1 Credit Wonder

Not sure if your high school student is ready for a college course and don’t want to shell out big bucks to find out? In this post, I’ll share 2 different online college classes that are only 1 credit. These are low-risk, low-cost, and big confidence boosters!

When I suggest a college or course, it’s important to me that I only give you regionally accredit colleges or universities (the gold standard) so you’ll can have the best assurance about these credits counting later. The following 2 colleges are both regionally accredited. Enroll with confidence.

CIS 194 Business Technology Fundamentals

This 1-credit course is offered through Arizona State University’s Universal Learner program. ASU UL courses are open to any age/grade with no placement test or high school transcript required. This specific course is entirely self-paced, allowing you to begin any time. The cost is $25 and serves as the first course in the full Google IT Certification program. (you do not need to pursue the certificate) The course covers how the binary system works, how to assemble a computer from scratch, how to choose and install an operating system on a computer, understand what the Internet is, how it works, and the impact it has in the modern world. HS4CC high school credit recommendation 0.5 credits. More information

LIB 101 Introduction to Library Research

This course is offered by Clackamas Community College*. This course costs $0 tuition! The course is perfect for a homeschool student, teaching students how to use of a variety of print and electronic information resources, search tools, and information evaluation. Excellent preparation for term papers and other research assignments. I suggest you use this course prior to a course like English 101. Your student must apply as a “high school student” with a goal to “earn college credit at a CCC campus while still in high school.” Apply here. Next session meets: 4/11-6/10 (8 weeks) and shows 8 seats available at the time of this writing. Since this course has been offered multiple times per semester each semester, I’m reasonably confident that once the fall schedule is posted, you’ll see many more date options. HS4CC high school credit recommendation 0.5 credits, or, add to your high school English class to upgrade it to “Honors” level.

HS4CC Lisa P. sent me this feedback about the course: “It’s basically a how-to-research-a-paper class. IT teaches you how to use library databases and how to do in-depth Google searches. Each week was another aspect of search and about 10 questions to answer. It also teaches you to determine if a source was reliable. My kids are in 9th and 10th grade and spent less than 2 hours on each week’s reading and assignments. My 10th grader struggles with reading print, and she had no problems with the amount of work. Enrollment was simple and online – I thought it was helpful!”

*Note that CCC is on the quarter hour system, so their courses may later be recorded as .67 credits depending on the receiving college’s credit hour system.


Executive Director of Homeschooling for College Credit