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Alternative Ways to Earn Credits

  • Credentialed Learning

    Concordia University Texas recognizes the learning that takes place through external licensing organizations and agrees to award academic credit for the following licenses.

    Credential Licensing Organization Documentation Required Transfer Credit

    EMT

    Texas Dept. of Health, Bureau of Emergency Management and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Copy of License Training transcript from non-credit program

    Paramedic: BIO 3311and 3411 plus 12 hrs. upper level elective and 18 hrs. lower level elective

    Intermediate: BIO 3311 and 3411

    Basic 6 hrs. elective

    Firefighter

    Texas Fire Commission License Training transcript from non-credit program Basic: 9 hrs. elective

    Human Resource Professional

    Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Current certification

    PHR: BADM 3340 Human Resource Management

    SPHR: BADM 3340 Human Resource Management and BADM 4340 Organizational Staffing

    Texas Basic Peace Officer

    TCLEOSE License Training transcript from non-credit program

    CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice

    CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices

    CRIJ 3302 Criminal Law

    KIN 1301 Personal Wellness

    Real Estate Salesperson

    Texas Real Estate Commission License, Training transcript from non-credit program (now available on TREC website) Elective: 8 hrs.

    Certified Legal Assistant

    National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certification Elective: 12 hrs.

    Project Management

    Project Management Institute Certification BADM 3330 Project Management

  • Prior Learning Assessment

    Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio

    Most of the knowledge with which people function on a daily basis is acquired outside the classroom -from parents, friends, personal reading, travel, experience on the job, etc.

    "Life experience," "work experience," "experiential learning," "previous learning experiences," etc., are used to identify the growth which takes place over the course of an adult's lifetime. Concordia uses the term "acquired experiential learning."

    Concordia, like most regionally-accredited institutions, does not award credit for life experiences. Credit is awarded for the learning acquired from life experiences. The acquired learning must be related to the Concordia curriculum and, specifically, to courses taught at Concordia. The important thing to remember is that a student's acquired learning will mean nothing to the Portfolio Reviewers unless the acquired learning can be documented. It is also important to be able to demonstrate that the skill(s), knowledge and competencies are at the college level.

    Upon initial reflection, students may question whether they have anything in their background worthy of being awarded credit. A good principle to keep in mind is that life is filled with learning awaiting documentation. Your academic advisor is the person who can assist you in determining what constitutes appropriate documentation of experiential learning.

    The Portfolio Assessment Process

    Earning credit through the development, submission and assessment of a portfolio is a way to showcase knowledge acquired through experiential learning. If a student decides to pursue this avenue, he/she must realize that the process will require a thoughtful review of the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired and an understanding of what documentation is available to support the declaration of learning.

    A student intending to submit a portfolio for PLA evaluation must submit it no later than six months prior to their anticipated date of graduation. PLA credit is awarded in the term in which the portfolio is granted credit and approved by the Provost. Concordia does not accept PLA-type credit from other institutions.

    For more information contact your Student Support Coordinator or your Academic Advisor.

  • CLEP Credit

    CLEP Exam Credit

    Currently enrolled students may submit CLEP scores for evaluation for credit. Students must score at or above the ACE recommended passing grade on the appropriate CLEP examination (usually 50 but may vary with certain tests). Concordia University Texas will award equivalency credit for the following:

    Concordia Course Title

    CLEP Examinations

    ACC 2301 Financial Accounting

    Financial Accounting

    BIO 1401 Principles of Biology

    General Biology

    BUS 3311 Principles of Management

    Principles of Management

    BUS 3321 Business Law

    Introduction to Business Law

    BUS 3350 Principles of Marketing

    Principles of Marketing

    CHE 1341 Chemistry I and
    CHE 1342 Chemistry II*

    General Chemistry

    ECO2301 Intro to Macroeconomics

    Principles of Macroeconomics

    ECO 2302 Intro to Microeconomics

    Principles of Microeconomics

    ENG 1316 Academic Research & Writing

    ENG 1317 Introduction to Literature

    College Composition

    Analysis/Interpretation of Literature

    ENG 2303 American Literature

    American Literature

    ENG 2305 Survey of British Lit

    English Literature

    FRE 1401 French I and

    FRE 1402 French II*

    French

    GER 1401 German I and
    GER 1402 German II*

    German

    GOV 1303 Intro to American Government

    American Government

    HIS 1301 History of the U.S. to 1877

    US History I

    HIS 1302 History of the U.S. from 1877

    US History II

    HIS 2321 Western Civilization to 1715

    Western Civilization I

    HIS 2322 Western Civilization from 1715

    Western Civilization II

    MTH 1352 Pre-calculus

    MTH 1351 College Algebra

    Trigonometry/College Algebra/Trig

    College Algebra

    MTH 2401 Calc I & MTH 2402 Calc II*

    Calc/Elementary Functions

    PSY 2301 Lifespan Development

    Human Growth and Development

    SOC 1301 Introduction to Sociology

    Introduction to Sociology

    SPN 1401 Spanish I and
    SPN 1402 Spanish II*

    Spanish

    *ACE recommended test scores will determine if Modern or Classical Language, calculus or chemistry credit will be awarded.

    For more information, consult the Academic Catalog.