First Class - Dual Credit

The First Class at CMU dual credit program allows qualified high school students to enroll in approved classes and receive both high school and college credit, providing an early start in fulfilling college requirements. Credit earned can be applied at many colleges and universities, including CMU. First Class offers dual credit classes in multiple formats: online, Zoom, ITV, and in-house.

Dual Credit Class Formats

In-house dual credit classes can be provided by high school teachers at their high school once CMU has approved him/her to teach for First Class. Teachers who want to seek approval should submit an Adjunct Approval Form, unofficial transcript, resume, and which classes he/she wants to teach to the First Class office at CMU.

Online dual credit classes are offered in the fall and spring semesters. All classes are 16 weeks in length and taught via myCMU. Students in online classes should be given a dedicated hour during the school day to work on the online class. These classes require a lot of initiative and self-motivation, and also create an environment in which everyone participates. Students who are interested in online classes should take the online readiness quiz and discuss the subject with parents and teachers before enrolling in an online class.

ITV classes are a type of distance learning that allow students to "join" a class from their high school and connect to an instructor provided by CMU, and students in other schools. Appropriate technology equipment is required to offer ITV classes.

CMU's dual credit program is accredited by the The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

Tuition and Fees

  1. Dual credit class tuition is $80 per credit hour for In-Seat, Zoom Hybrids, and ITV. Online tuition is $100 per credit hour. We do not send out bills. Once a student is added to a class, the tuition owed will appear in the MyCMU portal. It is perfectly fine to send in payment or pay online before that amount appears. It will show up as a credit and process once the tuition charges are added.
  2. If you are still unsure what your balance is, please login to MyCMU. Click the Student tab at the top, and then click the Billing and Payments tab on the left. Next, when tab opens up, you will see several headings in the center of the page. Under “My Account Balances” click the link: Click here to view the Home Page for My Account Balance.
  3. You may pay by check. Mail the payment to:

    Central Methodist University
    Attention: Dual Credit
    411 Central Methodist Square
    Fayette, MO 65248

    Please note that if you are paying by check, the check must be received by the end of first week of classes.
  4. To set up a payment plan or pay in full online, follow the instructions on the Payment Information page.