College Credit Options

Minnesota offers many ways to earn college credits while still in high school.  For a brief explanation of each, click onto the Ready, Set, Go Website.  To learn more about specific dual credit opportunities at Denfeld, go back to the Guidance Department Page and click on the College Credit Options buttons.  In addition to a listing of all of our classes, you will also find links to any forms that must be completed and deadlines for registration.  

Ways To Earn College Credit

Program

Details

Requirements

Advantages

Articulated College Credit
  • Classes are usually in the Career Technical Field (hands on courses) 
  • Classes are taught by trained high school teachers at the high school
  • Students enroll at a particular college and credit gets awarded based on their high school CTE course.          
  • Must complete class with basic skills and a passing grade.
  • Students are able to begin a course of study in high school and continue in a community/technical college.
  • All high school courses are at no-cost to the student.
  • Great way to decide if you have an aptitude or interest in a particular trade.
Advanced Placement
  • AP is a College Board Program that offers high school students the opportunity to take rigorous, college level courses and the potential to earn college credit.
  • Students who complete an AP course and take the end of course examination may qualify for college credit from postsecondary institutions, provided their score meets the college's credit policy.
  • Classes are taught by trained high school teachers at the high school
  • Approval from a counselor or teacher is required.
  • AP test is required for college credit and there is a cost for taking the test.
  • A minimum grade point average or certain classes may be required as prerequisites.
  • Students save money on highly transferable college courses.
  • Students take rigorous courses and explore content at a deeper level.
  • Students continue to participate in high school sports and activities.
  • These courses prepare students for further education and college admissions offices often look favorably on a history of AP coursework on student transcripts.
  • Earn college credit with successful exam score.
College In the Schools (CITS)
  • Concurrent enrollment serves eligible Minnesota public high school students in grades 11 and 12, who are enrolled in a postsecondary course taught during the regular school day and offered through a partnership between a high school and a college or university.
  • Classes are taught by trained high school teachers in the high school.
  • Students earn a grade based on their work over the entire term of the course.
  • Approval from a counselor or teacher is required.
  • Contact participating schools for determination of eligibility.
  • Varies by high school; legislation allows 9th-12th grade participation, subject to the qualifications set by high school and college/university.
  • High school students earn both high school and transcripted college credit. Both high school and college students are held to the same academic standards.
  • These courses are no cost to students.
  • Students get a head-start on in-demand career preparation.
  • Students continue to participate in high school sports and activities.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives examinees the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by earning university-designated minimum scores on any of 34 exams.
  • Policies regarding CLEP exams are at the discretion of individual colleges and universities
  • Contact your counselor for more information.
  • Fee is required for taking exam.
  • Take course at CLEP exam center
  • Clep Test Center Information.
  • Students will receive preliminary score immediately after taking the exam.
  • Students save money on college courses.
  • Each CLEP Exam is a fraction of the cost of a college course.
  • CLEP credits make it possible for you to place out of required introductory college classes and jump right into more-challenging advanced courses
Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
  • Courses are offered on the campus of postsecondary school institution or online.
  • The courses are taught by a college instructor.
  • Students can take a variety of courses, ranging from general education to technical courses.
  • Students can take some classes at both your high school and at the college.
  • Students in 10th-, 11th-and 12th-grade earn college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college courses.
  • High school juniors must be in the upper one-third of their class or score at or above the 70th percentile on a test, such as the ACT or SAT.
  • Seniors must be in the upper one-half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on the ACT or SAT.
  • Colleges and universities may admit students based on other documentation of ability to perform college-level work.
  • Students need to meet prerequisite requirements of the course, but college or university makes the final determination.
  • High school sophomores may enroll in a career or technical education course at a MnSCU college or university if they have attained a passing score or met the 8th grade standard on the 8th grade MN MCA.
  • Students receive credit immediately after successfully completing the PSEO course.
  • Students save money on highly transferable college courses.
  • Students take rigorous courses and explore content at a deeper level.
  • PSEO students have access to the same support services that the college students do, such as writing tutors.
  • Students continue to participate in high school sports and activities.
  • Postsecondary institutions are not allowed to charge PSEO students for tuition, textbooks or support services.
  • Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses.