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Credit by Evaluation


Students may earn college course credit by submitting a formal written portfolio documenting college level competencies equivalent to the course outcomes of one or more courses in the student's program of study.

STEP 1: Contact the Center for Alternative Studies (CAS) at (978) 762-4000 x6238 to determine whether this option is right for you.

STEP 2: Upon CAS approval, you will prepare a portfolio that documents what you have learned from your Life/Professional experience. CAS staff will be available to assist you in developing your portfolio, understanding the portfolio guidelines, and filling out the Evaluation Credit by Portfolio application.

STEP 3: Submit your final portfolio for review by the Departmental Faculty Review Committee who will make a recommendation for course credit award.

STEP 4: Based on formal approval by the Division Chair and Dean of Academic Affairs and payment of fees, you will be awarded credit.


Credit for Your Professional License/Certificate

The Evaluation Credit by Certificate/License Program provides the opportunity for a student to earn academic course credit at North Shore Community College for off-campus college-level learning as follows:

1. A classroom and/or formal on-the-job training program sponsored by a business, industry, agency, the military, an educational institution, association or organization.

2. Training demonstrated by the award of a license or certificate issued by a State or Federal regulatory agency or recognized professional association.

Refer to Evaluation Credit by Certificate/License Overview for more information. You may contact the Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing to find out if your training has already been evaluated. If your training has been evaluated and no additional eligibility stipulations apply, you may fill out the standard application form to request credit. If your training has not yet been evaluated, you may fill out the special application form to have the training content evaluated by NSCC faculty.

Please contact Janet Kimball at (978) 762-4000 x6238 or Justine Morse (978) 739-5428.

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