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Prior Learning Assessment

Thomas Edison State University'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.

Portfolio Assessment top of page

One way to earn college credit for college-level knowledge you already have is to complete an online portfolio.

In the University'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.

Learn more about Portfolio Assessment or email us.

Credit-By-Exam (TECEP®) top of page

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.

Learn more about TECEP® exams »

Workplace and Professional Training Assessment top of page

The University's Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning oversees the evaluation of select workplace training courses as well as professional licenses and certifications offered by corporations, government agencies, unions, military, and professional associations to determine if college credit can be awarded. Employees or professionals who successful complete structured learning experiences evaluated by OAPWL may be eligible to earn college credit. New review results are being added all the time, so be sure to check the list for your training or credential. You may be able to start out ahead in your college experience.

Learn more about Workplace and Professional Training Assessment »

Open and Competency-Based Education top of page

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 University students with the most accessible and affordable pathways to a college education.

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