Credit for Prior Learning
Earn credit for your life experiences
UW Oshkosh gives you the opportunity to earn college credits by demonstrating that your professional and life experience have given you the same level of topic knowledge that you would learn in a classroom.
UW Oshkosh offers three opportunities to earn college credit for previous experiences. Learn about each of the three options below. Any nontraditional adult student is welcome to enroll in the credit for prior learning options, not just online students.
Contact us at (920) 424-0234 for more information on any of these options.
Option One: Portfolio Option
Adult students may be able to earn credit for learning gained through years of experience at work, in military services, as volunteers or in settings outside of the classroom.
Earning Credit for Prior Learning consists of two parts: the classroom and the learning portfolio. Through the development of a learning portfolio, UW Oshkosh provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate the college-level learning and theory that they have acquired through informal learning.
Course: Students will first enroll in Interdisciplinary Studies 145, a one-credit, seven week, pass or fail course designed to help them identify knowledge, skill and theory acquired through in-formal learning. In this course, students will learn how to construct an academic learning portfolio, arranging their knowledge, skill and theory in a way that can be assessed for parallels in the learning and theory achieved in the classroom. This course is only taken once and does not need to be retaken for each learning portfolio submission. Students will pay regular, online tuition for this one-credit course.
Learning Portfolio Assessment: Students will be paired with an Assessor either before or during Interdisciplinary Studies 145 course. The Assessor is an instructor or faculty member who has extensive knowledge in the subject area for which the student is seeking credit. The student will use the techniques learned in Interdisciplinary Studies 145 to create a learning portfolio based on the guidelines provided by the Assessor. Credit will be awarded based upon how well the student meets the learning objectives established by the Assessor. A maximum of 24 credits can be earned through Credit for Prior Learning. There is a nominal fee for each learning portfolio submission, and it is advised that all learning portfolios be submitted prior to the student’s senior year.
For more information about the Credit for Prior Learning process or to find out if you are a candidate, please contact the Division of Online and Continuing Education at (920) 424-0980 or email Jennifer Buchholz, Credit for Prior Learning coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Option Two: Exam (CLEP)
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on examinations. Earn credit for knowledge you’ve acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits or internships.
General Information: There are 34 CLEP exams currently available. Any student who feels he/she has the required knowledge of these areas, may take these tests. There is a nominal charge to take the exams
Students who complete an exam with a high enough score can request credit at the college level. To find out which exams UW Oshkosh accepts for credit or for more information about the exams in general, visit the UW Oshkosh CLEP website. UW Oshkosh advises that college students meet with their academic advisor prior to taking these exams.
Option Three: Military Service Experience
Your military service is valuable. Your official military transcript can be evaluated, and with other military documentation, you may be able to earn credits for your military experience.
This documentation includes:
• Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
• Army / American Council on Education
• Sailor / Marine American council on Education Registry Transcript (SMARTS)
Military basic training may qualify students to receive two credits in Kinesiology and two health elective credits. To check on other military evaluations that may qualify, students must bring in their official military transcript.
The UW Oshkosh Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Office is located in Dempsey 130. Veterans may contact the VA Office for additional information at email@example.com.