High School Teachers
Dual Credit is a program that gives eligible high school students the opportunity to enroll in college classes for credit prior to high school graduation. College credits earned through dual credit become a part of the student’s permanent college record. They can be applied toward high school and college graduation, and they can be transferred to other colleges or universities.
Dual credit allows high school students to simultaneously earn credit toward a high school diploma and a postsecondary degree or certificate. Postsecondary institutions work closely with high schools to deliver college courses that are identical to those offered on the college campus. Credits earned in a dual credit class become part of the student’s permanent college record. Students may enroll in dual credit programs taught at the high school or on the college campus.
Postsecondary courses administered through a dual credit program reflect the pedagogical, theoretical, and philosophical orientation of the sponsoring faculty and/or academic department at the postsecondary institution. Instructors teaching college or university courses through dual credit meet the academic requirements for faculty and instructors teaching in postsecondary or provisions are made to ensure instructors are capable of providing quality college-level instruction through ongoing support and professional development.
Benefits of offering Dual Credit Courses
The benefits of offering dual credit courses with the University of Idaho are many. Here are
just a few:
- Promotes academic rigor in line with University of Idaho and NACEP standards
- Reduces the need for remedial work in college courses
- Enables greater collaboration between high school and university faculty
- Increases student aspirations to go to college
- Builds closer ties between the university and area communities
High school teachers who are interested in teaching a dual credit course at their high school must have the approval of their administration before engaging in any dual credit partnership(s) with the University of Idaho. Questions may be directed to the Dual Credit Program Office:
Linda Strong Gollberg
Summer Session/Dual Credit Program Manager
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3099
Moscow, ID 83844-3099
phone: (208) 885-4074
fax: (208) 885-2001
High school teachers wishing to teach dual credit courses must submit an application to the Dual Credit Office at least eight weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which the course will be offered.
High School Teacher Qualifications:
Academic qualifications will vary depending on the discipline – meaning each department sets its own standards for selecting dual credit affiliates. The preferred qualification is a master’s degree in the field or a related field. However, a bachelor’s degree is acceptable in some disciplines. Find out more about each department’s criteria for High School Dual Credit Teacher Qualifications.
Required Application Documents:
- Letter of introduction that includes contact information, teaching experience, course of interest, and sample syllabus
- Current resume
- Transcripts (unofficial are accepted)
- Full name, address and date of birth (required to create /verify a record in the university’s system)
Submit Application Packet To:
- University of Idaho, Dual Credit Office, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 3099, Moscow, ID 83844-3099
- Fax (208) 885-2001
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Application packets will be forwarded to the sponsoring department for review, and teachers will be contacted by a faculty liaison to discuss course curriculum/syllabus, learning outcomes, and assessment.
Please Note: The sponsoring department may ask for additional information about high school teacher qualifications and/or high school resources. High school teachers who participate in the University of Idaho Dual Credit Program will be expected to meet with sponsoring university faculty and attend workshops.
After completion of the review process, the university faculty liaison and the high school teacher will agree upon a course syllabus, which should include the name of the dual credit course, teacher contact information, textbook, grading scale, and learning outcomes. The syllabus must also include the following comment regarding academic integrity, along with a link to the University’s Student Code of Conduct:
“The University of Idaho’s student code of conduct exists to educate students in understanding their rights and responsibilities as members of a safe, civil, and ethical academic community. It applies to all registered students, including dual credit students. Complete information can be found at www.uidaho.edu/DOS/judicialaffairs/studentcodeofconduct.”
The faculty liaison will contact the Dual Credit Office and request a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The Dual Credit Office will draft and email the MOU to the high school teacher with instructions to:
- Review it for accuracy
- Complete information in any highlighted areas
- Secure all appropriate high school and school district signatures
- Include all required attachments noted in Item 10
- Make a copy and send original to the Dual Credit Office via USPS, fax, or email
When all signatures have been secured, a final copy of the MOU, along with attachments, will be returned to the school district office. Copies will also be maintained by the sponsoring college and the Dual Credit Office.
Prior to the beginning of the semester, the Dual Credit Office will email the following information to all partnering high schools:
- Important program updates
- Dates and deadlines
- Course listing (arranged by high school)
- Registration instructions
Student Code of Conduct
The University of Idaho’s student code of conduct “exists to educate students in understanding their rights and responsibilities as members of a safe, civil, and ethical academic community.” Complete information can be found at the Dean of Students Academic Integrity page.
Please Note: All dual credit syllabi should reference and include a link to the University of Idaho’s Student Code of Conduct.
Learning Objectives & Assessment
Dual credit students are held to the same standards of achievement as those expected of students in on-campus sections. They are also assessed using the same methods (e.g., papers, portfolios, exams, labs, etc.) as their on-campus counterparts. Both learning objectives and outcomes should be included on the course syllabus along with expectations and grade criteria.
Students attending classes on the University of Idaho campus who anticipate being absent due to a high school related activity should contact the Dean of Students to get administrative approval.
For courses held at the high school, students follow school district policy. It is important that University of Idaho and high school faculty work together to determine a secondary due date for assignments/tests should students miss deadlines due to a high school related activity.
National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships
The University of Idaho is currently conducting a self study that will lead to NACEP accreditation. All dual credit courses must therefore be designed in accordance with NACEP standards.
“NACEP is a professional organization for high schools and colleges that fosters and supports rigorous concurrent enrollment. Established in 1999 in response to the dramatic increase in concurrent enrollment courses throughout the country, NACEP serves as a national accrediting body and supports all members by providing standards of excellence, research, communication, and advocacy.”
2010 NACEP Website www.nacep.org
Benefits of NACEP Accreditation
- Standards that ensure dual credit courses have the same academic rigor, content, and assessment as the corresponding university course
- Values based on collaboration which support both faculty and student
- A common language among post-secondary institutions and legislation
BbLearn is the University of Idaho’s course management system. This tool is optional for Dual Credit courses, thus you may not need to use it for your course. Please contact your University of Idaho Faculty representative to determine if your Dual Credit course uses BbLearn. If you do plan to use BbLearn, but are unable to login to it, please send an email request for assistance to email@example.com.
Instructors use VandalWeb to access their official course roster, check on a student’s status, etc. The following steps will get you started in VandalWeb:
1. Login to VandalWeb
- Navigate to VandalWeb at http://vandalweb.uidaho.edu
- Enter your NetID (e.g., vand123) and your password
Having trouble logging into VandalWeb?
- Go to Account Management
- Under Security Profile (center page, directly under Account Management), please “click here to reset your password” and follow the instructions
- Still can’t login? Contact the ITS HELP DESK at (208) 885-HELP.
- Be sure to identify yourself as a Dual Credit High School Teacher.
Once you have reset your password and successfully logged into VandalWeb, proceed to step 2. Complete the FERPA Tutorial, and then click on Help Viewing Class Roster under step 3.
2. Complete the FERPA Tutorial
Inorder to activate the “Faculty & Advisor Menu” within VandalWeb, you must complete the FERPA Tutorial. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act(FERPA) of 1974 is a Federal law that governs the confidentiality of student records. You may either click on the FERPA Tutorial link which was emailed to you, or click on the FERPA Tutorial link inside Vandal Web under Personal Information / Address Menu.
Please Note: Access must update overnight after completion of the FERA tutorial in order to activate the Faculty & Advisor Menu.
3. More Help
Library Access (Off-Campus)
The UIDAHO Library allows Dual Credit instructors and students to register online for a library number. This process will grant you access to electronic databases from off-campus, and will also allow you to request materials from the library.