Credit for Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL) Portfolio Development

In accordance with guidelines established by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), degree-seeking students may receive college credit through portfolio development for prior learning experiences. If a standardized mechanism for college credit evaluation (e.g. credit-by-exam or articulated licensure or certification) is available, that option must be used in lieu of portfolio development. For more information, contact the Coordinator of Accelerated Education.

Assessment by portfolio is a process through which a student documents that college-level learning experiences have been obtained through non-college experiences, such as training, work, community volunteering, and/or self-study. Portfolio assessment may result in the award of credit for specific Eastern Florida courses within a student’s program of study for up to 25% of the student’s degree program, not to exceed the maximum 45 credit total for all accelerated credit.

EFSC has partnered with the CAEL’s Learning Counts program to guide students through the preparation and compilation of all the components required for the evaluation of a portfolio. Students who are approved to seek credit using the CAEL portfolio process will enroll in the online, self-paced, Learning Counts Portfolio Development course. Students will have 6 months from the day the course begins to submit their portfolio(s). Learning Counts faculty experts will assess the portfolio and recommend if credit should be awarded. If credit is to be awarded, students will need to request that their Learning Counts transcript be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar for the evaluation of credit. Credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis. The recorded grade of the course(s) will be an “S” and will not affect the student’s GPA.

There are non-refundable fees for the Learning Counts Portfolio Development course and for each portfolio assessed for review, however, this cost is less than the cost for the regular course.

In addition to receiving credit through the CAEL Portfolio process, you may be eligible to earn credit for prior work experience, other exams, prior college courses or certifications through Eastern Florida's Life-Experience Acceleration Path (LEAP).
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Earn credit for what you already know with a Portfolio online class