Adult Undergraduate Alternative Ways of Earning Credit

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT

A candidate for the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program must be twenty-three years of age and must have matriculated with at least twelve credits earned at Caldwell University. A student may earn up to eighteen credits toward a degree through PLA. All PLA credits may be applied to electives and/or liberal arts requirements. A maximum of six PLA credits may be applied to the major field. The student may apply for PLA credits up to the last thirty credits toward the degree. The recommendation to award PLA credits must be received prior to the beginning of the last semester before the students anticipated graduation in order that courses may be taken if the credit is denied. The application form must be signed by the PLA Coordinator signifying approval of the student’s curriculum plan.

If you are interested in earning credit through PLA, the following may clarify the process for you:

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT CREDIT?

If you are a matriculating student with at least twelve credits earned at Caldwell.

If you are not earning your last thirty credits.

If you are over twenty-three years of age.

If your life experiences have resulted in knowledge-based college learning.

HOW MANY CREDITS CAN I EARN?

A student may earn up to eighteen credits towards a degree.

HOW WILL THESE CREDITS BE APPLIED?

All Prior Learning Assessment credits may be applied to liberal arts requirements and/or electives. Six credits may be applied to the major field.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO EARN PLA CREDITS?

  1. Reflect on your experience since you left high school. What knowledge, skills, or competencies have you acquired from work, travel, hobbies, etc?
  2. Search catalogs for a course description which corresponds to this learning. Decide how this course (or courses) fits into your program.
  3. Develop a plan for your portfolio.
  4. Have a conference with your advisor to discuss the feasibility of your plan.
  5. Enroll in Prior Learning assessment workshop – registration required.
  6. Prepare the narrative and documentation, and organize the portfolio.
  7. Submit the portfolio along with the appropriate release form.
  8. Upon notification that PLA credits have been awarded pay 25% of current tuition for the credits earned.  $150 — 1 to 9 credits 25% of current Caldwell University tuition for each additional credit.

Caldwell University credits for PLA will be awarded and recorded on your transcript.

STANDARDIZED EXAMINATIONS

STANDARDIZED EXAM FOR COLLEGE CREDIT MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE FIRST 30 CALDWELL CREDITS

This is a listing of examinations we currently accept for credit. Acceptability does change, therefore, the student is advised to CHECK WITH ADVISOR PRIOR TO REGISTERING FOR ANY EXAM. If an exam is not listed, it may still be accepted for elective credit. The exams are listed according to subject matter, test originator (CLEP, DSST, TECEP or ACT/PEP), whether it’s a general test (G) or subject test (S) and whether the credits are applied to the liberal arts core (C) or major (M). The lowest acceptable score listed is equivalent to a grade of C. A Maximum of 30 credits will be accepted through all combined options of testing. Credit by examination will only be awarded within your first year (30 credits) of matriculation. Students are reminded that the last 30 credits must be taken at Caldwell University.

ENGLISH

CLEP

  • Humanities (G),C, 3 credits Literature, 3 credits elective
  • *English Composition (G), C, 3 credits, 3 credits Elective
  • American Literature (S), C/M 3 credits
  • English Literature (S), C/M 3 credits
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Literature (S), 3 credits Elective
  • *Freshman College Composition (S), C, 3 credits, 3 credits Elective

HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES

CLEP

  • Western Civilization I (S), C, 3 credits
  • Western Civilization II (S), C, 3 credits
  • American Government (S), M, 3 credits
  • *Social Science and History (G), C/M, 3 credits, 3 credits Elective
  • History of United States: Early Colonial to 1877
  • History of United States: 1865 to Present (S), M, 3 credits
  • (non-Education majors)

DSST

  • Human/Cultural Geography (S), M, 3 credits
  • **History of Vietnam War (S), M, 3 credits (non-Education major)

TECEP

  • Anthropology (S), C/M 3 credits

SOCIAL STUDIES

CLEP

  • Introductory Sociology (S), C, 3 credits
  • Social Science & History (G), C, 3 credits, 3 credits Elective
  • Introductory Psychology (S), M, 3 credits
  • Human Growth & Development (S), C, 3 credits, Ed Majors only, M
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology (S), M, 3 credits

ACT/PEP

  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (S), Certificate, 3 Credits

DSST

  • Anthropology (S), C/M 3 credits
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement (S), M, 3 credits
  • Criminal Justice (S), M, 3 credits
  • Drug & Alcohol Abuse (S) M, 3 credits
  • Fundamentals of Counseling (S), M, 3 credits

TECEP

  • Anthropology (S), C/M 3 credits
  • Law Enforcement (S), M, 3 credits
  • Criminal Justice (S), M, 3 credits

NATURAL SCIENCE

CLEP

  • *General Biology (S), C, 6 credits
  • *General Chemistry (S), C, 6 credits
  • *Natural Sciences (G), C, 3 credits, 3 credits Elective

DSST

  • Astronomy, (S), C, 3 credits
  • Physical Geology (S), C, 3 credits
  • Environment and Humanity (S), C, 3 credits

MATH/COMPUTER

CLEP

  • Mathematics (G), C, 3 credits
  • Calculus (S), M, 3 credits Core, 3 credits Major/2 Credits Elective
  • College Algebra (S), C, 3 credits
  • Trigonometry (S), C, 3 credits
  • Combined Trigonometry and Algebra (S), C, 3 credits
  • Information Systems and Computer Applications (S), C, 3 credits

DSST

  • College Algebra (S), C, 3 credits
  • Principles of Statistics (S), M, 3 credits
  • Intro. to Computers with Programming in Basic (S), C, 3 credits

PHILOSOPHY

DSST

  • Ethics in America (S), C, 3 credits

COMMUNICATION ARTS

DSST

  • Principles of Public Speaking (S), C, 3 credits

BUSINESS

CLEP

  • Microeconomics (S), M, 3 credits
  • Macroeconomics (S), M, 3 credits
  • Management (S), M, 3 credits
  • Principles of Accounting (S), M, 3 credits Accounting I, 3 credits Accounting II
  • Business Law (S), M, 3 credits
  • Marketing (S), M, 3 credits

DSST

  • Principles of Finance (S), M, 3 credits
  • Principles of Financial Accounting (S), 3 credits Elective
  • Personnel/Human Resource Management (S), M, 3 credits
  • Organizational Behavior (S), 3 credits Elective
  • Business Law II (S), 3 credits Elective
  • Introduction to Business (S), 3 credits Elective
  • Money and Banking (S), M, 3 credits
  • Basic Marketing (S), M, 3 credits
  • Technical Writing (S), M, 3 credits
  • Principles of Supervision (S), 3 credits Elective

MODERN LANGUAGE

CLEP

  • French, 3 credits Foundational Core*
  • German, 3 credits Foundational Core*
  • Spanish,  3 credits Foundational Core*

NYUFLP: NYU Foreign Language Proficiency Exam is available in 45 languages. Students will receive 3 credits towards the Foundational Core*.  Students must register for the 12 point exam.

* Those individuals under the previous core requirements will receive 6 credits.

STANDARDIZED EXAM RESTRICTIONS

ENGLISH

*Department wants evidence of writing competency. This can take many forms, i.e. papers already written for classes in the past, current papers or something written specifically to meet the criteria.

HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCES

*Department will accept this as PO125 in the Core or as a Social Studies Elective for the major. The remaining 3 credits are applied to the elective area.

**Does not apply to social studies teacher majors who entered the department after the Spring 1996 semester.

NATURAL SCIENCES

*For a Biology major: If the student passes at the 70th percentile, credit will be awarded for General Biology I and II lecture. The student will need to schedule an interview with the science faculty to determine if the Biology laboratory can be waived.

*For a chemistry major: If student passes at 80th percentile, credit will be awarded for Chemistry I and II lecture only. As above, an interview will be necessary to consider exemption from lab.

*Natural Science exam – if score is 500, student will receive 6 credits in core.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND INTERNSHIPS

Caldwell University students who have earned twelve credits at Caldwell, have reached Junior status (sixty credits), and have a GPA of at least 2.5, are eligible to participate in activities coordinated by the Office of Experiential Learning. Students can earn college credits in two ways:

Co-ops are courses in which the student learns while on the job, under the direction of a Caldwell University instructor.

Internships are unpaid positions which also offer a learning experience under the direction of a Caldwell University instructor.


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