Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning

Continuing and Adult Education at Saint Xavier University recognizes that education can occur outside the classroom environment through work or personal experience. Students acquiring knowledge within a particular subject area other than formal college classes, such as job skills, military experiences, certifications, travel and personal, may contact an advisor to learn more about obtaining credits. 

The following resources are available through Continuing and Adult Education:


Adult learners may earn up to 27 college credits for designated courses through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or department challenge examinations. The University requires a score of 50 on each exam title. For information as to which course requirements can be satisfied through testing, students may contact the Office of Advising or visit the CLEP Examination web page. To view a schedule of testing dates or to register for a CLEP exam, please visit the Testing Registration web page.

Portfolio Assessment

Students who wish to earn credit through portfolio assessment will need to submit a request to determine where credits might apply and to confirm eligibility.  Students who pursue this option will need to complete an online non-credit course to begin this process.

American Council on Education (ACE) Credit

Saint Xavier University is a member of the American Council on Education (ACE). This membership allows adult students the opportunity to obtain academic credit from military and workplace training programs from organizations such as business and industry, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations, technical and business schools, professional training suppliers, and government agencies. Students are billed a $200 evaluation and processing fee. For more information, call Continuing and Adult Education office at 708-802-6200.