Frequently Asked Questions
Seneca makes every attempt to maximize the transfer credits awarded to students from partner institutions without compromising the academic integrity of the receiving program. Students whose level matches the content of the prior learning may be granted transfer credit for open electives, professional options and/or substitute credits, and/or scheduled into a non-standard timetable.
For more information, contact the Dual Credit Team.
The credits you earn at Seneca may transfer over to the college you select depending on the credit transfer policy of the college you will be attending. You must contact the college you will be attending to confirm their credit transfer policy.
The Dual Credit Program is a partnership program offered at Seneca and various school boards across the Greater Toronto Area. The program offers high school students with a unique opportunity to experience college by taking a college course while they are still in high school.
Dual credit is a college course offered to secondary school students. Upon successfully completing the course, students will receive two credits. The first credit will go towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and the second credit can go towards a college course. Students will earn two credits by taking the dual credit college course.
Dual credit courses are free for high school students.
If you are a high school student, contact your high school guidance counsellor. If you are a teacher, school board representative or college staff member, please contact the Dual Credit Team.
Courses are offered at Newnham, Markham, Seneca@York and Jane Campus.
Seneca’s dual credit courses are delivered in the following ways:
- Integrated: secondary school students are integrated into an existing college class taught by a college professor on campus.
- A class with only secondary school students taught by a college professor at the secondary school; or
- A class with only secondary school students taught by a college professor at Seneca.
Most of the dual credit courses are delivered in the congregated option at Seneca.
Once you successfully complete the course, you will receive a college grade published on your Seneca transcript. The grade will be sent to your high school principal and to be documented on your secondary school transcript.
The Dual Credit Program is free. The costs for tuition, books and other fees will be covered on your behalf.
Speak to your guidance counsellor to ask if you are eligible to take a dual credit course.
- Seneca’s Counselling and Accessibility Services, The Learning Centre and Health Services offer assistance programs and informational resources for dual credit students. To book an appointment and explore your options for accommodations, please visit Counselling and Accessibility Services.
As of August 2016, Seneca follows the following academic accommodation process:
Academic accommodations for dual credit students are provided only for the duration of your dual credit course.
If you are a dual credit student with an Individual Education Plan (IEP):
Your Seneca counsellor will provide you with extended time. If you require more than extended time, a psychoeducational assessment or other relevant documentation from an appropriate regulated health provider must be provided. Seneca may then issue temporary academic accommodation and provide additional services such as a note taker.
If you are a dual credit student with a psychoeducational assessment with a diagnosis:
Your Seneca counsellor may provide you with temporary accommodations such as extra time and/or a note taker if required.
What are your responsibilities as a dual credit student?
- Book your appointment as early as possible by calling Counselling and Accessibility Services at the campus where you are taking your dual credit course. You will need to provide your student number to book your appointment. Please ensure you bring your OneCard to your appointment.
- Share your EIP and/or psychoeducational assessment with your counsellor at Seneca.
- Seneca follows an adult learning model and will speak with you directly on matters related to your performance in the course and your academic accommodations. You may choose to speak with Seneca counsellors and staff with the support of your parents, guardians or dual credit teacher. Your support person (i.e. parent) may assist you in understanding the academic accommodations process after you provide signed consent, authorizing communication between Seneca staff or counsellors. Your Seneca counsellor will assist you in completing the appropriate form.
- Your eligibility to receive an academic accommodation letter that outlines the academic accommodations that you are entitled to will be determined after you meet with a Seneca counsellor, based on your IEP/psychoeducational assessment.
- You are encouraged to go to the Faculty’s scheduled office hours to introduce yourself, ask questions and provide your instructor(s) with any additional information that you feel would be helpful towards implementing your academic accommodations.
- Notify your Seneca counsellor and/or Dual Credit Program designate in the case you experience difficulties with your academic accommodation letter. à ask SME what “difficulties” mean.
- Understand the differences between high school and college.
If you have any concerns with your academic accommodation, please contact a counsellor at your campus:
416.491.5050 ext. 22900
416.491.5050 ext. 55157
416.491.5050 ext. 33150
416.491.5050 ext. 77508
If you anticipate that you will not complete the dual credit course, you can withdraw from the course before the withdrawal deadline. Your withdrawal will show as DNC (Did Not Complete) on your Official College Transcript. A DNC does not affect your college GPA. To withdraw from a course, please contact both the Dual Credit Team and the Dual Credit Teacher, or your contact at high school.
To gain the full Seneca experience and successfully earn your credit, it is imperative that you attend classes regularly. It is Seneca policy and school board policy that secondary school students attend class. Your course instructor will record weekly attendance, which will be shared with your high school.
Your high school Dual Credit Teacher will assist you in securing the appropriate transportation to the Seneca location that your course is offered. Dual credit students will receive free transportation to Seneca.
As a dual credit student, you will receive a student photo ID card called the Seneca OneCard. At orientation, you will be issued the OneCard that will grant you access to the Library, Computing Commons, gym and more.
As a Seneca dual credit student, you will have access to a number of services offered at each of our campuses. If you cannot find the service you need at the campus you attend, you can visit any other
Seneca campuses to ensure your needs are met. You are encouraged to contact the Dual Credit Team if you have any questions while you are a dual credit student.
As a dual credit student, you are considered a Seneca student and are expected to follow Seneca policies and regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you review the following policies for more information on student expectations.
- My.Seneca - Access your course material, webmail, and important news and information about Seneca.
- Webmail - Your Seneca email account where professors and staff can communicate with you.
- Password Service - Seneca requires you to update your login password every 180 days.
- Student Centre - You can check your final grades, change your mailing address and see your timetable.
- Library Website - Your link to access free online articles, journals, books and etc.
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