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Prior Learning Assessment Credits

Life and work experience can be just as valuable as what is learned in the classroom. Experience provides a broad, dynamic understanding of theories and concepts that can only come from applying them in the real world.

Pacific Oaks College recognizes that students can obtain college level learning in a variety of ways outside the traditional classroom. Due to this thinking and understanding, Pacific Oaks College honors learning completed in a variety of different areas by offering students the opportunity to turn their real-world experience into credit towards a degree through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits.

Through participating in the PLA Portfolio Review process, students can earn a maximum of 24 or 30 credit hours (depending on program) of coursework for students who have at least 5 years of relevant, verifiable work experience across a variety of fields.

Students with Prior Learning Experiences they would like assessed through the Portfolio Review process or other PLA opportunities should contact the Office of the Registrar for review and possible transfer credit.

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Prior Learning Assessment Credits at a Glance

  • Receive credit for relevant work experience
  • Earn up to 30 credits toward a B.A. in Human Development
  • Earn up to 24 credits toward a B.A. in Early Childhood Education
  • Potentially, save up to $24,000 in tuition through this program
  • Conforms with policies set forth by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC)

Requirements

  • Be admitted into the Bachelor of Arts in Human Development or the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education.
  • Eligibility is based on faculty review of a portfolio of student work samples and previous learning.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant, verifiable work experience
  • Successful completion of HD 489 “Reflections on Life Experience” coursework.

Tuition for HD 489 includes the review of two portfolios. Additional portfolios may be submitted for review at an additional cost to receive additional credits, up to the maximum allowed by the program.

Additional PLA Credit Opportunities  

AP Exams

Students who successfully pass and complete testing through Advanced Placement (AP) with scores of 3 or higher will be considered for college level credit. Students who have previously completed AP exams will need to submit official score sheets to Pacific Oaks College prior to matriculation to the institution.

CLEP Exams

Students who have successfully passed the College‐Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams may enter into Pacific Oaks College. Exams are required to be passed with the minimum American Council on Education (ACE) Credit Recommendation. Scores lower than the ACE Recommendation will not be considered for transfer credit. Students will need to submit an official score sheet to Pacific Oaks College prior to matriculation to the institution.

IB Exams

The International Baccalaureate Exams (IB Exams) are also considered for college level learning to Pacific Oaks College. Students who have completed testing from IB should contact the Office of the Registrar for possible acceptance of this credit. Students should provide Pacific Oaks College with an official transcript for possible credit review.

DSST Exams

Students who have successfully passed the DANTES Subject Standardized Exams may enter into Pacific Oaks College. Exams are required to be passed with the minimum American Council on Education (ACE) Credit Recommendation. Scores lower than the ACE Recommendation will not be considered for transfer credit. Students will need to submit an official score sheet to Pacific Oaks College prior to matriculation to the institution.

Military students

Previous military experience is reviewed for college transfer credit at Pacific Oaks College. Students with previous military experience terminated under honorable conditions in any of the United States Military Branches may submit their official transcripts or a certified copy of DD‐295 to the Office of the Registrar. Credit review will be based on the American Council on Education (ACE) Credit Recommendations.

Professional Training and Certification

Professional training that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) can also be submitted for review. Students who have completed training will need to submit their official transcript from ACE and are required to inquire on the cost of this request. Students should submit these transcripts prior to matriculation with Pacific Oaks College. Trainings and certifications not recognized by ACE will not be reviewed for transfer credit.

Propero Courses

Prospective students needing to meet the Pacific Oaks College general education requirements may fulfill the remaining general education requirements through the successful completion of Propero online courses. Propero is a 3rd party vendor that offers a variety of courses for students in general Education areas. Students will need to complete the course(s) through Propero and then submit an official transcript of the ACE Recommended Credit to Pacific Oaks College for the credit to be accepted by the institution. Students wishing to pursue this PLA option should contact the Registrar’s Office.

Straighterline.com Partnership

Prospective students needing to meet Pacific Oaks College general education requirements may fulfill the remaining general education requirements through the successful completion through the Straighterline.com Partnership. Straighterline and Pacific Oaks College have established a partnership that will allow students to complete a variety of courses in select general education areas. Students will need to complete the course(s) through Straighterline and then submit an official transcript of the ACE Recommended Credit to Pacific Oaks College for the credit to be accepted by the institution. Students wishing to pursue this PLA option should contact the Registrar’s Office.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation is the process of evaluating courses to determine whether coursework completed at one institution will meet requirements for Admissions, transfer credit, general education, and/or major preparation at another institution. Articulation agreements are formal, written agreements agreed to and signed by the faculty at two colleges.

To help you transfer easily into Pacific Oaks College, we have developed articulation agreements with local colleges. However, official evaluation and awarding of the transfer credits resides with the Academic Evaluation department.

Contact us to learn more.

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