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.
Student Requirements for Admissions as Outlined by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE) include:
- A cumulative Grade point average of at least 3.0 or equivalent on a 4.0 scale
- Parental Permission
- Satisfactory completion of course prerequisites
- Score of over 22 on the math portion of the ACT for enrollment into MA103
- Transcript accompanying enrollment form
- High school students must be juniors or seniors in good standing and attending a recognized Missouri high school. Sophomore students are eligible for dual credit classes IF they demonstrate competency by scoring at the 90th percentile or above on the ACT or SAT or equivalent and meet CBHE requirements as well as those for juniors and seniors.
All students are subject to requirements, policies, practices, and procedures governing Central Methodist University students, including grading standards and student conduct. Each high school decides the type and amount of credit given toward graduation. Credit and grades earned are recorded on the student's CMU transcript.