Other Options for College Credit
Skill Simulation and Demonstration:
Faculty members knowledgeable in specific subject areas evaluate non-traditional learning experiences to see how they compare to the objectives of existing academic credit courses and help decide whether they can be considered for college credit.
For example, if you have experience as a supervisor in an industrial manufacturing firm, faculty teaching a specific course may ask you to demonstrate what you have learned about production problem solving, cost-effectiveness, and supervision, and how that learning can be related to the objectives of a college course.
To be eligible for possible college credit, your experience must:
- Be equivalent to college-level learning.
- Be equivalent to a course in your program of study.
- Be publicly verifiable through objective measurements. You must be able to demonstrate to qualified evaluators that you possess the appropriate knowledge, competencies, skills and/or habits of mind for a particular field or fields
- Be grounded in both theory and practice. College credit will not be awarded for mere application of a manual skill or a narrowly prescribed routine or procedure. You must have a demonstrated knowledge base of specific subject matter and understand why you do what you do.
- Have general application outside of the specific situation in which you acquired the experience and indicate your knowledge of basic principles of the subject area.
- Speak with an advisor at your college to learn more about this option.