Credit for Prior Learning

Spalding University offers one option for prior learning assessment (PLA): credit by examination. Through PLA, a student is provided the opportunity to demonstrate whether his or her prior learning experience is eligible for the awarding of equivalent academic credit.

Credit by Examination: Prior learning credit may be awarded by examination through either:

  • DSST/Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The purpose of credit by examination is for a student to demonstrate that he or she has acquired university-level knowledge and skills through self-education, on-the-job-training, professional experience and independent learning. Any interested student should meet with his or her advisor to discuss the possibility of taking a test in order to earn equivalent academic credit that may be applied toward the completion of a degree. The student's advisor will help the student decide whether to proceed further and, if appropriate, refer the student to one of the local testing centers.

Spalding University accepts institutional credit by exam. Students may attempt credit by exam for many courses offered at Spalding.

All credit earned through CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DSST (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) exams will be recorded as transfer credit. A student can earn a maximum of 30 credit hours with CLEP or DSST tests.

Further information on:

Credit by Examination: CLEP
Credit by Examination: DSST

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