Other Ways to Earn Credit

Other Ways to Earn Credit

Below you will find several common ways to earn credit. Please visit our catalog for information and policies on receiving Credit by Examination.

ACTC program

Courses completed in our ACTC program count as resident credit. ACTC is only for Baccalaureate DAY students only. For more information on this program, please visit the ACTC website.

Advanced Placement Exam (AP)

High school students may take AP exams to earn both high school and college credit. University credit will only be awarded when the final exam is taken and passed with an acceptable level.

For a list of exams accepted, score required, and credits earned, please check our Exam guides.

To order your AP transcript or for additional information on the AP offerings, visit the Collegeboard website.

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE)

International exams offered in subject areas.

To order your CAPE transcript or for additional information on the CAPE offerings visit the CAPE website.

Cambridge International A Level or Pre U Exam

Similar to the AP program in the United States, these are international exams in subject areas that may be taken while in high school and are eligible for college credit with an acceptable exam score.

To order your transcript or for additional information on the offerings, visit the Cambridge International website.

College Level Exam Placement Exam (CLEP)

The CLEP exams allow all students the opportunity to earn credit for either educational or professional experiences by taking and passing subject tests.

For a list of exams accepted, score required, and credits earned, please check our Exam guides.

To order your CLEP transcript or for additional information on CLEP exams, visit the Collegeboard website.

College in the Schools (CITS)

CITS is a concurrent enrollment program option where high school students earn both high school and college credit while attending an accredited course right at their high school.

In order to have a course considered for transfer, the partnering university or college must be regionally accredited and the student must provide an official transcript from the college or university. Courses will not be transferred based on the high school transcript.
 

Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

The PSEO program offers high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses and receive both high school and college credit. If you complete PSEO courses at St. Kate’s, these credits are considered resident credit.

For courses taken with another institution that is regionally accredited, your courses will be evaluated for transfer upon receipt of an official transcript from that college or university.
 

Credit by Proficiency Exams

Proficiency exams that appear on a regionally accredited college/university transcript for credit are eligible for transfer.

In general, we make no distinction in our evaluation of exams and courses. However exams will not be accepted to fulfill either our Writing Intensive or our Lab Science core requirements.

Credit by proficiency exams are available in some departments at St. Kate's. Please visit our Undergraduate catalog for further information.
 

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Through Prior Learning Assessment, St. Kate’s students earn credit from learning acquired from non-classroom experiences like work, professional training, military careers, volunteering and personal life.

St. Catherine University is a member of the Council for Applied and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and partners with LearningCounts.org for Prior Learning Assessment through written portfolios.

You may seek PLA after enrolling at St. Kate’s and completing at least 16 credits. Then, you’ll take these steps:

1. Consult with a member of St. Catherine University’s Office of Academic Advising (in Derham Hall 203, call 651.690.6803 or e-mail academicadvising@stkate,edu).

2. Enroll in one of two LearningCounts.org portfolio courses:

  • CAEL 100 is a three-credit, six-week instructor-led online course. These three credits will be transferred to St. Catherine University. The cost is $500. In the course, you’ll identify areas of learning to be evaluated for college-level competency.
  • Develop Your Portfolio (DYP) for college credit. This is a self-paced, interactive online workshop that you will have access to for six months. No credit is earned through this workshop, and the cost is $129.

3. Create your portfolio and request an evaluation. Portfolios are evaluated by trained assessors . LearningCounts.org will evaluate portfolios and make recommendations for credit via the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). Each portfolio costs $250. St. Catherine recognizes credits recommended by LearningCounts.org and NCCRS.

Montessori Certification Credit (MCC)

MCC offers students who have earned Montessori certification through a MACTE accredited Montessori teacher education program the opportunity to have their learning evaluated for credit at St. Kate's.

Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

The Dantes/DSST exams offer students the opportunity to earn credit for either educational or professional experiences by taking and passing subject area tests. Upper and lower level exams are available.

We accept ACE recommendations for credits earned. For a list of exams accepted, score required, and credits earned, please check our Exam guides.
Military personnel can order a Dantes/DSST transcript by visiting the Dantes website.

Non-Military students can order a DSST transcript by visiting the DSST website.

Global Studies/Study Abroad

The Global Studies or Study Abroad programs allow a broad range of options for completing courses internationally. Courses completed through these programs count as resident credit. For more information on these programs, visit the Global Studies website.

International Baccalaureate Exams (IB)

The IB program offers high school students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit by taking and passing subject area tests.

For a list of exams accepted, score required, and credits earned, please check our Exam guides.

To order your IB transcript or for additional information on the IB program, visit the International Baccalaureate website.

International Transcripts

Students who have attended colleges or universities outside of the U.S. must submit a World Education Services (WES) evaluation in order to have their courses evaluated for transfer.

Courses are transferred based on WES recommendations for credits.

To order a WES evaluation, please visit the WES website.

Military Transcripts

Military Course Completions with Ace Credit Recommendations are eligible for transfer if they also meet our Liberal Arts requirements. Courses that meet these criteria will transfer with the ACE recommended credit value.

Military Experience (or MOS) does not transfer. If your experiences fit the criteria for Liberal Arts college-level learning, see the section on Credit for Academically Relevant Learning for more details.

To order your military transcripts or for additional information on the ACE credit recommendations, please visit the ACE website.

For other military/VA questions, please contact the Enrollment Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office.