The Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) Program provides a pathway for high school students to begin earning college credit toward a certificate or degree.

Offer ATC-approved courses to high school students

Schools and districts offering ATC-approved courses ensure that these courses cover competencies beyond the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), include enhanced content to meet postsecondary requirements, and, at a minimum, provide one full credit toward high school graduation. These competencies are outlined in the ATC Statewide Articulated Course Crosswalks.

The ATC Statewide Articulated Course Crosswalk lists all ATC-approved courses and their equivalent college course(s) for a given school year. Statewide articulated high school courses must also be at least one full credit or be offered in approved combinations so that the completion of multiple courses is equal to one credit.

To review the ATC Statewide Articulated Course Crosswalks click here.

For more information on offering ATC-approved courses, refer to the Methods of Earning College Technical Credit in High School: A Resource for Middle School and High School Counselors.

Methods of Earning College Technical Credit in High School: A Resource for Middle School and High School Counselors

Ensure ATC courses are taught by ATC-eligible teachers

Schools and districts are responsible for ensuring that ATC-approved courses are taught by ATC-eligible teachers. Teachers seeking ATC eligibility must successfully complete ATC credential screening and course-specific training. Teachers of ATC-approved courses are expected to hold the same credentials as their community and technical college counterparts who teach equivalent college-level courses as defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). They also must successfully complete ATC Program professional development, including a course-specific professional development training for each ATC-approved course they plan to teach.

To offer statewide articulated courses in the ATC Program:

  • Select a course, or series of courses, from the ATC Statewide Articulated Course Crosswalk.
  • Ensure ATC courses include competencies equivalent to the community and technical college courses. These competencies are outlined in the the ATC Statewide Articulated Course Crosswalk.
  • Ensure ATC course content either exceeds the high school TEKS or addresses the TEKS with greater depth.
  • Ensure ATC courses are taught by ATC-eligible teachers.
  • Ensure ATC courses, at a minimum, provide one full credit toward high school graduation.
  • Code ATC-approved courses on student transcripts by using the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) course number and abbreviation for ATC-approved courses as listed on the ATC Statewide Articulated Course Crosswalk.

Advise students on how to earn college credit in high school

Schools and districts participating in the ATC program advise students on the options and requirements for award of articulated course credit. This process begins by ensuring each student who is enrolled in statewide articulated courses has selected the proper course of study and is coded correctly for submission to PEIMS.

Documents such as course outcome profiles, end-of-course exams, or external certification verifying that a student has met minimum course competencies for articulated courses outlined in the ATC Statewide Articulated Course Crosswalks should be maintained by the independent school district as part of a student's record.

Share the ATC Student Information Brochure with students looking for additional information on the ATC Program.

ATC Student Information Brochure

Evaluate articulated courses for performance acknowledgment

19 TAC Chapter 74 states:

“74.14. Performance Acknowledgments.

(a) A student may earn a performance acknowledgment on the student's diploma and transcript for outstanding performance in a dual credit course by successfully completing:

(1) at least 12 hours of college academic courses, including those taken for dual credit as part of the Texas core curriculum, and advanced technical credit courses, including locally articulated courses, with a grade of the equivalent of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0; or
(2) an associate degree while in high school.”

Students can earn a performance acknowledgement on their diploma and transcript: for outstanding performance in a dual-credit course; on a college advanced placement test or IB exam; on the PSAT, ACT-Plan, SAT, ACT; for earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license; or for bilingualism and biliteracy. Students who qualify can receive credit towards a two-year associate's degree or one-year certificate. Also, students in an ATC course may receive weighted points toward their GPA.