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Credit from Other Colleges & Articulated High School Courses

Credit from Other Colleges & Articulated High School Courses

Credit for Courses Completed at Other Colleges

MiraCosta College grants degree credit for courses completed at other institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, but MiraCosta reserves the right to evaluate work completed at other colleges. If an institution is fully accredited, the credit earned at a time when an institution was a candidate for accreditation may also be accepted for credit.

Courses from other institutions accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency are evaluated for counting toward degree requirements based on C-ID number or course description, comparable or equivalent content and student learning outcomes, and appropriate prerequisites to ensure they meet or exceed the standards of the California Community Colleges. Students may be required to provide a course outline and/or a syllabus to determine course comparability and a transcript to verify prerequisite completion.

Courses completed at another California community college and from other other institutions accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency are applied to the MiraCosta College general education pattern (Plan A) using the following criteria:

  • The course completed was approved for the same general education area as the MiraCosta general education area.
  • The course completed was approved for a comparable general education area.
  • The course completed is comparable to a course offered by MiraCosta in a general education area.

Courses are placed on the transferable general education patterns--CSU-GE (Plan B) and IGETC (Plan C)--according to the policies set by the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC).

MiraCosta evaluates transfer credits from quarter-system institutions as follows: one unit in a quarter-length term is equivalent to two-thirds of a unit in a semester-length term (e.g., 3 quarter units = 2 semester units).

Credit for International Coursework

MiraCosta College evaluates international coursework for counting toward associate degree requirements, including prerequisite requirements, when course descriptions are submitted in English along with a transcript evaluated by an approved foreign transcript evaluation service. Only courses that were taught in the English language are considered for satisfying the writing competency requirement. 

Credit for Articulated High School Courses

MiraCosta College offers college credit by exam to high school students through articulation agreements with select high school career education courses. A high school career education course is articulated with a MiraCosta College career education course when the high school teacher and MiraCosta College faculty have formally agreed that the high school course's outline, syllabus, textbook, and final assessment are comparable to those in a course of the same subject at MiraCosta College. 

High school students may earn college credit if they enroll in an articulated high school career education course, are admitted as a current MiraCosta College student, petition for college credit, and earn a grade of A or B in the high school course and on the assigned final assessment. MiraCosta College credit earned through high school articulation is transcribed as Credit by Exam. While most credits earned through Credit by Exam are accepted by transfer institutions, students should seek guidance from a MiraCosta College counselor on how different institutions accept Credit by Exam. 

More than 30 MiraCosta College courses have been articulated in the following Academic and Career Pathways: Business & Technology, Creative & Applied Arts, Health Sciences, Math & Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Campus Locations

MiraCosta Community Learning Center

1831 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92058
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MiraCosta Oceanside Campus Building

1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
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MiraCosta San Elijo Campus

3333 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff, CA 92007
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MiraCosta Technology Career Institute Building

2075 Las Palmas Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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