Dual Credit

Dual Credit

Dual and Concurrent Enrollment for High School Students

Dual Credit is an opportunity for qualified junior and senior students to enroll in college courses that earn both high school graduation and college credit simultaneously.

Concurrent enrollment options provide college credit only for qualified high school junior and senior students.

Dual Credit is a platform that provides for a seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary education. It involves close collaboration between high school and college educators, on-going communication, structuring and planning for an integrated program of study. Dual credit and/or concurrent enrollment programs may be combined with Tech-Prep agreements.

Feedback from students who have been involved in the dual credit program indicates that students truly enjoy the interaction, involvement, interdisciplinary approach, and fun inherent in Academic Enrichment classes.


  • Provides a head start on postsecondary core requirements
  • Lowers cost of college (credits earned are often at no cost, discounted to the student)
  • Extends the variety of classes available to high school students
  • Allows shared resources--college library, fine art performances, career development services
  • Provides greater opportunity for a coordinated, seamless education
  • Serves as a "controlled" introduction to college life
  • Allows increased and easier transition to college


  • Transportation between high school and college campuses
  • Costs of textbooks, supplies, materials
  • Differences in high school and college calendars
  • Occasional lack of student maturity, self-discipline and motivation for college classes

Physical Education activity courses are no longer available for dual credit as mandated by the Texas State Legislature. Therefore, the Richland College Dual Credit staff recommends talking to your high school counselor regarding the following PE options for HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT ONLY: 1) Check to see if PE will be offered this summer in your high school's summer school program 2) Ask your high school counselor if one of the three online PE course options from Texas Tech University ISD can meet your high school PE requirement. You may visit Texas Tech University ISD's website here.

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