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Getting Started with Open Courses

If you are new to Thomas Edison State University and not yet an enrolled student, your first step is to apply to Thomas Edison State University and become an enrolled student. This allows the University to track your progress, determine how your transfer credits and previous training can apply to your degree, provide academic advising and enable you to earn a degree. You will receive directions on how to enroll after you apply and are accepted to the University.

As portfolio assessment is an important part of the Open Course option, we encourage students interested in this option to consider taking PLA-100 and PLA-200. These courses review the concept and methods of prior learning assessment and show students how to document and articulate your prior learning through the creation of portfolio assessments. Understanding these concepts will better position students to earn credit using portfolio assessment in the Open Course option.

For more information, contact Enrollment Services at or (609) 777-5680, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (ET).