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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Credit for Prior Learning


Did you know that you may be able to earn college credit for work or life experiences that equate to college-level knowledge?

At Delaware County Community College, this is called Credit for Prior Learning, and it can bring you one step closer to your goal of a degree or certificate.

It may help you reduce the course load you have to carry, allowing you to complete your college education in less time, with less expense and with the additional convenience of working from home. So take a minute to see if you can turn your knowledge and experiences into college credit.

You may be eligible to receive or earn credit for knowledge you’ve acquired through life and work experiences that are closely related to the learning objectives of the College’s credit courses. This knowledge may have come through on-the-job experiences, professional workshops, non-credit classes at business or technical schools, volunteer activities, personal study or other pursuits.


Prior Learning Assessment

This assessment examines knowledge you may have gained through work and life experiences and evaluates it for college credit. Here are a few questions that will help you to decide if you should consider this option.

  • Is your learning exactly or closely equivalent to a specific credit course listed in the College’s catalog?
  • Is your learning in subject areas that coincide with courses necessary to meet your degree requirements here at the College?
  • Do you understand the principles behind what you do, or have done, as well as the steps involved in doing it?
  • Is your knowledge current?

Free information sessions are held each semester and are publicized on the College's website, in local newspapers and in the Student Information Services (SIS) bulletin. Contact the Assessment Center to set up an appointment with a Credit for Prior Learning Advisor.


Ways to Earn College Credit for Prior Learning


Portfolio Development

A portfolio is an organized folder or binder of information, compiled by a student, detailing specific past accomplishments, experiences and learning. It shows that your experiential learning is equivalent to or closely related to that of a specific College course(s) – learning other students have gained after completing the course(s) through traditional classroom studies.

A portfolio must conform to the College’s format. If you choose to develop a portfolio, you should work under the guidance of an assessment advisor, who can explain procedures and techniques for assembling a successful portfolio. The assessment advisor will work with appropriate College faculty, in your discipline, who will assess each portfolio.

The College reserves the right to determine whether a course can be assessed as well as the appropriate assessment method. (Please note that assessment advisors may occasionally determine that credit by exam is a more viable option for you than portfolio development.)

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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP tests are standardized exams that measure your knowledge of the material covered in certain introductory college courses. CLEP credit is treated as transfer credit and is awarded only for a passing score on an exam. Non-passing scores do not appear on your transcript. Delaware County Community College awards credit for CLEP exams based on the recommendation from the American Council for Education. Faculty within each department research the content of the exam to determine if the course competencies are met before credit is awarded. A score of 50 equates to a "C" grade. 

Below is a listing of Delaware County Community College courses that may be challenged through CLEP.

Course descriptions and prerequisite information are available in the College Catalog.

Courses that may be challenged through CLEP

CLEP Exam

Pass Score

Course

Credits

Financial Accounting

50

ACC 111 Financial Accounting

3

General Biology

50

BIO 290 Biology Elective

3

Natural Sciences

50

BIO 290 Biology Elective & PHS 290 Elective

6

Principles of Management

50

BUS 210 Principles of Management

3

Principles of Marketing

50

BUS 230 Principles of Marketing

3

Introductory Business Law

50

BUS 270 Business Elective

3

General Chemistry

50

CHE 290 Chemistry Elective

3

Information Systems

50

DPR 270 Computer Elective

3

Principles of Macroeconomics

50

ECO 210 Econ. I - Macroeconomics

3

Principles of Microeconomics

50

ECO 220 Econ. II - Microeconomics

3

College Composition

50

ENG 100 English Composition I

3

English Literature

50

ENG 221 British Literature II

3

American Literature

50

*ENG 230 American Literature I

3

College French - Levels 1 and 2

50

**FRE 101 & 102 Elementary French I & II

6

College German - Levels 1 and 2

50

**GER 101 & 102 Elementary German I & II

6

History of the U.S. I

50

HIS 110 American History I

3

History of the U.S. II

50

HIS 120 American History II

3

Western Civilization I

50

HIS 150 World Civilization I

3

Western Civilization II

50

HIS 160 World Civilization II

3

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

50

HUM 270 Humanities Elective

3

Humanities

50

HUM 270 Humanities Elective

3

College Mathematics

50

MAT 120 Modern College Math & MAT 121 Intro to Prob and Stats

6

College Algebra

50

MAT 128 Algebra

3

College Algebra

63

MAT 151 College Algebra

4

Pre-Calculus

50

MAT 152 Pre-Calculus

4

Calculus

50

MAT 160 Calculus I

4

American Government

50

POL 120 American National Govt.

3

Introductory Psychology

50

PSY 140 General Psychology

3

Human Growth & Development

50

PSY 210 Lifespan Human Development

3

Intro to Educational Psychology

50

PSY 235 Educational Psychology

3

Introductory Sociology

50

SOC 110 Introduction Sociology

3

Social Science - History

50

SOC 270 Social Science Elective & HIS 270 History Elective

6

College Spanish - Levels 1 and 2

50

**SPA 101 & 102 Elementary Spanish I & II

6

* To receive credit for the American Literature exam, an essay is also required. Please make a phone appointment with a prior learning advisor (610-359-5322) for more information.

** Credit will not be awarded for intermediate levels.

 

For information on how to register for a CLEP test and how to schedule a CLEP test at DCCC, please visit our Testing Services website.

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Credit by Examination

When there is no CLEP exam in a subject area or when a student cannot fully document his or her previous learning through a portfolio, there is another option: an examination that will assess the relationship of your prior learning to that of College courses. College faculty members develop such exams. These exams are arranged only through the Assessment Services. Please call for an appointment, and note that not every course can be assessed via credit by examination.

This option can be pursued only if you are not registered in the course for which the exam is sought. If you are enrolled in a course and choose the exam option, you may discuss the "challenge exam" option with the instructor. For additional information on the challenge exam procedure, consult the College’s Student Handbook.

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Credit for Military Training Schools

Veterans and current military personnel may have Assessment Services evaluate their previous military educational experience and courses for transfer credit. The military training school/course(s) must be recommended for credit by ACE (American Council on Education). To begin this process, you need to submit validated records of training programs or military courses to Assessment Services.

Learn more about the College’s Veterans Services.

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American Council on Education (ACE)

Courses and programs offered through organizations (AT&T, GE, AIB, Police Academy, etc.) can be evaluated for credit. Consult Assessment Services for more information.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Delaware County Community College recognizes superior achievement in secondary schools by granting advanced-placement college credits to qualified students. 

Advanced placement examinations are administered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Students should have their official scores sent directly to the Assessment Center.

AP credit is awarded to students earning an appropriate score on CEEB advanced placement examinations in the areas listed below, subject to instructor approval. For specific score requirements contact the Assessment Center.

The College also offers advanced placement credit for successfully completed coursework through partnership agreements with secondary schools and through the Intermediate Units in Delaware and Chester Counties.

Below is a listing of Delaware County Community College courses that may be challenged through AP.

Course descriptions and prerequisite information are available in the College Catalog.

Courses that may be challenged through AP

Advanced Placement (AP) Test

Pass Score

Course

Credit

American Government

3

POL 120 American National Government

3

Biology

5

BIO 110 & BIO 111 General Biology I & II

8

Biology

3

BIO 110 General Biology I

4

Calculus AB 

3

MAT 136 Business Calculus

3

Calculus AB

4

MAT 160 Calculus I

4

Calculus BC

3 (with subscore 3)

MAT 136 Business Calculus

3

Calculus BC

3 (with subscore 4)

MAT 160 Calculus I

4

Calculus BC 

4

MAT 160 & MAT 161 Calculus I & II

8

Chemistry

3

CHE 101 Introduction to General Chemistry

4

Chemistry

4

CHE110 & CHE 111 General Chemistry I & II

8

Comparative Government and Politics

3

POL 226 Comparative Politics

3

Computer Science - A

3

DPR 104 Introduction to Java Programming

3

Computer Science Principles (New 2016)

3

DPR 101 Introduction to Computer Science

3

Computer Science-AB (1991-1997)

3

DPR 270 Computer Elective

3

Computer Science-AB (1998 on)

3

DPR 212 Data Structures and Algorithms

4

English Language and Composition

3

ENG 100 English Composition I

3

*English Literature and Composition

3

ENG 270 (not ENG 100 per English faculty)

3

Environmental Science

3

ESS 270 Earth & Space Science

3

European History

3

HIS 150 World Civilizations I

3

French

3

FRE 101 Elementary French I

3

French

4

FRE 101 & FRE 102 Elementary French I & II

6

German

3

GER 101 Elementary German I

3

German

4

GER 101 & GER 102 Elementary German I & II

6

History of Art

3

** ART 110 or ART 111

3

Human Geography

3

SOC 240 Human Geography

3

Macroeconomics

3

ECO 210 Macroeconomic Principles

3

Microeconomics

3

ECO 220 Microeconomic Principles

3

Music Listening & Literature

3

MUS 120 Introduction to Music

3

Music Theory

3

MUS 122 Reading and Writing Music

3

AP Physics I

3

PHY 270 Physics Elective

4

AP Physics I

4

PHY 110 College Physics I

4

AP Physics II

3

PHY 270 Physics Elective

4

AP Physics II

4

PHY 111 College Physics II

4

Physics C-Mech

3

PHY 270 Physics Elective

4

Physics C-Mech

4

PHY 131 University Physics I

4

Physics C-E&M

3

PHY 270 Physics Elective

4

Physics C-E&M

4

PHY 132 University Physics II This

4

Psychology

3

PSY 140 General Psychology

3

Spanish Language and Culture

3

SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I

3

Spanish Language and Culture

4

SPA 101 & SPA 102 Elementary Spanish I & II

6

Spanish Literature and Culture

3

SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I

3

Spanish Literature and Culture

4

SPA 101 & SPA 102 Elementary Spanish I & II

6

Statistics

3

MAT 210 Statistics

3

***Studio Art: Drawing, 2D Design, 3D Design

3

 

 

U.S. Government and Politics

3

POL 120 American National Government

3

U.S. History

3

HIS 110 & HIS 120 American History I & II

6

World History

3

HIS 160 World Civilizations II

3

*The English Literature and Composition exam is not equivalent to ENG 100 or 112. This exam is transferred in as an English elective (ENG 270). A minimum score of 3 on this exam will waive the English placement test, but credit for ENG 100 is only awarded for the English Language and Composition exam.

** Either ART 110 Art from the Ancient Worlds through the Middle Ages or ART 111 Art from the Renaissance through Contemporary Times.

***There are three Studio Art AP exams which the student completes by portfolio: Drawing, 2 Dimensional Design and 3 Dimensional Design. The Drawing Portfolio can include Painting, Printmaking or Mixed Media, and includes both a Quality section (actual work) and Concentration and Breadth sections (digital works). All Studio Art AP exams must be assessed by faculty in the Art Department; a minimum score of 3 or above will be evaluated for transfer credit.

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Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR)

SOAR is a career and technical education initiative that establishes statewide articulations between secondary and post-secondary education. These programs of study enable high school graduates in career or technical programs to earn college credit that can be applied to their continued studies at the post-secondary level. Assessment advisors in Assessment Services will provide assistance in obtaining credits from Delaware County Community College. For additional information, make a telephone appointment (contact information is at the top of this page) with an assessment advisor.

Visit Transfer.net to see how your high school credits may be accepted by the College.

Click the SOAR logo below for additional information.

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