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Clark State’s College in the Classroom (CITC) program creates partnerships with local high schools by awarding college credit to high school students who are in courses determined to be college level and taught by appropriately credentialed high school teachers.

Important Information to Know If I'm a Student

Student Participation Guidelines

  • Any student taking an approved CITC course at their high school is eligible to enroll in the CITC program to receive college credit for their course.

  • Students must meet the application deadline in order to participate, no exceptions.

  • If a high school course is equivalent to more than one Clark State course, students will be enrolled and registered for more than one semester at Clark State. In this case, the student must meet the application deadline for the first semester of their course sequence in order to be able to register for the additional semesters. Students will not be able to decide "late" that they wish to enroll in CITC to get college credit for their course.

For example, if a high school English course is equated to Clark State’s ENG 1111 and ENG 1112 courses, the student would most likely be enrolled in Fall and Spring Semesters. Students would be enrolled in ENG 1111 for Fall Semester and ENG 1112 for Spring Semester. Students who forego registering in Fall Semester for ENG 1111 will not be permitted to sign up "late" Spring Semester seeking both ENG 1111 and ENG 1112 credit.

  • When high school courses are equivalent to multiple Clark State courses, students may choose to pay and receive credit for their desired courses as long as they choose courses that meet prerequisite requirements.

For example, in the same high school English class mentioned above, a student may choose to only receive and pay for their ENG 1111 credit and not the ENG 1112 credit. However, that same student cannot choose to only get credit for ENG 1112 because the course prerequisite requirement of ENG 1111 will not have been met.

Final Grades

  • All CITC course final grades will be based on the final letter grade the student receives in the high school class. Grades will be calculated according to the high school teacher’s standards. Clark State does not have a universal grading scale. This is the grade that will show on the official transcript.

  • If a high school course has been equated to more than one Clark State course, the high school teacher will need to determine final grades multiple times throughout the course as necessary in order to report a grade for each semester the student is registered.

  • If a CITC student wishes to withdraw from their college class, they must notify the Office of Early College Programs before the end of the semester they are registered. The student will receive a “W” on their college transcript for the course.


  • The tuition rate for the CITC program is $37.50/credit hour and is non-refundable.

  • Each semester Clark State will bill CITC high school partners for tuition costs associated with all their students participating in the CITC program that semester.

  • Each CITC high school partner is expected to pay Clark State directly. Schools can choose to cover the cost of tuition for their students or pass on the costs to students and parents. Students and parents would pay/reimburse their high schools for their CITC tuition costs.

Application Fee

  • There is no application fee for the CITC program. However, if a student chooses to enroll at Clark State after graduation as a traditional student, he or she may be subject to our application fee at that time.

Transcript Request Fee

  • Official transcripts cost $2.00/each. This fee is charged to the student when official transcripts are requested at the end of their CITC courses.

Important Information to Know If I'm a High School Partner

Approving High School Courses for the CITC Program:

The high school teacher must be approved by a Clark State academic dean to teach in the CITC Program.

Teacher Requirements for High School Courses in General Education Subject Areas:

  • A masters degree in their subject area or at least 18 semester credit hours at the graduate/post-baccalaureate level in their subject area is required.

  • Teachers in these subject areas must submit copies of transcripts of all graduate level course work to be reviewed and approved by the appropriate Clark State academic dean.

Teacher Requirements for High School Courses in Technical Education Subject Areas:

  • A masters degree in their subject area or at least 18 semester credit hours at the graduate/post-baccalaureate level is preferred.

  • Work experience, teaching experience and other credentials such as certifications are also considered.

  • Teachers in these subject areas must submit copies of transcripts of all college course work (undergraduate and graduate), a resume and copies of any additional certifications they may have to be reviewed by the appropriate dean.

If the high school teacher is approved to teach in the CITC Program, the course moves on to the next step in the approval process. If the teacher is not approved to teach in CITC, the course is not eligible for the program.

The high school course content must be reviewed by a designated Clark State faculty member and approved to be the equivalent of at least one Clark State college course.

  • Once the high school teacher has been approved, Clark State will assign a faculty member to consult with the high school teacher regarding the content of the high school course to determine if there is an applicable Clark State course equivalency.

Course Evaluation Fee

  • A $100 Course Evaluation Fee will be charged to the high school for all brand new courses submitted for CITC approval each academic year. The purpose of this fee is to pay Clark State faculty for reviewing high school courses for this program. This fee will be charged regardless of whether or not the high school course is approved or denied for CITC.

  • Previously approved CITC high school courses will not be charged this fee provided that the high school course content has not changed.

  • No fee will be charged for reviewing a new high school teacher in a previously approved CITC high school course provided the course content has not changed. However, if the new teacher does not meet the necessary requirements the course will not be eligible for CITC participation.

Logistical Expectations

  • Clark State strives to keep the cost of the CITC program as affordable as possible for high schools and students. The tuition costs and any course evaluation fees are charged directly to the CITC high school partner. To ensure a smooth payment process, Clark State requests that each high school create an open/blanket purchase order for the CITC program at the beginning of the school year.

  • High school partners must designate a “high school liaison” for the CITC program. This person serves as Clark State’s connection with the high school regarding all aspects of the CITC program. He or she should be affiliated with the high school, work with students and teachers and be easily accessible. It is possible that this person may need to be contacted during the summer. Examples of individuals schools have designated as liaisons are: principals, guidance counselors and directors of curriculum.

  • The designated CITC liaison will complete all initial paperwork for their participation in the program each year. The liaison is encouraged to keep copies of all paperwork for their documentation. They are also responsible for making sure all teachers are completing their roles within the CITC Program and meeting all program deadlines.

  • CITC high school teachers must take an active role in the CITC program. They will be asked to provide basic program information to students, collect student applications, complete a class registration roster form and submit final grades by the appropriate deadlines. All CITC high school teachers will be provided with a "Welcome Packet" that provides everything they need to complete their role in the program. High school teachers may need to be contacted over the summer to make sure their CITC course is ready for the upcoming academic year.
  • Clark State’s Office of Early College Programs will provide prompt communication and guidance to all high school partners regarding their participation in CITC throughout the academic year. If desired, the high school liaison or CITC teachers can request a representative of the college to meet with any and all people involved in the CITC program (administrators, counselors, teachers, students, parents, etc.)
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