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


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 


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*


GER 1401 German I and
GER 1402 German II*


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*




*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.