It is a program that allows eligible high school students currently attending accredited Miami Dade County public or private high schools, or home school to simultaneously enroll in a college course. The credits that students earn must be used toward both a high school graduation and are acceptable toward a college Associate or Baccalaureate degree, or Technical Certificate.
- Enriches the course opportunities for outstanding high school students
- Shortens the time to attain a college degree
- Saves students and parents money, as dual enrollment students are exempt from paying application, registration, tuition, laboratory, and special fees if the class(es) taken are being used toward high school graduation
- Provides students with college credit that is transferable to a college or university
- Grades earned through dual enrollment will become part of the students' permanent high school and college transcripts
Students in the 6-12 grades that are enrolled in Miami Dade County public, private, home or Charter Schools are eligible to participate in the MDC Dual Enrollment programs.
Students must have:
- A minimum 3.0 high school unweighted grade point average (GPA)
- Passed the appropriate Reading and Writing sections of the College's Basic Skills Assessment Tests (PERT or CPT), or submitted adequate SAT/ACT scores, or submitted adequate FCAT scores.
- Permission from the parent/guardian, high school principal and counselor
- Met with the College Dual Enrollment Coordinator at the Campus he/she plans to attend
- An understanding that the amount of work necessary to succeed in dual enrollment courses will be greater than in high school courses
NOTE: Students participating in dual enrollment must earn a grade of "C" or higher in their college-level courses to continue participation. Students whose College GPA falls below 2.0 are ineligible to continue dual enrollment.
No, there are some restrictions on the choice of courses:
- The FL Board of Education has identified a list of courses that high schools shall accept toward meeting the high school graduation requirements. Additionally, Miami Dade College and Miami Dade County Public Schools have agreed on a number of courses as available for dual enrollment. See list of eligible courses.
- It is recommended that students enroll in a maximum of two courses each semester (in addition to required labs) in order to ensure academic success
- Remedial, physical education courses, private music lessons, and some recreational courses are not eligible for dual enrollment
- Full Virtual or independent courses are not allowed for Dual Enrollment. However, a hybrid or blended course that requires a student’s presence at the college campus is permitted.
The courses may be taken before school, after school, and during the summer. Students may only enroll in courses during regular high school hours when there is a written agreement between the high school and MDC to offer the course to dually enrolled students. Courses may be offered at the high school, on the college campus, or other approved locations. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the college campus.
- ALL students enrolled in the dual enrollment or Early Admission program are exempt from the payment of application, registration, tuition, and laboratory fees. (1009.25 F.S.)
- Public, private and charter schools must pay the College the standard tuition rate of $71.98 per credit hour.
As of July 1, 2014, the law states that tuition payment by schools is for instruction that takes place on the College Campuses for courses taken during the Fall and Spring terms only; not during the Summer.
- Home education students: A public postsecondary institution may not charge tuition to either the student or the school district for dual enrollment courses taken by home education students.
- For dual enrollment courses offered on the high school site by college faculty, the schools must reimburse the College for costs associated with the portion of salary and benefits of the instructor and other actual costs.
- Miami Dade County public school students will receive their books at no cost. Students are issued a dual enrollment book voucher from their high school.
- Private high school students and home school students must pay for their own books.
- The cost for textbooks for Charter School students must be paid for directly by the Charter School.
- Students must submit a regular Miami Dade College Admission Application together with a Dual Enrollment approval form, which must include signatures of the student, parents/guardian, counselor, and high school principal, as well as bear the official high school seal
- Both forms should be submitted to the Campus or dual enrollment coordinator where the high school student plans to attend, at least 30 days in advance of the requested term of enrollment
- Complete placement testing requirements (bring 2 pieces of ID)
- A new dual enrollment form must be submitted for each term enrolled
- To enroll in the dual enrollment program, an eligible home school student must provide proof of enrollment in a home education program that has been filed with the M-DCPS Homeschool office. Also, they should submit a highschool academic plan that clearly delineates courses they have taken through home school, and courses to be taken at MDC and through home school.
For further information, please contact the dual enrollment coordinators at the appropriate campus.