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Experiential Learning

Your Experience Counts

We recognize that knowledge gained outside of a classroom may be relevant to your degree program at Colorado Technical University. Learning experiences obtained through employment, non-collegiate, school-based education or other appropriate channels may be evaluated for course credit by CTU if it is in adherence to American Council of Education (ACE) recommendations.

To be considered for this credit, your prior experience or education must:

  • Relate specifically to an Associate, Bachelor’s or Master's degree course in your academic program.
  • Result in experientially attained and mastered college-level competencies that are appropriately documented and equivalent to the course outcomes that would be acquired in the comparable CTU course.
  • Demonstrate and verify learning through documentation such as work samples and/or supervisory verification.
How to Apply for Experiential Credit

If you think you may qualify for experiential credit, start the process by contacting a Prior Learning Assessment team to determine your eligibility. You will be asked to build an Experiential Learning Portfolio (ELP) that should establish a direct alignment with the course in which you want to obtain credit. The final portfolio is submitted to the Prior Learning Assessment team and/or a Dean and assigned to a Program Chair for evaluation and determination of credit. An ELP is required for each course in which you believe you have experiential credit.

The maximum amount of life experience credit accepted toward graduation is 16 quarter credit hours for an Associate degree, 32 quarter credit hours for a Bachelor’s degree and 8 quarter credit hours for a Master’s degree. The Prior Learning Assessment team will provide support and guidance to position your portfolio in the best manner possible.

See a sample Experiential Learning Portfolio here.

Ready to get started?

If you need more information or you’re ready to begin the process for applying to earn this course credit, we’re here to help. Contact a Prior Learning Assessment evaluator today.

CTU does not guarantee that any credits will be awarded for work experience. Any credits awarded shall be at CTU’s sole discretion. Credits awarded for experiential learning are unlikely to transfer.


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