A “dual credit” course is a one-semester college course taken through a two- or four-year institution of higher education for which the student earns ½ unit of high school credit. 

North Dakota’s dual credit program allows students in grades 10 through 12 to take college courses and receive college credit, which also may be used to meet high school graduation requirements. Tuition, fees, books, and other costs are the student’s responsibility.

Classes are taught by approved instructors, either face-to-face in the classroom, online, through the Center for Distance Education, or through an Interactive Video Network.

Once you have taken college courses from a North Dakota University System campus, it is simple to enroll as a full-time student because you already have paid your admission fee and have been accepted by that college or university. If you decide to attend a different North Dakota University System campus, most general education college courses are transferable.

To enroll as a dual-credit student, you need written permission from your high school administrator and, in most cases, a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Requirements of High School Teachers to Teach Dual Credit

The Higher Learning Commission requires teachers of dual credit courses to have a master’s degree or higher in the discipline or subfield in which they will be teaching. If the individual holds a master’s degree or higher in a discipline or subfield other than that in which they will be teaching, a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours must be completed in the academic field in which they will be teaching. High school teachers must meet this requirement by September 1, 2023, to be qualified to teach dual credit courses. 

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact, of which the NDUS is a member, has compiled resources teachers may use to locate graduate-level coursework that can be used to meet the requirements to teach dual credit courses.  This resource is available at