Frequently Asked Questions - Dual Enrollment
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Dual Enrollment

Frequently Asked Questions


What is dual enrollment?

Dual enrollment offers high school students who have completed the 10th grade the opportunity to complete college coursework while attending high school.

Dual enrollment provides transfer pathway and career education courses for high school students capable of advanced work and is not intended as remedial or makeup work.

What grade level must I be for dual enrollment?

El Camino College allows dual enrollment to students who have successfully completed the 10th grade or to students currently in 11th or 12th grade.

Students are eligible for dual enrollment beginning the summer term after they complete 10th grade. Students are no longer eligible for dual enrollment after completing the 12th grade.

What about students in grades K-10?

Students in grades K-10 may be eligible for dual enrollment under limited circumstances.

Students in grades K-10 must receive Division Dean Approval from the appropriate academic division to dual enroll in courses. For example: to take a foreign language course, a K-10 student must receive approval from a Humanities division dean.

Some academic divisions limit dual enrollment to only students who have completed the 10th grade. Division Dean Approval does not guarantee a seat in a class. K-10 students are required to meet all course prerequisites and complete the registration process.

What courses are restricted for dual enrollment?

Please see the Course Restrictions page for a complete list of course restrictions by academic division and by grade level.

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. When a student turns 18 years old or enters a post-secondary institution at any age, all rights afforded to parents under FERPA transfer to the student.

For this reason, El Camino College can only provide information pertaining to a K-12 student's application, registration, etc., directly to the student regardless of age.

What terms/semesters does El Camino College offer?

El Camino College has two main terms, the Fall and Spring semesters, which are 16-weeks long (with some 8-week classes). We also offer a Summer term with two 6-week sessions and one 8-week session, and a 5-week Winter term.

Important dates for each term can be found on the Academic CalendarK-12 students must submit a completed Dual Enrollment Application for each term (fall, winter, spring, summer) they wish to dual enroll.

What is a course? What is a section?

El Camino College courses are identified by subject and number, i.e. History 102 or Psychology 101. Complete course details, including title, description, number of units, and CSU/UC transferability can be found in the Catalog.

A class section (or just "section") is a particular offering of a course during a given term. Every class section is identified by a unique section number, i.e. HIST-102-1234 or just 1234. Class sections offered, including start/end dates, location, meeting days/times, assigned faculty, and number of seats available, can be found in the Class Schedule.

When you submit a Dual Enrollment Application, you are requesting permission to register for any section of the course(s) listed on your form, for the indicated term, as a K-12 student.

How many classes can I take?

Dual enrollment is limited to two courses per term. K-12 students need permission from their high school and approval from the El Camino College Registrar to enroll in more than two courses.

K-12 students are limited to a maximum of 11 units in fall and spring terms, and 7 units in summer terms. Winter is limited to 1 course only.

What is a support section?

Some sections of English 1A and Mathematics 80, 120, 130, 150, 170, and 180 are linked to a required 1-unit support section, i.e. English 1AS, Math 80S, Math 120S, etc.

Students who place into English 1A + 1AS or Mathematics ____ + ____S must take both courses together. Each "corequisite" support section is linked with a specific "parent" section taught by the same instructor.

Linked class sections are identified when viewing Section Details in the Class Schedule:

Requisite support section example

A list of Corequisite/Parent Courses by term can also be found on the Class Schedules webpage.

K-12 students can register for a section with a linked support section, but must commit to taking both classes. K-12 students must also have permission on their account for both the parent course and the support course in order to register, and can email dualenrollment@elcamino.edu to add this permission. (This additional permission does not count against the course limit for a term, but does count against the unit limit.)

How much do classes cost?

Enrollment fees and other misc. student fees are waived for K-12 students who dual enroll in courses listed on their submitted Dual Enrollment Application.

K-12 students enrolling in El Camino College classes are responsible for purchasing any required textbooks/class materials and optional parking permit. You can use the Online Bookstore to look up required textbooks/materials by class section.

New! Some class sections use only open or free textbooks, or other no-cost course materials. These classes are marked as ZTC$ for Zero-Textbook Cost in the Class Schedule, or you can View Open Classes and apply a filter to only see ZTC classes.

How do I apply for dual enrollment?

K-12 students must first Apply for Admission to El Camino College. K-12 students who miss consecutive fall and spring terms will need to apply for admission again to reactivate their existing account.

K-12 students must also submit a completed Dual Enrollment Application for each term (fall, winter, spring, summer) they wish to dual enroll.

Update: We've created instructions to help to Complete the Dual Enrollment Application using Adobe Acrobat Reader or by printing and scanning.

We are accepting completed Dual Enrollment Applications via email. Please email completed forms (with all drawn, not typed, signatures) as an attachment to dualenrollment@elcamino.edu.

Applying to El Camino College and submitting a Dual Enrollment Application does not guarantee a seat in a class. K-12 students are required to meet all course prerequisites and complete the registration process. 

What if I did not receive my Welcome Email and/or I cannot log into MyECC?

Students are sent a Welcome Email with their El Camino College Student ID Number and MyECC login information 1-3 business days after they apply to El Camino College.

If you did not receive your Welcome Email after 3 business days:

  • Please check your email's spam/junk folder.
  • If you still cannot log into MyECC, please email us at dualenrollment@elcamino.edu from the email address used on your application for admission.

What is a prerequisite?

Courses with a prerequisite require students to have passed a previous course (or an equivalent class/test) in order to register.

11th-12th grade students can complete the English and Mathematics Placement Survey in MyECC to receive math placement on their account. 12th grade students can receive English placement from the survey as well. K-10 students receive prerequisite clearance from a dean at the time they obtain Division Dean Approval. 

K-12 students with AP Exam scores of 3, 4 or 5, or CAASPP scores of "standards exceeded" can show them to an Express Counselor or submit the online prerequisite clearance form. For math clearance above MATH 190, email AP Exam scores or other college transcripts to math@elcamino.edu

Courses with a Recommended Preparation advise that students have passed a previous course, but it is not a requirement to register.

Do I need to complete any other steps on the Path to Enroll?

New, incoming college students are encouraged to complete the steps of financial aid, orientation, and educational planning before registering for classes.

K-12 students taking courses through dual enrollment do not need to complete these steps.

How do I register for classes?

K-12 students can register for El Camino College classes online using MyECC on or after their Registration Appointment date and time. Registration priority is given to new, continuing, and returning college students first, and then K-12 students.

K-12 students must have submitted a completed Dual Enrollment Application for the term and met all course prerequisites prior to registering for classes. K-12 students can only register for courses listed on their submitted Dual Enrollment Application.

NOTE: Students participating in High School Partnership Classes will be be manually registered by the El Camino College Admissions Office once Dual Enrollment Applications are received and processed.

Can I change what courses I can register for?

K-12 students wanting to register for a different course subject than those submitted on their Dual Enrollment Application (i.e. change from MATH 170 to HIST 102) must submit a new completed Dual Enrollment Application. This new Dual Enrollment Application will overwrite the previous form your account.

K-12 students looking to register for a different course number (i.e. change from MATH 170 to MATH 150) can email dualenrollment@elcamino.edu to request this change.

Where can I see the classes I am registered for?

Students can see class sections they are registered for in MyECC. In the Self-Service Menu, click Registration, then click My class schedule.

What do I do after I register for classes?

After registering, students can check their account balance in MyECC. In the Self-Service Menu, click Financial Information, then click View Account and Make Payments. K-12 Dual Enrollment students who have completed the steps above should see the message "No account balance to pay."

Students can use the Online Bookstore to look up required textbooks/class materials for their classes. Books and materials can then be purchased through the El Camino College Bookstore or a third-party vendor.

After registering for an online class, students will have a Canvas account created for them automatically (usually overnight). Make sure you can sign into Canvas before the start of the class.

Check your @elcamino.edu email address regularly, as this is where all official communication from El Camino and/or your instructors will be sent. You can even add your @elcamino.edu email address to your smart phone/mobile device.

Lastly, make sure to review El Camino College's Academic Calendar to learn important information about the term, including the Last Day to Drop Without Notation on Permanent Record and Last Day to Drop with a 'W' should you need to drop a class.

What if a class I wish to take is waitlisted or closed?

Students looking to register in a section that is "waitlisted" can add themselves to the waitlist. If seats in the class become available before the term begins, then waitlisted students are moved onto the active roster in waitlist order. K-12 students must have submitted a Dual Enrollment Application and meet all course prerequisites in order to be added to the roster.

Sections can also show the status "waitlist full" or "closed" when the class capacity and the waitlist capacity (usually 10 students) become full.

Where can I see the classes I have waitlisted?

Also in MyECC. In the Self-Service Menu, click Registration, then click Manage My Waitlist.

How do I add a class?

After a term begins, students can no longer waitlist or register for full-term classes, or be automatically added from the waitlist. Instead, students seeking to enroll in a class that has already begun need to email the instructor to obtain an Add Code. Instructors' email addresses are visible in MyECC when using Search for Classes tool in MyECC, or can be found by searching the El Camino College website.

Students must use the Add Code in MyECC before the Last Day to Add for the term. K-12 students must have a Dual Enrollment Application on file for the term and meet all course prerequisites to be able to add the class.

How do I access my online classes?

Online classes are delivered using Canvas, El Camino's Learning Management System.

Students gain access to Canvas only after they are registered for an online class (usually overnight).

A link to the Canvas Resources page is provided at the top of every El Camino College webpage. Use the Canvas Login Page link on that page to sign into Canvas with your MyECC username/password. There are also links available to help familiarize you with Canvas.

Registered online classes will appear in Canvas on the first day of the class. (Some classes may be available up to seven days prior to the class start date, depending on the instructor.)

How do I access my @elcamino.edu email address?

Students can go to directly to outlook.com/elcamino.edu and sign in with their MyECC login information to access their email in Office 365.

Students can also add their @elcamino.edu email address to their mobile device or computer's email application.

Can I drop a dual enrolled class?

Yes, K-12 students can drop from a class using MyECC (in the Self-Service Menu, click Registration, then Drop Classes).

K-12 students registered in El Camino College classes are subject to the same deadline dates for dropping a class as college students. Please view the Academic Calendar to learn the Last Day to Drop Without Notation on Permanent Record and Last Day to Drop with a 'W' for each term.

How can I see my grades/transcript?

Grades are available in MyECC after the term. In the Self-Service Menu, click Academic Profile, then click Grades

Students can view their unofficial transcript in MyECC by clicking the Unofficial Student Transcript link under Web Services. Previous students who have lost access to MyECC can also Request Unofficial Transcripts.

Official transcripts can to be ordered online from the Transcripts webpage.

How do I receive credit for taking college classes?

El Camino College grants college credit (only) for completed courses. Grades earned will be listed on your El Camino College college transcript and may impact your future college grade point average (GPA).

Students should consult their high school counselor and/or school district policy on enrolling in college classes to earn high school credit or dual credit. Any and all high school credit granted for completing El Camino College classes is determined and granted by the high school.

Is there a GPA requirement for dual enrollment?

K-12 students must earn and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater at El Camino College to continue as a K-12 Dual Enrollment student.

I have an IEP or 504 plan at my high school. Can I take classes via dual enrollment?

Yes, accommodations for K-12 students are coordinated between your high school and El Camino College's Special Resource Center. Students can contact dualenrollment@elcamino.edu to learn more about this process.

Can homeschooled students take classes through dual enrollment?

Yes, homeschooled students can take classes through dual enrollment, but must include a signature from any affiliated public/private/umbrella school in Section III: Principal or Designee Course Recommendation, OR (if a parent signs in Section III) a copy of the student's Private School Affidavit filed with the California Department of Education.

Can undocumented students take classes through dual enrollment?

Yes, undocumented students can enroll in classes through dual enrollment. El Camino College exempts special admit part-time nonresident students from fees.

Can international students take classes through dual enrollment?

Yes, but F1 and F2 visa holders will need to pay Non-Resident Tuition Fees for courses offered at El Camino College. Enrollment fees and other student fees are waived.

Are any dual enrollment opportunities offered at my high school campus?

El Camino College has dual enrollment partnerships with over 20 local high schools. Please see the Dual Enrollment in High School Partnership Classes page for more information.

Can I take classes at El Camino College and at my high school?

Yes, K-12 students can take classes at El Camino College and High School Partnership Classes during the same term, but are still limited to two classes (unless approved for more) and 11 units overall.

What happens after I graduate from high school?

If you will be attending El Camino College after high school, make sure to use your previously-created OpenCCC account to apply for admission again as a first-time student in college (after leaving high school) for the term after you graduate (typically the summer or fall term for students graduating in the spring).

Your El Camino College Student ID Number and MyECC account will remain the same, but as a first-time college student you will no longer have to submit a Dual Enrollment Application for every term or be limited to two courses. You will also become eligible for the South Bay Promise, financial aid, and/or priority registration. View the Timeline for New Students for more information.

What is concurrent enrollment?

At El Camino College, the terms concurrent enrollment and dual enrollment are used interchangeably to designate K-12 students enrolling in college courses. Dual enrollment is the preferred term.