Northwestern Christian University

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Prior Learning Assessment is Mandatory for Bachelor Degrees Only. Prior Learning Assessments may be used as extra credit for some Master’s and Doctorate degree programs.

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Prior Learning Assessment

All NCU accelerated 90-day degree programs are research based and do not require a core curriculum. PLA is mandatory for all bachelor degree programs but optional, for extra credit only, for all master’s and doctoral programs.

Prior Learning Assessment Outline For Preparation of Your PLA Portfolio:

A. Just write 30- descriptive essays for your Bachelor program (or ) just 10-essays for your Master’s or Doctorate programs.  *Use the list below as a source for writing about your experiences. *Prior Learning Assessments are not required for Master’s and Doctorate programs but provides an additional 30 credit hours if completed.

B. Most of your descriptive essays can be fulfilled in just 1-page. However, One of your essays is to be a 2-3 page essay on a book selected by you, specific to your major, you may be able to locate the book for free on http://www.NTSlibrary.com or just provide your own book.

Use The Following Prior Learning Assessment List As A Guide:

  1. List all employment positions, job title, date and place of employment
  2. List all schools that you have attended and dates of graduation. 
  3. List all diplomas you have been awarded. 
  4. List all advanced degrees that you have been awarded 
  5. List all certifications that you have earned
  6. List all seminars or non school classes that you have attended 
  7. List any special training that you have attended 
  8. List any on the job trainings and dates of fulfillment 
  9. List public speaking events 
  10. How many church meetings have you presided over as a preacher 
  11. How many church meetings have you served in as a teacher 
  12. Have you served as a department head at work or at church 
  13. List military training and experience 
  14. List all awards and commendations not already mentioned 
  15. List your special skills or areas of personal
  16. List your hobbies, sports, passions  
  • Bachelor Program: Write 30- descriptive essays relating to experiences based on multiple items listed within descriptions;  1-16 above.  *One-2-3 page essay on a book selected by you, specific to your major is required as one of your essays. You can locate the book for free at http://www.NTSlibrary.com or provide your own book. Total 30 essays.
  • Optional Prior Learning Assessment’s for: Master’s and Doctorate Programs: Write 10- descriptive essays relating to experiences based on items related within each of the descriptions listed as;  1-16 above.  *One 2-3 page essay on a book selected by you, specific to your major, is required. You can locate the book for free on http://www.NTSlibrary.com or provide your own book. Total 10 essays.
  • All listed items above relate to multiple experiences, activities or accomplishments. Well in access of 30 activities or accomplishments to be reported on in essay descriptions.
  • You should not feel confined to or limited by the 1-16 items listed above. You can use other experiences from life (beyond the above list) as a basis for essays as well. You may have experiences not relative to the above list. You may also find that some of the items listed above do not apply to your life. *Do not be limited by this suggestive list.

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PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Degree Program PLA and Thesis / Dissertation credit totals:

Understand that you are being credited for your valuable life/ learning experience which shows both acquired and applied knowledge. The essay is only a means to represent your valuable lifetime learning experience.  Therefore, 3 credit hours are granted for each reflective essays representing your acquired knowledge though experience.

Bachelor Degree Credits   *PLA Mandatory

PLA/ Prior Learning Assessment based on 30-essays X 3 cr. hrs.  90 Credits

Bachelor Thesis showing comprehensive knowledge of major    30 Credits

Total Bachelor Degree Program Credits                                            120 Credits

Master’s Degree Credits    *PLA Not Mandatory, But Can Add 30 Cr. Hrs.

PLA/ Prior Learning Assessment based on 10-essays X 3 cr. hrs. = 30 Credits

Master’s Thesis showing comprehensive knowledge of major =    30 Credits

Total Master’s Degree Program Credits                                                60 Credits

*You can earn a 30 cr. hr. thesis only master’s degree.

Doctorate Degree Credits    *PLA Not Mandatory, But Can Add 30 Cr. Hrs.

PLA/ Prior Learning Assessment based on 10-essays X 3 cr. hrs. = 30 Credits

Dissertation showing comprehensive knowledge of major          = 30 Credits

Total Doctorate Degree Program Credits                                              60 Credits

*You can elect to earn a 30 cr. hr. dissertation only doctoral degree.

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Prepare your Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio

PLA: Prior Learning Assessments Portfolio * 3- parts: Title Page, Essays, and Supporting Documents

I. Create a Microsoft Word doc. with a tile page.    TITLE:  PLA Prior Learning Assessments Portfolio.  Please not; Bachelor-Master’s or Doctorate after title

a. Below title, enter the following:

b. Your name

c. Your e-mail address

d. Your home address

e. Date of Completion / Submission of PLA

II. Write a short essay (one page or less) describing your performance and knowledge related to each item that you have answered above as numbered in your PLA Outline above.

  • Also include a short essay for each certificate, award, diploma, degree, commendation, citation etc.) The more legitimate essays that you write will reflect in more credit being approved toward your degree program. *Save as a Microsoft WORD doc.
  • Bachelor degree program:  30 PLA essays X 3 credits = 90 cr. hrs.
  • Master’s and Doctorate programs:  10 PLA essays V 3 credits = 30 cr. hrs. *See Course requirements on the Online Ministry Degree page.

III. If you have any supporting documents, certificates, letters of appreciation, diplomas. etc. you can scan them and attach to your Prior Learning Assessments portfolio. *This is not mandatory. We trust you as a servant of the Lord that your statements within your essays are true. However, if you have supporting documents you can include them at your option.

*Organize Title page, essays and scanned documentation; letters of recognition, certificates, diplomas, award letters etc., this is your PLA Prior Learning Assessment portfolio. Then send your portfolio, by e-mail attachment, to: Northwestern Christian University at: NCU.Asia@gmail.com or  NCUamerica@gmail.com  *Save a copy for your records.

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