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Charge Ahead with Dual Enrollment at Gallaudet University

CADE is a dual enrollment program that offers Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing high school students the chance to earn college credit while still in high school. The program allows students to take Gallaudet University courses concurrently with their high school teachers on their high school campus during regular school hours.

For high school teachers, CADE offers the opportunity to teach college-level courses, access Gallaudet University’s college curriculums and course materials, and enhance their own teaching skills and professional development through interactions with college-level faculty.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to charge ahead in your education!



High school students can take courses to focus on completing their general education requirements, access courses that are not available at their high school, and explore new subjects below. With a variety of courses to choose from, you will be able to explore your interests and gain valuable skills.

We’re expanding our offerings in the coming months, and also, we are accepting teachers with these content backgrounds:

  • Psychology
  • Government
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • Business
  • Art
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • American Sign Language
  • English
  • Spanish

Courses offered for concurrent enrollment during the 2023-2024 school year.

All these courses are crafted and aligned with the learning outcomes by Gallaudet Faculty and students will benefit from the unique perspective and approach to education that Gallaudet University offers.


*Courses listed with an asterisk indicate that credits can be counted towards GU’s Core Curriculum and General Education requirements.  Other courses can be counted towards major/minor and elective requirements.


High School Teachers
As a CADE Instructor, your main responsibility is to educate and motivate the upcoming generation of students, with a primary focus on preparing them for their future goals beyond high school. This role offers you the opportunity to teach college-level courses concurrently within your high school, utilize the resources and materials available through Gallaudet University, and strengthen your teaching abilities and professional development through collaboration with our professors and faculty. By joining the CADE community, you can kickstart your journey toward supporting Deaf high school students in achieving success in college. Click here for more information and to sign up as a CADE Instructor!
High School Students
Explore further to see what this program is about! Start thinking about how to get a head start on completing college courses while still in high school. It is also an opportunity to challenge yourself academically. Many benefits include learning academic skills designed for the college classroom with support from your teachers, meeting with Gallaudet professors and faculty to gain familiarity, minimizing your tuition costs, and completing courses you don't have to take when you get to college. Click here for more information and to enroll in the program!


Available Classes

Course Description

Learn elements and principles of digital media in a variety of forms and discuss within a framework of examples from the past and the present.

Students will gain basic knowledge skills using video camera equipment, digital editing applications such as Final Cut Pro and After Effects, script-writing and storyboarding.

Course Description

Learn about the Macintosh computer system, digital camera basics, and Adobe software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Students will gain skills in digital imaging, illustration, layout, and other digital art techniques.

This course is intended to prepare students for intermediate classes in graphic design, web design, photography, and digital art.

Course Description

Learn the foundations, principles, and procedures of drawing in various media.

Students will deepen their understanding through participation in lectures and studio work.

Course Description

Learn about the fundamentals of business administration, including management, organizational behavior, marketing, economics, statistics, management information systems, accounting, finance, entrepreneurship, international business, and ethics and social responsibility.

Students will experience similar scenarios of real-world challenges in the business world.

This course is intended for students who seek a one-time exposure to business as well as those planning to major in a Department of Business program.

Course Description

Learn about the basic structures of the American government (the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches), important processes such as elections, and basic principles and theories of governance in the American system.

Students will gain a strong understanding of the American government and politics.

Course Description

Learn basic skills in the current Windows environment and Microsoft Office Suites, including Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheet), Access (database), and PowerPoint (presentation), Browsers, and E-mail and file management.

Students will become knowledgeable and equipped to function in today's personal and workplace computing environment through hands-on training.

Course Description

Learn essential concepts in computer hardware with a focus on Personal Computers (PC) including the processor, motherboard, memory, video and sound adapters, storage devices, and power supplies, all using the Windows operating system.

Students will gain hands-on experience installing, configuring, troubleshooting, and repairing computer hardware equipment.

Course Description

Learn fundamental concepts, theory, and technical information on popular operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS, and UNIX/Linux platforms.

Students will gain hands-on experience with installation, upgrading, configuring (operating system and hardware), file systems, security, hardware options, storage, resource sharing, network connectivity, maintenance, and troubleshooting operating systems.

Course Description

Learn about linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions and how they apply to various branches of science, social studies, and management.

Study personal finance and statistics topics.

Students will gain a strong foundation in math and its applications to real-world problems.

Course Description

Gain an introduction to the scientific study of human behavior that covers important topics, methods, and contributions of psychology.

Students will deepen their understanding of different areas in development, language, learning, cognition, intelligence, and physiological, abnormal, and social psychology.


Charge Ahead Dual Enrollment
No, students will apply to Gallaudet University or other schools as new students. Their academic advisor and transfer coordinator will determine their student status based on their degree program and academic goals.
The student’s high school is responsible for determining how student grades are calculated.
The best way to gauge the transferability of a Gallaudet University Dual Credit course is to compare course descriptions to the courses offered at the other college or university. If the course description is the same or very similar, the chance of transferability is high. Keep in mind, a CADE student needs to receive a C (70%) or higher to receive credits to begin with. If they want a guaranteed transfer, they’ll need to contact the college or university they plan to transfer the credits to.
If a student is attending a postsecondary institution (i.e. college or university) – at any age – the rights under FERPA have transferred to the student. However, in a situation where a student is enrolled in both a high school and a postsecondary institution, the two schools may exchange information on that student. If the student is under 18, the parents still retain the rights under FERPA at the high school and may inspect and review any records sent by the postsecondary institution to the high school. Additionally, the postsecondary institution may disclose personally identifiable information from the student’s education records to the parents, without the consent of the eligible student, if the student is a dependent for tax purposes under the IRS rules. Source: link. For more information regarding students’ rights as they relate to FERPA, see Gallaudet University’s Policy Statement
Required texts or textbooks will be given to students by their high school CADE Instructors.
Unfortunately, once the registration period is closed, we cannot accept late registrations. Students will need to wait until the next semester and course offering to register.
Registration Period

No. Once eligible students have been scheduled under a CADE Instructor, the Instructor will then register all students in the course at one time. Students will need to communicate in advance their intent on taking a dual credit course with their high school academic counselor, principal, or teacher so that they can be screened and scheduled to take the course.

Students should talk to their Academic Counselor and Principal to express interest as soon as they can. If they meet the eligibility requirements, they should start their eligibility screening process with their Academic Counselor by April.
No. High school students will not be receiving their own Gallaudet University email accounts. Students will use their high school-issued email addresses to communicate and correspond with their high school and Gallaudet University Faculty as needed. We will encourage students to save their work to their personal storage devices so information is not lost once they leave high school.
For the 2023-2024 academic year, we will not be offering online courses, but have plans to add this availability in the future.
Great news! There are NO costs associated with taking these courses for the students.
Dual Credit courses allow you to get college credit immediately without having to pass an expensive end-of-course exam. Additionally, AP college credit is not automatically awarded as students must make the request for them or might need to attend at least a semester of college before being awarded the credit.

The Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment programs provide high school students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit. The programs allow students to take college-level courses while still in high school, taught by university-approved high school teachers. The courses are the same as those offered to college students, with the same curriculum and rigor, and students earn college grades based on multiple assessments. This is a great way for students to get a head start on college and increase their chances of success in high school and beyond. 

To learn more about the differences between Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment, read below.

Dual Enrollment – This umbrella term refers to when high school students are simultaneously enrolled at a high school and a postsecondary university or college to earn both high school and college credit by taking college-level courses. 

Concurrent Enrollment – This subset of dual enrollment refers to students who are taking college credit-bearing courses at their high school campus, taught by their university-approved high school teachers.

Dual Credit Courses – These courses are the same college courses offered to college students with the same curriculum and levels of depth and rigor developed by Gallaudet University faculty. Students earn a college grade based on multiple and varied assessments during the semester and receive full credits based on a passing grade. This differs from Advanced Placement courses, where students take a high-stakes test after completing the course in an attempt to earn college credit.

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