Planning High School Credits
While homeschools in the state of Texas are not required to follow TEA guidelines, it is helpful for college-bound students to know what colleges expect to see. The dual credit scholarship also uses TEA graduation guidelines to determine which courses and how many courses a dual credit student is eligible to take. This document provided by the college advisor at Dallas College has a great breakdown of high school TEA Requirements.
Your student’s endpoint college, the 4 year+ college, may also have other requirements they’d like to see on a high school transcript. If you know which college(s) your student is interested in attending, we recommend you find out their expectations as well.
Planning College Credits
Student’s goals may vary widely. Here are a few scenarios your student may be targeting
- Just wants to try out some college classes and see if it’s a good fit. Great! Look for classes that might help the student explore their interests. Check to make sure the classes are on the approved course list provided by Dallas College to ensure they are covered by the dual credit scholarship.
- The student wishes to complete the 42 credit Texas Core to transfer the credit as a block into another public Texas college.
- Information on the 42 Credit Texas Core and transferring credit
- Pre-requisites must still be met at the next college. For example, if an Engineering student takes Astronomy as a science requirement, it may transfer into the 4yr to satisfy the science general education core, but other classes in the degree plan may require physics as a prerequisite, so the student still has to take physics.
- The student wishes to earn an Associates degree
- This planning sheet provided by the Dallas College advisor is helpful in planning for an Associates Degree
Blending High School and College Requirements
As you can see, there is substantial overlap between high school and college requirements. Blending the requirements for both into your dual credit plans is an efficient way to save a significant amount of money on a college degree, while efficiently utilizing the students time and effort.
Once you have registered with the college, you can setup an appointment with the college advisor to plan out a path through high school utilizing college credit. We are also available to answer questions and help you achieve your educational goals.
We also highly recommend the book Homeschooling for College Credit, by Jennifer Cook DeRosa.