Prior Learning Assessment
Thomas Edison State College's Center for the Assessment of Learning particularly specializes in four areas:
These programs can help you turn what you have learned from your experiences outside of the classroom into credit, and expedite your path to a degree.
One way to earn college credit for college-level knowledge you already have is to complete an online portfolio.
In the College's portfolio process you work with a mentor, who is a subject matter expert, to create a portfolio that documents your mastery of the subject.
Developing a portfolio involves several steps. First, you will write a narrative that discusses how you gained your knowledge and how you plan to demonstrate it. Once you have completed your narrative, you will assemble evidence that supports your narrative. The evidence might include work samples, letters of verification from employers, certificates, licenses, documentation of job skills, art works, videos or anything else that documents your learning.
We have an extensive online database of course descriptions you can browse, to help you find subjects in which you have prior knowledge.
Whether you decide to do a portfolio in one subject or several, when you register for Portfolio Assessment you will be on your way to earning credit for what you already know… saving your valuable time and money.
Another way to demonstrate college-level knowledge and skills is to prepare for and pass a comprehensive final exam.
This can be done by selecting a test from our list of TECEP® exams, in a subject in which you have some prior knowledge or experience. You can prepare for the test by using the test description and sample test questions, by using the recommended textbooks, or with the free, online resources we have compiled. When you feel you're ready, register to take the test. Once you pass the exam, you will receive college credit that will apply to your degree.
TECEP® exams are developed by College mentors who have taught comparable courses and understand the needs of adult students. Most exams include multiple-choice questions and some have short answer or essay questions that are graded by subject matter experts.
Aside from the flexibility of working autonomously with few time constraints and no assignments, TECEP® is the most economical way to earn college credit.
The College's Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning evaluates training courses, licenses, certificates and exams offered by corporations, government agencies, unions, military, career schools and professional associations to determine if college credit can be awarded. Employees or trainees who complete these courses or programs are eligible to earn college credit.
If your organization provides workplace or professional training, we may already have an established partnership with them that can lead to credit. Not only that, if you have served in the armed forces, or have earned any of a variety of industry licenses or certifications, you may be able to start out ahead in your college experience.
For the past decade, both the price of a college education, and the number of jobs that require one, have been steadily climbing. However, through the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) college educators across the globe are working to ensure that no student is priced out of the opportunity to succeed. The Office of Open and Competency-Based Education is committed to working to provide Thomas Edison State College students with the most accessible and affordable pathways to a college education.