Michigan Dual Credit Information

Michigan’s Department of Education provides for a number of dual credit opportunities for high school students.  Post-secondary credit earning potential is included as part of the Individualized Education Program menu of career, technical and academic pathways beyond Secondary School.

Early Middle College is an approved five-year program of study.  the program works closely with postsecondary partners to provide students with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and one or more of the following:  

60 transferable college credits

An Associate Degree

A Professional Certification

The Michigan Early Middle College Association (MEMCA) Technical Certificate

Participation in a Registered Apprenticeship


Course tuition is funded through Michigan School Aid Funds, so there is no cost to the individual high school student.  Students have one required credit withheld and come back for a 13th year of secondary education, during which they can earn up to 30 more college credits for free.  Most earn their remaining high school credit at a partnered post-secondary institution to the intermediate high school district of the student.  https://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/delaying-debt-early-college-program-helps-students-hone-career-focus-before-graduation/article_dd19e402-3cca-5865-93f2-9d468cfea9f7.html

Receiving institutions are largely accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and therefore adhere to the following five criteria as they relate to Early College courses and programs:

1. Faculty credentials and qualifications, orientation and training (HLC accreditation thresholds) for any faculty teaching dual credit courses.

2. Rigor of courses or programs and curricular standards – same as the receiving post-secondary higher education institution

3. Expectations for student learning and learning outcomes – same as the receiving post-secondary higher education institution

4. Access to learning resources – students and faculty in dual credit courses or programs have the same level of access to learning resources (libraries, labs, databases, etc.) as the receiving post-secondary institution.

5. Institutional monitoring, oversight and transparency of credit transfer by the receiving post-secondary institution. https://www.lakemichigancollege.edu/policies/early-college-direct-credit-and-dual-enrollment-students?msclkid=142123dbcfc611ec9ec0b66b830b0e10

To review an iIndividual State Profile for Dual Enrollment in Michigan, see Education Commission of the States Program Basics MI

Participating Institutions

This is a sample listing of platform partners including university graduate schools, colleges, and state higher education offices.  These are shown for illustration only.  This is not a published page.

Tuition Support

I did not locate any specific reference to teacher credentialing subsidies, incentives or funding support for those teachers looking to meet the faculty credentials that meet/exceed the receiving institutions standars (HLC)


Enabling Legislation