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Credit for Work Experience

Work experience = credits!

Your work experience may count as credits toward your degree, saving you time and money.

Unity College Distance Education students may apply to earn credit for experience outside of coursework.

  • Graduate students may only receive up to six credits towards a degree program through Credit for Prior Learning.
  • Undergraduate students may receive up to 30 credits toward a program through Credit for Prior Learning and no more than a total of 90 credits combined with Prior learning and Transfer credits.

Here are ways you may qualify to receive credit for prior learning experiences:

  • Credit for professional licenses and credentials earned
  • Credit of a prepared portfolio documenting skills and knowledge
  • Credit for exams, trainings, or certifications received

If you choose to submit a portfolio, please include the following items:

  • Course Information – Includes the learning outcomes for the specific course you are challenging.
  • Summary Sheet – Matches each course learning outcome to your experience and supporting evidence.
  • Resume and Biographical Essay – Provides an overview of your learning experiences related to the course.
  • Narrative – Demonstrates how you have achieved each course learning outcome.
  • Documentary Evidence – Supports your claims to knowledge of the learning outcomes.

Next Steps for requesting credit for prior learning

  • Contact the Distance Education Concierge regarding your intent to apply for credit for prior learning.
  • Send material to be evaluated (see list above) and pay a non-refundable fee of $500 per course you are requesting. Federal loans cannot be used to pay this fee. Payment must be processed before we will evaluate your materials.
  • Within 30 days, we will review your material and give you a final decision.

For more information, please contact the Distance Education Concierge at online@unity.edu or (207) 509-7155.