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Course Credit Options

East Central College provides students various options regarding college credit. Students may receive credit in the following ways: (BP 2.4)

Transfer Credit

The East Central College Board of Trustees authorizes implementation of procedures for accepting credit from other post secondary institutions. Where applicable, the college will follow guidelines as established by the Missouri Department of Higher Education Committee on Transfer and Articulation. The college reserves the right to review acceptance of any credit not within the scope of such guidelines and to limit it as it deems appropriate.

Students must request submission of official transcripts. Transcripts will be reviewed and credit accepted if the course(s) correspond to East Central College coursework and are consistent with the transfer and articulation guidelines published by the Department of Higher Education and relevant accrediting agencies. East Central College reserves the right to determine the applicability of any transfer course(s) to specific programs of the college. The East Central College transcript will record and publish the credit and the awarding college or university.

Dual Credit

Students attending participating taxing district and service area high schools may elect to take part in the East Central College dual credit program. Following the guidelines approved by the Department of Higher Education, the college approves certain courses in selected high schools as being eligible for college credit. Participating school districts must satisfy the criteria for faculty qualifications and development, required minutes of instruction, assessment and outcome measures and any other contractual requirements as stipulated by the Department of Higher Education. Students meeting the eligibility criteria are admitted to the college and can elect enrollment in available coursework. Students participating in the program will pay the current credit hour tuition and fees of East Central College as determined by residency requirements and are entitled to all of the privileges and services of on-campus students but are not eligible for financial aid.

Dual Technical Credit

Secondary students attending participating high schools and/or regional career centers may elect to take part in the East Central College dual technical credit program, available to institutions with current articulation agreements in place. Following these guidelines, the college approves selected courses that align with career technical programs offered by the college. College faculty in the programs will provide guidance in instruction, curriculum, assessment and outcome measures, and any other requirements as stipulated by the Department of Higher Education. Students meeting the eligibility criteria are admitted to the college and can elect enrollment in available coursework. Students participating in the dual technical credit program will pay the per course processing fee as established by East Central College. Students must receive an A or B in order to receive credit in the dual technical credit courses.

Credit by Articulation

Under arrangements with agencies providing post-secondary programming, East Central College grants credit through signed and authorized articulation agreements entered into with regional career centers, union education and training programs, and state agency education and training programs. Credit may be awarded on a course by course basis, associated with coursework offered at East Central College or credit may be awarded in “block” form upon completion of a post-secondary program of study for which students will be required to produce completion documents. Credit by articulation may also be awarded in partnership with post secondary institutions providing the program content delivery. Guidelines, restrictions, procedures and any costs associated with the articulation process are available through the school district, East Central College or other participating educational entity. A fee per course will be assessed.

Military Credit

Students with coursework and course credits acquired during military service must provide an official copy of their DD214 and/or an official transcript for review. Credit transcription will occur upon receipt of all official documentation.

Credit by Exam

Credit by Nationally Recognized Examination/Review

Students may complete nationally recognized achievement performance tests (CLEP, DANTES, Advanced Placement) and have official results sent to the Registrar for processing. Credit transcription will occur upon receipt of official results that reflect achievement of a minimum score as determined by the College. A fee per course will be assessed.

Credit by Departmental Examination/Review

Students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency within a subject area may petition the academic discipline or program faculty for credit by examination or review. If this petition is approved, discipline or program faculty would prepare an appropriate measure (test or other instrument) of proficiency and establish with the student guidelines for passing. The decision of the faculty is final. A fee per course will be assessed.

 
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