If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.
Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.
Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.
If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for
Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.
Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the following associate degrees:
* Only the A.A.T. degrees with specializations in Foreign Language and Mathematics include the complete Core.
The Core’s three tiers each include one or more learning categories, groupings of courses that reflect “big ideas.” Like a pyramid, each tier builds on previously mastered skills.
There are pre-Core requirements for some. If you have completed fewer than 12 hours of college-level course work, you’ll need to enroll in the three-credit-hour Learning Framework (EDUC 1300) course. This course offers multiple learning strategies that will help you become a better critical thinker.
You may be required to take Developmental Studies, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or computer literacy classes if assessment indicates a need.
The Core is built in three layers, similar to a pyramid. You take three sets of courses — called tiers — and earn 42 credit hours. Like a pyramid, courses in each tier build on the knowledge you previously learned:
Tier 1 — Core Foundations provides the fundamentals of college-level learning: reading, writing, speaking, listening, wellness and reasoning. Tier One requires completion of five to six courses. Learning categories are:
Tier 2 — Core Domains reinforces and applies the fundamentals you learned in Core Foundations to the fields of study you are pursuing. Tier 2 requires completion of eight courses. Learning categories are:
Tier 3 — Integrative Learning ties everything together as you explore critical issues in the state-federal relationship. This tier consists of a single learning category:
Note: The tiers are intended to guide you, not serve as a rigid plan. You can enroll in Tier 2 courses while completing Tier 1 requirements or enroll in Tier 3 while completing the Tier 2 courses.
Get specific information about the Core Curriculum or learn about the
history of the Core selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually
accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.
Get more information on transferring your Core Curriculum courses to a four-year institution at the
Transfer Services website.
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frequently asked questions.