Houston ISD’s dual credit program provides high school students the unique opportunity to obtain college credit that can lead to the completion of a postsecondary degree or certificate. These courses are offered at no cost to students and parents once the appropriate HISD administrative approvals have been obtained, as the school district and its college partners ultimately absorb the tuition and textbook expenses.Dual credit classes have the flexibility of being taught by an HISD teacher (credentialed by a community college) or a community college faculty member, while also being completed at the high school campus or community college location. Families should contact the dual credit leader(s) for the respective high school to learn more about the existing and projected dual credit course offerings, which can change on a year-by-year basis.
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Early College High SchoolsEarly College High Schools are innovative 9th-12th grade campuses that provide students an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and 60 college credit hours. The following link provides more details around these unique programs along with direct links to the home pages for various Early College High Schools within HISD: https://www.houstonisd.org/earlycollege.Do I qualify to teach Dual Credit?The best strategy for campus leaders to grow their dual credit program is to utilize existing HISD faculty. The qualifications needed to teach a dual credit course depends on the class. HISD instructors must have a completed graduate degree with 18 semester credit hours specific to the subject matter to teach an academic class. Teaching a workforce/CTE dual credit class depends largely on having three years of workforce (non-teaching) experience in that discipline. The complete requirements for both types of courses are noted below.