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Prior Learning Assessment

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    Online Prior Learning Assessment Course for Undergraduates

    Prior Learning is a term used by educators to describe learning acquired outside a traditional academic environment. This may have been through work experience, employer training programs, military training and experience, independent study, non-credit courses, volunteer or community service, and so on.

    What is Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)?

    Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) describes the evaluation of an individual’s learning for college credit, certification, or advance standing toward further education or training. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) defines PLA as follows: "The recognition of learning gained from experiences that may be granted credit or otherwise certified. The assessment of learning attained through experiences irrespective of the time and place in which they occurred" (Fiddler, Marienau, & Whitaker, 2010, p. 12).

    Fiddler, M. Marienau, C., & Whitaker, U. (2010). Assessing learning: Standards, principles, and procedures (2nd ed.).

    In order to apply for experiential learning credits, students must enroll in the Prior Learning Assessment course that is offered each term in order to learn how and what to submit for review and consideration to receive Prior Learning credits. Faculty from colleges and universities across the country in each content area will evaluate prior learning portfolios and recommend credit awards. These recommendations will be recorded on a National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) transcript.

    The maximum number of credits for experiential learning which may be awarded to a student is 15 credits. Some types of experiential learning for which credit will be awarded include: Management and Computer Information Systems experiential learning gained through certificate programs or self-taught learning. Learners successfully completing the Prior Learning Theory and Practice course will receive 3 elective credits.


    PLA 100 Prior Learning Theory and Practice

    Tuition for PLA-100 is $250 per credit hour for civilian or military, totaling $750 respectively, and includes your first ePortfolio evaluation.

    Portfolio Evaluation

    There will be a $125 charge for each additional portfolio review and evaluation for up to 12 credits in one content area.

    For more information about the Prior Learning Assessment course and program offered by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, please contact your Academic Advisor. Your Academic Advisor will be able to enroll you in this course.

    Please CLICK HERE to view a testimonial video produced by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

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