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Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning offers students with significant academic, life and work experience the chance to earn college credit by demonstrating what they have learned.

Credit by Examination

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recognizes the validity of accepting undergraduate credit for specified levels of achievement on institutionally approved, standardized examinations. Examples include:

  • College Level Exam Program (CLEP)
  • DSST Program
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) exams
  • American College Testing Proficiency Examination Program (ACT/PEP)
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Such work will be treated as transfer credit. The testing agency must provide examination results (scores) directly to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  The minimum scores acceptable for the different examinations and the rules regarding credit for such examinations are listed in the undergraduate catalog under Transfer Credit Policies in the General Academic Policies and Regulations section.


Persons who have been granted honorable or general discharge from military service of the United States and who would like a review of service records for potential college credit must request transcripts from the appropriate service branch. (See the undergraduate catalog under Transfer Credit Policies in the General Academic Policies and Regulations section for details). The American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines will be used in the evaluation. Credit will be awarded only in areas offered within the current curriculum of the institution, and only when the course work is appropriately related to the student’s educational programs.

College Credit for Heroes

College Credit for Heroes is a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to ensure our active duty, former and retired military personnel receive the credit they earned for their service to our country.  The College Credit for Heroes program seeks to maximize college credit awarded to veterans and service members for their military experience, helping veterans and service members obtain their degrees and certifications more quickly and expedite their entry into the workforce.  As a participating Texas university, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi agrees to accept college credits recommended through the College Credit for Heroes system where appropriate. Recommended college credits may be applicable to some programs of study but not applicable to others.  The University retains the right to determine applicability to specific degrees and certificates.  For more information, contact the Office of Academic Advising

Prior Learning Credit by Portfolio

Designed for students with significant life and work experience, the student develops a portfolio analyzing and evaluating prior learning experiences in the context of academic requirements and goals.  The portfolio includes a resume, a chronological history of life learning experiences, a request for a specific amount of credit for prior learning justified by learning outcomes essays derived from learning experiences relating to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi courses, and documentation necessary to support the request of credit for prior learning. Portfolio development and assessment is done through the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning’s Learning Counts program.  For details and guidance with the process, visit the Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Mark Hartlaub, in the Faculty Center, Room 292 or call (361) 825-5990.

Other Non-Collegiate Experiences

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recognizes the quality and importance of some non-collegiate training programs offered through industrial sources. Through cooperation of the faculty of the University, such offerings detailed in the appropriate ACE publication will be reviewed, as required, for potential award. CEU and similar professional credits cannot be translated into academic hours.

Credit for Prior Learning options available at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are made available to students in accordance with the Policies, Guidelines, Good Practices, and Position Statements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).