About Dual Credit Programs
Dual credit programs allow eligible students in high school to take college or apprenticeship courses that count towards:
- their Ontario Secondary School Diploma
- a postsecondary certificate, diploma, degree or a Certificate of Apprenticeship
High school students taking dual credit courses benefit from the supervision and support of their college instructor and the dual credit teacher at their school. Students also have access to a variety of college supports and services.
The Ministry of Education approves all dual credit programs.
Ontario high schools have a variety of job skills programs to help meet the needs, interests and strengths of all students, engaging them in learning and preparing them for graduation, life beyond high school and the jobs of the future.
Benefits of dual credit programs
Participating in dual credit programs helps students to:
- complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma
- make a successful transition to college or an apprenticeship program
- increase their awareness of the various college and apprenticeship pathways available to them
- gain greater insight into education and career planning decisions.
The school board or the school principal or guidance department oversees which students can take a dual credit program, on a case-by-case basis.
Students may be eligible if they are:
- at risk of not graduating from high school
- enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major
- enrolled in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
- returning to high school to get their diploma
- interested in exploring career pathways, including apprenticeships
- looking for help with the transition to college or an apprenticeship program
Types of dual credits
There are two categories of dual credits:
- college-delivered dual credit courses
- team-taught dual credit courses
Students can take Level 1 apprenticeship courses (in-school, hands-on learning) from either of these categories to complete required in-school learning.
College-delivered dual credit courses
These dual credit courses are college or Level 1 apprenticeship courses that are delivered by Canadore College
For apprenticeship courses, students typically travel to the college for two or more days per week for a semester in order to complete their in-school Level 1 apprenticeship.
Students can earn up to four optional high school credits by completing college-delivered courses.
Link to Canadore Dual Credit programs