Request Credit for Past Experience by Portfolio Assessment

  • If you have developed considerable expertise related to your job or have completed extensive reading in a specialized area, it is possible that you have acquired knowledge that is college level.

    IUP offers several methods to earn college credit for the college-level learning that you have gained through your work and life experiences, independent reading and study, and participation in formal courses sponsored by associations, business, government, industry, the military, and unions.

    Through a Portfolio Assessment method, students are able to earn college credit by preparing a portfolio of documents, writings, tests, or examples of their work as evidence of learning. The portfolio will be evaluated by a qualified faculty member to determine whether or not you have demonstrated learning normally achieved by taking the equivalent college course. By converting your learning into college credit, you save valuable time and could earn your degree more quickly.

    In order to be eligible to participate in this program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Must currently be enrolled at IUP and must be able to use the portfolio assessment credit as part of a degree or certified program.

    • Must have graduated from high school or completed the GED. Individuals over 25 years of age may waive the GED requirement upon completion of 30 college credits.

    • The subject content of the portfolio to be assessed may not duplicate college credit already earned.

    In addition, the following policy points must be met:

    • Credits awarded through portfolio assessment must conform to specific course titles listed in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog. Credit awards for broad general areas (block credit) are not permitted.

    • No more than one-half of the credit hours of the major may be earned through CLEP, departmental challenge examinations, or other forms of prior learning assessment.

    • Credits earned through portfolio assessment may not apply as residency credit.

    To Apply

    1. Download and complete the application. Send the completed application and $15 application fee to Enrollment Management, Attn: Kristen O’Hara, 104B2 Sutton Hall, 1011 South Drive  Indiana, PA 15705. Be sure to indicate the course for which you would like credit. If you have questions, please contact Kristen O’Hara at or call 724-357-2789 for assistance.

    2. Arrange an appointment to meet with Kristen O’Hara, the director of continuing education, to discuss your plans to demonstrate your eligibility for this program.

    3. Upon approval of the application, a faculty member will be assigned to meet with you to review the requirements that must be fulfilled to earn credit for the selected course(s).

    4. Complete and submit your portfolio to Kristen O’Hara and pay the assessment fee (one-half regular tuition) for credits to the Office of the Bursar in Clark Hall.

    5. The registrar will list the course title, number of credits, and an indication that credit was earned upon completion of the program.


    Download the Portfolio Instructions and Application Form