Return to: Prior Learning Credit
Credit by Portfolio may be assessed either through Walden’s Center for Degree Acceleration or through learningcounts.org, a program facilitated by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).
Walden’s Center for Degree Acceleration
Walden University’s Center for Degree Acceleration offers undergraduate students the option to earn credits by evaluating college-level knowledge and skills gained from prior learning experiences. This prior learning may have come from work experience, on-the-job training, volunteering, intense personal experience, career school education or other sources. Students will develop a portfolio, compiling a collection of the experiences and knowledge from this prior experience, which will be used for the credit evaluation.
Students may submit a prior learning portfolio for consideration of credit in two ways:
- Course Match: Student identifies an existing Walden University course that is available for transfer of credit and develops the portfolio to illustrate the course learning outcomes.
- Elective Discipline Match: Student identifies an approved discipline and maps prior learning to a collection of course outcomes, credit for which is applied to lower-level general electives.
The Center for Degree Acceleration provides students the opportunity to enroll in an 11-week, elective credit-bearing (5 cr.) course, CUGS 2050 - Developing a Prior Learning Portfolio. In the course, students are taught to develop a portfolio demonstrating the college-level learning they have acquired outside the classroom that equates to course work. In order to register for CUGS 2050, students must:
- Be actively enrolled
- Have unfilled elective credits
- Have successfully completed the undergraduate first-term course and ENGL 1001 - English Composition (or its equivalent)
- Be in good academic standing
- Meet with a staff member of the Center for Degree Acceleration
Completion of CUGS 2050 does not mean that credit will be awarded for the content of the portfolio. The portfolio must be submitted to the Center for Degree Acceleration to be evaluated by a trained faculty portfolio assessor for assessment of transfer of credit.
CAEL Portfolio Assessment
Students who would like learning assessed by portfolio for a discipline that is not supported for review through Walden’s Center for Degree Acceleration may work with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) via the learningcounts.org program. Through this affiliation, students will be able to speak with a CAEL advisor regarding the best avenues for pursuing prior learning credit, register for a course that will assist in the creation of their portfolios, and have those portfolios assessed for credit. Once credit is assessed by learningcounts.org, the student should obtain a National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS)/Learning Counts transcript to submit to Walden’s Office of Admissions for review of transfer of credit toward the specified Walden program.