Courses taken by students before college admission under the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board may be recognized by the award of college credit or by exemption from required subjects. Those who earn a grade of 3, 4,
or 5 in the Advanced Placement Examination will be granted credit toward the number of credits required for graduation.
For students who have had other unusual opportunities for instruction or have advanced in a given field, an opportunity to gain credit and/or exemption from a course is afforded through examinations. University Testing Services offers credit options through
the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
Students have an opportunity to gain exemption or credit through successful completion of comprehensive examinations by requesting from the academic department an exam as a substitute for completing all the usual requirements of the course.
A student who passes an exemption examination will be exempt from taking that course in his/her academic program. When a student receives credit for a course by examination, the credit will be applied to graduation requirements just as though the course
had been taken. If a student is granted exemption only (no credits) from a course, he/she will be permitted to take a free elective in place of that course. This enables the student to specialize further, correct weaknesses outside the major field,
build knowledge in an ancillary area, or be introduced to an entirely different area.
Courses for which credit or exemption are awarded by examination will not be used in the determination of grade-point averages.
Students may apply for an internship if they have completed 60 credits and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Internship sites are normally located within a 500-mile radius of the campus. Overseas placements are located near an IUP center. Internships are available
in state and federal offices; businesses at the local, state, and national level; state-related agencies; corporations; and foundations.
Students may apply for a co-op if they have completed 30 credits and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Two experiences are required. Sites are national and international. Placements parallel those of the internship program.
Because internships are viewed as an integral part of the student’s academic program, students who are interested in specific internship programs should consult with the internship advisor in the department of their major. A maximum of 12 credits is applicable
to an undergraduate degree program from any combination of co-op and internship experiences.
IUP offers several methods for earning university credit for college-level learning gained through work and life experience. Through University Testing Services, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers standardized examinations in general
and specific subjects. In addition, departmental examinations are available in specific areas on a limited basis.
Where examinations are not available, portfolio assessment may provide the student with the opportunity to present evidence of learning for evaluation by a university faculty member. Through portfolio assessment, work and life experiences are evaluated
to determine their appropriateness and applicability for university credit. Credits earned through prior learning assessment may not be applied toward university residency requirements for awarding of degrees. In addition
, no more than one-half of the
credits required for a student’s major may be earned by CLEP, departmental examination, and portfolio assessment. Contact the Office of Extended Studies for information regarding portfolio assessment.
IUP has authorized a policy for assessment of prior learning that took place outside traditional classrooms in a procedure known as Portfolio Assessment. It is particularly designed for adults with extensive documentable knowledge from work experience,
travel, independent study, or other out-of-class experiences.