Northwestern Christian University

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT

PLA GUIDE

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

IMPORTANT SPECIAL NOTE: For Bachelor degree programs, use the LIST below as a guide to compile your prior life’s experience needed for assessment and award of your 90 credit hour PLA credit as required for award of your NCU bachelor degree. Once your PLA has been approved, all that remains to be completed is your 30- credit hour Bachelor thesis.  Total 120 credit hours  *See the Thesis/Dissertation GUIDE on the website Menu for instructions on writing your thesis.
Note: For Master’s and Doctorate Degree programs, PLA can be replaced by a detailed resume / bio-data, if you are a student with extensive ministry, work and or educational experience. However PLA is not mandatory for Master’s and Doctoral degree programs at NCU.

Use The Following (PLA) 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  
  17. Include a detailed resume/ biodata
  • Bachelor Program: Use the LIST above to compile documentation, certificates or lists/written summaries, to fulfill your (PLA) Prior Learning Assessment. 90- credit hours.
  • Optional Prior Learning Assessment’s for: Master’s and Doctorate Programs: Provide a detailed bio-data/resume along with copies of prior degrees, certifications etc. 30 credit hours.  *Optional, not mandatory.
  • All listed items above relate to multiple experiences, activities or accomplishments during your valuable life’s experience which are recognized as learning experience and translated as credit hours.
  • You should not feel confined to or limited by the 1-17 items listed above. You can use other experiences from life (beyond the above list)   *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. 

Bachelor Degree Credits   *PLA Mandatory

PLA/ Prior Learning Assessment based on criteria listed above.  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 resume/ biodata =        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 resume/ biodata =        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 by completing the requirements as stated above then send as an email attachment to NCUamerica@gmail.com for review and possible credit.

IMPORTANT SPECIAL NOTE: PLA can be replaced by a detailed resume / bio-data, if you are a student with extensive ministry, work and or educational experience.

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