As a high school student you have the opportunity to earn up to four optional secondary school credits and four college credits simultaneously by participating in the college Dual Credit Program. Dual Credit Programs assist you in the completion of your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and successful transition to college and apprenticeship programs. Benefits to participating in the Dual Credit Program include:
- Earning a college credit at no financial cost
- Potential to earn more than the standard number secondary school credits in one year
- Increasing awareness of college and apprenticeship options
- Opportunity to experience college first-hand
- Contributes to a smooth and more successful transition from secondary school to college
In order to qualify, you should be at least 16 years of age and have successfully completed the OSSD literacy requirement (either OSSLT or OSSLC) with the potential to succeed in a college program. It is recommended that you have also completed at least 16 credits prior to registering.
- Available college courses and timetables vary from college to college and school to school
- Usually travel to the college one or two afternoons per week - TTC tickets are provided if necessary
- Works well within the Specialist High Skills Major program
Please speak with your school guidance counsellor for more information.
Dual credits are currently offered by:
- Centennial College
- Humber College
- Seneca College
- George Brown College
Dual Credit Program – Additional Information
Will the successfully completed college course count towards my diploma/certificate when I get into college?
Yes, but it may depend on which course you completed. For example, a general education course can be more easily transferred to any program within that college and possibly between colleges. However, it is possible that a program specific course may only count at the specific college for that specific program. Check with your guidance counsellor for more information.
Are there any costs to the student?
There should be no additional cost to the student. TTC tickets are provided where necessary, the costs of textbooks are usually covered, and no tuition fees are charged.
What will my schedule look like?
Your schedule will depend on when the course is offered, which college is offering the course and how your school is timetabled. There are different scenarios for delivering the program such as through Cooperative Education, e-Learning, Credit Recovery, congregated, and integrated models.
Check with your guidance counsellor for more information.