Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the process of earning college credit for college-level learning acquired from other sources, such as work experience, professional training, military training, or open source learning from the web.
A student who can show he/she has the knowledge and/or ability may be able to earn credit for a specific class at Texarkana College without enrolling in it.
Prior Learning Guidelines
- Credit for Prior Learning evaluative processes must be initiated by the student requesting credit. Students must complete the Prior Learning Credit Application and turn it in to the Texarkana College Enrollment Services Office.
- Meet all Texarkana College admissions and TSI requirements.
- Complete six hours of Texarkana College non-developmental credit hours prior to receiving credit for prior learning.
- Provide official documentation (transcripts, license/certification, etc.) supporting the request for credit for prior learning.
- Academic credit will be awarded only for those courses directly applicable to curriculum requirements at Texarkana College and to the student’s declared certificate or degree program as outlined in college publications.
- No more than 50% of a credit certificate or Associate of Science/Associate of Arts degree may be earned through credit for prior learning. No more than 75% of an Associate of Applied Science degree may be earned through credit for prior learning.
- If necessary, pay assessment fees in the Student Accounts Office.
- Financial aid/veteran’s assistance is not available for Prior Learning credit.
Please be aware that credit for prior learning awarded at Texarkana College may not be applicable to certificates or degrees at other colleges or universities. A student who intends to transfer to another college or university should consult with a transfer advisor at that institution concerning the transferability of Texarkana College prior learning credit.
Credit by Examination
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Texarkana College awards credit for appropriate scores on the nationally-recognized CLEP exams. Information on how to sign up to take CLEP exams can be found on the Assessment and Testing Center’s web site at https://www.texarkanacollege.edu/academics/testing-center/clep/.
Cost of CLEP examinations: The College Board Charges $80 for each exam. In addition, Texarkana College charges an administrative fee of $20 per exam. A grade of “CR” is posted on the transcript. There is no charge for transcription of the grade. Please indicate that you want your score(s) sent to Texarkana College when filling out the CLEP paperwork.
The table below indicates which CLEP exams Texarkana College will accept and how much credit will be awarded if accepted. There are more CLEP exams than listed in the table below, but TC will only accept credit for those listed below. There is no charge for transcription of CLEP credit.
|Subject Examinations||Equivalent Course(s)||Semester Hours||Score|
|Financial Accounting||ACCT 2301, 2302||6||50|
|American Government||GOVT 2305||3||50|
|Principles of Management||BMGT 1327||3||50|
|Principles of Marketing||MRKG 1311||3||50|
|American Literature||ENGL 2327, 2328||6||50|
|English Literature||ENGL 2322, 2323||6||50|
|French Language, Level 1||FREN 1411, 1412||8||50|
|French Language, Level 2||FREN 2311, 2312||6||59|
|Spanish Language, Level 1||SPAN 1411, 1412||8||50|
|Spanish Language, Level 2||SPAN 2311, 2312||6||63|
|History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877||HIST 1301||3||50|
|History of the United States II: 1865 to Present||HIST 1302||3||50|
|Biology||BIOL 1308, 1309||6||50|
|Introductory Business Law||BUSI 2301||3||50|
|Chemistry||CHEM 1311, 1312||6||50|
|College Algebra||MATH 1314||3||50|
|College Composition||ENGL 1301||3||50|
|Human Growth & Development||PSYC 2314||3||50|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||ECON 2301||3||50|
|Principles of Microeconomics||ECON 2302||3||50|
|Introductory Psychology||PSYC 2301||3||50|
|Introductory Sociology||SOCI 1301||3||50|
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
Texarkana College will award college credit in subject appropriate areas according to the chart below. Students must supply evidence of completion. A grade of “CR” is posted on a transcript. All AP students must show proof of meeting the applicable TSI requirements. There is no charge for transcription of AP credit.
A student must have completed six semester hours of credit at Texarkana College and have successful completion of a course within the last 12 months to have Advanced Placement credit applied to their record.
AP credit previously applied at another institution of higher education does not automatically transfer to Texarkana College. For the credit to be applied at TC, the student must have their AP score report sent to TC from the College Board and submit a request to the registrar for credit be applied to their TC record.
The process is not an automatic process upon receipt of the College Board AP Score Report.
|Subject Examination||Equivalent Course||Semester Hours||Score|
|Art History||ARTS 1303||3||3+|
|Biology||BIOL 1406 & 1407||8||3+|
|Calculus AB||MATH 2413||4||3+|
|Calculus BC||MATH 2413 & 2414||8||3+|
|Chemistry||CHEM 1411 & 1412||8||3+|
|Economics: Macro||ECON 2301||3||3+|
|Economics: Micro||ECON 2302||3||3+|
|English Language and Composition||ENGL 1301||3||3+|
|English Literature and Composition||ENGL 1302||3||3+|
|Environmental Science||BIOL 2306 & 2106||4||3+|
|French Language||FREN 1411||4||3+|
|French Literature||FREN 1412||4||3+|
|Government & Politics: United States||GOVT 2305||3||3+|
|Human Geography||GEOG 1302||3||3+|
|Music Theory||MUSI 1311 & 1312||6||3+|
|Physics B||PHYS 1401 & 1402||8||3+|
|Physics C: Mechanics||PHYS 2425||4||3+|
|Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism||PHYS 2425||4||3+|
|Spanish Language||SPAN 1411||4||3+|
|Spanish Literature||SPAN 1412||4||3+|
|Studio Art: Drawing||ARTS 1311||3||3+|
|U. S. History||HIST 1301 & 1302||6||3+|
|World History||HIST 2321 & 2322||6||3+|
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Texarkana College will award college credit in subject appropriate areas of all IB exams scores of 4 or above as long as the incoming freshman has earned an IB Diploma. However, course credit does not have to be awarded on any IB exams where the score received is a 3 or less. Students must send an IB transcript confirming credit to the college. A grade of “CR” is posted on transcripts. All IB students must show proof of meeting the TSI requirements. There is no charge for transcription of IB credit.
|Subject appropriate scores are listed in the table below.|
|IB Exam||Equivalent Course||Semester Hours||Score|
|English Language and Composition||ENGL 1301||3||4+|
|Biology||BIOL 1406 & 1407||8||4+|
|Chemistry||CHEM 1411 & 1412||8||4+|
|Economics||ECON 2302 & 2302||6||4+|
|History||HIST 1301 & 1302||6||4+|
Assessment by Local Exam
Some Texarkana College courses are available for credit by way of an internal proficiency exam developed by the division. These exams are developed and graded by faculty members. For information on these exams, please contact the division chair. Approval to take examinations does not guarantee award of credit: other conditions, such as appropriate score, must be satisfied. Students must make at least a “C” on the exam to receive credit for the course. A grade of A, B, or C will be entered on the transcript with a notification that the assessment was given by local exam. The fee charged for an internal proficiency exam is equal to the amount of tuition charged for the similar amount of credit if a student took a face-to-face class. Students must submit the non-refundable payment to the Student Accounts Office in the Administration Building prior to taking the exam.
Students may not request credit by local exam for previously taken or attempted courses.
- Previously Taken – Record of the course appears on Texarkana College or transferring institution’s transcript
- Attempted – Course dropped after official census date resulting of a “W” on the transcript
If you have mastered a skill or competency through the completion of nationally recognized professional exams, you may be eligible for credit related to your Texarkana College degree or certificate requirements. Faculty members in the discipline will determine whether and how much credit will be awarded for specific professional exams. In these instances, the exam must directly align with a college course. Credit awards are based on the American Council of Education recommendations. The student must submit a Prior Learning Credit Application along with a $50.00 non-refundable application fee to the Student Accounts Office. If the faculty committee determines that credit can be awarded for a specific number of semester credit hours, the student will be notified. If the student wants the credit transcribed to his/her TC transcript, the fee charged for transcription of credit is equal to the amount of tuition charged for the similar amount of credit if a student took a face-to-face class. The awarding of credit is dependent upon faculty recommendation. If credit is given, a grade of “CR” is posted on the student’s transcript.
Credit for Military Training and Service
You may be able to receive credit for training received while in the military. For military training to be considered for credit, please order a copy of your Military Joint Services Transcript (JST) by logging into the following web address https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signin.do or you can obtain an Air-Force/CCAF transcript at www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp. Request that the transcript be sent to the registrar’s office.
You will need to complete the Prior Learning Credit Application and specify what documents you would like evaluated for military and previous college transcripts. There will be no charge for transcription of credit given for military training and service from a Joint Services Transcript or CCAF transcript.
Industry/Professional Certification Credit
Certain industry and professional certifications are eligible for Texarkana College credit. The student must contact the appropriate division dean during his/her first term if certification credit is being sought. The student must provide direct evidence of the secured certification. The certification or license must be current. For example, a student with a current certified nurse assistant certificate, Texas or Arkansas, may apply for prior learning credit for NURA 1301 and NURA 1160. Faculty members in the discipline will determine if and how much credit will be awarded for a specific certification. In these instances, the training must directly align with a college course. The student must submit a Prior Learning Credit Application along with a $50.00 non-refundable application fee to the Student Accounts Office. If the faculty committee determines that credit can be awarded for a specific number of semester credit hours, the student will be notified. If the student wants the credit transcribed to his/her TC transcript, the fee charged for transcription of credit is equal to the amount of tuition charged for the similar amount of credit if a student took a face-to-face class. The awarding of credit is dependent upon faculty recommendation. If credit is given, a grade of “CR” is posted on the student’s transcript.
CEU Mirror SCH Classes
A Mirror Course is the articulation of a CEU or non-credit (concurrent) course into a for-credit course applicable toward a certificate or associate’s degree. The continuing education courses must meet the same rigor, evaluation process, and faculty guidelines as the equivalent for-credit courses. The documentation must demonstrate that individual continuing education students have met the same competencies as the successful for-credit students prior to making the decision to award credit for a course taken as continuing education. The course must be offered as both credit and non-credit following THECB and WECM guidelines. There will be no charge for transcription of credit for mirrored CEU courses.
If a student is completing a mirrored class as part of a grant program, the student must complete the requirements set forth in the grant in order for the credit to be articulated.
To start this process, the student must see her/his advisor at the college to obtain the Application for Prior Learning Credit Application for CEU to Credit. At this time the advisor will review the student’s records to verify the course was taken. If a CEU to Credit articulation agreement is in effect, only students who have earned CEU’s with a grade of “P” may apply for articulated credit.
Developing Your Portfolio for College Credit
Developing Your Portfolio for College Credit is an online self-paced course that guides students step-by-step through the preparation of components required for a LearningCounts prior learning assessment portfolio evaluation, which may be worth college credit. After completing the course, students can submit a portfolio for assessment by CAEL-trained faculty (cost for each portfolio assessment is $125). Courses that are unable to have Portfolio Credit applied are:
- Capstone Courses
- Internship Courses
- Developmental Education Courses
- Courses in Health Sciences Division
- Workforce Division Courses that are After the 1st Semester
- Lab Courses
- Courses that are lecture/lab combined
The course is comprised of 8 interactive online modules (that can be completed within 4-6 hours). Students should also prepare to spend 10-20 hours researching and developing materials for the portfolio. Students recommended, but not required, for this area of credit have:
- At least 5 years of professional experience in an applied area that aligns with courses offered at Texarkana College
- Have taken or tested out of ENGL 1301 and are comfortable writing a 5-10 page paper
- Have completed at least one other online course
- Have flexibility within their degree plan to earn portfolio credits