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Experiential Learning Credit

Experiential learning credits are college credits awarded through the evaluation of learning gained through life experiences. 

What are the sources of experiential learning credit?

Up to 24 semester hours of college credit can be awarded to a student who can validate that knowledge gained through experience is worth college-level credit.  Credit is not granted for experience but rather for the knowledge gained by means of experience.  The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) lists seven major categories that may potentially yield learning that qualifies for college credit in non-traditional degree programs.
        1. Occupation, including military
        2. Volunteer work
        3. Non-credit courses (i.e. workshops, seminars, in-services)
        4. Travel
        5. Recreation
        6. Hobbies
        7. Independent reading, viewing, and/or listening to and conversing with experts

How and when is credit awarded?

Experiential learning credit is awarded when the evaluator is satisfied that the documentation gives evidence of college-level learning.  Credits can then be officially recorded on the student's transcript after successful completion of the first four courses of Houghton Adult Education.

How may I use experiential learning credits?

Credits may be applied to satisfy general education requirements or elective credits.  They cannot be used in place of any of the 13 Houghton Adult Education core courses.

What assistance does Houghton Adult Education provide?

Each student must complete an experiential learning online course with Houghton's experiential learning advisor that guides students through the process of
        1. Identifying those areas which may warrant college credit.
        2. Gathering any necessary documentation to support proposals for credit.
        3. Writing experiential learning essays.

What is the cost?

There is a $50.00 per credit hour fee for all awarded credits.