Early Middle College
An early middle college (EMC) is a Michigan Department of Education approved five-year program of study. The EMC is designed to allow a pupil to earn a high school diploma and one of the following; 60 transferable college credits, an associate degree, a professional certification, the Michigan Early Middle College Association (MEMCA) technical certificate, or the right to participate in a registered apprenticeship. A professional certification is any certificate or industry recognized credential in which the pupil prepared for by taking course work provided by a Michigan public or private college or university.
An early middle college high school means a stand-alone public high school, where 100% of the pupils are enrolled as EMC pupils. An early middle college program is a high school program designed to serve less than 100% of the high school population. An early middle college consortium program is comprised of multiple school districts with one coordinating agency.
An Early Middle College must maintain the following documentation.
the five (5) year program of study the pupil is working toward
a signed MOU with all postsecondary partners
the local district(s) Board of Education minutes showing approval of a five (5) year program of study, for Early Middle College students, that requires the successful completion of a math or math related course, that counts toward high school graduation in the final (5th) year of high school.
pupil’s Educational Development Plan (EDP).
a copy of the transcript(s) or the certificate that the student completed
MEMCA is a voluntary organization comprised of educators from K-12 and higher education, state officials and business members throughout the State of Michigan. Please click the link to learn more and for contact information.
- MEMCA Upcoming Dates
- Design Principles, Beliefs and Best Practices in Early Middle College Programs