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Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

What is Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)?

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) provides the opportunity for students in NC to personalize and accelerate their learning by earning course credit through a demonstration of mastery of course material.  Students must demonstrate mastery at a superior level through a two-phase process--Phase I (examination) and Phase II (artifacts and performance assessments). This site will provide basic information, processes, and procedures for students and parents.

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery 2023 - 2024

CDM Information and Forms

Family Process Chart

The chart provides a visual map to help guide students and parents through the CDM process.

Long-Term Considerations & CDM and External Organizations

Students and parents should speak with school counselors to gain a better understanding of the process and how earning CDM credits could impact future goals for students.

Student Application

The draft provides a preview of the Student Application for CDM candidates. Students must see their school counselor to pick up an official application.  

Phase II - Description

Phase II requires CDM applicants to show mastery of the content standards and to demonstrate their ability to apply content knowledge and skills.

Student Record

The draft provides a preview of the Student Record for CDM candidatesThe Student Record will be used by Review Panels to document student progress through Phase I and Phase II. 

Appeals Process

If a student and parent do not agree with the decision of the School CDM Review Panel, they may file an appeal.

CDM Information Sessions


Information sessions for students and parents interested in CDM will be offered on Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 5:30 - 6:30 PM at Mebane Education Center (1200 Salisbury Rd, Mocksville, NC). 

If you have any questions about CDM or the CDM process, please contact your child’s school counselor for more information.

CDM Contact Us

Please contact your child’s school counselor for more information.

For questions, contact:
Cherri White
Curriculum Specialist     
First page of the PDF file: CDM Timeline for Students and Families 2024