Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is a new option for obtaining high school course credit for standard level courses (honors level and AP level courses are excluded) in North Carolina. CDM is the process by which a local school system shall, based upon a body-of-evidence, award a student credit in a particular high school course without requiring the student to complete classroom instruction.

To earn credit for a high school course and by-pass the seat time requirements, students shall demonstrate mastery for the course through a two-phase process:

Phase 1:   A standard examination

  •   EOC Exam – Level 5
  •   CTE Post Assessment – 93% or better
  •   Non-EOC/CTE Assessment – 94% or better


Phase 2:   An artifact

  •  A project that demonstrates the student’s deep understanding of the content standards
  •  Artifacts of any type may be assigned – ranging from three-dimensional to paper-based  to electronic to oral interviews


Please see links below for further information.

CDM Frequently Asked Questions

CDM Calendar for 2016-2017

CDM Student Family Agreement Application





Deborah Langhans, Director of Secondary Education


Genevieve Ellis-Britz , Craven Early College

Debbie Sabin, Early College EAST

Michelle Harrelson, Havelock High School

Jason Wentz, New Bern High School

Wendy Decker, West Craven High School