Alternative Methods for Earning
Course Credit

Wilmington University grants academic credit in a number of ways beyond the traditional and virtual classroom setting. Credit may be granted through transfer credit, for work completed at another academic institution, or related work completed in the manners listed below. Additional information may be obtained through the College of Online and Experiential Learning (COEL), an Academic Advisor, Site Director, or by calling 877-967-5464.

Alternative methods for earning course credit differ for undergraduate and graduate programs. Please select the appropriate program for a list of alternative methods for earning credit for your degree program.

Undergraduate Programs

Prior Learning

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) defines prior learning as the assessment and awarding of credit for learning and knowledge students acquire while living their lives: working, participating in employer training programs, serving in the military, studying independently, volunteering or doing community service, and studying open source courseware. Credit for prior learning may be awarded in the following manners.

Corporate, Military, or Professional Training
(ACE and NCCRS)

Wilmington University recognizes The American Council on Education (ACE) and The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) credit recommendations as transfer credit, if you have completed or plan to complete ACE or NCCRS evaluated learning, please call 877-967-5464 to see how the ACE or NCCRS credit recommendations may transfer into your degree program. To receive academic credit from ACE or NCCRS credit recommendations, students must have an official transcript sent to the Wilmington University Admissions Office.

Portfolio Assessment (PA)

Portfolio Assessment (PA) involves presenting evidence of non-classroom learning experience for academic credit consideration. The University allows students to obtain academic credit for learning that has taken place outside the classroom.

The portfolio must include evidence relevant to the subject area in which credit is sought and clearly demonstrates achievement and a thorough understanding of the subject matter. The knowledge may be obtained through work experience (military or civilian), in-service training programs, volunteer activities, workshops, and/or personal study.

Undergraduate-level Portfolio Assessment (PA)

Undergraduate PA requires the completion of a portfolio preparation course along with a student-prepared portfolio which is then reviewed by qualified faculty. The portfolio preparation course is available in two formats. Students may choose between a (0) credit self-paced “Do-It-Yourself” Portfolio Course (EXP 095) or a (3) credit instructor led online “Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice” Course (EXP 100). If you are interested in learning more about the PA process please contact the College of Online and Experiential Learning (COEL) at coel@wilmu.edu or 877-967-5464. A maximum of fifteen (15) undergraduate-level credits may be earned through PA.

Challenge by Examination
Credits through Wilmington University Examination

Undergraduate Level

Challenge-by-Examination measures college-level knowledge through an examination process. Faculty members administer an exam which incorporates all tests and exams required in the actual course. A minimum passing grade of “B” is required. A maximum of 15 credit hours are accepted through Challenge-by-Examination.

Credits through External Examination

Students who are interested in earning credit through one of the credits by examination programs should contact an advisor or call 877-967-5464 before taking an examination to ensure it will be accepted as credit for their program of study. Credits earned through these examination programs are treated as transfer credit and do not affect a student’s grade point average. Wilmington University does not charge students for transferring these credits. A maximum of 15 credits through examination will be accepted by the University.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board may be used for advanced placement credit. Specific college course credits will be granted for scores of three, four, or five on the examinations. Wilmington University recognizes these examinations as transfer credit. If you have completed or plan to complete an exam please call 877-967-5464 to see how an exam may transfer into your degree program. To receive credits for AP exams, students must have official examination results from ETS sent to the Wilmington University Admissions Office.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program® or CLEP is a national testing program that provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of more than 30 examinations in undergraduate college courses. Wilmington University recognizes these examinations as transfer credit. If you have completed or plan to complete an exam please call 877-967-5464 to see how an exam may transfer into your degree program. To receive credits for CLEP exams, students must have official examination results sent to the Wilmington University Admissions Office.

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) are an extensive series of examinations in college subjects that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses. A student may earn up to 3 semester hours of credit per test. Information about DSST Test preparation and study guides can also be found at DANTES web site. Wilmington University recognizes these examinations as transfer credit. If you have completed or plan to complete an exam please call 877-967-5464 to see how an exam may transfer into your degree program. To receive credits for DSST exams, students must have official examination results sent to the Wilmington University Admissions Office.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Students who have successfully completed International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations may be awarded University credit. Wilmington University recognizes these examinations as transfer credit. If you have completed or plan to complete an exam please call 877-967-5464 to see how an exam may transfer into your degree program. To receive credits for IB exams, students must have official examination results sent to the Wilmington University Admissions Office.

UExcel® and Excelsior College Examination (ECE)

UExcel® and Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) include approximately 50 undergraduate-level tests. The majority are multiple-choice tests. Wilmington University recognizes these examinations as transfer credit. If you have completed or plan to complete an exam please call 877-967-5464 to see how an exam may transfer into your degree program. To receive credits for ECE exams, students must have official examination results sent to the Wilmington University Admissions Office.

Extra-Institutional Course Assessment (ECA)

The University recognizes that college-level learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. A process of reviewing corporate training programs and other formal training/courses offered by non-accredited institutions/entities has been implemented to determine if college-level learning is present and to determine what credit, if any, should be awarded for the prior learning.
Wilmington University has evaluated many courses offered by organizations, private industry, schools, training vendors, government agencies and non-profit organizations If you are interested in learning more about ECA please contact the College of Online and Experiential Learning (COEL) at coel@wilmu.edu or 877-967-5464.

Academic Credit for Industry-Recognized Certification

Wilmington University has evaluated many industry-recognized certifications for academic credit at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Wilmington University recognizes these certifications as transfer credit. If you have completed or plan to complete a certification please contact the College of Online and Experiential Learning (COEL) at coel@wilmu.edu or 877-967-5464 to see how a certification may transfer into your degree program. To receive credits for certifications, students must have official copy of the results sent directly from the certification issuing vendor to the Wilmington University Admissions Office.

Experiential Learning at Wilmington University

The University strongly encourages students to gain practical, real-world experience by participating in Practicum, Internship and Cooperative Education opportunities. Students will apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and gain valuable work experience while earning academic credit. Students should contact their College for more information about internships and specific program requirements.

Guided Practicum

Students who have completed little or no course work can explore areas of interest and potential career opportunities in a field with a Guided Practicum. Guided practicum experiences focus on skills-building, becoming familiar with occupations in a field and learning what is involved in a major. Each Guided Practicum is a one credit, 30 hour experience and is generally unpaid. Students may complete multiple credits and are expected to do so at different sites to maximize this introductory field placement. Students should contact their program chair additional information. Students interested in a more focused, in depth experience should consider an internship or our Cooperative Education Program.

Practicum

Certain programs such as in the College of Education have required Practica courses and seminars. Additional information is provided in the Academic program section of the catalog.

Internship

Internship is designed to immerse students in a real-world work environment. Students will have the opportunity to work on meaningful projects, engage in problem solving activities, and be exposed to new trends and the latest technologies as well as network with professionals in the field. Internship experiences provide first-hand opportunities upon which future career choices can be based as students gain a better understanding of the relationship between theoretical concepts and their practical application.

Students are reminded that coordinating the requirements for an internship requires prior planning.

The typical internship student is a junior or senior with some course work completed in their major and seeks an in-depth, practical experience in their field of study. Students may also explore an internship unrelated to their major as an elective course. Internship is a three credit, 90 to 100 hour experience and is generally unpaid. Most students will participate in one internship. (Students interested in an expanded, multi-semester work experience should consider our Cooperative Education Program.)

Students must receive written permission from the Internship Coordinator or Program Chair at least 60 days prior to their expected internship start date.
Upon receiving written approval, a student should complete the official registration procedure with the Office of the Registrar. Tuition and fees are the same as standard course tuition. Internships/field placements are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average is required to be eligible for internships/field placements. A maximum of 15 credits may be earned through internship/field placements and may be used towards residency credits.

Cooperative Education

Wilmington University’s Community and Academic Partnerships (CAP) and Cooperative Education (Co-op) program is an academic experience that allows students to connect academic knowledge with the business and professional world. The CAP/Co-op program expands learning experiences through relevant employment in a supervised, educational work setting related to the student’s major field of study or career focus.

A CAP/Co-op program experience is a multi-semester program (2 minimum, with a maximum of 4, ideally consecutive) with in-state and out-of-state opportunities. Co-op experiences are individually designed, and are typically at least two semesters with the same employer to maximize the opportunity for advanced application of the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.
Co-op experiences are available in a part-time or full-time capacity. Students have the opportunity to complete 10-15 hours of work experience per week resulting in approximately 400-600 total hours and may include additional faculty assigned work. Students are also able to obtain full-time Co-op positions, providing the opportunity to complete 35-40 hours of work experience per week.
Co-op experiences are cultivated by both the Wilmington University Office of Cooperative Education and students. Opportunities developed by students need approval from the Office of Cooperative Education before credit can be awarded. An approved Co-op experience will substitute for a required internship in a student’s major.

To be eligible for the CAP/Co-op program students must have the following: a declared major and be working toward a degree, completed a minimum of 60 credits applicable to their degree program, and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. In addition, students must inform the Office of Cooperative Education and their Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment. CAP/Co-op course enrollment is required for credit to be awarded for the experience. Tuition and fees are the same as standard course tuition.

Students who are interested in gaining real world experience by participating in a Co-op should contact the Office of Cooperative Education at 302-356-6834.

Additional Methods of Earning Credit at Wilmington University

Directed Study

Directed study is available only under extenuating circumstances for students who are approved by their Program Chair one month prior to the semester registration period in which the directed study is to be conducted. A maximum of 6 credits may be earned through the directed study format and may be used towards residency credits.

Independent Study

Students desiring to study areas of knowledge outside of disciplines available through regular course work must secure written permission from an Academic Advisor or Site Director one month (minimum) prior to the semester registration period in which the independent study is to be conducted. Upon final approval by the Academic Dean or Program Chair, a student may register for an independent study by following the official registration procedure. Tuition and fees for independent study are the same as those for standard courses. Independent study is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average is required to be eligible for independent study. Students needing additional information about independent study should contact an Academic Advisor or Site Director. A maximum of 6 credits may be earned through the independent study format and may be used towards residency credits.

Enrollment as an Auditor

Students who wish to audit a specific course for no credit may do so by seeking permission of an Academic Advisor or Site Director. Students may then follow established registration procedures, clearly stating at the time of registration which course they wish to audit. Course auditors pay the same tuition as non-auditors and may participate fully in classroom activities. They are not required to take examinations or complete class assignments. Course auditors receive a grade of “AU” (audit) that does not affect grade point average (GPA).

 


 

Graduate Programs

Challenge by Examination

Challenge by examination measures graduate-level knowledge through an examination process. Challenge by examination is limited to graduate prerequisites. Students interested in challenge by examination must register in advance for the specific course and, upon payment of the specified fee, will receive notification of prearranged date, time, and place of examination. Results of the examination will be available to the student no later than one week prior to registration for the next block.

Directed Study

Directed study is available only under extenuating circumstances for students who are approved by their Academic Dean or Program Chair one month prior to the semester registration period in which the directed study is to be conducted. A maximum of 6 credits may be earned through the directed study format and may be used towards residency credits.

Enrollment as an Auditor

Students who wish to audit a specific course for no credit may do so by seeking permission of an Academic Advisor or Site Director. Students may then follow established registration procedures, clearly stating which courses they wish to audit. Course auditors pay the same tuition as non-auditors and may participate fully in classroom activities. They are not required to take examinations or complete class assignments. Course auditors receive a grade of “AU” (audit) that does not affect grade point average (GPA).

Extra-Institutional Course Assessment (ECA)

The University recognizes that college-level learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. A process of reviewing corporate training programs and other formal training/courses offered by non-accredited institutions/entities has been implemented to determine if college-level learning is present and to determine what credit, if any, should be awarded for the prior learning.
Graduate level ECA credit often requires independent study, original research, critical analysis, or the professional application of the specialized knowledge within the discipline.

Independent Study

Students desiring to study areas of knowledge outside of disciplines available through regular course work must secure written permission from the appropriate Academic Dean or Program Chair one month (minimum) prior to the semester’s registration period in which the independent study is to be conducted. Tuition and fees for independent study are the same as those for standard courses. Independent study is graded on a pass/fail basis. A maximum of six (6) credits may be earned through the independent study format and may be used towards residency credits.

Field Placements

Internships

Internships provide first-hand experiences upon which future career choices can be based as students gain a better understanding of the relationship between theoretical concepts and their practical application.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

The University offers graduate students in selected programs the opportunity to obtain academic credit for learning that has taken place outside the traditional classroom setting. As a result, the University may award graduate credit through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) of post-baccalaureate experiences at the discretion of the academic college. PLA involves preparing a portfolio which will be reviewed by a qualified faculty member. The portfolio must include evidence relevant to the area in which credit is sought and demonstrate clear achievement and thorough understanding of the subject matter. For more information concerning graduate PLA credit, contact the academic program advisor. A maximum of six (6) credits may be earned through the Prior Learning Assessment format and may be used towards residency credits. Additional information may be found on the University website located at www.wilmu.edu/academics/pla.aspx.