Prior Learning Assessment



The University of Toledo allows you to receive college credit for knowledge and relevant work, volunteer, and life experiences through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Explore how you may earn college credit for learning outside the traditional classroom and earn up to 30 credit hours through PLA.

Prior Learning Assessment Benefits:

  • Validates learning gained through work and life experience
  • Earn credit for your accomplishments
  • Eliminates duplication of learning
  • May reduce the cost of education
  • May shorten the time to complete a college program
  • Helps with career development and planning of educational goals
  • Enhances your critical thinking as you articulate your knowledge and achievements

How Can You Earn PLA Credit?
There are multiple methods to translate prior learning into credit at UT:S

  • Standardized Tests
    • You may earn 3-6 credit hours for less than the cost of one credit hour through CLEP testing
    • Choose from multiple exam subjects through the College-Level Examination Program testing (CLEP) or the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
    • Students may also petition for credit by examination through The University of Toledo and the instructor for the course that credit through Prior Learning Assessment is desired
  • ACE Credit
    • UT accepts credit evaluated by the American Council on Education, including military credit
  • Portfolio or Exam
    • Match your experience and knowledge to UT courses to earn credit by portfolio or departmental challenge exams
    • A Prior Learning Assessment Adviser provides individual coaching to assist the student in determining the potential for portfolio development to apply toward requirements for a given student's program of study
    • Students pay $100.00 per course for the assessment process and there are no additional fees if credit is awarded and transcribed

How to Get Started:
Students desiring credit through the Prior Learning Assessment process should make an appointment with a PLA Advisor:

Marcia King-Blandford


Further Information and Helpful Resources:

The PLA Program adheres and maintains best practices in assessing prior learning as recommended by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

Last Updated: 2/6/19