Dual Credits

What are dual credit programs?

Dual credit programs are ministry-approved programs that allow students, while they are still in secondary school, to take college or apprenticeship courses that count towards both the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree, or an apprenticeship certification.

How do dual credit programs benefit students?

Participating in dual credit programs enables students to: 

Dual Credits are a great choice for students who are:

Who supports and supervises students taking dual credit courses?

Most Dual Credit programs at the RRDSB are Team-Taught: a secondary school teacher team-teaches the dual credit course with a college instructor. The student receives support and supervision from both the secondary school teacher and college instructor. Students also have access to a variety of college supports and services. 

What does the program look like to students?

Most RRDSB dual credit programs are team-taught by a high school teacher and a college instructor, and are linked to grade 11 or 12 secondary courses that students select and take as part of their regular high school timetable. Students are enrolled in the college and receive instruction leading to a college credit concurrently with their high school credit. Programs include reach-ahead opportunities - for example, visiting a college campus to explore post-secondary pathways.

What dual credit programs are offered?

At present, team-taught dual credit programs linked to these secondary courses are offered:

"The Travel and Tourism dual credit taught the basics of what was required to enter a field in that area. We learned things like the different types of tourism and how to plan a trip properly. It would be an extremely helpful course to someone who intends to go into Tourism, but it is beneficial for someone who is just going to college. Having a foot in the door for tourism or simply co-op in general as it could serve as an elective. It serves as a stepping stone to the future that each student wants."

Where do I find out more?

For more information on local dual credit programs, contact your Guidance counselor, school principal, or the Student Success Leader. Information for students, parents, and educators can be also be found at: