Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

  • Recommended for Adult Learners (25-64)
  • Description
    SMGT 2950 This course will guide students in their first semester through the creation of an individualized degree plan for the Supervisory Management AAS degree program or other participating program at the college. Students will assess their previous education, prior learning from work and life experience and develop a portfolio of prior learning which will be submitted for review. Any credit(s) awarded will be in compliance with the standards, principles, and procedures as published by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Course can be repeated up to six credits. Prerequisites: Program Advisor Approval.

    Credits: 1

    Effective Dates: 06/03/2002 - 12/31/9999

    Course Outline: SMGT2950

    SMGT 2950 Prior Experiential Learning Portfolio Development

What is CPL?

Learning is a lifelong activity. Where it takes place at home, at work, or through an interest or hobby, people continue to learn throughout their lives. Many adults, who are now returning to or attending college for the first time, seek credit for this lifelong learning as a way to accelerate their progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. In response, a rising number of colleges and universities are conducting Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to help these individuals earn college credit for their demonstrated learning.

How does CPL work?

There are many types of CPL; one of the more popular forms is the portfolio method. This method requires students to document their life experience and demonstrate their similarity to learning gained through formal college education. We then make a determination of the relative worth of the demonstrated learning as it might apply to specific courses with a student's degree program.

What does CPL cost?

Credit for prior learning (CPL) assessment is $50 per lecture credit and $100 per laboratory credit.

Other methods of CPL include:

  • Credit by examination (professional, written, or oral)
  • Articulation agreements with other college or universities
  • Application of previous credit from DCTC
  • Credit for licenses or certifications
  • Credit for completion of other evaluated programs (professional, government, or military)

DCTC makes the determination on the level of credit to be granted based on the outcomes of the assessment.

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