Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for prior learning is one of three methods offered through the Accelerated College program by which students may accelerate their educational plans. By creating an academic plan, gaining credit for prior learning, and making use of accelerated curriculums, students may graduate faster and save money.
Credit for Military, Work and Other Non-College Training
Florida State College at Jacksonville recognizes that not all learning occurs in a classroom. The College provides several ways for students to get credit for what they already know and degree-seeking students may be awarded up to 45 hours of credit for prior learning. The most common methods of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) include: providing documentation of the prior learning, passing examinations for college credit, and creating a portfolio of learning experiences.
Credit for Military Training
Military veteran students may request evaluation of military training and experience for possible college credit by submitting the appropriate documentation. U.S. Army, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard veterans should submit their Joint Services Transcript (JST). U.S. Air Force veterans should submit their transcripts from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) or Air University. JST's may be requested online. For more information, contact the Military and Veterans Service Center.
Credit for Workforce Training or Industrial Certifications
Credit for workforce training may be granted in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) or the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) when applicable to the student's program of study. Information on the documentation required to apply for these credits can be obtained from the American Council on Education or the National CCRS. Credit may also be granted based on Industry Certification in accordance with Florida Statewide Articulation Agreements or through the College's articulation agreements. For more information, contact your advisor.
Credit by Examination (CBE)
Students may earn credit by examination (CBE) for many of the College's courses. Examinations accepted for college credit include: International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), Excelsior College Examinations (UExcel), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the College's own College Course Challenge Exam(s) (CCCE). For more information, contact a campus assessment and certification center.
Credit by Portfolio
If an examination does not exist, students may consider submitting a portfolio that documents their prior learning. Students seeking credit using portfolio development must contact their advisor and gain approval from the Accelerated College Manager before registering for the required course, SLS 1371 . Once enrolled, the student will learn how to complete a portfolio documenting prior learning as it relates to a specific course in the selected program of study. The student may then submit a portfolio for faculty evaluation and possible award of college credit. For more information, contact your advisor.