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Getting Credit for What You Know in the Child Care Profession

NOTE: Effective Spring Semester 2016, Prior Learning Assessment tuition, through the Early Childhood Assessment Program has changed. The cost of prior learning assessment is listed on the tuition and fees table.

Metropolitan State University believes that there are many life and work situations through which you may have acquired college-level learning. We believe that your experiential learning in the child care profession is important, and now, you may be able to earn college credit for it.

Experiential learning is learning that occurs as a result of life experiences which may include paid and volunteer work, non-credit courses and workshops, self-study, travel, involvement in the military, etc. Experiential learning assessment is the process by which such learning is systematically assessed for college credit.


Success Stories.
Read the stories of Early Childhood Assessment Program participants.


Why would I want my experiential learning assessed for college credit?

  • You save time and money.
  • These credits may be applied toward a degree.
  • Your participation may open doors to additional educational and employment opportunities.

What are some examples of possible credit areas?

  • Language and Literacy
  • Creativity and the Arts
  • Health Safety and Nutrition
  • Behavior Guidance
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Family Child Care Business

Who can participate in this program?
Anyone who has prior learning experiences related to the care and education of children can participate.  For example, child care teachers, assistant teachers, aides, center directors, paraprofessionals, family child care providers, early childhood administrators, and anyone who has worked with children and their families.

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