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Getting started/process

​Step 1: Administrative Agreements

Memorandum of Understanding

All partnering high schools must have a signed copy of the Memorandum of Understanding on file with KCC prior to requesting a dual credit or articulated credit course. The MOU details the expectations of dual credit or articulated credit between KCC and the high school and complies with the Illinois Dual Credit Quality Act as well as the Administrative Rules of the Illinois Community College Board. Please see the appendix for a copy of this form.

Dual Credit Handbook and Deadlines

 High schools will receive updated copies of the Dual Credit Handbook and any supporting materials (including the Course Master Syllabus) in a timely manner. All forms and required paperwork must be completed in their entirety and submitted by posted deadlines to be considered.

Step 2: Course Development and Staffing

Eligible Courses for Dual Credit

Courses offered as dual credit are drawn from the KCC course catalog. The high school must first request approval for a course to be offered as dual credit. Courses requested may be a dual credit renewal (if the course has been taught by that high school before) or a new course request.

Eligible Courses for Articulated Credit

Courses currently offered for articulated credit include MATH 1113, MATH 1123, MATH 141 and MATH 1424. The high school must first request approval for a course to be offered as articulated credit. Courses requested may be an articulated credit renewal (if the course has been taught by that high school before) or a new course request.

Course Syllabus and Submissions

The dual credit course as offered by the high school must follow the curriculum and schedule developed by KCC faculty, as described in the course Master Syllabus. A copy of the high school syllabus that incorporates these expectations must be submitted in the paperwork for review. Advance Placement courses may be an exception to this rule.

Faculty Credentialing

KCC will determine whether a faculty member is minimally qualified to teach in a discipline. See the faculty eligibility information. Faculty teaching Articulated Credit do not need to meet advanced degree qualifications.

Step 3: Registering Students for Dual Credit

Student Enrollment in KCC, Placement Testing and other Student Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for dual credit, students must be in good standing and demonstrate a proficiency that qualifies them for college level work. Prior to applying for dual credit all high school students must complete the designated KCC college placement test or establish proficiency by SAT scores, if applicable. Students may retake placement tests in a timely manner if they are not satisfied with their results. Students should speak to their counselors about the scheduling and availability of these placement tests. These tests must be completed prior to established deadlines; students will not be admitted into a course after it has begun.
Some courses may have additional prerequisites that students must meet to be eligible to take the course. If students require any certifications as pre-requisites, it is the responsibility of the high school teacher to collect and file these verifications. Please review the KCC course guide for more information.

Student Application Form and Fees

Students first must apply​ to KCC; then complete the dual credit registration form and return it to their teachers by the posted deadlines. If the student is under age 18, a parent or legal guardian must also sign it. KCC will confirm eligibility of all students who apply to the program. There are no fees or tuition for students taking dual credit at their own high schools when they are taught by high school faculty meeting the minimum qualifications.

Step 4: Conducting the Course

Faculty Record Keeping

All dual credit faculty must comply with the established due dates set forth in the Dual Credit Calendar.

There are due dates for the following:

  • Student placement testing
  • Student paperwork (college recommendation form, transcript, assessment scores and registration form)
  • Final roster
  • Midterm attendance verification
  • Student withdrawal list
  • Final Grade
  • Student evaluations

Faculty teaching articulated credit must submit the following by the established due dates:

  • Student paperwork (registration form)
  • Final roster
  • Midterm attendance verification
  • Final grade
  • Student evaluations

Class Observations

Faculty teaching dual credit or articulated credit for KCC may be evaluated once a year by the associate dean or another appointed representative of the college. View the observation form. Follow up conversations or observations may be scheduled as needed.

Step 5: Renewing a Course

The Dual Credit Course Renewal Application should be completed if the high school has offered the course as dual credit before. If the instructor is new to KCC dual credit, additional paperwork verifying employment eligibility is required.

The Articulated Credit Application Form should be completed for MATH 1113, MATH 1123, MATH 1414 or MATH 1424 only.

NOTE: Requesting a new dual credit course

Consult the appropriate associate dean to determine if a course has been offered for dual credit or articulated credit at your high school. If it has not, please complete the New Course Application for Dual Credit. Deadlines have been established so that KCC faculty have time to review and respond to these requests.