Dual Credit Programs
Oakland City University partners with qualified Indiana high schools to approve high school instructors as adjuncts who offer college courses, following OCU course syllabi, in their high school’s academic program. Qualified high school students earn high school and college credit concurrently. This program allows students to take challenging, college-level courses in high school, strengthen the transition from high school to college, and earn college credits that can then be transferred to many colleges and universities.
It is a major challenge but a rewarding opportunity for a student to enroll in college courses and begin to matriculate college credits toward a college degree. The sections on this page are designed to help students, parents, teachers, counselors, and school administrators learn about OCU's dual credit program.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Oakland City’s Dual Credit Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for Parents and Students
Course Registration and Enrollment Process – UPDATED Summer 2014
To receive credit for OCU dual credit courses, high school students must complete an application, be accepted as a non-degree high school student, pay tuition to the OCU Business Office, register for courses by the designated due date, and complete course assignments.
High school students who have completed a minimum of four (4) semesters of high school and are recommended by their guidance counselor and/or principal are eligible to enroll in dual credit courses if they meet the following criteria:
- Possess a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited, approved, or commissioned high school; and
- Possess a minimum PSAT score of 125, or a minimum SAT score of 1250, or a minimum ACT score of 18.
In addition, high school students who wish to enroll for specific dual credit courses must meet established course prerequisites and any additional prerequisites established by University academic departments.
Students who have already been accepted to the dual credit program and just need to register for new courses must:
- Complete the Dual Credit Program Application/Registration Form. The form includes general admission information as well as course registration.
- Submit a completed DC Student Application/Registration form and payment to a dual credit course instructor at the school.
Students do not need to submit multiple forms – one form should contain all the dual credit courses the student wants to register for. If a student is registering for multiple courses, he or she can submit the form to one of his or her dual credit instructors.
Student registrations will not be processed until all information in the DC Student Application/Registration form is complete, and payment has been received.
Students interested in taking dual credit courses with OCU for the first time must complete the Dual Credit Program Application/Registration Form and submit payment like returning students. In addition, students enrolling in dual credit courses for the first time must attach a copy of their high school transcripts and standardized test scores (PSAT, SAT or ACT) to their Application/Registration form. This information is needed to verify that the student meets eligibility requirements for admittance into the DC program.
Once accepted into the program, a letter will be sent to the student advising him or her of acceptance or denial. The DC Coordinator will also inform the DC School Liaison and relevant instructors about the decision. If a student does not meet the entry criteria and is denied admittance into the program, payment submitted along with the DC Student Application/Registration form will also be returned to the student or the school (depending on how payment for courses was submitted).
Tuition for all OCU dual credit courses is set at $25 per credit hour. Students eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch at the time of enrollment will receive a full waiver of OCU dual credit tuition. In order to ensure this waiver is applied, students must indicate that they qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch program on their DC Student Application/Registration form, and the DC School Liaison must provide written confirmation that such students do in fact qualify for the program.
Specific courses offered at each school vary depending on the school. For more information about what courses are offered at each partner high school, consult the school’s principal or guidance counselor, or contact the OCU Dual Credit Coordinator at email@example.com.
Dual credit students must pay tuition fees for their registered courses by the designated deadline in order to receive college credit, unless they qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch program at their school. In order to be successfully registered for courses, students must submit payment along with their DC Student Application/Registration form. Course registrations will not be processed until appropriate payment has been made.
Payment for dual credit courses must be submitted through the students’ high school. Parents or students can make checks payable to Oakland City University (or OCU) and submit them to a dual credit instructor along with a completed DC Student Application/Registration form. Please do not submit cash to OCU as payment for dual credit courses.
For the 2014-2015 school year, student DC Student Application/Registration forms and payment, along with transcripts for new students, must be received no later than:
- Fall and Year-long Courses: Friday, September 5th, 2014
- Spring Courses: Friday, January 30th, 2015
Students must register for year-long courses in the fall. Spring registration for year-long classes will be accepted only under extenuating circumstances.DC Student Application/Registration forms received after the established deadlines will not be accepted except in cases where unforeseen or emergency situations (such as OCU or high school closure due to inclement weather, mail delays due to weather, student or high school staff emergency absence, etc.) prevented timely registration.
High school students who successfully complete dual credit courses can request OCU transcripts with information about college credit earned. There are several ways to request transcripts:
- By Mail: Complete a Transcript Request Form and send payment to OCU’s Registrar. For more information about requesting transcripts by mail, including a downloadable Transcript Request Form, payment and address information, click here.
- Online: Visit www.oak.edu/transcripts to place an order anytime. When ordering online, payment must be made with a valid credit or debit card.
Transcript requests are processed regularly. In order to make sure that requested transcripts contain grades for all dual credit courses taken, parents and students should make sure to specify that they would like the transcript request be placed held until all grades are in.
Information for School Administrators
Oakland City University (OCU) is committed to offering dual credit for courses outlined in Articulation Agreements with each secondary institution and taught by university approved instructors. The steps below describe the process for renewing current dual credit agreements:
- Send Initial Request. High school administrators make a written request of a desired partnership to the Dual Credit Coordinator. This letter should contain information about the designated Dual Credit School Liaison who will be the main contact person for OCU staff. In response, the DC Coordinator will send OCU course syllabi for requested courses along with submission information and deadlines. Schools seeking to partner with OCU for the first time must send initial requests no later than February 1st of the preceding school year.
- Submit Instructor and Course Information. After this initial request, school staff must submit the following documents for each course and instructor for which it seeks to offer dual credit:
These documents must be submitted to the DC Coordinator via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or U.S. mail (138 N. Lucretia St., Oakland City, IN 47660). The Coordinator will then forward materials to Dual Credit Faculty Liaisons from university academic departments, who will review and recommend instructors and courses for approval or denial. In making such approval and denial decisions, Faculty Liaisons evaluate all instructor applications based on OCU’s dual credit instructor credential requirements policy (described below) and current OCU syllabi for corresponding courses offered on campus. In order to be approved, submitted syllabi must possess similar elements to OCU syllabi. For more information about typical OCU syllabi components and a sample OCU syllabus template, see Appendix D.
- Sign Articulation Agreement. After their review, the Liaisons forward their decisions and comments to OCU’s Provost, who finalizes approvals by signing a DC Articulation Agreement for the specific school. This agreement contains Attachment A forms for each approved course and instructor. High school administrators must then sign the agreement and return it to the DC Coordinator. Once the agreement is signed by both OCU and high school representatives, the partnership has been formally established.
The following documents and websites may be useful when deciding which courses to offer for dual credit:
- OCU Undergraduate Catalog
- Common Dual Credit Courses offered in partnership with OCU
- Indiana Department of Education List of Approved Courses and Course Descriptions
- Indiana Core Transfer Library
Information for Teachers
Candidates who wish to become dual credit instructors with OCU may be unconditionally or conditionally approved based on their credentials. In order to be unconditionally approved, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- A Masters degree in the content area or field where they plan to teach, with 3 years of relevant teaching experience preferred, or
- A Masters degree in education or a related field (with 18 graduate credit hours in the content area preferred), a license in the subject/content area and at least 3 years of experience teaching the subject, or
- Evidence of completing at least 18 graduate credit hours in their content area (for teachers who do not possess a master’s degree), with 3 years of relevant teaching experience preferred.
Candidates who do not meet these traditional criteria may be conditionally approved to teach dual credit courses if they can submit additional evidence showcasing how they are equivalently qualified to teach the course as instructors who meet the traditional criteria. For example, candidates may submit evidence of:
- At least 3 years of experience teaching the course or similar courses in the content area, including information about advanced placement (AP) or college level courses taught, or successful professional work experience in the field, and
- Successful completion of undergraduate coursework and at least 9 hours of graduate level courses in the content area, and
- Current enrollment in a master’s program.
Consideration of such evidence is subjective and may vary depending on the reviewing OCU academic department.
Conditionally approved instructors are authorized to teach dual credit courses for one school year. After the first year, these instructors must submit evidence demonstrating progress towards meeting unconditional approval - such as graduate courses completed in the content area, additional professional development, etc. University Faculty Liaisons will review submitted evidence and determine if the candidate has met criteria to be unconditionally approved. Candidates who have not met this criteria, but who have made progress, will be conditionally approved to teach for another year. Conditionally approved instructors may continue teaching dual credit and making progress towards meeting unconditional approval for up to three years. After a three year period, instructors must meet unconditional approval criteria in order to continue teaching dual credit courses in partnership with OCU.
Educators who currently teach in high schools that have established a Dual Credit Articulation Agreement with Oakland City University (OCU) can apply to become dual credit instructors for the program. Candidates wishing to apply must meet OCU’s dual credit instructor credential requirements (outlined above). They must also and submit the following documents:
- Completed Dual Credit Instructor Application
- Official graduate and undergraduate transcript(s) of the applicant
- Professional resume
- Copy of current teaching license(s)
- Education Plan (if candidate does not meet criteria for unconditional approval)
Instructor applications must be received in both digital and paper format. Digital copies must be emailed to email@example.com. Paper copies must be mailed to: Oakland City University, Attn: Dual Credit Coordinator, 138 North Lucretia Street, Oakland City, IN 47660. NOTE: Instructors’ official graduate and undergraduate transcripts MUST be submitted via U.S. mail.
Faculty Liaisons from relevant Departments will be in charge of reviewing instructor applications, and making approval or denial suggestions to be approved by the Provost. Instructors will receive an official approval or denial letter; approved instructors will receive information about expectations for dual instructors.
Applying as an Individual Instructor
Individual teachers who wish to apply to become dual credit instructors with OCU should start a conversation with their school administrators about whether a DC Articulation Agreement is already in place with OCU or if the process must be started. Interested teachers can also request sample OCU syllabi and required materials for instructor and course approval directly from the DC Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once an instructor has been approved, he or she is expected to comply with OCU dual credit guidelines. Typically, OCU dual credit instructor duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Participating in required new instructor orientation (new instructors) and annual professional development session(s) (all instructors).
- Keeping abreast of program information/updates regarding program requirements, forms, submission deadlines, etc. sent via email.
- Updating contact information (email, phone number) when changes occur.
- Allowing Faculty Liaisons to visit dual credit classes taught by the instructor (site visits) and discussing course materials, content and any other issues brought up by Faculty Liaisons during visits.
- Collaborating with Faculty Liaisons to ensure dual credit courses offer similar content and maintain similar rigor as their on-campus counterparts.
- Maintaining appropriate record of dual credit students enrolled in the instructor’s class, including class rosters and final grades.