit
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 2311
SPAN 2312
American Sign Language I ** 03980100 .5 credit
.5 credit
Beginning Sign Lang. I
Beginning Sign Lang. II
SGNL 1301
SGNL 1302
U.S. Government ** 03330100 .5 credit American Government GOVT 2305 3
Economics ** 03310300 .5 credit Principles of Economics ECON 2301 3
Psychology ** 03350100 .5 credit Introduction to Psychology PSYC 2301 3
Communication Applications ** 03241400 .5 credit Speech 1311 SPCH 1311 3
MISD CTE Courses PEIMS Number HS Credit Eastfield College Courses DCCCD Course Number DCCCD Credit Hours
Automotive Technology II 13039700 2 credits Introduction to Automotive Technology AUMT 1305 3
Graphic Design and Illustration 13008800 .5 credit

Intro. To Computer Graphics & Digital Imaging I or
Computer Illustration
(Courses do not transfer to a four year college.)

ARTC 1325
ARTC 1302

Business Information Management I 13011400 .5 credit
.5 credit
Business Computer Applications Microcomputer Concepts and Applications BCIS 1405
COSC 1401
Engineering Design and Presentation 13036500 .5 credit
.5 credit
Special Topics in Drafting and Design
Basic Computer-Aided Drafting
(Courses do not transfer to a four year college.)
DFTG 1491
DFTG 1409
Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security 13029200 .5 credit Introduction to Criminal Justice CRIJ 1301 3
MISD CTE Courses PEIMS Number HS Credit El Centro College Courses DCCCD Course Number DCCCD Credit Hours
Health Science Rotation I 13020510 2 credits General Health Professional Management HRPS 2231 2
Health Science Rotation II 13020500 2 credits Emergency Medical Technician Basic
Clinical Emergency Medical Technician
EMSP 1501
EMSP 1160
Health Science Rotation II – Pharmacology (Must be taking Anatomy & Physiology concurrently) 13020510 2 credits Pharmacology for Health Professions HPRS 2300 3
Medical Terminology 13020300 .5 credit Medical Terminology HITT 1305 3
MISD CTE Courses PEIMS Number HS Credit Cedar Valley College Courses DCCCD Course Number DCCCD Credit Hours
Practicum in Marketing Dynamics 13034800 2 credits Principles of Marketing MRKG 1311 3
Retailing and E-tailing 13034500 .5 credit Principles of Retailing MRKG 1302 3