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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. The assessment methods utilized within the Organizational Leadership (ORGL) and Criminal Justice (CJ) degree program are a challenge exam, portfolio, or a hybrid combination of both.

Policies and Procedures

  • Students must be currently enrolled and in good standing at their home institution.
  • Students must be a declared ORGL or CJ major.
  • Students cannot attempt CPL if they have previously attempted the course.
  • Students are only allowed one attempt per CPL course.
  • For CPL courses requiring a portfolio, students will be enrolled in the PLA Workshop.
  • All CPL challenge exams are proctored and have a two hour time limit.
  • Students will receive email notification when the CPL challenge exam has been approved. The exam must be completed within 10 business days of email notification.
  • K credit will be assigned for successful completion of CPL.
  • There is no appeal process for CPL assessments.

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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.

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.