Credit for Prior Learning

*Effective Spring 2019

Prior Learning is a term educators use to describe learning and experience that an individual acquires outside of a traditional academic environment. This nontraditional learning is typically not indicated on a college or university transcript and can be acquired through: work experience, workshop or conference participation, in-service training, or involvement in professional organizations. Credit may be awarded for verifiable learning gained through experience—not for the experience itself. Students may also opt to pursue credit by examination options.

To submit Credit for Prior Learning materials for evaluation, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Read the catalog policy on Credit for Prior Learning
  2. Read the below Guidelines for Submissions
  3. Meet with an Academic Advisor to complete the FORM to determine if credit (lower division, general elective credit, up to 6 units maximum), can be used in your degree
  4. Meet with Program Coordinator in Transfer Credit & Articulation

Guidelines for Submissions

Materials for Credit for Prior Learning must include the following:

  • Content (syllabus, training/certification materials, etc.)
  • Learning objectives
  • Assessment/evaluation methods (exams, quizzes, etc.)
  • Schedule of topics covered and number of hours dedicated to each topic
  • Breakdown of hours for content (lecture/lab/studio/internship, etc.)
  • A complete list of textbooks, supplemental materials, associated readings, etc.
  • Completion verification (transcript, certificate, or other formal documentation proving completion)