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Earn College Credit for What You ALREADY KNOW

You can be awarded college credit at Edmonds College based on the knowledge and skills you bring to campus from your previous experiences and studies. The Prior Learning (PL) process validates what you have already learned and can reduce the number of courses you need to take. By eliminating duplicate coursework you have already completed, PL can shorten the time required to earn your professional degree and save you money.

The first step is to complete and submit the Edmonds College application form and then determine the degree or certificate you wish to earn.


Next, have any transcripts from previous colleges/universities and military training transcripts evaluated through the college’s Enrollment Services department. Additionally, if you have completed any AP, IB, or CLEP tests, those should also be reviewed for potential credits.

You will receive written documentation about what credits have been met and which classes remain.

Prior learning credits are aligned with specific Edmonds College classes. You will demonstrate your prior learning to an Edmonds College faculty member through a Course Challenge. A faculty member who teaches the course will facilitate the challenge and determine the best method of assessment based upon the learning outcomes of the course.

The faculty member working with you will discuss all assessment options and a timeline so you will be fully prepared. Course Challenge assessment options could include any of the following:

  • taking the mid-term/final of the course
  • presenting documentation or industry certifications
  • interviews/demonstrations
  • samples of writing or completed projects

More detailed information is available through the Frequently Asked Questions and other links. Our staff will walk you through every step—contact the PL Director or a faculty member.

What students and faculty say about Prior Learning

“My faculty member was excellent. She helped me get through everything I needed to challenge a course quickly and successfully. I needed credits to sit for the CPA exam and it helped me achieve my goals.”

“My instructor knew that I could do most of the steps required for my special project because I had been programming forever. He encouraged me in working toward my goal. I came away with the knowledge that I can do this. I was able to complete the project and earned the credits I needed for my certificate.”

“We value the experience, knowledge and skills that individuals bring to Edmonds College. We work one-on-one with individuals to review their accomplishments, to answer their questions, and together we develop an academic plan to meet their goals.”