Credit Recovery

Online Credit Recovery & Individual Courses

Our extensive individual course options offer solutions for original credit, credit recovery, and elective course needs.

Our online individual courses can offer students an opportunity to recover credits, take elective courses not offered at their current school, or for original credit purposes.

After successful completion of a course, students earn credit that can be applied at their current high school. All individual courses listed are worth one Penn Foster High School credit unless otherwise indicated. When transferring the credit(s) back to the student’s original school, credit value per course will be determined by that institution. We’ll work with schools to determine which courses will transfer and how many credits those courses are worth.

Credit Recovery & Individual Courses


  • Algebra I (1 credit)

    A study of basic operations with signed numbers, monomials, and polynomials. Also includes formulas, equations, inequalities, graphing, exponents, roots, quadratic equations, and algebraic fractions.
  • Algebra II (1 credit)

    A study of algebraic functions, ratios, proportions, logarithms, variations, progressions, theorems, matrices, determinants, inequalities, permutations, and probability.
  • Business Math (1 credit)

    A review of basic math skills and principles along with a study of various business math topics such as income, maintaining a checking account, interest, installment buying, discounts, and markups.
  • Calculus (1 credit)

    Explains the derivative of a function and the applications of derivatives, the integral and how to use it, and methods of integration.
  • Consumer Math (1 credit)

    Simple ways to apply mathematics to the everyday areas of life, most of them involving money: employment, purchases, home, car, insurance, savings, and investments.
  • General Math I (1 credit)

    A study of the fundamental operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, preceding the more advanced topics of weights, measures, ratios, proportions, and percents.
  • General Math II (1 credit)

    A study of the fundamental operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, preceding the more advanced topics of weights, measures, ratios, proportions, and percents.
  • Geometry (1 credit)

    A study of the properties of points, lines, planes, and angles; polygons and triangles; circles; solids.
  • Statistics and Probability Common Core (1 Credit)

    The Statistics and Probability course focuses on creating and interpreting visual displays of data. You'll interpret data on single measurable variable and represent data on two categorical and quantitative variables. Next, you'll interpret linear models and evaluate statistical studies by examining statistical measures of centrality and spread, methods of data collection, binomial and normal distributions, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals. Then, you'll learn about probability and use multiple representations to present data including written descriptions, numerical statistics, formulas, and graphs. The course also includes the development of data interpretation, producing models using probability theory, and making statistical inferences, and is presented in a reachable way that helps you learn both the logic and statistical awareness of data.


  • Automotive Engine Theory (1 credit)

    Students will learn about engine types, engine parts and operations, lubrication, cooling, and ignition systems. The course concludes with in-depth coverage of engine diagnosis, disassembly, rebuild and reassembly.
  • Bookkeeping I (1 credit)

    Bookkeeping 1 focuses on the basic principles of common bookkeeping practices. Students learn the basics of the accounting equation and the structure of the basic books in accounting. The course also includes coverage of assets, liabilities, equity, revenues, expenses, and financial reports.
  • Bookkeeping II (1 credit)

    This course is a continuation of bookkeeping 1 that covers accounting systems, wholesale accounting, end-of-the-month activities as applied to accounting practice, as well as a brief introduction to computer applications for bookkeeping and accounting. This course concludes with the completion of a bookkeeping project.
  • Computer Art (1 credit)

    This course teaches students the fundamentals of computer art using the popular commercial software package Adobe Illustrator. Students learn the basics of good design and the basic principles of graphic design. The course also provides instruction on the basic operations of Adobe Illustrator.
  • Construction Theory (1 credit)

    This course provides detailed coverage of the theory and practices used in today's residential construction industry. The course includes math skills specific for the building trades, interpreting construction drawings, tool identification and safety and framing techniques for basic house construction.
  • Dental Assisting Theory I (1 credit)

    In this course students learn the basic theory of the dental practice as it applies to the dental assistant. Coverage includes dental law and ethics, dental terminology and anatomy, cavity classification, the procedures of the dental operatory, and safety practices related to disease transmission and infection control.
  • Dental Assisting Theory II (1 credit)

    This course is a continuation of Dental Assisting Theory 1. Students learn about OSHA regulations applicable to dental practice, radiology theory, pharmacology and anesthesiology, applications of dental materials and an overview of dental specialties. Students will also learn business and office practice techniques for the dental office and the basic operations of practice management software.
  • Digital Design (1 credit)

    This course is designed to develop basic entry-level skills required for careers in the digital publishing industry. The content includes computer skills, digital publishing concepts and operations; layout, design, and measurement activities; and digital imaging.
  • Electricity (1 credit)

    Electricity enables students to develop the essential competencies for working in the construction electricity industry. These competencies include safety practices, direct-current electrical-circuit skills, appropriate communication and math skills, basic electricity and electrical codes and employability skills.
  • Electronics Technology I (1 credit)

    This course provides students with an introduction to the knowledge, human relations, and technical skills of electronics technology.
  • Electronics Technology II (1 credit)

    This course provides students with an intermediate understanding of the knowledge, human relations, and technical skills of electronics technology.
  • Food Preparation Theory (1 credit)

    This course introduces students to the processes and practices of professional food preparation. Students will learn the tools and organization of a gourmet kitchen and food preparation techniques for soups, fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, grains and pasta. The course also teaches baking techniques and an introduction to world cuisines.
  • Health Science (1 credit)

    This course is designed to introduce students to basic medical terminology and body systems as well as provide an overview of the factors relating to the transmission of disease.
  • HVAC Theory (1 credit)

    HVAC theory will introduce students to the concepts of the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) trade. This course provides instruction on basic electrical theory; the fundamentals of HVAC - including tools, safety, equipment and hardware; and the basics of refrigeration and heating and air conditioning.
  • Introduction to Interior Decorating (1 credit)

    Students will learn the basic principles of design and color as well as the most common styles and periods of furniture and how to identify them. Specific instruction is provided on decorating theory related to floors and walls, fabrics, and lighting. Students also learn the basics of how to decorate based on building plans and complete a decorating project.
  • Introduction to Paralegal Practice (1 credit)

    This course offers students an overview of the role and practice of the paralegal. Students learn legal terminology, the basic principles of law and the legal system and the professional and ethical practices expected of a paralegal. The course also covers elements of business law, civil and criminal litigation as well as legal research and writing.
  • Personal Training Theory I (1 credit)

    Students will learn the theory and terminology associated with exercise science and basic nutritional concepts necessary to maximize personal exercise programs. The course also covers essential topics related to cardio-respiratory theory and the basic concepts of muscular strength and endurance.
  • Personal Training Theory II (1 credit)

    This course is a continuation of Personal Training Theory 1. Students will learn strength conditioning concepts for the upper and lower body, flexibility training, injury prevention and stress management techniques. The course also covers the design of individual fitness programs and the legal and ethical issues related to the personal training industry.
  • Pharmacy Assisting I (1 credit)

    This course introduces the students to the skills required to assist a pharmacist in the role of a pharmacy assistant or pharmacy technician. Students will learn about the rules that govern pharmaceutical development and the operation of a typical pharmacy. The course also provides instruction of label preparation and prescription processing. The mathematical applications necessary for proficiency as a pharmacy assistant are also covered in this course.
  • Pharmacy Assisting II (1 credit)

    In this course students learn dispensing techniques for the most typical forms of retail pharmaceuticals. Students will also learn the basic chemistry of how drugs work; an overview of basic medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and the most common drug classifications.
  • Plumbing Theory (1 credit)

    This course instructs students on the essential theory and practices employed by the plumbing profession. Students will learn math skills specific to the plumbing trade; plumbing tool identification and safety; plumbing connections; and the theory of installing plumbing fixtures.
  • Veterinary Assisting I (1 credit)

    This course is designed to develop competencies in areas such as the history of the animal industry; applied scientific and technological concepts; ecosystems; safety; and human relations skills.
  • Veterinary Assisting II (1 credit)

    This course is designed to develop competencies in areas such as global importance of the animal industry; career opportunities; animal behavior; animal welfare; and animal control.
  • Veterinary Assisting III (1 credit)

    This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of animal digestive systems; animal breeding; preventive medicine and disease control; control of parasites; animal marketing; and analyzing records.
  • Web Design I (1 credit)

    This course is designed to provide a basic overview of the Internet, Intranet, and WWW. The content includes operating systems; basic HTML commands; navigation of the Internet, Intranet, and Web; and Web page design.

Health & Physical

  • Fitness & Nutrition (1 credit)

    Covers the forms and functions of the muscular, cardio respiratory and skeletal systems. Discusses the role of energy and mechanisms for transferring it to exercise. Shows you how to adapt exercise programs for those with special needs, and how to prevent and treat injuries. Describes the details of proper nutrition.


  • Biology (1 credit)

    A study of characteristics of life, chemistry of cells, and the links between life and energy. Discusses evolution, ecosystems, heredity, and adaptation. Also covers human body systems and activities.
  • Chemistry (1 credit)

    A study of the structure and reactions of matter. Discusses elemental symbols, chemical reactions, and the role of energy in those reactions. Also covers organic and nuclear chemistry.
  • Earth Science (1 credit)

    A study of the scientific method, the formation of the solar system, the moon's phases, the movement of the earth, plate tectonics, the formation of the oceans, and erosion. Also looks at chemical principles, rock and mineral analysis, soil formation, and weather patterns.
  • General Science (1 credit)

    A look at the basic principles of the entire spectrum of the sciences, including physics, chemistry, and biology. Explores atoms and molecules, light and sound, electricity and magnetism, astronomy, the rise of life on Earth, human anatomy, and genetics.
  • Physical Science (1 credit)

    A study of matter and energy: their nature and the relationships between them. Explains the role of atomic structure in chemical and nuclear reactions. Emphasizes problem-solving skills and discusses the relationship between science, technology, and the environment. Covers topics such as water, the chemistry of building materials, fuels, natural and synthetic rubbers and plastics, energy in relation to motion and force, machines, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism.

Arts & Humanities

  • Art Appreciation (1 credit)

    An introduction to various forms of art throughout history, from prehistoric to modern; also discusses elements of design and symbolism and purposes of art to enable students to evaluate the meaning and quality of individual works. Learn about the most important artists of each era, as well as the cultural influences that shaped their approaches to painting, sculpture, or architecture.
  • Art Appreciation Advanced (.5 credit)

    This course will provide you with a basic knowledge of the history, media, techniques, tools, and cultural implications of the visual arts. By completing this course, you'll learn how art is and can be an integral part of your life.
  • Human Relations (1 credit)

    Methods of analyzing and improving relations with other people in personal life and working environments. Accents individual productivity, teamwork, working relationships, dealing with frustration, organizing, repairing relationships, and maintaining one's attitude.
  • Music (1 credit)

    Covers the forms of music through history, from medieval times to the present, and discusses music theory and instrumentation. Enables the student to evaluate the quality of music by active listening. Includes music CDs.
  • Music Appreciation Advanced (.5 credit)

    This course introduces you to basic music theory, analysis, and history in order to broaden your interest in and understanding of music.
  • Reading Skills (1 credit)

    A study of techniques applicable to any type of reading. Includes reviewing, predicting, scanning, finding the main idea, and drawing conclusions. Discusses how to determine word meanings by examining context clues, and differentiating fact from opinion to identify bias. Also covers poetry and fiction.

Business & IT

  • Microsoft Office Advanced (.5 credit)

    Welcome to your introductory course on Microsoft Office! This online course uses step-by-step tutorials to teach the basic features of Microsoft Word®, PowerPoint®, and Excel®. The units of study are designed with project-based activities and hands-on practice to teach and reinforce skills. You'll become proficient in these applications so you can apply this knowledge in all areas of your education and life.
  • Microsoft Word & Excel (1 credit)

    Learn how to use Microsoft Word® 2016 to create, edit, and illustrate documents. Learn about the most widely used spreadsheet program, Microsoft Excel®. Excel® can perform numerical calculations and is also useful for non-numerical applications such as creating charts, organizing lists, accessing data, and automating tasks. The course has two multiple choice exams.
  • Small Business Management (1 credit)

    Provides an introduction on how to prepare to start your own business. Learn the basics of a business plan. This course is offered as an elective option.
  • Understanding Computers Advanced (.5 credit)

    When you complete this course, you'll be able to: Demonstrate a sound understanding of computer basics; Understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to computers; Use technology as research tool; Understand the security risks in using computers; Use computers as a problem-solving and decision-making tool.


  • American Literature (1 credit)

    Includes a study of literary terms, structural elements of genres and interpreting selected works to read more effectively for both knowledge and enjoyment. Discusses what it has meant and now means to be an American as shown through each major period of American Literature.
  • Basic English (1 credit)

    Fundamentals of English for effective communication. Capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling are covered, with an aim toward writing clearer sentences.
  • English Communication (1 credit)

    Explains how to avoid grammatical errors when writing sentences and paragraphs, how to make words work for you, and how to improve your image by using the right word in the right place.
  • Literature (1 credit)

    Covers the reading of short stories, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Intended to give a deeper appreciation of the relationship between literature and life, and of the pleasures and benefits of reading.
  • Practical English (1 credit)

    Develops writing skills by emphasizing sentence structure, paragraphs, letters, and compositions. Opens with a study of grammar, including the parts of speech, punctuation, spelling, and word usage. Explains the writing process and emphasizes an individual approach.
  • Written Communication (1 credit)

    Step-by-step instructions for handling sentence structure, paragraphing, punctuation, grammar, and pronunciation. Emphasizes practical writing techniques and library research. Topics include increasing vocabulary, understanding others better, and expressing oneself confidently.

Social Studies

  • American History (1 credit)

    Discussion of people, events, and sociopolitical forces that have shaped America, from its discovery to the present. Shows how American history affects today's events and global conditions.
  • Civics (1 credit)

    Covers the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of American citizens. Reviews the roots of American government and studies the modern U.S. government — its branches; the Constitution and Bill of Rights; the roles of federal, state and local governments; political parties and elections. Discusses the relationships between America and other nations.
  • Digital Citizenship (.5 credit)

    In this course, you'll learn to use technology to find information in ways that are ethical and effective. You'll be able to describe why it's important for everyone to have access to technology. By the end of the course, you'll recognize how to protect your digital privacy during online activities.
  • Economics (1 credit)

    Compares and contrasts the economic systems that people use in various parts of the world. Discusses the function of money, the law of supply and demand, and the role of banks and government within capitalist economies.
  • Psychology (1 credit)

    Provides an introduction to the roots and the development of modern psychology. Discusses states of consciousness, and theories of intelligence, development, and personality. Also looks at gender roles, stress, psychological disorders, and social factors that affect people in groups.

Other Electives

  • Appliance Repair (1 credit)

    Get a head start toward a business of your own repairing home appliances. Includes details on using tools, testing electric appliances, relays, and motors.
  • Auto Repair Technician (1 credit)

    Learn about the automotive repair field, engine parts and operation, and engine types. Includes a practical exercise.
  • Basic Electronics (1 credit)

    Learn the fundamentals of electricity. You'll study conductors, insulators, batteries, circuit analysis, Ohm's law, and multimeter usage. Includes practical exercises, practice kits, and learning aids.
  • Bookkeeping (1 credit)

    Experts show you the basics you need to get into this moneymaking field. Learn about the accounting equation, assets, liabilities, owner's equity, and much more.
  • Catering & Gourmet Cooking (1 credit)

    Learn how to make money in your own food catering business. Topics include an introduction to catering, the dynamics of the catering business, food styles in catering, and alcoholic beverages.
  • Child Care Professional (1 credit)

    Experts explain everything step by step: the benefits of child day care, licensing requirements, managing staff, and details on child growth and development.
  • Computer Assisted Small Business Management (1 credit)

    Provides an introduction on how to prepare to start your own business. Learn the basics of a business plan.
  • Dental Assistant (1 credit)

    Demand is on the rise around the U.S. for skilled Dental Assistants. Your Career Key elective includes information on dentistry and dental assisting, terms and anatomy, dentists and the law, and basic dental examinations. Learning aids and special supplements included with your program.
  • Desktop Publishing & Design (1 credit)

    This exciting program will introduce you to one of the fastest-growing computer career fields! Master the electronic publishing process, the elements of design, and the kinds of graphics and illustrations desktop publishers can create. Learning aids and special supplements included.
  • Drafting (1 credit)

    You don't need art experience or drawing skills to enjoy security, prestige, and income from this rewarding career field. Learn to use the drafters' world language, understand size and shape description, and project orthographic views.
  • Dressmaking & Design (1 credit)

    Get an introduction to sewing and start toward a moneymaking career in dressmaking. You’ll learn basic sewing, how to select fabrics, proper care of garments, and more. Includes practical exercises and learning aids.
  • Electrician (1 credit)

    Learn how to get started as an electrician, work with electrician's tools, and the basics of wiring in this fascinating program. Electricians make great money and demand is high in the construction and maintenance fields.
  • Floral Design (1 credit)

    Turn your love of flowers into a moneymaking business. You'll learn the basics here—care and handling of flowers, classifying flowers and plants, and the principles of design. Your course includes a bow tying DVD and learning aids.
  • Home Inspector (1 credit)

    Learn some of the most important parts of the Home Inspector's job. Discover the opportunities in this great field and how you can work part-time hours and earn full-time income. Learning aids and special supplements included.
  • Interior Decorator (1 credit)

    Be the one friends and neighbors rely on to make their homes look great. Lessons include how to meet a client's needs, design with furniture, and more. Client/Needs Analyzer and furniture template included.
  • Medical Office Assistant (1 credit)

    Get a look at what it's like to work side by side with doctors in the rewarding health care field. Topics include learning strategies, time and stress management, interpersonal communication, and law and medical ethics. Includes supplements on speaking and communication skills.
  • Personal Computer Specialist (1 credit)

    Topics include using and understanding Windows, understanding software, and adding software to your computer.
  • Pharmacy Technician (1 credit)

    An introduction to the Pharmacy Technician profession. Provides details on drug information sources, drug development, and drug manufacturers. Learning aids included.
  • Small Engine Repair (1 credit)

    Learn the basics of engine repair, including tool usage, small engine parts and operation, lubrication, cooling, and ignition systems.
  • Spanish (1 credit)

    Includes articulate speaking, active reading, and comprehensive listening. Covers the details of Spanish vocabulary and grammar, and improves fluency through listening to and creating stories. Enables you to learn and use the language for business situations and other purposes.
  • Teacher Aide (1 credit)

    Discusses the skills needed to be a valuable member of the classroom team as a teacher aide. Topics include skills for the effective teacher aide, child development and human behavior, how children learn, and enhancing children's self-esteem.
  • Veterinary Assistant (1 credit)

    Start learning the skills you need to become a Veterinary Assistant. Topics include introduction to animal care, animal behavior, handling and restraint, and veterinary terminology. Includes access to an audio CD, pronunciation guides, and flash cards. This course is offered as an elective option.

¹ Remember, colleges have a variety of entry requirements, and not all colleges recognize all high school diplomas.