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Credit for Prior Learning

What is Credit for Prior Learning?

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is an umbrella term that encompasses a myriad of methodologies that allow students to demonstrate learning that has taken place outside of a classroom setting. eMajor collaborative degree programs utilize a course equivalency model, which means students can only get credit for courses which they can demonstrate appropriate competency in the predefined course learning outcomes. There are several common assessment methods within the Organizational Leadership (ORGL) and Criminal Justice (CJ) bachelor degree programs, including a challenge exam, portfolio, or a hybrid combination of both. Faculty have carefully reviewed each course and have determined the best method to credential a course.

Policies and Procedures

  • Students must be currently enrolled and in good standing at their home institution to attempt credit for prior learning through eMajor.
  • Students must obtain a 70% score on all challenge exams to receive credit.
  • There is no appeal process for CPL assessments.
  • Only ORGL or CJ majors may attempt CPL through eMajor.
  • Students can not attempt CPL if they have previously attempted the course.
  • All courses with CPL options are available each term.
  • Students are only allowed one attempt for CPL per course.
  • To submit a portfolio, student must be enrolled in the PLA workshop first.
  • All challenges exams must be proctored.
  • All challenge exams have a two hour time limit.
  • All challenges exams must be completed within 10 business days of student approval.
  • Students do not pay for attempting or obtaining CPL (with the exception of applicable proctoring fees).
  • K credit will be assigned for successful completion of CPL.
  • Students may request/attempt CPL during the eMajor term(s) only.

Request for Credit for Prior Learning

Challenge Exam

The challenge exam methodology allows students to demonstrate the course learning outcomes through a multiple choice, true/false, and/or short answer exam. Think of a challenge exam as a cumulative final exam in a given course. All challenge exams are timed events and students are not allowed to use any external materials. In addition, the challenge exam must be proctored.


The portfolio methodology allows students to demonstrate the course learning outcomes through a series of artifacts and/or a reflective essay. All students that are going to utilize the portfolio method must be enrolled in a free workshop that will assist students by providing them with the required structure and requirements of a portfolio.


A hybrid methodology requires a combination of both the challenge exam and portfolio methodologies. This means that some course learning outcomes are required to be demonstrated by a challenge exam, while others lend themselves to a portfolio methodology.

CPL Checklists

Checklists have been created by faculty and are designed to assist a student in evaluating their readiness for the predetermined credentialing methodology. Checklists are not exhaustive of all items a student should be proficient in, but rather are intended to be general areas of expertise successful candidates would possess.