Dual Credit and Exploratory

What are Dual Credit and Exploratory programs?

Outdoor Leadership student ice climbing at Frontier Lodge.

We held our Dual Credit Information Night on April 16.  Click the links below to access the slides and recordings.

Information Night - slides only

Information Night - main presentation

Information Night - questions and answers

Applications for summer and fall programs are now open on our "How to Apply" page.

Click to access our 2024 Semester 2 course list.

Dual Credit

Dual-credit programs provide high school students with the opportunity to explore post-secondary education and career pathways while earning credits at both the high school and post-secondary institution. Post-secondary tuition fees are paid by Palliser. Dual-credit studies are available to full-time Palliser students, and are designed primarily for grade 11 and 12 students.  Current grade 12 students may apply to do a dual credit or exploratory program during the summer after they graduate.

Dual credit helps students to:

  • get a jump start on their post-secondary education while still in high school
  • complete high school while engaging in meaningful curriculum
  • transition to post-secondary studies or move into the world of work
  • potentially complete post-secondary with less debt

Students must be able to accommodate dual-credit courses into their current school and extra-curricular schedules, and be ready to commit to the program for its entire duration, which can range from one to three semesters.

View this slide presentation for a brief Introduction to Dual Credit Programs.

More information for students and parents is on the Alberta Education website.



High school is an opportunity for students to explore and discover passions, interests and potential career pathways helping to assist students to narrow down what post-secondary studies and careers they may pursue beyond high school. Students can choose to take an Exploratory Program as part of their high school learning plan.

Exploratory courses are taught by instructors in the industry and support students in making connections to potential career pathways, alongside the support of a school teacher.  These courses are usually taught at a local college.

Students usually earn a combination of work experience and CTS credits for Exploratory Programs.  They do not earn post-secondary credits.


For more information, please contact:

Jeni Bowden, Off Campus Teacher (email)

Carmangay School, County Central High School, Noble Central School, Picture Butte High School


Charlene Foster,  Off Campus Teacher (email)

Brant Christian School, Calgary Christian High School, Calgary Islamic School, Heritage Christian Academy, Master's College, National Sports School


Brian Kim,  Off Campus Teacher (email)

Coalhurst High School, Huntsville School, John Davidson School, Kate Andrews High School, PBB Coaldale