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Earn Graduate Credit for What You Already Know

Higher education professionals have the opportunity to earn up to six graduate credits at Peirce College for expertise they have gained in their careers – and save thousands in tuition and reduce the time it takes to earn a graduate certificate or master’s degree.

Through Peirce’s Prior Learning Assessment program, students may be able to earn up to six credits from the following Higher Education Leadership courses:

  • OHL 510: Theories of Adult and Non-Traditional Education
  • OHL 520: Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion in Higher Education
  • OHL 530: Assessment, Accreditation and Compliance in Higher Education
  • OHL 540: Developing Trends in Higher Education

Saving You Money: The cost of earning graduate credit through Prior Learning Assessment is $350 per course, which is a fraction of the cost of graduate tuition.

Credits earned for these courses apply directly to the following programs: 

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership (18 credits)
Students who earn six credits via prior learning assessment only have 12 credits left to complete the certificate, which stacks entirely to the MS in Higher Education Leadership or the MS in Interdisciplinary Studies. 

MS in Higher Education Leadership (30 credits)
Students who earn six credits via prior learning assessment only have 24 credits left to complete the master’s degree.

MS in Interdisciplinary Studies (30 credits)
Students who earn six credits via prior learning assessment only have 24 credits left to complete the master’s degree. 

How It Works 

Students work with Peirce College faculty members to develop a portfolio that documents the evidence they possess the college-level knowledge that is equivalent to what is taught in the course.

Earning credit for OHL 510: Theories of Adult and Non-Traditional Education
Applicants should be able to document their experience working with adults and non-traditional learners in academic, advising, and student service areas and the ability to demonstrate their expertise in adult learning theory as applied to higher education settings.

Earning credit for OHL 520: Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion in Higher Education
Applicants should be able to document their experience working in diversity and inclusion offices in higher education settings or other environments, or in a faculty or advising role directly related to a diversity and inclusion initiative. They should be able to demonstrate expertise in diversity, social justice, inclusion and belonging issues as applied to higher education settings.

Earning credit for OHL 530 Assessment, Accreditation and Compliance in Higher Education
Applicants should be able to document their experience working in institutional assessment, accreditation and/or state/federal compliance in a higher education environment as a faculty member or administrator. They should be able to demonstrate expertise in the regulatory landscape of higher education, including assessment of learning outcomes and institutional goals, regional and specialized accreditation, and reporting of institutional data to outside regulatory agencies at state and national levels.

Earning credit for OHL 540: Developing Trends in Higher Education
Applicants should be able to document their experience in a leadership role within higher education or a faculty, staff or student services role in an alternative higher education setting (such as competency-based education, online learning, prior learning assessment/credit for prior learning, or other similar higher education initiatives). They should be able to demonstrate expertise in emerging trends in higher education, including distance/online learning, prior learning assessment, student service needs, and the influence of these and other trends on higher education leadership.

Potential evidence to be included in a portfolio submission can include: 

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae 
  • A comprehensive job description and verification of professional employment
  • Evidence of professional certifications, completion of professional development workshops, courses, etc., along with appropriate descriptions of activities
  • Presentations made at professional conferences or institutional meetings  
  • Professional conferences attended 
  • Related graduate credit completed (with official transcripts and course descriptions)
  • Written narrative describing how the completion of experiences noted above equates to the learning outcomes of the course 

Questions?

Contact Dr. Adrian Zappala, Associate Professor and Dean of Graduate Studies, at azappala@peirce.edu or 215.670.9325.

Master's in Higher Education Leadership 

The MS in Higher Education Leadership provides you with the skills, competencies and credentials required to advance your career in higher education. The program is offered completely online and provides the flexibility that working adults need, so it fits seamlessly into your busy life.

Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies 

The MS in Interdisciplinary Studies is aa flexible, customizable graduate degree program for those looking to advance into leadership positions in a wide range of industries.  Students learn the fundamentals of leadership theory and research and select two distinct areas of study based on their career goals and interests, and an applied capstone/practicum. 

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership is a stackable, 18-credit program that prepares you to apply current leadership trends in higher education, develop and apply an assessment framework and integrate current themes of social justice in higher education leadership roles. 

For more information about undergraduates taking graduate courses or the Grad Scholars Program, contact your advisor at advisingcenter@peirce.edu or 215.670.9177.

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