Continuing Education

Prior Learning

Opportunity for Adult Students

Adult students at UW-Whitewater have the opportunity to request credit for classes currently available through the catalog. The process is simple. Interested students contact the Coordinator for the Credit for Prior Learning Program ( or the Adult Student Services Coordinator ( to request a short application.

During the application process, you will work with the program coordinator to determine your eligibility for the program and the courses for which an application is most likely to be successful. This will involve matching classes in the UWW catalog with your work and life experience.

Once you are accepted to the program, you will enroll in an online course. You will enroll in 1.5 - 4.5 credits, one credit for each course request.

In your online Credit for Prior Learning class, you will put together one portfolio for each class request. The portfolio will be a collection of artifacts and reflections that demonstrate the learning you have already done and how it relates to the learning objectives for the course for which you are requesting credit.

If you complete the portfolio, you will automatically earn credit for the online portfolio class. Your portfolio will also be submitted to an expert in the appropriate field. This evaluator will read the portfolio and determine whether or not sufficient learning has been demonstrated for credit to be earned.

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