Ways to Earn Credit
Earning your degree is just the beginning of your journey and we want to get you on the path to your future as quickly as possible. To help you move forward we offer excellent transfer policies, and a variety of alternative ways to earn credit hours.
Click Below to Expand
Credit for college courses taken outside of our institution may be transferred into the Woods Online program granted they meet the following criteria:
- Student has earned at least a C
- The credits meet current general studies or major requirements (certain older credits may no longer apply)
- Credits were earned at an accredited institution
**If credits are out of date or you attended an unaccredited institution you may be able to show your learning is valid and current with an exam over the course content.
Alternative Format courses, or Hybrid Courses, offer online students the opportunity to meet in person with faculty and peers in a traditional classroom setting. Courses meet on campus, typically for an entire Saturday, for three to five sessions. Browse our Alternative Format courses here.
The School of Life can be an excellent resource and learning outside the classroom could qualify as college credit. Students are welcome to document their experiences for review, with qualification dependent on college faculty discretion.
- Experience at home, work, through volunteer activities in your community, church, etc., should be on par with college-level learning.
- College faculty will assess your PLA application; you may be awarded PLA credit, for which there is a per credit fee.
- PLA credit can apply to general studies, major, or elective requirements for graduation.
- Maximum 30 hours of PLA credit towards a baccalaureate degree and 15 towards an associates degree.
- Read more information about our Instructions for Submitting your PLA Portfolio (PDF)
- National exam programs include CLEP, DANTES (military), and AP (high school)
- CLEP exams may be taken at SMWC or elsewhere and are relatively inexpensive
- Read more information about the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) (PDF)
- Visit the Learning Resource Center to schedule an exam or to learn more about CLEP testing
- You can also learn more by visiting www.collegeboard.com/clep.
Training programs that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education, i.e. those offered by the military, American Bankers Assn., Certified Professional Secretaries, etc., will grant you college credit. You may present documentation of completion to be awarded credit at no cost.
If your schedule and proximity to campus permit, you may enroll in SMWC campus-based classes for up to half your course load. Registration in August or January is required.
Students who elect to complete coursework at another institution while enrolled at Woods Online may transfer the credits to SMWC upon completion. Please note, courses must be pre-approved in writing. Download form here. (PDF)