Life-Experience Acceleration Path (LEAP)
Eastern Florida recognizes that valid learning can take place in non-traditional and non-collegiate environments. The College has established the Office of Accelerated Education to oversee the Life-Experience Acceleration Path, better known as the LEAP program. Simply put, the program helps students accelerate their education by utilizing Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) mechanisms which assess and award students credit for their college-level learning that may have been acquired through work experience, prior education, military training, industry certifications, self-study and/or volunteer activities.
- Credit by Exams (national standardized exams such as IB, CLEP, DSST, AP, AICE, etc.)
- Credit by Institutional Exam (also called Challenge Exams)
- Credit for Military Training & Experience
- Credit for Professional Training (American Council on Education (ACE)
- Portfolio: Document Your Prior Learning (CAEL)
- Credit for Licensure, Certifications or Third Party Training
- High School Advanced Standing Credit
Prior Learning Assessment Credit Evaluation Guidelines
A maximum of 45 semester hours of combined accelerated credit from the mechanisms above or other non-traditional means of earning credit may be applied toward an associate's degree of 60 hours. Student must complete at least 25 percent of their degree through courses taken at EFSC.
Eastern Florida reserves the right to evaluate credit from accelerated means other than those listed above. Students are welcome to submit documentation and official records for consideration. Examination scores must be submitted on an official score report from the organization administering the examination. Accelerated credit is posted to the academic record along with the source of the credit.
Students transferring to another institution after being awarded accelerated credit should review the transfer guidelines maintained by the receiving institution. Acceptance of credit awarded through any accelerated mechanism is dependent upon the policies of the other colleges and universities, even if the credit appears on a transcript from Eastern Florida. The decision to accept transfer credit is made by the receiving institution.
Not all applications for accelerated credit requests will be approved. A maximum of 45 semester hours of combined credit from accelerated mechanisms and/or prior learning assessment by portfolio can be applied toward a degree.
We're here to help you explore Eastern Florida's Life-Experience Acceleration Path
(LEAP). Find out if you're eligible to earn credit for prior work or life experience,
exams or certifications.
Fill out the form for a LEAP evaluation
Contact: Corina Christensen
Coordinator of Accelerated Learning
Cocoa Campus, Bldg. 2, Rm. 202
1519 Clearlake Rd
Cocoa, FL 32922
Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 8 AM - 5 PM
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