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Office of Postsecondary Coordination and Alignment

Public Chapter 967 of the Public Acts of 2012, codified at Title 49, Chapter 15, Part 1, revised the requirements of the Consortium for Cooperative Innovative Education (Consortium) in state law. Effective July 1, 2012, the Consortium is charged with increasing and expanding postsecondary opportunities for high school students. The above referenced law specifically requires the development and pilot implementation of statewide dual credit assessments that are recognized and accepted for credit by public postsecondary institutions statewide. The priorities of the Office of Postsecondary Coordination and Alignment as well as the complete, engrossed legislation can be found in our Strategic Plan.

For questions regarding early postsecondary credit opportunities, contact Emily Carter and Patrice Watson at

Dual Credit

What is dual credit?

Dual credit is a high school course aligned to a postsecondary course that is taught at the high school by high school faculty for high school credit. Students are able to receive postsecondary credit by successfully completing the course, plus passing an assessment developed and/or recognized by the granting postsecondary institution.

  • Local dual credit agreements occur between one postsecondary institution and one or more LEAs. These credits are only accepted by the postsecondary institution(s) involved in that partnership, and typically are not recognized by other institutions.


  • Statewide dual credit courses are existing high school courses aligned with a TDOE-approved statewide dual credit challenge examination and supplemental resources developed by postsecondary faculty. Students who pass these challenge examinations will earn college credits accepted by all Tennessee public postsecondary institutions.


  • Statewide dual credit courses do not alter or replace existing local dual credit agreements between LEAs and postsecondary institutions. However, these local agreements are not automatically transferable to other postsecondary institutions (unless agreed upon by all parties).

The 2013-14 statewide dual credit pilot will include:

Resources for 2013-14 Statewide Dual Credit Pilot Sites

The Office of Postsecondary Coordination and Alignment is currently working with the Tennessee Colleges for Applied Technology to establish statewide articulation agreements based on industry certifications. We also will work to develop dual credit assessments for programs that do not have interim or stackable certifications.

Dual Enrollment

The state does not officially approve courses for dual enrollment. LEAs or high schools partner with postsecondary institutions to determine appropriate dual enrollment course offerings for high school students. However, a list of common courses offered for dual enrollment may be helpful in determining student opportunities. Two important criteria to consider in selecting dual enrollment offerings are the TN Transfer Pathway (TTP) courses and whether the courses meet General Education (Gen. Ed.) requirements. TTP courses are easily transferred between most postsecondary institutions. Many degree programs require General Education Core Courses.

For additional information on the State Board of Education policy, click here.

Additional Early Postsecondary Credit Opportunities