Dual Credit

What is dual credit?

In Indiana, ‘dual credit’ is the term given to courses in which high school students have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits in the same course. Dual credit courses are taught by high school faculty, college faculty, or adjunct college faculty either at the high school, at the college or university, or sometimes through online courses or distance education. Dual credit is offered by both state and independent (private, regionally accredited) colleges and universities.

Why take dual credit classes?

Students can take college courses, earning college credits and fulfill high school requirements at the same time. Taking college courses while still in high school saves a significant amount of money. By trying out a few classes while still in high school, students can get used to the academic environment before leaving the comfort and support of home. Dual credit programs introduce students to the rigors of college coursework early. Recent studies have shown that students who participate in dual-enrollment programs are more likely to go on to get a post-secondary degree.

Ivy Tech Professor on Loan (POL) Program

The POL program is a dual credit program providing 12th grade students the opportunity to take college credit courses at Decatur Central High School from Ivy Tech Professors at no charge to the students (with the exception of book fees for some courses).  The POL program is offered to 12th grade students who meet designated criteria.  Through the POL program, students have the opportunity to take college courses that count for required high school graduation credits such as senior English, Government, and Economics credits. 

Potential POL Courses Offered

  • ECON 101 - Fundamentals of Economics
  • POLS 101 - Introduction to American Government and Politics

*Course offerings may vary from year to year based on enrollment

Potential Traditional Dual Credit

Traditional dual credit courses are those that are taught by teachers at the high school who are trained to teach the college’s curriculum. Some Ivy Tech credits maybe be earned through Project Lead the Way curriculum (PLTW).  Students can earn college credit when they have met the score requirement on the course exam.

Potential taditional dual credit courses taught by Decatur Central High School teachers include:

  • Ivy Tech Community College
    • APHY 101 - Anatomy & Physiology
    • AGRI 115 - Natural Resources Management
    • BIOL 105 - Biology I - Molecular & Cellular Processes
    • BIOL 107 - Biomedical Innovation
    • CHEM 105 - General Chemistry I
    • CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
    • CRIM 103 - Cultural Awareness
    • CRIM 110 - Introducation to Law Enforcement
    • DESN 101 - Introduction to Design Technology
    • DESN 104 - Mechanical Graphics
    • DESN 105 - Architectural Design I
    • ENGL 111 - English Composition
    • ENGL 206 - Introduction to Literature
    • MATH 135 - Finite Mathematics
    • MKTG 101 - Principles of Marketing
    • SPAN 101 - Spanish Level I
  • Vincennes University
    • AMNT 108 & 109 - Aviation Sheet Metal

*Course offerings may vary from year to year based on enrollment