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Within MCPS, Dual Enrollment is the term used to described
students who are dually enrolled in an MCPS high school and a postsecondary
institution of higher learning.
Students who enroll in and successfully complete
college courses approved for high school credit, will get credit for the
courses on their high school and college transcript, unless they decide the
high school credit is not wanted in advance of enrollment.
Dual Enrollment programs enable students to:
There are some specific requirements associated with the Middle and Early College Dual Enrollment Programs; however, for general Dual Enrollment options students may apply for the program if they have:
Students should speak to the high school DEPA regarding the GPA details and access options related to select high school courses.
Contact the high school DEPA to initiate the process. Click here for a list of DEPAs and school deadlines. Students applying for this opportunity at MC, should begin by accessing the Montgomery College Office of Academic Initiatives’ Dual Enrollment webpage for more specific information, procedures, and forms to begin the process.
A list of approved Montgomery College courses are found here. To review the transferability of college courses between Maryland colleges and universities, visit the Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and Universities website. For specific information related to college course options at your local high school, or courses not listed on the approved list above contact the high school counselor or click here for a list of DEPAs and school deadlines.
While not every college course is approved for high school credit, students may earn high school credit for hundreds of courses offered at Montgomery College (MC). A list of approved MC courses and the corresponding high school credit can be found here.
College courses offered on the high school site are approved by the high school principal and determined by student interest and the ability to meet minimum class size requirements. The courses offered may vary by semester per high school. Student must indicate their interest in taking a college courses at least one semester prior to the start of the course.
The Maryland State Department of Education identifies College Board AP courses as college-like courses taught by high school teachers. Dual Enrollment courses are college courses taught by college professors. Both college and AP courses offer rigorous options for students. Students will earn college credit with the successful completion of college course. Students may earn college credit with the completion of the AP course and identified score on the AP exam. It is recommended that students research which colleges/universities accept AP and/or Dual Enrollment course credit.
Credits earned through dual enrollment transfer to universities in the state. If leaving Maryland, we encourage students to call the university of interest and inquire directly. Just like AP scores, some universities take them and some don’t.
Students are responsible for providing their own transportation; however, as Montgomery College (MC) students, they may utilize both the RideOn bus service and the MC bus service using their MC college id cards during the semester in which they are enrolled at MC.
FERPA (Family Educational Rights Privacy Act) applies to all students enrolled in college courses, despite the age of the student. Therefore, communication is only between the student and the college. Students are responsible for monitoring their educational progress through their MC student account and communication with their professors.
Parents, counselors, and principals must approve the student's college course(s) through the process, however, per FERPA, all communication from the college will be addressed to the student. It is the responsibility of students to share all information regarding performance and college course progress with their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians are encouraged to be actively involved in the application and registration process with their child.
A high school student can access all resources available to a college student (Library, free tutoring at the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, online data bases, on-line Writing Center, etc).
MCPS does not determine the college curriculum but does evaluate it for high school credit. MC is solely responsible for determining the college curriculum and instructional materials.
No. MC is responsible for selecting, hiring and paying the college professors.
You may contact your child’s counselor or the high school’s Dual Enrollment Program Assistant (DEPA). Click here for a list of DEPAs. You also may visit the Montgomery College Dual Enrollment webpage for more details about Dual Enrollment procedures and deadlines.
Yes, prepaid college funds such as the Maryland college investment plan and others can be used to pay the student’s portion of any tuition and fees associated with dual enrollment. Verify with the financial institution associated with the account.