What is Credit by Demonstrated Mastery?
Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) offers North Carolina students the opportunity to personalize and accelerate their learning by earning course credit through a demonstration of mastery of course material without requiring the student to complete classroom instruction for a certain amount of seat time.
Through Credit by Demonstrated Mastery, students demonstrate their command of course material, showing a deep understanding of the content standards as well as applying their knowledge of the material. Students will complete a two phase process to show this mastery of the course material.
Phase 1 consists of a state or local assessment aligned to the course. This assessment could be an End of Course test, a Career and Technical Education (CTE) post-assessment, or a locally developed exam depending on the course chosen. In Phase 2, students will be asked to demonstrate their mastery of the course content through a minimum of a written assignment and a presentation. Phase 2 requirements will vary from course to course but will be directly related to the knowledge and skills for the particular course.
Who Is Eligible?
Credit by Demonstrated Mastery is open to all North Carolina students in grades 9-12. Students can apply for CDM for all high school courses except the following:
- Career and Technical Education (CTE) work-based learning courses (co-op, internship, apprenticeship) and courses that are being field tested
- CTE courses with a clinical setting (i.e. ProStart, Early Childhood Education I and II, and Nursing Fundamentals)
- CTE Advanced Studies courses
- English Language Learner (ELL) courses
- Healthful Living required courses
- Advanced Placement courses
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