Prior Learning

Overview

EMCC recognizes and appreciates the fact that college-level learning may be gained outside of the classroom.  You may be eligible for credit for prior learning – educational, work or military experiences, professional licensure or certification, credit from high school courses, and other knowledge and skills – that is equivalent to the college-level knowledge required in the EMCC curriculum. To seek credit for prior learning, you must be formally admitted into a degree program at EMCC.  Additionally, you must meet the College’s residency requirement to be awarded a degree at EMCC (a minimum of 25% of program course requirements with 35% of technology requirements).

PLA may be awarded in two broad categories:  credit by examination and portfolio assessment.  Credit for prior learning can be awarded only after the assessment of prior learning experiences and only for documented learning that demonstrates achievement of all identified learning outcomes for a specific course or courses.  In cases where nationally recognized examinations and certification are provided, EMCC will award credit by the standards generally accepted among colleges. Where a nationally recognized exam is not offered or appropriate, EMCC may offer a challenge exam.

You should request prior learning credit during the admissions process or early on in the your academic career for consideration in degree planning.  Although college credit earned through these options may count toward the degree, the credit and grades will not be included in computing the grade point average (GPA).  The final decision regarding acceptance of all prior learning credits rests with EMCC.  If you plan to transfer to another college or university, you should check with the receiving institution to determine whether prior learning credit will be accepted for transfer.

To get started, click here.  A complete overview of all PLA credit available at EMCC and course equivalencies can be found on this link.  For more information, email admissions@emcc.edu.

 

Prior Learning Assessment Options:

EMCC Transfer Opportunities

High School Programs

Credit by Examination

Credit by Assessment

 

 

Credit by Examination

AP – Advanced Placement Coursework

Students who completed Advanced Placement courses in high school and passed the College Board AP exam(s) with the specified score(s) as outlined on the EMCC PLA Matrix will receive credit for the equivalent EMCC course(s).  The AP score(s) should be requested by the student as part of the admissions process and sent directly to the EMCC Admissions Office for review and transcription.  Click Here for more information.

CLEP – College Level Examination Program

The College Board offers 33 exams in five subject areas covering material taught in courses typically required in the first two years of college.  Students who earn the specified score(s) as outlined on the EMCC PLA Matrix will receive credit for the equivalent EMCC course(s).  The CLEP score(s) should be requested by the student as part of the admissions process or at the time the exam is taken and sent directly to the EMCC Admissions Office for review and transcription. Click Here for more information.

DSST – DANTES Subject Standardized Test

The DSST program offers 38 examinations in a wide range of college-level academic, technical and business subjects.  These exams originated with the Department of Defense but are open to all learns.  Students who earn the specified score(s) as outlined on the EMCC PLA Matrix will receive credit for the equivalent EMCC course(s). The DSST score(s) should be requested by the student as part of the admissions process or at the time the exam is taken and sent directly to the EMCC Admissions Office for review and transcription. Click Here for more information.

IB – International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate program includes a set of courses and exams offered at the high school level – much the same as AP credits.  Students who earn the specified score(s) as outlined on the EMCC PLA Matrix will receive credit for the equivalent EMCC course(s). The IB score(s) should be requested by the student as part of the admissions process or at the time the exam is taken and sent directly to the EMCC Admissions Office for review and transcription. Click Here for more information.

Foreign Language Achievement Testing

Foreign language achievement testing can assist students in receiving credit for a broad array of languages.  CLEP, Brigham Young University (BYU) and New York University (NYU) offer testing options for this purpose.  CLEP offers foreign language exams in three languages: French, German, and Spanish. Credit awards are based on minimum scores.  Both BYU and NYU offer exams in over 60 languages. Credits for BYU language tests are awarded based on scores from 8 through 12.  No credit is awarded for scores below 8.  Credit for NYU language tests will be given as follows:  3 credits for the 12 point exam and 6 credits for a 14 point exam.  The results of the language exams are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam.  The [Registrar’s Office/insert appropriate role/process here] will notify the student of credit awards.

EMCC Challenge Exams – When no other national exam exists, EMCC may offer challenge exams to students with specific knowledge for courses which have been approved by the Dean of Academic Affairs and the Department Chair for the department that specifically offers the course(s).  Students seeking permission to take exams must use the Prior Learning Assessment Request form; the Challenge Exam fee is $100 per course.

Credit by Assessment

Military Review – Veterans are encouraged to submit their military training transcripts directly to the EMCC Admissions Office for evaluation.  Assessment of service-connected prior learning is conducted using various nationally recognized resources for determining course equivalence.  Transcripts can be obtained as follows:

Credential Review for Certifications, Examinations, and Licenses – EMCC recognizes several certifications and licenses based on state or national standards.  Students who provide current, valid professional certifications or licenses will receive credit for the equivalent EMCC course(s) as outlined on the EMCC PLA Matrix.  Official documentation should be presented to the EMCC Admissions Office for duplication, review and transcription.

Portfolio Prior Learning Assessment – The practice of awarding credit for college-level prior learning is based upon the belief that the education which builds on, interprets, and incorporates past and present knowledge is the education that is most meaningful to the student.  At EMCC, we value the college-level knowledge students may have acquired through past work, independent reading and study, training programs or in-service courses, volunteer service or other experiences. Consequently, EMCC offers a portfolio review process by which prior learning can be analyzed, articulated, documented, and assessed for credit.

Portfolio Review is only one way for students to obtain credit based on prior learning. Prior to pursuing to the Portfolio Review option, students should consider other options available to them, including credit through national and/or department examinations (CLEP, DSST, and Challenge Exams), as well as military or proficiency credits for non-accredited training.

A portfolio in terms of prior learning is an extensive written presentation of evidence assembled by the student and reviewed by a faculty member under the direction of the Academic Affairs Office. The award of prior learning portfolio credit is dependent on relevancy to courses in the student’s EMCC degree program; including general education, major and elective courses. The portfolio includes several major sections including a thorough resume, a narrative summary of relevant work and learning experiences, demonstrated skills and training in specialized areas, and applied knowledge and competencies in a specific course for which EMCC credit is available.

To be eligible for prior learning by Portfolio Review at EMCC, a student must be matriculated into a degree program, be in good academic standing, and show proof of enrollment in or successful completion of ENG101, College Composition.  Student interested in developing a portfolio should contact the Academic Affairs Office at academicaffairs@emcc.edu.

Forms & Documents