Many of our students
come to the Pace University/NACTEL program with either a number
of years experience in the industry or with some prior training.
Because of that, Pace has created a Prior Learning Assessment system
designed to allow you to earn credit toward this degree based on
knowledge you've acquired through work or other non-credit bearing
training or classes.
There are two options you can consider for Prior Learning Assessment:
Learning Assessment does not include the transfer
of credits earned at other accredited institutions.
When you create a Prior Learning Portfolio, you submit information
about specific past experiences and accomplishments to Pace for
academic credit assessment. In certain cases, you may have had learning
experiences previously evaluated and assigned credit by a national
group (i.e., the military or the American Council on Education).
Because this type of assessment is conducted on a course-by-course
basis, you will need to create and submit a separate portfolio for
each course you wish to by-pass. Portfolios are then evaluated by
Pace faculty with expertise in the subject matter. All training
or prior learning must be directly related to individual course
work within the Pace University/NACTEL program.
In general, the contents of each portfolio should include:
of How Prior Learning or Experience Relates to Degree Plan
Description of Prior Learning or Experience
of the Learning
(certificates, licenses, official school transcripts, etc.)
of the Student's Transcripts, if applicable
this can be an overwhelming and complicated task, Pace has created
a special 2 credit Prior
Learning Assessment Course that will walk you through this process.
If you only have one or two courses for which you'd like credit, you might
opt to take a Proficiency Exam for individual classes. The cost for each exam is equal
to one credit, and you much receive a score of 85% or better to be awarded credit and allowed to by-pass
the course. Exams must be proctored, and the time and date pre-arranged.
These assessments are designed not only to illustrate that you
possess sufficient knowledge and skill in a specific area, but
also to ensure that you have the foundation necessary for successful
completion of the Pace University/NACTEL program.
To take a Proficiency Exam, submit a request in writing
to your Advisor.
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