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Early Start on the High School Campus

Nicholls State University wants to partner with local high schools and parish school boards to participate in our Dual Enrollment/Early Start program.  Our Dual Enrollment/Early Start program allows students to take college courses on our campus, but also allows high schools to teach our courses on the high school campus.

High schools who partner with Nicholls to offer these courses, give their students an opportunity to earn Nicholls’ credit without leaving their high school.  All credit attempted or earned becomes part of the student’s official and permanent college transcript.

High school teachers who are interested in teaching Nicholls courses on their campus, must meet the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) qualified or exceptional status.

SACS Qualified Status:

“Qualified” status designation requires the “faculty teaching general education courses at the undergraduate level to have a doctor’s or master’s degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).”

SACS Exceptional Status:

“Qualified by Exception” status designation requires the faculty to have related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes. Using information provided by the faculty member in the ‘Matrix of Relevant Qualifications to Course Outcomes’ form, exceptional status designation will be determined by Nicholls faculty in the discipline.

If you are a principal, school counselor, or teacher who is interested in offering a Nicholls State University course on your campus for your students, please contact Lori Richard in the Office of Student Engagement.

In order to participate in the Early Start/Dual Enrollment program, all students must meet the minimum Early Start/Dual Enrollment requirements AND meet any prerequisites or co-requisites attached to the course chosen.  A full list of Nicholls’ courses, and course descriptions with prerequisites and co-requisites information can be found here.

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