Why Early College High School?
The University of North Texas at Dallas is proud to be the only four-year university in Texas to partner with Early College High Schools (ECHS). This unique collaboration is the perfect blending of innovation on the high school level and UNT Dallas’ mission to provide urban Dallas students with a clear vision and pathway to a bachelor’s degree and lifelong socioeconomic mobility.
What are the benefits of Early College High School?
ECHS students earn both their high school diploma and a two-year associate’s degree -- up to 60 credit hours to apply toward a bachelor’s degree -- by the time they graduate high school, saving students both time and money. ECHS also eases the transition to college life by bringing students onto the UNT Dallas campus and into its classrooms to take all of their senior-year courses. Following high school graduation, students will be positioned to graduate with a UNT Dallas bachelor’s degree in two years, and fully prepared to enter a rewarding career.
What is a P-TECH/B-TECH?
Early College High Schools allow students to focus their studies on specialized career paths: P-TECH stands for “Pathways in Technology;” and B-TECH stands for “Pathways in Business Technology.” Both programs afford motivated students the ability to choose a specific career track and take courses that provide the academic, technical and workplace skills desired by employers. These programs also partner with industry leaders who mentor, advise on coursework, enhance skill development and initiate access to internships that will prepare students for careers after college. To learn more, visit P-TECH.
A Day In The Life—Under COVID-19
During Fall 2021, students will complete classes both in person and remotely to ensure proper social distancing on campus. Weekly check-ins with high school and university staff are in place to help students succeed academically. Students will have on campus and remote access to academic success resources, advisors, wellness resources, and student life.
- Classes start 8:30am
- Monday through Friday
- Block Scheduling
- Required Supplemental Instruction
- Classes end at 3:50pm
After summer bridge programming, freshmen and sophomore year focus on high school coursework, meeting TSI readiness standards, gaining industry certifications, and initial college coursework.
Junior Year students take college courses on their high school campus or on site at Dallas Community College District and visit UNT Dallas twice each semester for bridge programming.
Senior Year students are on campus five days a week at UNT Dallas. Through a reverse transfer agreement between UNT Dallas and Dallas College, students’ senior year coursework allows them to graduate with both a high school diploma and associate’s degree.
What courses are students taking at UNT Dallas?
Teacher Education (Lincoln)