Dual credit helps Grade 10, 11, or 12 students earn high school and post-secondary credits that can count toward a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree, including first period apprenticeship opportunities.
Dual credit opportunities span a variety of industries and professions including health care, trades, agriculture and business administration.
Each school jurisdiction has different opportunities available for students. We encourage students to talk to their student advisor, counsellor, or school administrator to find out how they can participate.
Students can use the following websites to learn about education and career opportunities:
- alis – information about career planning, post-secondary education and training, educational funding, job searches and more
- Transfer Alberta – information about getting admitted, transferring, and planning post-secondary pathways
- Tradesecrets – information on working in one of Alberta’s many trades
School authority planning
School authorities have the flexibility to provide learning opportunities that reflect the needs and interests of their students, school, and community.
School authorities apply to Alberta Education for dual enrolled course codes to post-secondary programming that aligns with specific criteria.
School authority costs
There are costs associated with dual enrolled dual credit programming. These programs require additional funding above the base funding that school authorities receive from government.
Schools can access funding for authorized dual enrolled courses. School authorities can access this funding through the Provincial Approach to Student Information (PASI) system.
How to apply
Alberta Education Dual Credit Start-Up Funding Applications for the third round of grants will open September 1, 2019. Deadline for applications is November 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. MST.
Dual Credit Course Code Application Forms for the 2019/2020 school year are now available. Deadline to submit applications for semester 2 and summer school is November 1, 2019.
Dual credit pathways
A dual credit pathway is a course or a selection of courses in the Career and Technology Studies program area.
Dual credit pathways can help students work toward their post-secondary goals or support them as they move directly from high school to the workforce.
There are 2 types of dual credit pathways:
- Provincial Dual Credit Pathways - developed by Alberta Education to align with post-secondary curriculum and/or industry standards.
- Local Dual Credit Pathways - designed by school jurisdictions and an eligible post-secondary partner to meet local labour market needs.
There are 2 types of dual credit courses:
- Single enrolled courses - usually taught in a high school and do not require a post-secondary partner.
- For example, first period plumber apprenticeship courses can be taught by an Alberta certificated teacher who is a journeyperson plumber.
- Dual enrolled courses - instructed or supervised by both a post-secondary institution instructor and an Alberta certificated teacher.
- For example, health care aide courses are taught in partnership with a post-secondary institution with its instructor and an Alberta certificated teacher.
- Alberta Dual Credit Framework (PDF, 868 KB)
- Dual Credit Implementation Guide (PDF, 380 KB)
- Dual Credit Course Code Application (PDF, 97 KB)
- Start-up Funding Application (PDF, 108 KB)
- Start-up Funding Reporting Template (PDF, 98 KB)
- Suggested processes and Considerations for Initiating a Dual Credit Opportunity (PDF, 302 KB)
- Suggested Roles and Responsibilities of Dual Credit Partners (PDF, 283 KB)
- Using the Dual Enrolment Flag in PASIprep (PDF, 319 KB)
- The Provincial Dual Credit Strategy (PDF, 984 KB)
Connect with Career Education – Curriculum about the Dual Credit program:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)