Transfer and Experiential Learning Credit for Professional Studies Students

Transfer and Experiential Learning Credit for Professional Studies Students

In addition to traditional collegiate credit, St. Joseph’s College recognizes that adult learners, because of their extensive and varied experiential learning, have knowledge and skills that they have attained through their professional training and experience that can translate into collegiate credit.

Transfer Credit and Prior Learning Assessment Policies

Adult learners applying to a major within Professional Studies will be considered for:

  • a maximum of 90 credits from a regionally accredited four-year institution
  • a maximum of 82 credits from a regionally accredited two-year institution
  • a maximum of 27 credits through Prior Experiential Learning Assessment (PELA). Through PELA, eligible students can register for an experiential portfolio seminar and work with the Prior Learning Assessment coordinator to document and thoroughly assess prior learning experiences.
  • a maximum of 82 prior learning credits from the following educational experiences: training programs, certificates, certifications and credit by examination. Credits from educational institutions that are not regionally accredited but are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may also be considered for credit under this category. 

Please note: The total number of prior learning credits from any or all of the prior learning sources listed above cannot exceed 82 credits. The total number of credits from all sources combined—including prior learning and traditional transfer credit—cannot exceed 90 credits. To earn a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph’s College, students must complete a minimum of 30 credits* in residence.
 
*Certain majors may require a minimum of 32 credits be completed at St. Joseph's College.

Credit for Experiential Learning

Professional Studies students, except for Nursing majors, with extensive and varied experiential learning may participate in the Prior Experiential Learning Assessment (PELA) Program, which gives students the opportunity to apply for credit for their prior experiential learning. Validated learning, not the experience alone, is the basis for awarding credit. Professional Studies does not award credit for “having lived,” but rather for having mastered—through professional, creative, volunteer or other experience—knowledge and skills that are deemed to be at the college level and are applicable in the context of the student’s degree program.

St. Joseph’s College recognizes that adult learners, through their professional training and experience, attain knowledge and skills that can translate into collegiate credit. Professional Studies students with comprehensive experiential learning  may participate in the Prior Experiential Learning Assessment Program (PELA), which gives students the opportunity to earn credit for their prior learning by:

  • enrolling in GS 111 Experiential Portfolio Seminar, which is a mentored course designed to facilitate the assessment of prior learning for the purpose of developing an experiential learning portfolio
  • taking standardized examinations sponsored by DSST and CLEP (St. Joseph's College is a test site for enrolled students) and the New York University Foreign Language Department
  • submitting certifications and licenses; documents are reviewed in accordance with Professional Studies transfer policies

The above options can be discussed after the student is enrolled, and has had his/her official transcripts evaluated. The Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator can then meet with the student to discuss optimum pathways to degree completion.