Credit for Prior Learning
You can earn college-level credit by demonstrating your knowledge learned from numerous sources including workshops, seminars, self-study, non-credit or unaccredited classes, training programs, work learning experiences, travel, hobbies, and volunteer responsibilities.
To receive credit, your prior learning experiences must be approved as college-level learning. Please use this tutorial for assistance. To be approved, your prior learning must:
- be measurable
- be knowledge-based
- be reasonably current
- be conceptual or theoretical learning as well as practical learning
- be applicable outside the specific job context in which it was learned
- be equivalent or consistent with the learning of other students engaged in college studies as defined by the faculty
- be related to the student's degree goals and/or lifelong learning goals
- not repeat learning for which credit has already been awarded
The portfolio is used to document and measure how your prior knowledge and skills were acquired, and how they match the learning objectives of specific courses at Viterbo. Students develop the portfolio on their own and submit it to the academic chair of their degree program. If the portfolio is approved as equivalent to a Viterbo course, the student is then awarded credit. Because the portfolio requires a significant amount of writing and preparation, the student should meet with an academic advisor to determine eligibility for prior learning credit.