Credit For Prior Learning
Students may pursue credit for prior learning by documenting their learning through exams, portfolios, or transcripts from training programs and professional credentials that have undergone a credit review. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit is awarded for learning at the “C” level or higher for undergraduate courses or at the "B" level or higher for graduate courses. PLA credit is typically transcripted with a grade of “P” for Pass with the equivalent course, credits, and source of the PLA noted on the student’s College record. Exceptions concerning transcripted grades may be made in the case of training programs that have undergone a Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP) review and provide graded transcripts to Charter Oak. Unsuccessful attempts are not transcripted on the student’s official College record. Information regarding if and how any PLA credit would apply toward a degree program can be obtained from Academic Counseling. Information about the processes involved to pursue PLA credit can be obtained from the PLA web pages and Office.
Undergraduate PLA Credit
Undergraduate students can receive an unlimited number of credits for prior learning, as long as it meets the requirements regarding source, method, and degree plan.
Graduate PLA Credit
Graduate students can receive up to six (6) credits for prior learning toward the Master of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership. The credit must be equivalent to the content offered in one of the required courses of the program.
Credit For Credentials
Students may request credit for the learning verified by a professional credential or license issued by a governmental agency or professional organization and obtained through a proctored qualification exam. Students are eligible to receive credit for credentials issued or valid during the validity period for the credit review. Students should use the Portfolio Program to request credit for learning verified by credentials that are not eligible for credit reviews.
Credit For Portfolios
Students may submit course-specific portfolios to request credit for courses taught at any regionally accredited institution of higher education. Credit is awarded for portfolios that demonstrate learning equivalent to having successfully completed an undergraduate course at the “C” (2.0) level or higher or a graduate course at the "B" (3.0) level or higher. See the Portfolio Assessment catalog page and the Portfolio Program page.
Credit For Training and Non-Collegiate Programs
Students may request credit for successful completion of non-collegiate training that has been reviewed for credit by the American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit), Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP), or National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). Students are eligible to receive credit for training successfully completed at the “C” (2.0) level or higher for undergraduate credit or “B” (3.0) level or higher for graduate credit during the validity period for the credit review. Students should use the Portfolio Program to request credit for learning gained from non-collegiate training that has not been reviewed for credit.