The Prior Learning Assessment program, part of the Office of Internships and Prior Learning, provides students the opportunity to earn academic credit in recognition of their life-long learning experiences.

IPL 305/501 is an online course that involves substantial reflection, analysis, writing, and editing. During the course, students develop a portfolio to document and qualify their prior learning experience. Academic credit is not awarded on the basis of experience alone; the experience must be shown to have satisfied learning outcomes that are equivalent to one semester of college-level study.

After completing the course, students may have the option to earn additional credit and satisfy additional ECCE requirements by submitting additional portfolios that document college-level learning experiences.

Discuss your plans for PLA with your academic advisor or contact IPL at (217) 206-6640 or  Students who believe they are qualified can also submit a Prior Learning Course Application directly to the program.

Learn more about the PLA program on the Frequently Asked Questions page.