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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 all prerequisites for CITC classes as deemed necessary in the College Catalog.

- Testing is required for all students taking a CITC course to ensure all students meet the course prerequisites and maintain the quality of the course content.
- Only ACT/SAT or COMPASS tests are acceptable to meet course eligibility.
- Testing must be completed before the student is enrolled in the CITC course.

  • Application Process

- Students must complete a CITC Student Application every year they participate in the program. Students need only to complete one application, even if they are in multiple CITC courses at their high school.
- After submitting a completed CITC Student Application, the student must print and sign their name on the CITC Registration Roster Form for each high school class for which they are seeking college credit.
- Students must meet the application, testing and registration deadline in order to participate, no exceptions.

Final Grades

  • 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 free.

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.

Complete an online application for College in the Classroom.

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 master's 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 master's 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

  • 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. 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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