to Experience-Based Education (EBE), the program that recognizes that you
may be able to earn college credit for learning derived through life
experiences. The central
principle is that what you know is more important than the method by which
you gained your knowledge.
Credit for Prior Learning
learning represents knowledge you have gained through life experience and
can occur in two ways.
you may participate in a learning experience conducted and evaluated by a
qualified instructor. Examples include: courses for MCSE and other
computer certification, training through the Massachusetts Firefighting
Academy, or military
training through a branch of the U.S. armed forces.
second form of non-sponsored
learning represents knowledge where you took responsibility upon yourself
for the educational process. Examples include: learning through
employment, travel, workshops, or community service. These non-sponsored experiences are reviewed and evaluated by Quinsigamond
faculty for possible award of credit.
Credit for life experience generally occurs through the development
of a portfolio or several testing options that are outlined below.
Credit by Examination
*Credit does not count toward residency requirement.
Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for QCC Sponsored Learning
you work with a Quinsigamond faculty member during the course of an
academic term, the experience is considered sponsored.
This includes Directed Studies, Independent Studies, and Tutorials.
Cooperative Education (CO-OP)
This program is a cooperative venture between employers and higher
education to provide each CO-OP student with Experience-Based Education.
Higher education provides academic training and administrative
coordination. Employers provide meaningful paid work experience,
supervision of skills development, and a formal written evaluation for the
student. For more information:
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (CO-OP)
Walt Disney World College
specifically designed for college students, enables participants to work,
live, and learn at Disney. Students earn credit through Cooperative
Education (Co-op) and may opt for additional credit through
Experience-Based Education. To be eligible, students must attend a
mandatory WDW Presentation, held twice a year on the QCC campus, and
successfully interview at that time. In addition, students must be
enrolled in a degree or certificate program, have earned at least 24
college level course credits, and have a GPA of at least 2.0.
Experience. Living Experience. Learning Experience.
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non-discrimination and diversity. We are committed to providing a
learning and working environment that values the diverse backgrounds of all
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