early college credit


A course through which a high school student can receive postsecondary institution course credit and includes dual credit courses, dual enrollment courses, International Baccalaureate courses, Advanced Placement courses, and courses with articulated credit with a postsecondary institution. Early college credit courses serve as a key strategy employed in Illinois’ expansion of career pathways.


The difference between articulated credit, prior learning credit, dual credit, & dual enrollment:

Articulated Credit Prior Learning Credit Dual Enrollment Dual Credit
Student earns college credit after completing the course in high school. Individual receives credit for college-level learning that occurs outside the classroom setting. High school student completes course typically for college credit only. Student receives both high school and college credit.