What is dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment is a program that allows high school students (usually sophomores, juniors, and seniors) to enroll in college courses for credit prior to high school graduation. For example, TEL Library courses are designed to give juniors and seniors in high school the education they need for high school, while also allowing them to earn college credit for those same courses. We can do this because many college general education courses repeat the same core content offered in upper-division high school courses.
Why take dual enrollment courses?
There are many reasons why dual enrollment can be a positive addition to your child’s learning.
- Students who get a jump-start on college while still in high school are at an advantage when they graduate because they are able to transition right into college courses that pertain to the career they want to pursue. This helps them to be more engaged, motivated, and successful in their studies.
- Your child will already be studying the same material for high school as they would in college general education courses because colleges require all students to meet core subject requirements no matter what degree they pursue. Why not get college credit for it?
- Dual enrollment looks impressive on a high school transcript. It shows that students possess valuable skills such as time management, planning, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines.
- Cost can be incredibly prohibitive when it comes to taking college courses. Dual enrollment saves money. You can learn more about TEL Library’s mission to make college affordable for everyone here.
- Students are more academically challenged when taking dual enrollment courses. This can help keep your students from getting bored and settling into the just-get-by mentality that can crop up during high school.
- Dual enrollment saves time. A student can earn up to two years of college credit before they even get out of high school. This puts your student on the trajectory to graduate early from college, and if they desire, they can even earn their Master’s in the time it will take other students to earn a four year degree.
- Your child takes college courses while still living at home. This gives you the opportunity to play an active role in helping them to understand and respond to different world views.
The idea of dual enrollment can oftentimes feel confusing or stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. TEL Library offers a variety of user-friendly courses that will help your student gain an early start on their bright future.
If you’re interested in dual enrollment courses through TEL Library, please visit our courses catalog.