For Teachers, Graduate Schools, and Concurrent Credit Coordinators to Accelerate Dual Credit Credentialing


Midwestern universities can list graduate courses they have developed for high school teachers seeking additional coursework to help them meet instructor qualification expectations for teaching college-level courses.

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High school teachers who teach or aspire to teach college credit-bearing courses in high schools can use Graduate Credit Quest to find graduate courses offered by universities across the Midwest.

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Concurrent Enrollment Program Coordinators

Individuals who work for colleges offering concurrent enrollment programs can use this site to connect with the teachers they manage. Coordinators or liaisons can receive inquiries from teachers about the courses they wish to take.

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In 2020, two nonprofit organizations, Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEWERA) and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) joined forces to help high school teachers find content-specific graduate courses, allowing them to earn credits that will meet instructor qualification expectations to teach college-level courses.

NEWERA already supported a successful search tool named Graduate Credit Quest which served teachers and featured Wisconsin universities’ course offerings. MHEC provided the connections, expertise, and funding to expand the site to help teachers and feature courses offered by universities in all twelve of MHEC’s member states Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 

What Is Midwestern Higher Education Compact?

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) is one of four regional education interstate compacts in the United States, all of which advocate for and support higher education. A compact is a statutorily-created contract among the states to work collaboratively on their shared concerns and issues. The MHEC legislation that was passed in each state makes the governing body of the Compact (Commission) an instrumentality of state government in each member state. Similarly, other regional education Compacts, including the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), were created statutorily. There are three states not covered by any of the Compacts: New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. 

Established in1991, MHEC brings together Midwestern states to develop and support best practices, collaborative efforts, and cost-sharing opportunities. Through these efforts, it works to ensure strong, equitable postsecondary educational opportunities and outcomes for all. Twelve midwestern states have enacted legislation to become members of MHEC: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 



What Is NEW ERA?

The Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEWERA) is a collaborative of 7 public higher education institutions located in the Northeast quartile of the state, including 4 Technical Colleges, a Tribal College, and 2 of the state’s 13 Universities. This 20-year-old organization, serving 55,000 students, was formed to provide a peer group of higher education leadership that collaborates on articulation, program development, shared resources, and common community advocacy issues – including support for teachers seeking HLC credentials.

Studies, Reports and Upcoming Events

Stay up to date on current trends, research, best practices, and upcoming events specifically focused on concurrent credit, teacher credentials, support programs and tools, and forward teacher pipeline issues and initiatives. 

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The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) released new guidelines for Dual Credit that address issues that fall within the scope of HLC’s Critera for Accreditation and Assumed Practices.  This includes the determination of faculty qualifications’  To read the overview of guidelines, click  Dual Credit Guidelines (

More detailed description of Accreditation Guidelines related to faculty qualifications can be found at Institutional Policies and Procedures for Determining Faculty Qualifications (

Resource Links

National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)

Resource Center – National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (

NACEP provides access to several reports and research findings from internal and external partner organizations. Check out recent policy briefs regarding state funding trends for higher education:



College in High School Alliance


College in High School (CHSA) is a coalition of national, state, and local organizations supporting programs that enable high school students to enroll in authentic, affordable college pathways toward post secondary credentials

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The Graduate Credit Quest website was designed to help teachers who already have a master’s degree find graduate courses in their content field so they can earn the 18 additional graduate credits required by the Higher Learning Commission. Since you do not have a master’s degree, you can still use the Graduate Credit Quest website to help you find graduate courses, but it is recommended that you do so only after consulting with the concurrent enrollment liaison or coordinator at the college for which you wish to teach concurrent enrollment courses. If you need more information about this, please see the “Background” section of the website.