Students who are interested in career and technical courses may take one career and technical college level course taught by a college faculty member on a college campus, at their high school or online as early as grade 10. To be eligible to do so, they must be enrolled in a public school, have a minimum of a “proficient” score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for reading and meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course that must be met by all students. If a student successfully completes the technical course with a C or higher, the student can take additional career and technical courses as long as he or she meets the assessment requirement for those courses. Students who first enter PSEO programming through career and technical education can also begin to take PSEO general education courses in grades 11 and 12 by meeting the assessment prerequisites for the general education course they wish to enroll in, regardless of class rank or percentile on a nationally normed exam.
The PSEO program also allows high school students to take college courses on a college or university campus, at their high school or online taught by college or university faculty members. To be eligible to take PSEO courses at a Minnesota State college or universities, high school juniors must be in the upper one-third of their class or earn a score at or above the 70th percentile on a national test such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT or PLAN. Seniors must be in the upper half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on a national test such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT or PLAN. Eligible students will also need to meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course that must be met by all students taking the course.
Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are offered at many high schools and provide a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to take college level courses. Students who achieve a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement test can have that score evaluated by a college or university for a college credit. Students who attain an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma shall be granted six (6) lower division course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Higher Level IB.