Early College Programs

Dual Enrollment Eligibility

Student Eligibility 

USM Dual Enrollment courses are taught in select, participating high schools throughout Southern Maine. Courses in select subjects are offered and are taught by high school teachers. Students learn course material at the pace of an on-campus college course, are graded according to USM standards, and experience the same level of academic rigor as traditional USM students.

In addition to having an interest in experiencing college-level coursework and learning, Dual Enrollment students should:

  • Be a full-time high school student
  • Be a resident of the state of Maine
    *Students who are not Maine residents may enroll in Dual Enrollment courses in their high school, but are not eligible to receive state funding for these courses. Please see the Dual Enrollment Cost page for more information.
  • Meet academic course prerequisites, if any
    *Prerequisite assessment protocol and criteria for Dual Enrollment courses are determined by the relevant academic department at USM.
  • Be attending a USM Dual Enrollment-participating, state-eligible secondary school

Teacher Eligibility

Dual Enrollment instructors are teachers at high schools that have established a partnership with USM in order to deliver University of Southern Maine courses. Prospective instructors must submit a CV to USM and include all graduate-level work undertaken (whether a degree was completed or not) and any other discipline-relevant information such as certifications earned, positions held, and active membership in professional or discipline-specific associations. The relevant academic department at USM will review teacher CVs and any additional materials submitted to determine who can deliver Dual Enrollment courses and credits on their behalf. 

High school teachers interested in delivering a Dual Enrollment course may contact their school counselor and/or Meghan Cadwallader, Director of Educational Partnerships at USM to discuss possible courses and inquire about becoming a Dual Enrollment instructor.

*Note: The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) requires Dual Enrollment teachers have a minimum of a Master’s degree in their field or another Master’s degree with 5-10 years teaching experience, including significant undergraduate and graduate preparation in their field of study. The University of Southern Maine is not currently accredited by NACEP, however the university is aligning dual enrollment programs with NACEP standards. For more information, please see the NACEP Standards for Accreditation and visit the NACEP website.