MICS Implements Dual Enrollment With Palm Beach Atlantic
By Space Coast Daily // December 12, 2013
Students Can Earn College Credit with Palm Beach Atlantic University
BREVARD COUNTY MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA — Merritt Island Christian School recently announced its plans to implement a new dual enrollment program in partnership with Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA).
The Dual Enrollment Program (DEP) is designed to offer high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit for courses they take at their high schools. MICS believes dual enrollment is part of the future of higher education; and that more students will qualify in high school to take college-level courses and enter college with anywhere from three hours to 36 hours of college credit.
In the new program, students will use college-level textbooks and the courses will be taught by their high school instructors. The instructors must have credentials to teach at the collegiate level according to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements. These credentials include the instructor having at least a master’s degree in the discipline they will be teaching. All instructors earn the title of PBA Adjunct Professor.
Superintendent Dr. Nanci Dettra feels this new program enhances the philosophy of Christian education that is so important to Christian schools.
“The most impressive thing to me is that the secular curriculum at PBA integrates a Biblical worldview, which is important to MICS as it falls directly in line with our philosophy of Christian education. It is also exciting to me that the students will be receiving university level instruction by qualified instructors on our own campus,” said Dr. Dettra.
All credits earned in PBA’s program are transferable to all accredited colleges and universities, including state universities such as University of Florida and Florida State University.
Palm Beach Atlantic’s DEP students will get exposure to many aspects of the collegiate learning environment. They will have access to the Warren Library, either on site or online. In addition, all DEP courses have an eCollege component, which gives students experience with online learning.
The DEP will begin with a pilot course in the 2014 spring semester, and will offer several more courses beginning in the fall of 2014.