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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 dualcredit@oak.edu.

Information for School Administrators

Renewing Dual Credit Agreements with OCU: Course and Instructor Approval Process

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: 

  1. Letter or Email of Interest. High school administrators will first submit a letter or email of intent designating a Dual Credit Liaison, tentative dual credit courses they would like to offer, and corresponding instructors.
  2. Submission of Instructor and Course Materials. School Liaisons or individual instructors must then submit instructor applications and course documents for each course they would like to offer for dual credit.

Instructor applications must include:

  • Completed Dual Credit Instructor Application form
  • 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)

Course applications must include:

  1. Course and Instructor Review at OCU. University Faculty Liaisons will review submitted materials and approve and/or deny instructor applications and courses.

Instructor Approval. Instructors may be unconditionally or conditionally approved. In order to be unconditionally approved as a dual credit instructor, applicants must possess:

  • A master’s degree in the content area or field where they plan to teach, with 3 years of relevant teaching experience preferred, or
  • A master’s degree in a different area or field with at least 18 credit hours in the content area

Candidates who do not meet these traditional criteria might 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
  • A Master’s in Education or current enrollment in a master’s program.

Consideration of such evidence is very subjective and may vary by department.

Conditionally approved instructors are authorized to teach dual credit courses for one school year. After the first year, such instructors must submit additional evidence demonstrating progress towards meeting unconditional status. University Faculty Liaisons will determine whether progress has been made and conditionally or unconditionally approve candidates for another year. Conditionally approved instructors may continue teaching dual credit courses while making progress towards meeting unconditional status for up to three years. After a three year period instructors must meet the traditional criteria in order to continue teaching dual credit courses.

Course Approval.Courses offered for dual credit must mirror on-campus courses in content and rigor. Submitted courses will be evaluated based on information on the OCU undergraduate catalog for the equivalent on-campus course and current university syllabi for the course.

Once Faculty Liaisons and the Provost reach a final decision, approval or denial decisions will be communicated to the Dual Credit Coordinator. The Dual Credit Coordinator will then inform the School Liaisons and individual instructors of such decisions. Instructors will receive an official approval or denial letter with information about UCU’s instructor expectations or rationale for denial.

  1. Finalizing the Articulation Agreement. In order to finalize the Articulation Agreement, appropriate signatures must be gathered from high school administrators and university representatives.

First,The Dual Credit Coordinator will send a draft Dual Credit Articulation Agreement with approved courses and instructors to the School Liaison.  The School Liaison will be responsible for collecting all necessary signatures and sending the Agreement back to the Dual Credit Liaison for final university signatures. Articulation Agreements will require signatures from the District Superintendent, High School Principal, and Dual Credit School Liaison.

Once university signatures are collected, the Dual Credit Coordinator will send School Liaisons a final copy of the Articulation Agreement to keep on file at the high school. An exact copy of this Agreement will be kept on file at OCU’s Academic Affairs Office. 


Resources

The following documents and websites may be useful when deciding which courses to offer for dual credit:


Information for Teachers

Dual Credit Instructor Credential Requirements

Candidates who wish to become dual credit instructors in partnership with Oakland City University (OCU) may be unconditionally or conditionally approved based on the following criteria:

In order to be unconditionally approved as a dual credit instructor, applicants must possess:

  • A master’s degree in the content area or field where they plan to teach, with 3 years of relevant teaching experience preferred, or
  • A master’s 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 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 might 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
  • A Master’s in Education or current enrollment in a master’s program.

Consideration of such evidence is very subjective and may vary by 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 meet criteria to be unconditionally approved.  If they have not met such criteria, but have made progress, Liaisons will conditionally approve instructors to teach for another year. Conditionally approved instructors may continue teaching dual credit and making progress towards meeting unconditional approval criteria 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.


Instructor Application Process

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 dualcredit@oak.edu. 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.


Instructor Expectations

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.

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