About Dual Credit

Houston Community College (HCC) provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit through concurrent enrollment with HCC while still in high school. Students demonstrating college readiness through a State of Texas approved college placement test can earn dual credit by taking an approved college class offered at a high school, HCC campus, or online. Dual Credit classes are taught by educators who are expected to mirror the profile of a traditional college instructor (e.g., credentials, course rigor) and classroom (e.g., instructional materials/equipment).

HCC is the Institution of Higher Education (IHE) partner of choice for offering dual credit to Houston Independent School District (ISD); Spring Branch ISD, Stafford Municipal School District, Katy ISD, Alief ISD, Fort Bend ISD, private schools, charter schools, and home school parents.


Participating students and their parents benefit by significant savings on both immediate and long term costs of a college education. The Houston Community College Board of Trustees has, with the exception of out-of-district fees, waived tuition and fees for dual credit students.

Dual credit students can earn up to two years of college credit related to the HCC Academic Core that can transfer to a Texas public higher educational institution. Students also can obtain college credit toward a Career & Technical Education (CTE)/Workforce degree or certificate that can position them for unique employment opportunities upon graduating from high school.

Students find that dual credit programs help establish skills to be successful in college such as following a syllabus, meeting classroom and course requirements, conducting themselves appropriately, using self-discipline, and improving and applying higher-level thinking skills.

Exposing dual credit students to the college environment – including HCC student support services such as the library, computer labs, financial aid, career services, and tutoring – helps to ease the transition to college after high school.

Many dual credit courses are transferrable to Texas public colleges and universities, private institutions, and some out-of-state colleges and universities. For more Information

Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in a HCC dual credit program, high school students must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet school district or high school requirements for taking a dual credit class and be recommended for dual credit by his/her high school authority.
  • Currently enrolled in 9th grade or higher.
  • Demonstrate college readiness standards by achieving passing scores under the provision of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), OR demonstrate exemption from testing under the provisions of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) (See “College Readiness Requirements” section below for details)
  •  Meet the dual credit course prerequisite requirements.

College Readiness Requirements

High school students seeking interested in dual credit must be assessed in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics prior to enrollment. Students must have a qualifying score(s) on one of the following state-approved Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment to be deemed college-ready.


Minimum scores for Reading & Writing based classes e.g., English/History/Government Minimum scores for Reading, Writing and Math based classes e.g., Economics Minimum scores for Math based
classes e.g., College Algebra
ACT (TSI exemption)   English 19  Composite 23  English 19,  Math 19 Composite 23  Math 19  Composite 23
 PLAN  (TSI waiver)  English 19  Composite 23  English 19, Math 19  Composite 23  Math 19  Composite 23
 SAT  (TSI exemption) Critical Reading 500 Total (Critical Reading + Math) 1070  Critical Reading 50 Math 50 Total (Critical Reading + Math) 107 Math 500 Total (Critical Reading + Math) 1070
PSAT (TSI waiver)  Critical Reading 50 Total (Critical Reading + Math) 107 Critical Reading 50 Math 50 Total (Critical Reading + Math) 107  Math 50 Total (Critical Reading + Math) 107
STAAR EOC (TSI waiver)   PRIOR TO SPRING 2014 English II reading 2000 English II writing 2000 SPRING 2014 : English II 4000  PRIOR TO SPRING 2014 English II reading 2000 English II writing 2000 SPRING 2014 : English II 4000 Algebra I 4000  Algebra I 4000
 TSI Assessment  WS: 5-8 & Read 351-390 (need BOTH)  OR  WRITE 363-390 & WS 4 & Read 351-390 (need ALL THREE)  WS: 5-8 & Read 351-390 & Math 336 and Elem. Algebra 5 and Int. Algebra 7 (need ALL FIVE) OR WRITE 363-390, WS 4, Read 351-390  & Math 336 and Elem. Algebra 5 and Int. Algebra 7 (need ALL SIX  Math 350-390


Level I Certificate classes related to workforce (i.e., Career & Technical Education) are the only programs that require no minimum Reading, Writing, or Mathematics score requirement. These programs range from 15-to-42 semester credit hours (SCH) and are designed for entry-level employment or upgrading skills and knowledge within an occupation. These workforce certificates serve as building blocks toward a Level II Certificate and eventually an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. The following chart details the requirements for Level I and Level II Certificates.

Workforce (CTE) ProgramType of AssessmentComponentTSI ScoreTSI Status
Level I Certificate NONE Required NA NA Waived in High School only
Level II Certificate STAAR EOC Level 2 Algebra I  Level 2 English II

3872 4000

Waived in High School only

Approved College Classes

Courses are offered in the Texas Common Core Curriculum, foreign languages, and Career and Technical Education (CTE). These courses are divided into two groups- Academic and Workforce.

Courses are designed primarily to apply to a transferable degree such as the Associate of Arts (AA), or Associate of Science (AS).  Core curriculum and foreign language classes are academic. These courses are all part of the Texas Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM) and articulated by the State as a dual credit course. For more information

Workforce/Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Courses are designed to apply to Workforce Certificates and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. These courses are all part of the Texas Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) and articulated by the State as a dual credit course.

Career Pathways

Business Center of Excellence & Programs

BusinessAAASAASLevel IILevel I
Accounting     X   X
Business X        
Business Technology     X X X
Finance-Banking     X   X
International Business     X X X
Marketing/Marketing Management     X   X
Real Estate     X   X

Construction Center of Excellence & Programs

ConstructionAAASAASLevel IILevel I
Construction Technology     X   X
Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration          X
Industrial Electricity         X
Plumbing - Deactivated         X

Consumer Arts & Sciences Center of Excellence & Programs

Consumer Arts & SciencesAAASAASLevel IILevel I
Cosmetology     X  X X
Culinary Arts     X  X  X
Fashion Design     X  X X
Fashion Merchandising     X   X
Hospitality Administration     X   X
Interior Design     X X X

Digital & Information Technology Center of Excellence & Programs

Engineering Center of Excellence & Programs

EngineeringAAASAASLevel IILevel I
Engineering    X      

Global Energy & Process Technology Center of Excellence & Programs

Health Sciences Center of Excellence & Programs

Health SciencesAAASAASLevel IILevel I
Dental Assisting     X   X
Dental Hygiene      X    X
Diagnostic Medical Sonography     X    
EKG Technician         X
Health Care Career Academy         X
Health Information Technology     X X X
Histological Technician         X
Medical Assistant         X
Medical Laboratory Technician     X    
Nuclear Medicine Technology     X    
Nursing     X   X
Occupational Therapy Assistant     X    
Pharmacy Technician       X  
Physical Therapy Assistant     X    
Radiography     X    
Respiratory Therapy     X    
Surgical Technology         X

Logistics Center of Excellence & Programs

LogisticsAAASAASLevel IILevel I
Logistics and Global Supply Chain Management     X   X
Maritime Logistics      X    X

Manufacturing Center of Excellence & Programs

Advanced ManufacturingAAASAASLevel IILevel I
Machining Technology     X  X X
Manufacturing Engineering Technology      X    X

Material Science Center of Excellence & Programs

Material ScienceAAASAASLevel IILevel I
Corrosion Technology     X   X
Welding          X

Media Arts & Technology Center of Excellence & Programs

Media Arts & TechnologyAAASAASLevel IILevel I
Audio Recording Technology/Video Production     X   X
Digital Communication     X X  X
Filmmaking     X X X
Music Business     X X X

Public Safety & Automotive Technology Center of Excellence & Programs

Academic Program Areas


The Associate in Arts (AA), the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), and the Associate in Science (AS) degrees can give you a good start before transferring to a four-year university. These academic degrees provide a solid foundation through a traditional liberal arts education. Studies include the humanities and fine arts, social sciences, communication, teacher education, mathematics, and science. The liberal arts develop critical and analytical skills demanded by constantly changing environments.

Academic Program
English & Communication Programs
Liberal Arts & Humanities Programs
Earth, Life & Natural Sciences Programs
Social & Behavioral Sciences Programs
Visual & Performing Arts Programs


Congratulations to the graduating class of Early College High School students

May 18, 2017

The HCC Dual Credit department would like to congratulate the Early College High School Students for their HCC Graduation.