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Fall 2023 Dual Credit Briefing

MTDA Announcement

Fall 2023 Dual Credit Briefing
Counselors, Administrators, and Site Facilitators

Updated 08/06/2023

Notice to students and parents: This information is intended for distribution to schools and districts only and may contain details that do not apply to your local district’s participation in MTDA services. If you are interested in enrolling in courses with Montana Digital Academy, your first contact should be with the counseling department or administration of your local public school to discuss what is available locally.  MTDA does not take enrollments directly from students or their parents.

Important Note

MTDA continues to treat our dual credit courses as a separate term and program, due to the significant difference in setup and requirements.  Site facilitators and administrators must remain mindful of the fact that dual credit courses have increased rigor and requirements of students and should be utilized only when it is an appropriate placement for students.

Cost-Sharing Information

Per an agreement with the Office of the Commissioner of High Education, MTDA will not require a cost-sharing payment for our dual credit catalog for the 2023-2024 school year.

However, site facilitators and administrators should aware of the fact that a dual credit option should not be utilized as an alternative to MTDA’s original credit program simply because of the cost differential.  Dual credit courses are more demanding of students and require registration for college credit with the appropriate institution.


  • Please review our student registration page for information on data collection, entrance counseling, and student registration in the site facilitator handbook.
  • Please be mindful of course requirements and prerequisites.  We rely on local school officials to determine appropriate placement in MTDA programs and services.  If you are in doubt about particular course placements, please contact the MTDA support desk for guidance and advice.  Dual credit courses are typically limited by our partner colleges to students of junior and senior standing that are at least 16 years of age.  Schools are responsible for working with any students that don’t meet those criteria to fill out the appropriate waiver with our partner college.
  • As noted in our facilitator handbook, each student account must have an accurate, unique, and functioning email address for each student enrolled in the system.  If your district’s student email system blocks outside emails, please work with your IT department to unblock MTDA email addresses BEFORE enrolling.  Additionally note, Apple addresses do not allow access to many automated email systems; please use an alternative.
  • Registration for Fall 2023 dual credit courses is open now.  We will again enforce an “Initial Course Request Deadline” on Wednesday, August 30, 2023.  MTDA will finalize sections on that day and assign teachers.  We may or may not have additional slots open in any particular course after this day.  If you choose to enroll a student on or after the course start date on September 5, 2023, you must play an active role in helping that student get in the course and catch up to pace.  Students that are enrolled after the course starts have a significantly higher drop rate and ultimately lower success rate.
  • Please use the enrollment counseling forms when enrolling students and give a copy of the form to the student after enrollment.  This form helps decrease confusion on behalf of the student and their parents and opens up communication lines.  Our enrollment counseling page is here: LINK.

Program Information

  • Our course list for Fall 2023 is here: LINK.
  • Our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar is located here: LINK.
  • Our 2023-2024 course catalog and course offering lists are located here: LINK.
  • Significant program changes (please check back here for an up-to-date list):
    • New Courses
      • EDU204IA – Creative Arts and Lifelong Learning (Dual Credit) is an Art course that meets the M121 Montana University System common course numbering.
      • EDEC 247 – Child & Adolescent Growth & Development (Dual Credit) is a CTE/Education course that meets the M121 Montana University System common course numbering.
      • Both EDU204IA & EDEC 247 are education-focused courses that can be utilized along with EDU101US to create a 9-credit education pathway for your high school students that are interested in becoming Elementary or High School certified teachers.
  • Course Enrollment Limitations
    • All dual credit courses are candidates for a course cap due to the need for staff that qualifies for faculty status at our partner colleges in Montana.
  • NCAA: If you are considering MTDA courses for a student that could be a future NCAA athlete, be sure to review our page regarding MTDA and the NCAA.
  • IEPs/504 information: If you have a student that has 504 or IEP accommodations, please review the required procedures for sharing accommodation requests in our site facilitator handbook (short link to specific pages: link)

Specific Course College Registration Requirements