About Dual Credit

Waubonsee Community College offers over 200 dual credit classes each year to students across 12 area schools.

Dual credit can be of great benefit to your high school students. Not only do dual credit classes help students transition to college-level course work, but it also saves families money, gives students a jump start on college, and introduces new and challenging subjects to keep students engaged in learning.

Keep reading to learn a little more about how dual credit could benefit your school.

IAI Transferable Dual Credit Courses:

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) aligns general education core curriculum guidelines throughout the state. Students who earn a grade of C or better in an IAI transferable dual credit course will have a transcript that has the highest level of transferability to other four-year institutions in the state of Illinois.

Each course must align to Waubonsee’s curriculum and use a predetermined textbook chosen by the college.

High schools may provide an in-house instructor to teach a course as long as the instructor meets the same qualifications as an adjunct faculty member on Waubonsee’s campus.  For most transfer level courses, potential instructors must posses a Master’s degree in the field of study or a Master's degree in a related field, such as education, plus 18 hours of graduate course work in the field of study. Dual credit classes taught using this model only incur charges for Waubonsee's $8 per credit hour student fee.

If no qualified instructor is available, high schools may choose to partner with Waubonsee to have a college adjunct faculty member teach dual credit course on site at the high school. With this model, the costs are billed to include full tuition and fees for each registered student.

Below are some commonly offered IAI transferable dual credit courses:

Business and Career Technology
ACC 202 – Financial Accounting
ACC 203 – Managerial Accounting
CIS 110 – Business Information Systems

Communications, Humanities, and Fine Arts
COM 100 – Fundamentals of Speech Communication
ENG 101 – First Year Composition I
ENG 102 – First Year composition II
MUS 100 – Music: The Art of Listening
MUS 102 – Music In America

Health Professions and Public Service
CRJ 100 – Intro to Criminal Justice
CRJ 101 – Introduction to Corrections
CRJ 107 - Juvenile Justice

Mathematics and Sciences
BIO 100 – Introduction to Biology
BIO 101 – Introduction to Biology Lab
BIO 102 – Human Biology
BIO 103 – Human Biology Lab
CHM 100 – Introduction to Chemistry
CHM 101 – Introduction to Chemistry Lab
MTH 101 – College Mathematics
MTH 131 – Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MTH 132 – Calculus with Analytic Geometry II

Social Sciences, Education, and World Languages
HIS 121 – American History to 1865
HIS 122 – American History Since 1865
PHL 100 – Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 120 – Introduction to World Religions
PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology
SPN 202 – Intermediate Spanish II
SPN 205 – Spanish for Native Speakers
SPN 215 – Introduction to Hispanic Literature

Non IAI Transferable Dual Credit Courses:

Students who earn a grade of C or better will have immediately creates a Waubonsee College transcript.  These courses may not transfer to other colleges right away, but they can be used to earn a Waubonsee degree that will transfer.  Some of the Career and Technology programs such as Auto, Welding, CAD, allow instructors with proper training and experience in lieu of a Master’s degree.  Below is a list of some common courses taken but all potential courses can be found in the course catalog.

Each course must align to Waubonsee’s curriculum and use a predetermined textbook chosen by the college.

High schools may provide an in-house instructor to teach a course as long as the instructor meets the same qualifications as an adjunct faculty member on Waubonsee’s campus.  For most transfer level courses, potential instructors must posses a Master’s degree in the field of study or a Master's degree in a related field, such as education, plus 18 hours of graduate course work in the field of study. Some career and technology programs, such as auto, welding, computer-aided design, will approve instructors with proper training and experience in lieu of a Master’s degree. Dual credit classes taught using this model only incur charges for Waubonsee's $8 per credit hour student fee.

If no qualified instructor is available, high schools may choose to partner with Waubonsee to have a college adjunct faculty member teach dual credit course on site at the high school. With this model, the costs are billed to include full tuition and fees for each registered student.

Below are some commonly offered non IAI transferable dual credit courses:

Business and Career Technology
AUT 100 – Fundamentals of Automotive Tech
CAD 100 – Basic Technical Drawing
CAD 102 – Intro to 2-D CAD
WLD 101 – Blueprint Reading for Welders
WLD 115 - Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting

Communications, Humanities, and Fine Arts
MCM 201 – Broadcast Writing

Health Professions and Public Service
EMT 120 – Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
HIT 105 – Medical Terms for Health Occupations
HIT 110 – Medical Terminology
NAS 101 – Basic Nurse Assistant Training

Mathematics and Sciences
MTH 111 – College Algebra
MTH 112 – Plane Trigonometry

Social Sciences, Education, and World Languages
EDU 200 – Introduction to Education
EDU 202 - Clinical Experience in Education
SPN 201 – Intermediate Spanish I

Articulated Courses:

Articulated courses are managed through the Valley Education for Employment System (VALEES). VALEES creates articulated credit agreements with area schools that awards college credit to students when learning experiences at the high school level of instruction duplicate those at the college level. Upon graduation, students may apply for articulated credit for classes where they earned a grade of a B or better. Credit is then applied upon enrollment in the college that has the agreement with the high school. Transferability is dependent upon the college to which the student applies.  

VALEES has articulated credit agreements with Waubonsee Community College, Joliet Junior College, Kishwaukee College, and College of DuPage in the following areas:

Accounting, Business, Marketing (WCC)
Agriculture and Horticulture (JJC)
Auto Technology and Auto Body (WCC)
Building Trades (WCC)
Clothing (COD)
Computer Aided Drafting (WCC)
Computer Technology (WCC)
Culinary Arts (JJC)
Early Childhood Education (WCC, KC)
Graphic Arts (WCC)
Health Occupations/EMT (WCC)
Small Engines (KC)
Welding (WCC)

For more information regarding articulated course agreements, please call VALEES at 630-466-5736.

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