Prior Learning Assessment

Use your work experience for college credit.

We know the knowledge you’ve gained outside the classroom is valuable and it is important that this knowledge be recognized. The Prior Learning Assessment Program (PLA) allows you to receive college credit for your life experiences

This program is supervised through the office of Academic Affairs and administered by the Dean of our School of Professional Studies.

Centenary has partnered with LearningCounts.org --- an organization that evaluates your prior experience and awards you comparable college credit.

Through LearningCounts.org individuals will prepare a portfolio that documents their learning experiences. These portfolios will then be evaluated by an expert faculty member to determine college level credits.

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Students must transfer PLA credit prior to starting his/her last eight (8) credits at Centenary College or before entering his/her final semester of study, whichever comes first.
  • PLA adheres to the Centenary College transfer credit guidelines.  Please speak to your advisor for more detail. 

How to use LearningCounts.org

  1. Enroll in a course
    Choose either the instructor led CAEL100 worth 3 college credits or the do-it-yourself workshop worth 0 credits.
  2. Create your portfolio
    You will learn how to compile your portfolio and get it ready for evaluation by a faculty expert.
  3. Request a portfolio assessment
    When you are ready, faculty from accredited institutions throughout the country will evaluate your portfolio and recommend credit awards. These credits will be recorded on a NCCRS transcript (National College Credit Recommendation Service).
  4. Transfer the credits
    Request a transcript be sent to Centenary College to be applied towards your degree completion.

Go to LearningCounts.org to begin »

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Contact Information:

Jeanne Banks
Program Advisor/PLA Liaison 
School of Professional Studies 
Tel: (973) 257-5190 ext. 5071

How PLA works.

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