Dual enrollment (DE) is a postsecondary course, taught either at the postsecondary institution or at the high school, by postsecondary faculty or credentialed adjunct faculty. Dual enrollment instructors must meet postsecondary requirements, but do not have to meet specific TN teacher licensure or endorsement requirements.
Dual enrollment courses can be taught at the postsecondary campus, the high school, or online. The location of the course does not affect its status as a dual enrollment course.
Students are enrolled at the postsecondary institution and earn postsecondary credit upon completion of the course. High school credit is awarded based on local policy.
Dual Enrollment Grant
The dual enrollment grant is one of the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships, and it provides grant funding for dual enrollment tuition and fees. The dual enrollment grant pays the full cost of tuition and fees for a student’s first two dual enrollment courses at a community college. Information on grant eligibility and participation requirements is available on the Tennessee Student Assistance Cooperation website.
TCAT Dual Enrollment Pilot
The department and Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) are working with select high schools and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) to pilot new early postsecondary partnerships. The TCAT Dual Enrollment Program is intended to link secondary CTE programs of study with TCAT instruction for select courses to better serve students and create opportunities for high school students to earn postsecondary credit while in high school. Programs of study include Diesel Technology, Cosmetology /Barbering, and Mechatronics.
The pilot is intended to:
- ensure better alignment with TCAT curriculum and instruction;
- allow students to begin working toward postsecondary credential/degree while still in high school; and
- identify options for transitioning the programs fully to postsecondary.
Schools interested in participating in the TCAT Dual Enrollment Program should contact Early.Postsecondary@tn.gov.
Resources for Students and Parents
Resources for Schools
Learn more about existing Dual Enrollment Programs in Tennessee: