As an adult learner, you bring knowledge, drive, experience, and life lessons to your academic journey. That’s why at the Center for Degree Completion and Adult Learning (DCAL), we take the time to understand your personal motivations and goals, and provide a space to support you in your academic path.
At the Center, we assess your professional work experience and training for potential academic credit, and create a community for adult learners to connect with each other and campus resources. Our goal is to make your university experience as smooth as possible and accelerate your path to degree completion.
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Build upon your professional and academic experience to earn additional credits towards your degree.
Students can complete a portfolio for assessment of prior, non-college learning that includes work experience, corporate training, professional licenses, or certifications that may equate to college credit.
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Students can demonstrate their knowledge and gain credit through standardized national exams such as the CLEP, AP, IB, TECEP, and CPEP.
Course Challenge Exams: These exams are developed by faculty for students wishing to "test out" of a course. They address learning outcomes other than taking the specific course. Challenge examinations may consist of the final exam for the particular course, or an exam comparable to it. In courses that culminate in a final paper, the challenge exam may consist of comparable writing assessments.
Students may earn credit for professional training programs they have completed that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service. Professional training examples include but are not limited to CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security+, CCNA certification, Human Resource Management (SHRM/PHR/SPHR), Project Management certification, Supply Chain Management certification, Digital Marketing certification, Certified Medical Assistant CCMA, and Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT). Students should expect to submit proof of their training completion.
Students can transfer up to 90 credits, but must take 30 institutional credits totaling 120 credits to graduate.
Students can earn degree credit for military training and experience by providing transcripts from ACE, CCAF, AART, JST, SMART, and the U.S. Coast Guard Institute. They will need to provide the Registrar's office or the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs with their official transcripts, which can be ordered through Joint Services Transcript (JST), along with a copy of their DD214 (military discharge document).
Choose from our on-campus and 100% online programs to find the right fit for your career goals.
Build your skills and achieve your career goals with a BA designed to help adult learners strive to lead in their careers. Permits a flexible application of prior learning, professional experience, and transfer credits. Offered on-campus and online.
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470