Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)

Introduced at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is an option for obtaining high school course credit for standard level courses (Honors level and Advanced Placement (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 I:   A standard examination

-End of Course (EOC) Exam – Level V

-Career and Technical Education (CTE) Post Assessment – 90% or better

-Non-EOC/CTE Assessment – 90% or better (effective 2016-17 school year)


Phase II:  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.


2023-2024 CDM Parent Letter

2023 Fall CDM Calendar

2024 - Spring - CDM Calendar

CDM Student Family Agreement

CDM Student Family Agreement - Spanish

CDM Brochure 1

CDM Brochure 2

CDM Family Process Chart

CDM Frequently Asked Questions

CDM Student and Parent PowerPoint Presentation

CDM List of Eligible Courses