Competency-Based Education

competency based degree programs at Peirce

Competency-Based Education IT Degrees

Take the most direct route to your college degree through competency-based education.

Peirce Competency-Based Degree Programs

Competency-based education (CBE) is a new, fully online, self-paced way to learn that uses the knowledge you already have to place you on the most direct path to completing your degree. At Peirce, this new learning model is a highly efficient, flexible and affordable way to earn your IT bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Networking, Administration and Information Security. It will set you on the most direct path to your college degree at a pace and price that fits your career goals and your life. 

With an IT competency-based education degree program, you’ll get:

CBE Explained in 90 Seconds


  • Flexible, self-paced, online learning for today’s working professional
  • College credit for the skills, experience and education you already have
  • Focus only on the skills you need to earn your degree
  • Get an easy-to-follow plan and ongoing support from your personal coach
  • Flexibility to study wherever and whenever you like
  • Take as many credits as you want for one set tuition fee per term
  • You set the pace – the faster you learn, the more money you save

Unlike traditional courses, competency-based degree courses are designed around skill sets or “competencies,” that align with workforce needs. As you demonstrate the achievement of competencies, you earn college credit.

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Experience Gives You a Head Start

With competency-based education, your academic journey begins by getting college credit for the industry certifications you’ve earned and college courses you took before. Then, you’ll work with your personal coach to create a customized plan for any remaining competencies you need to complete. This allows you to focus your efforts solely on the remaining competencies you need to earn your competency-based degree. By condensing the amount of material you need to learn, you can earn your degree more efficiently.

Focus Only on the Skills You Need

At Peirce, our top priority is you. That’s why we’ll connect you with a personal coach who will help you along your path to graduation. Your coach will be available throughout the program to help with questions and challenges and to be your biggest supporter when you need him or her most. Plus, you’ll have access to our expert faculty who will provide direction and academic support as you work through the courses, projects, and evaluations.

You Set the Pace

Because competency-based education is self-paced, if you’re highly motivated to earn your degree quickly, there is nothing standing in your way. Plus, you can streamline your education, putting what you already know to good use, making competency-based education the most affordable way to complete your degree. You’ll pay one set fee per term and earn all the credits you can. The faster your pace, the sooner you earn your degree and the more money you save. View our tuition rates.

Increase Your Value for More Opportunity

A college degree increases your value on the job and in the marketplace. With Peirce College’s competency-based education, you’ll earn the same fully accredited college degree as our accelerated programs in less time and more affordably than ever before. Use it is as your launch pad to that next big promotion, exciting new career opportunities and greater earning potential. The competency-based education model at Peirce is currently offered in our IT bachelor’s degree program with a concentration in Networking, Administration and Information Security.

It’s Easy to Get Started

Just click the “Get Started” button in the middle of this page to complete a brief, two-minute assessment to see if Peirce’s competency-based education program is right for you. Get started today!