About Teach Dual Credit Indiana
Teach Dual Credit Indiana is a program to ensure that Indiana high school teachers are equipped and qualified to teach dual credit courses. Teach Dual Credit Indiana provides the funding for tuition and books for teachers who are seeking to fulfill dual credit credentialing requirements as set forth by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Teach Dual Credit Indiana is made available by a grant from INvestED to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and administered by the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis.
“Students who earn dual credit perform significantly better in a number of important metrics, including college-going rates, freshman grade point average and credit hours completed. Students who have the opportunity to earn dual credit are more likely to graduate college on time and to graduate at all. This is also an important effort to close the state’s educational achievement gaps, as these gains make an impact across race and ethnicity, as well as socioeconomic status.”
We advance dual credit in Indiana by increasing the number of Indiana teachers credentialed to teach dual credit courses in liberal arts disciplines. By providing free graduate courses in communications, English, history, political science, and world languages, we hope to help hundreds of teachers, impacting the lives of their students who take dual credit courses.
Dual Credit Teacher Requirements
High school educators teaching dual credit will be required to have a master’s degree in the content area they teach, or a master’s degree in another area plus 18 graduate credit hours in the content area they teach. These requirements are set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the accrediting body for degree-granting institutions in Indiana.
Teach Dual Credit Indiana provides up to 18 hours of free graduate-level courses to help teachers meet the new credentialing requirements.
Why Teach Dual Credit Courses
Dual credit courses allow students to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time, making the transition to college easier and more affordable for students as they earn college credits while in high school. Students who take dual credit courses in high school outperform those who don’t have any pre-college credit, and are more likely to:
- Go on to college after high school
- Graduate on time and graduate early
- Save money on college
- Demonstrate stronger academic performance