Dual Credit for High Schools

College of DuPage (COD) offers college-level academic and career and technical courses to qualified high school students. The Dual Credit option provides access to a higher level of education and is an excellent opportunity to challenge high school students. A Dual Credit course is a college course taken by a high school student for which the student is awarded both college and high school credit.

Advantages for High Schools

  • Reduce high school dropout rates
  • Prepare students for college work
  • Enhance high school curriculum
  • Enhance student transition to college
  • Increase student access to COD resources and services
  • Increase interaction between high school and COD faculty
  • Improve relationships between colleges and their communities

Dual Credit at College of DuPage

  • Classes are taught at the high school by schools' instructors.
  • Students receive both high school and COD credit.
  • High School curriculum, syllabi, textbooks and hiring standards must meet COD's curriculum guidelines.
  • High School faculty must meet COD's Faculty Hiring Guidelines.
  • A formal agreement is signed.
  • COD tuition and application fee are waived.
  • A COD transcript is generated for each student completing Dual Credit coursework.

Additional Guideline for Students Registering for Dual Credit

All students in the class must "satisfy course placement test or course prerequisites when applicable to assure that they have the same qualifications and preparation as other college students." (ICCB Administrative Rule 1501.507b-11D)  

The Approval Process

  1. The high school/career center is asked to provide the following information to the Office of Academic Partnerships at College of DuPage:
    • Completed COD Dual Credit Faculty Application with resume and copies of transcripts and certifications
    • Detailed College of DuPage course syllabus which includes course description, objectives and topical outline as per College of DuPage guidelines
    • Detailed class schedule (assignments, projects, exams and other materials)
    • Textbook information
    • Other discipline-specific information and materials if requested
  2. The Office of Academic Partnerships submits all material pertaining to curriculum to the appropriate Division office for faculty and associate dean review and approval. The completed faculty application packet is sent to the associate dean for review. If hiring guidelines are satisfied, the high school teacher is approved as College of DuPage adjunct faculty.
  3. When COD curriculum guidelines are met, the Dual Credit Agreement is signed by College of DuPage faculty/area coordinator and administrators. The Dual Credit Agreement is then forwarded to the participating high school/career center for faculty and administrative signatures.
  4. The original signed Dual Credit Agreement is filed in the Office of Academic Partnerships.
  5. The courses and schools participating in the program are posted on the Dual Credit website.

Timeline for Dual Credit Agreements*



By April 15

Dual Credit paperwork is submitted by high school

By June 1

Final signatures for college and high school are obtained

By June 30

Office of Academic Partnerships posts final
agreements on the website

*Individual exceptions are considered.

For More Information:

Office of Academic Partnerships
Phone: (630) 942-2880
Email: highschoolpartnerships@cod.edu

Accreditation Standards

To ensure the academic credibility of college-level courses offered by Illinois community colleges, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has adopted administrative rules pertaining to dual credit (Administrative Rule: 1501.402 and 1501.507.b.11).

All state and federal laws, ICCB regulations, accreditation standards and COD policies and procedures, regulations and academic standards apply to students, faculty and staff associated with all courses.

Contact Information

Office of Academic Partnerships
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3B11
Email: highschoolpartnerships@cod.edu

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