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Montana Teachers Dual Credit Incentive Program


The Montana Dual Credit Incentive Program is an effort to reward high school teachers for teaching dual credit (concurrent enrollment) courses, helping to expand the opportunities for high school students to get a head start on their college education while at the same time receiving required credit needed to graduate from high school.


Provide any high school teacher who teaches a concurrent enrollment class (with at least 4 students receiving dual credit) a credit-for-credit coupon to any public or tribal college in Montana.  That is, for every dual credit hour taught (based on a college credit hour) by a high school teacher, the MUS will provide a coupon for the same number of credits, covering the cost of tuition.


This program applied to all high school teachers qualified to teach dual credit courses. Dual credit teacher qualifications include:

General Education course qualifications: A master’s degree with at least 9 credits in the teaching field/discipline of the dual credit class being taught.  A temporary two year waiver of the nine credits can be granted if the instructor is actively pursuing the additional required credits.

Career Technical Education course qualifications: bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three years of occupational experience within the subject area of the dual credit class being taught.

The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education facilitated the certification of teacher qualifications between the participating high schools and colleges. 


The program began in Fall 2014 and concluded in Spring 2016.


The program was offered to teachers in any public or private high school recognized by the state of Montana.


  • Individual teachers could earn up to 24 credits over the two-year period
  • Coupons could be transferred to anyone; coupons are redeemable for resident graduate or undergraduate tuition only
  • Coupons must have been redeemed by June 1, 2017 at any public or tribal college.