North Dakota Dual Credit Information

Student parameters

  • North Dakota’s dual credit program allows students in grades 10 through 12 to take college courses and receive college credit, which also may be used to meet high school graduation requirements. Tuition, fees, books and other costs are the student’s responsibility. 
  • Classes are taught by approved instructors, either face-to-face in the classroom, online or through an Interactive Video Network. 
  • To enroll as a dual-credit student, you need permission from your high school administrator and, in most cases, a minimum GPA of 3.0. 
  • According to North Dakota University System (NDUS) North Dakota University System Procedure Manual “The college course section taught in the high school must meet the content and academic standards of the NDUS course sections taught on campus. … To ensure that college course standards are adhered to, the NDUS college/university course syllabus will be provided to the [high school] instructor and be used as the criteria and model for all such dual-credit college courses taught in the high school. In most cases, this will mean the use of the same (or equivalent) text materials and similar evaluation criteria to include institutional exams if need be.” The postsecondary institution must monitor the course, including by “using the sponsoring college/university student evaluation document and procedure in order to solicit student feed-back.” See also the “Instructor Approval” portion of the North Dakota University System Procedures 402.3.2, Delivery of Dual-Credit College Courses. 
  • All dual-credit courses have equal transferability status within the North Dakota University System in accordance with the General Education Requirement Transfer Agreement (GERTA) and other transfer agreements. 

Dual Credit Instructors Parameters

  • Institutions use policies that are consistent with the Higher Learning Commission qualifications guidelines
  • Teachers must meet academic credential requirements applied to campus faculty
  • Teachers must have approval to teach on behalf of a NDUS institution
  • College course teachers are akin to adjunct faculty, with employment affiliation and access to campus resources and professional development
  • Teachers are paid for teaching college level courses by the partnered institution either directly or via the school district.

To review an individual State Profile for Dual Enrollment in North Dakota, See Education Commission of the States Program Basics ND

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

Information on Educator Tuition Assistance is available at

Information on professional development for teachers  offers a wealth of resources available to educators in North Dakota. 

Enabling Legislation

NDCC Chapter 15.1-25 Post Secondary Enrollment states that any North Dakota student enrolled in grade ten, eleven, or twelve in a public high school is eligible to receive high school and postsecondary credit for the successful completion of an academic course offered by any postsecondary institution accreddited by a regional accrediting organization or a career and technical education course offered by a postsecondary institution in a program accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization recognized by the United States department of education.

Additional Information

The North Dakota Regional Education Association provides support to strengthen the seven Regional Education Associations across the state, serving 99.9% of the state’s public schools and over 112,000 public school students, plus over 6,450 students in private schools, Bureau of Indian Education Schools, ND School for the Deaf and ND Youth Correctional Center.

North Dakota State Board of Higher Education Policy Manual – 469 College in High School