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Graduate PLA

Matriculated graduate students wishing to earn credit for what they already know can utilize the Grad PLA process.  This online process is conducted within an 8-week or 12-week graduate term (depending on your degree program) and must be pre-approved by the office of the Dean of the School offering your graduate degree.

By submitting a proposal request for Grad PLA credit, you initiate the process.  The Office of the Dean receives your Grad PLA Portfolio Proposal form and assigns a mentor.  With instructions from the School, the PLA office creates a Grad PLA course section for you to register, and connects you with that graduate mentor.

With the guidance of the graduate mentor, you articulate and document your learning equivalent to the specific graduate level course for which you’re trying to earn credit. This involves writing several drafts of a narrative to address the graduate level learning outcomes specific to that course credit. Each draft is submitted online within the designated Moodle course space, and reviewed by the mentor.  Feedback is provided for you to integrate into a subsequent draft.

Once the final draft of the narrative is accepted by the graduate mentor, you submit (upload) evidence verifying your learning and your background.  Evidence may include letters or documents of support, samples of your work, an annotated bibliography and other items deemed appropriate by the PLA mentor.  Evidence is essential to any PLA portfolio.

With the completed review by the mentor, if credit is to be granted, the mentor will submit the grade to the Office of the Registrar.  A successful PLA is given a grade of “Cr” (credit awarded).

You can begin the process by submitting the Graduate PLA Portfolio Proposal Form.

For additional information please contact the PLA office at