Dual Credit and Early College

Dual Credit and Early College Opportunities

Dual Credit courses provide opportunities for qualified students to earn college credit from a regionally accredited institution while attending high school. These courses will enable you to meet the dual credit requirements for a Core 40 with Technical Honors or Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma and receive college credit, too.

Dual Credit courses can be taken at your high school or at a college campus and can be taught by regular high school faculty or college faculty.

What you need to consider before signing up for a Dual Credit course
  1. Are you able to commit to completing college coursework at this time?
    • Colleges are required to generate transcripts for students who enroll in Dual Credit courses. These courses and grades do become part of your academic record and can potentially impact your college grade point average (GPA) and financial aid eligibility.
  2. What courses should you take to best maximize credit transferability?
Priority Course List and Crosswalk

For a one-to-one comparison of Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) high school classes to college courses, see the Crosswalks below. These also include the maximum number of credits that can be transferred per course.

For other courses, use the Core Transfer Library (CTL), a comprehensive, continually updated list of courses that are pre-approved for transfer between all Indiana public college and university campuses.

Policy/FAQs/Reports Find out if the Indiana College Core is offered at your high school

The Credential Finder is a tool for exploring all of the information published on the Credential Registry. This tool allows you to find out if the Indiana College Core is offered at your high school. You can also search and compare majors, certificates (e.g., Indiana College Core) licenses and more. Search and Compare Programs Note: more high schools are continuously being added to this list, check with your counselor to see what is offered at your school.

Early College High School

Early College High School

Early College High School is an intensive accelerated program that collapses earning a high school diploma and one of the following in four high school years:

  • An associate degree approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE).
  • The Indiana College Core (formerly the STGEC) (30 hours of general education coursework).
Early College High School vs. Dual Credit: What's the difference?
  • Early College High School map with endorsed programs.
  • Early College High School begins in ninth grade, enabling you to complete up to two years of Dual Credit coursework towards a specific college degree.
  • Early College schools generally absorb most course costs while families may be responsible for Dual Credit costs beyond the Indiana minimum offering of two courses.
  • Both programs are open to all students, but Early College is tailored for first-generation college students, minorities, and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.