Dual Credit

Program Overview

Melissa High School Dual Credit courses are taught by Collin College instructors according to the policies and procedures of the college. These courses do not follow Melissa ISD policies regarding topics such as parent/guardian contacts, accommodations and disability services, grade reporting, development of the semester exam, determining the semester grade, among others. Concerns or questions about these procedures with regard to the Dual Credit program should be directed to Collin College representatives.

Melissa ISD students have the opportunity to take courses that provide both high school and college credit through a partnership between Melissa ISD and Collin College. A variety of courses can be taken for Dual Credit based on student need and college course offerings. Dual Credit courses are Tier II weighted courses: students should expect course subject matter and workload to be at a college level.

Students considering Dual Credit courses should have the following traits:

  • A strong work ethic and a desire to learn are the key ingredients for success in any Advanced and Dual Credit level course. Students who wish to enroll in these courses must be prepared for an increased workload and be committed to meeting increased expectations.

  • In general, the recommended preparation for success in an Advanced or Dual Credit course is a final grade of at least 80 percent (80%) in the previous Advanced or Dual Credit course. The course listings on this website provide additional details.

  • Students considering changes from academic grade-level courses to Advanced or Dual Credit courses should consult with their counselor and subject area teachers during the course selection process for any additional entry requirements.


Melissa High School will continue to pay for Dual Credit course tuition and fees. Students will be responsible for purchasing their own textbooks from the college bookstore or through other online resources. If a student withdraws from or fails a Dual Credit course, the student will be responsible for reimbursing the school district for the course tuition and fees.

List of Dual Credit Courses

The following courses are available for Dual Credit:

  • English Composition/Rhetoric (ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302)

  • College Algebra (MATH 1314)

  • Pre-Calculus (MATH 2412)

  • Calculus (MATH 2413)

  • Elementary Statistical Methods (MATH 1342)

  • U.S. History (HIST 1301 and HIST 1302)

  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2301)

  • American Government (GOVT 2305)

  • Environmental Science (ENVR 1401 and 1402 )

  • Medical Terminology

  • HVAC

  • Welding

  • EKG

For more detailed Dual Credit course information, please refer to the appropriate subject area within the "Course Offerings" section of this website.


Qualifications & Guidelines

Qualifying Criteria

In addition to meeting all requirements for admission to the college, students’ academic records must meet the all of following criteria before enrolling in a Dual Credit course:*

  1. a current GPA of 3.0 or higher;

  2. a passing score on the EOC in the subject of the Dual Credit course, where applicable; and

  3. passing grades in each semester of each course in the subject of the Dual Credit course.

*The principal may waive one of these three criteria in exceptional cases.


Qualified students will be enrolled simultaneously at Melissa ISD and Collin College in order to receive high school and college credit.

Prior to initiating enrollment in courses at Collin College, students must obtain approval by consulting with their counselor, in addition to satisfying the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college entrance exam.

  • Once approved, students must complete a separate application and enrollment procedure at the college in order to complete registration for the course.

  • Students should work closely with their counselor to select an appropriate section and time for dual credit classes. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend the dual credit information meeting when offered at the high school campus.

  • Students desiring to make an enrollment change to a Dual Credit course will be subject to the withdrawal procedures of Collin College. Any Dual Credit student who wishes to withdraw should immediately contact their counselor to discuss options to recover the credit.

  • Any students who receive accommodations in high school will need to contact Collin College to apply for services through the ACCESS office. For additional information, visit COLLIN.EDU.

Course Credit

Students must receive a grade of 70 percent (70%) or higher in the Dual Credit course in order to obtain high school credit for the course. Students who earn a letter grade of D may be awarded a credit for the course; however, they may not be allowed to continue in the Dual Credit program the following semester.


If applicable, students are required to provide their own transportation to/from the facility where the course is taught.

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