Open Course Option

The Open Course option allows students to earn credits by taking free, open, online courses from the Saylor Foundation that are aligned with the College’s prior learning assessment program. Credits earned via the Open Course option can be applied to most undergraduate degree programs at Thomas Edison State College, including the entire Associate in Science in Business Administration degree.

The option enables students to take open courses at no cost and then apply what they learned in those open courses by successfully completing a portfolio assessment or the College’s credit-by-exam program, TECEP®. Some credits can also be earned by passing a College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) exam or Saylor's NCCRS exams, which have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS).

The Open Course option is self-paced, so students can complete courses and assessments on their own schedule, independent from monthly semesters and deadlines.

In addition to the entire Associate in Science in Business Administration degree, students can use this option to earn credits that satisfy general education elective or free elective requirements for most undergraduate degree programs at the College. The Open Course option also provides a great opportunity for students who may have some background knowledge on a particular topic but not enough to complete a prior learning assessment on their own. With the Open Course option, students can brush up on the sections they need, then take the assessment.

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Course Requirements
Saylor Open Course Assessment
for Credit
ENC-101 English Composition I ENGL001 English Composition I TECEP: ENC-101
ENC-102 English Composition II ENGL002 English Composition II TECEP: ENC-102
MAT-121 College Algebra MA001 Beginning Algebra TECEP: MAT-121 or NCCRS
STA-201 Introduction to Statistics MA121 Introduction to Statistics TECEP: STA-201
ECO-111 Macroeconomics ECON102 Macroeconomics Portfolio or CLEP
ECO-112 Microeconomics ECON101 Microeconomics Portfolio or CLEP
POS-101 Introduction to Political Science POLSC101 Introduction to Political Science TECEP: POS-101
POS-282 Introduction to Comparative Politics POLSC221 Introduction to Compar. Politics TECEP: POS-282
PHI-286 Contemporary Ethics PHIL103 Moral/Political Philosophy Portfolio
ECO-491 International Economics ECON307 International Trade Portfolio
HIS-126 World History from 1600-present HIST103 World History in Modern Era TECEP: HIS-126
ACC-101 Principles of Financial Accounting  BUS103 Introduction to Financial Accounting TECEP: ACC-101
ACC-102 Principles of Managerial Accounting  BUS105 Managerial Accounting TECEP: ACC-102
LAW-201 Business Law  BUS205 Business Law and Ethics Portfolio, CLEP, NCCRS
MAN-301 Principles of Management  BUS208 Principles of Management Portfolio, CLEP, NCCRS
MAR-301 Principles of Marketing BUS203 Principles of Marketing Portfolio, CLEP, NCCRS
COS-101 Introduction to Computers/CIS CS101 Introduction to Computer Science I Portfolio, NCCRS
OPM-351 Business Statistics BUS204 Business Statistics NCCRS
MAN-432 Small Business Management BUS305 Small Business Management Portfolio
MAN-435 Project Management BUS402 Project Management Portfolio
MAN-373 Managerial Communications BUS210 Corporate Communications Portfolio, NCCRS
CMP-354 Network Technology CS402 Computer Communications and Networks TECEP: CMP-354