What is High School Articulation?

High school articulation is when a high school teacher and our DVC professor get together to align a DVC college level course with a high school class. These agreements allow students an opportunity to earn FREE COLLEGE CREDIT while taking their normal high school courses!

What is Adult Education Articulation?

Adult Education Articulation is when an Adult Education School works with a DVC professor to align a DVC college level course with one of their courses. These agreements will allow students to earn a GED, High School Diploma, Career Education Certificates, or simply gain new skills, while being FREE COLLEGE CREDITS!

High School, ROP, & Adult Education Teachers
What are my responsibilities?
  • Attend annual DVC Articulation Orientation each year in August/September
  • Ensure that the curriculum standards of your articulated course are maintained.
  • Promote articulation opportunities to students, parents and peers and facilitate student receipt of credit.
  • Add the DVC Logo to your school course catalog with the following notation: *This course is articulated with Diablo Valley College - college credit is available".
  • Register your articulated course in the CATEMA™ database system and assist your students in the process for receiving their college credit.
  • Foster ongoing communication with DVC faculty through renewal discussions and requests every 3 years.
How do I articulate my course(s)?
  1. Review the Diablo Valley College Course Catalog for comparable courses.

  2. Gather necessary documents for articulation request:

    High School/Adult Education/ROP Course Outline of Record
    High School/Adult Education/ROP Course Syllabus
    DVC Course Outline of Record
    Grading/Assessment Methods

  3. Contact your school site administrator and/or district curriculum director. Changes to your academic course(s) may require you to propose changes to a curriculum advisory committee and receive district and school board approval.

  4. Complete and submit articulation request for a new or renewal articulation, attaching appropriate documents. DVC staff will confirm the request and let you know next steps.

Setting up my CATEMA account and courses

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DVC Faculty
Why should I articulate?
  • Boost awareness of your program
  • Create pathway to your program
  • Build relationships with local high schools and potential students
What are my responsibilities?
  • Review, evaluate, and approve articulation requests 
  • Work with high school teachers to ensure high school course matches your SLOs
  • Provide final exam/project to high school teachers
What is the approval process?
  1. The Articulation Coordinator will receive and review a request for Articulation from a District for completeness of submitted materials. The request will then be forwarded to the appropriate department/discipline for review.
  2. The department/discipline faculty will review the submitted materials and determine if sufficient equivalency exists. If college faculty determine that the potential for articulation exists, the college faculty will work with the high school teacher to any recommend changes to the secondary curriculum that would allow articulation to occur.
  3. Once approved by the college faculty, the Articulation Coordinator will prepare the articulation agreement and distributes it for signatures. (If it is the first time a course is being articulated, the course must be approved by the Curriculum Committee as eligible for “Credit by Exam”.)
  4. Once all signatures have been collected, the college faculty will supply the secondary school with the final exam/project. The agreement is valid for three years.
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How do I set-up my CATEMA account?
How do I request an official DVC transcript?
  • Ordering DVC Transcript
  • You can access your transcripts through your InSite portal and download unofficial transcripts at any time
  • You get up to two free official transcripts 
High School Counselors
What should I know about articulation?
  • Articulation Agreements may assist many of your students in achieving advanced placement and/or college credit for courses they have taken in high school!
  • Students are encouraged to continue their education, and studies show a greater percentage enroll in college if they have already earned some college credit in high school!
  • Articulated course credits are FREE! Students and their families save time and money!
  • Knowing which agreements are available to your students can also assist you in helping them to make the best possible choices of high school courses.
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Questions? Please contact the Articulation Coordinator, Noelle Palmer.