How does DC differ from AP (Advanced Placement) classes?
Both types of courses are taught at the rigorous and demanding college level. DC course curriculum is driven by EPCC; AP course curriculum is determined by the College Board.
In a DC class you get college credit immediately upon successful completion of the course (final course grade of "C" or higher), as you are actually enrolled in college. Having said that though, it is crucial to strive for an "A" or "B" in the course, as your grade will be reflected on your college transcript (whether pass or fail)! Whether or if any other college/university accepts the college "credit" is subject to that school of higher learning's individual criteria; it is best to directly contact the college/university you plan to attend, for guidance. The state of Texas however, uses a common numbering system, and you can access an equivalency guide for Texas based college/universities by visiting this website: http://www.tccns.org/.
In an AP course, you must pass the end-of-course/AP exam to be eligible to apply for college credit (regardless of your final grade in the course), once you graduate from high school. Usually, a student who took an AP course while in high school and passed the end-of-course/AP exam must "petition" the college after attending one semester to accept the AP course as college credit. Additionally, only scores of 3 or higher on the AP test are generally utilized for college credit (AP score requirements are specific to each college/university).
DC courses are taught by EPCC faculty who hold at least a master's degree with a minimum of 18 graduate-level hours in the subject he/she teaches. AP courses are generally taught by teachers who have attended training regarding the test curriculum, but College Board actually does not require that teachers be AP trained.