Prior Learning Assessment

Weekend and Evening College - 30 Years

Whether the reason for completing your degree is to spark a career change, to enhance your existing career or to satisfy a personal thirst for knowledge, Maryville’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program can help you accomplish your goals.

Weekend & Evening College (WEC) students have the advantage of being able to turn life experiences into college credit. You’ll create an on-line portfolio that includes a learning component, learning narrative and documentation. The learning component and narrative draw a relationship between prior learning and what you would learn in a specific course. Documentation describes the related knowledge you gained in specific work or life situations.

Our PLA program allows you to capitalize on your “real-world” experience – one of the most valuable sources of knowledge – and gives you a practical college education best suited to your needs.

Our Program

  • Students must be degree seeking and formally accepted to the University.
  • Development of the portfolio requires students to register for the one-credit hour Prior Learning Assessment Workshop (ASMT 295). The workshop follows the WEC alternate week format – meeting 8 times over the 16-week semester.
  • At the end of the Workshop students submit a completed portfolio for two courses for faculty evaluation. (i.e., students have the opportunity to earn six additional credits at the end of the Workshop).
  • Students may continue to submit portfolios for additional coursework for one year.
  • Courses included in portfolios may include general education courses, required courses for major and minor, and electives. Acceptable courses vary by program; consult with your adviser.
  • Portfolios are evaluated by Maryville full-time faculty members who have expertise in their area of study.
  • A maximum of sixty (60) credit hours may be earned through the PLA program.
  • A $40.00 transcription fee is charged for each credit hour approved (tuition for one credit hour is $547).
  • Students have on-going one-on-one support from the Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator who meets regularly and individually with each student.

For more information on the Prior Learning Assessment program, contact Mary Ann Chastain at

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