Dual Enrollment Biology is a program offered by The Institute for Academic Outreach that gives eligible students at participating high schools the opportunity to earn college credit from Truman State University for BIOL 100 – Biology at a discounted tuition rate. The program uses an innovative approach that pairs a university-based online instructor with local teachers who can provide support, proctoring, and project-based learning opportunities.
The first step for schools that are interested in participating in the Dual Enrollment Biology program is to Contact the Institute for Academic Outreach by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 660-785-5384.
Dual Enrollment Biology is Not Dual Credit.
In most dual credit programs, teachers follow the curriculum and policies of the institution offering credit. They must have a Master’s degree with at least 18 graduate credit hours in the subject area they are teaching. Their course, textbook, and assessments must be identical to their comparable offerings on campus. Unfortunately, there are many subjects that schools can’t offer as dual credit, simply because they lack the appropriate number of interested students, or their teacher lacks the needed graduate credit required by accrediting bodies and the Missouri Department of Higher Education.
Dual Enrollment, as practiced in Missouri, consists of programs in which students take college courses on a college campus or online offerings where the faculty member of record is a college or university faculty member. Students are enrolled both as college students and high school students concurrently. Sometimes the high school offers high school credit for the course, and sometimes not. For all intents and purposes, these courses are dual enrollment courses by virtue of their online component. Most schools refer to our program as Dual Enrollment or Early Enrollment for the purposes of DESE credit for MSIP, which does award points for programs such as these.