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Credentials and Evaluation

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO EARN CREDIT

Advanced Placement and Additional Ways to Earn Credit

Cambridge Exam

Edmonds Community College will grant a minimum elective credit for each Cambridge International Examination for A-level exam with a passing grade or above for approved examinations. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official Cambridge International Examination results, not transcript notation. Duplicate credit for the same subject taken on different exams will not be granted. No grades are posted for A-level exams.

Advanced Placement Credits

Students presenting an advanced placement score of at least three (3) in any subject area will be granted five (5) credits of elective credit. Credits granted for specific subject areas are specified in the table below; otherwise, elective credit will be granted. In cases where the student presents an advanced placement score of three (3) or more, but where that score is below the minimum required for specific course credit in that discipline, the student shall receive five (5) general elective credits in that area as course number “975” (general elective course) in the relevant discipline (e.g. CHEM 975). “975” course credits count toward general electives on transfer degrees, but do not count toward satisfying credit requirements in specific distribution areas and will not satisfy course prerequisites. Credits earned for advanced placement will be identified with an ‘L’ grade.

Credits awarded by another institution for advanced placement are not automatically accepted. Credits for advanced placement will be awarded on the basis of official advanced placement scores and not on transcript notation. To be awarded advanced placement credits, students must have them evaluated by providing official test scores and submitting an Evaluation Request for Transfer Credits. For subject areas not listed below, students should contact the appropriate academic department chair.

Please note that AP scores are subject to re-evaluation at institutions other than Edmonds CC, including baccalaureate institutions both inside and outside of Washington state. Students are encouraged to explore how their AP credit may be applied at such institutions if there is an intention to transfer.

Art

Exam AP Score Credit For
Art History 3, 4, 5 ART& 100 (5 credits)
Studio Art 3, 4, 5 TBD
2D Design 3, 4, 5 TBD
3D Design 3, 4, 5 TBD

Biology

Exam AP Score Credit For
Biology 3, 4, 5 BIOL& 100 (5 credits)

Calculus

Exam AP Score Credit For
AB examination 3, 4 MATH& 151 (5 credits)
AB examination 5 MATH 151 and MATH 152 (10 credits)
BC examination 3, 4, 5 MATH 151 and MATH 152 (10 credits)

Chemistry

Exam AP Score Credit For
Chemistry 3 CHEM 161 (6 credits)
Chemistry 4 CHEM 161 and CHEM 161 (12 credits)
Chemistry 5 CHEM 161, CHEM 162, and CHEM 163 (18 credits)

Chinese

Exam AP Score Credit For
Chinese Language 3 CHIN& 121 (5 credits)
Chinese Language 4 CHIN& 121 and CHIN& 122 (10 credits)
Chinese Language 5 CHIN& 121, CHIN& 122, and CHIN& 123 (15 credits)

Computer Science

Exam AP Score Credit For
A examination 3 CS 101 
A examination 4, 5 CS 141 and CS 142 (10 credits)
AB examination 3, 4 CS 141 (5 credits)
AB examination 5 CS 141 and CS 142 (10 credits)

Economics

Exam AP Score Credit For
Microeconomics 3, 4, 5 ECON 201 (5 credits)
Macroeconomics 3, 4, 5 ECON 202 (5 credits)

English

Exam AP Score Credit For
Language and Comp or Comp and Lit exam 3 general elective
Language and Comp or Comp and Lit exam 4, 5 ENGL 101 (5 credits)

Environmental Science

Exam AP Score Credit For
Environmental Science 3 general elective (5 credits)
Environmental Science 4, 5 ENVS 101 (5 credits)

French

Exam AP Score Credit For
French Language 3 FRCH 121 (5 credits)
French Language 4 FRCH 121 and FRCH& 122 (10 credits)
French Language 5 FRCH 121, FRCH 122, and FRCH 123 (15 credits)
French Literature 3, 4, 5 TBD

German

Exam AP Score Credit For
German Language 3, 4, 5 general elective (5 credit)

Government and Politics (Political Science)

Exam AP Score Credit For
American 3 general elective
American 4, 5 POLS& 202 (5 credits)
Comparative 3 general elective
Comparative 4, 5 POLS& 101 (5 credits)

History

Exam AP Score Credit For
European History 3 HIST& 116 (5 credits)
European History 4 HIST& 116 (5 credits)
European History 5 HIST& 118 (5 credits)
U.S. History 3 HIST& 146 (5 credits)
U.S. History 4 HIST& 146 or HIST& 147 (5 credits)
U.S. History 5 HIST& 147 or HIST& 148 (5 credits)
World History 3, 4, 5 general elective (5 credits)

Human Geography (Geography)

Exam AP Score Credit For
Human Geography 3, 4, 5 general elective (5 credits)

Italian

Exam AP Score Credit For
Italian Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 general elective (5 credits)

Japanese

Exam AP Score Credit For
Japanese Language 3 JAPN& 121 (5 credits)
Japanese Language 4 JAPN& 121 and JAPN& 122 (10 credits)
Japanese Language 5 JAPN& 121, JAPN& 122, and JAPN& 123 (15 credits)

Latin

Exam AP Score Credit For
Latin Literature 3, 4, 5 TBD
Latin: Virgil 3, 4, 5 TBD
Latin Literature and Virgil 3, 4, 5 TBD

Music

Exam AP Score Credit For
Listening/Literature 3, 4, 5 MUSC& 105 (5 credits)
Theory 3 general elective (5 credits)
Theory 4, 5 MUSC& 141 (5 credits)

Physics

Exam AP Score Credit For
Physics B 3 general elective
Physics B 4, 5 PHYS& 114 and PHYS& 115 (10 credits)
Physics C (Mechanics) 3 general elective
Physics C (Mechanics) 4, 5 PHYS& 221 (5 credits)
Physics C (Elec and Mag) 3 general elective
Physics C (Elec and Mag) 4, 5 PHYS& 222 (5 credits)

Psychology

Exam AP Score Credit For
Psychology 3 general elective
Psychology 4, 5 PSYC& 100 (5 credits)

Spanish

Exam AP Score Credit For
Spanish Language 3 SPAN& 121 (5 credits)
Spanish Language 4 SPAN& 121 and SPAN& 122 (10 credits)
Spanish Language 5 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122, and SPAN& 123 (15 credits)
Spanish Literature 3, 4, 5 TBD

Statistics

Exam AP Score Credit For
Statistics 3, 4, 5 MATH& 146 (5 credits)

International Baccalaureate Program Credits

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is a demanding two-year curriculum offered in the secondary arena and is recognized by the world’s leading universities. Upon completion of courses and examinations in six subject areas, students forward an IB transcript to the Credentials Evaluations Department. Credit is awarded for International Baccalaureate (IB) standard and higher-level examinations with a score of 4 or higher. The following chart denotes how each department has determined appropriate placement.

IB SL or HL Exam Score Credits Credit for Edmonds CC Class
Anthropology 4 5 Elective Credit
Anthropology 5,6,7 5 ANTH&206
Biology 4 5 Elective Credit
Biology 5,6,7 5 BIOL&100
Chemistry 4 5 Elective Credit
Chemistry 5 5 CHEM&161
Chemistry 6,7 5 CHEM&161, CHEM&162
Computer Science 4,5,6,7 5 Elective Credit
Economics 4 5 Elective Credit
Economics 5 5 ECON&201
Economics 6,7 10 ECON&201 and ECON&202
English 4 5 Elective Credit
English 5,6,7 5 ENGL&101
English as Literature 4 5 Elective Credit
English as Literature 5,6,7 5 ENGL&111 or Humanities distribution
French B 4 5 Elective Credit
French B 5,6,7 5 FRCH&123
Geography 4 5 Elective Credit
Geography 5,6,7 5 GEOG&100
American History 4 5 Elective Credit
American History 5,6,7 5 HIST&146, HIST&147, or HIST&148
European History 4 5 Elective Credit
European History 5,6,7 5 HIST&116, HIST&117, or HIST&118
East/Southeast Asia and Oceania History 4 5 Elective Credit
East/Southeast Asia and Oceania History 5,6,7 5 HIST246
Mathematics 4 5 Elective Credit
Mathematics 5,6 5 MATH&142
Mathematics 7 5 MATH&151
Music 4 5 Elective Credit
Music 5,6,7 5 MUSC&105
Philosophy 4 5 Elective Credit
Philosophy 5,6,7 5 Philosophy&101
Physics 4 5 Elective Credit
Physics 5,6,7 15 PHYS& 114, PHYS& 115, and PHYS& 116
Psychology 4 5 Elective Credit
Psychology 5,6,7 5 PSYC&100
Spanish B 4 5 Elective Credit
Spanish B 5,6,7 5 SPAN&123
Theatre 4 5 Elective Credit
Theatre 5,6,7 5 DRMA&101

Additional Ways to Earn Credit

Course Challenge Credit

Most departments grant credit for prior learning via the course challenge process. See the Prior Learning Assessment section below for more information.

Course challenge credits earned at another college may be accepted at Edmonds Community College. The acceptance of such credits toward Associate of Arts degrees, Associate of Science degrees, Associate of Applied Science-Transfer degrees, Associate of General Studies degrees, Associate of Technical Arts degrees, Certificates, or High School Diplomas will be considered by college Evaluators in consultation with academic deans and department heads when necessary.

College Level Exam Program (CLEP)/Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES)

To receive credits by exams, the following rules apply:

  • Only currently enrolled students receive these credits. No credits are awarded for an examination if the student has already earned credit in a duplicate course.
  • CLEP and DANTES exams will be evaluated by guidelines set by the American Council on Education (ACE). Examination performances are graded as pass or fail and are not computed into the student’s grade point average. Since some two- and four-year colleges and universities do not accept CLEP credit, students should contact the college to which they are transferring for more information.
  • No credits from the CLEP General Examination are applied to the Associate of Arts degree, the Associate of Sciences degree, or the Associate in Applied Science-T degree.
  • Credits earned in the Freshman English Subject Examination are accepted at the discretion of individual academic divisions. Students should contact the appropriate dean before taking the examination.
  • Subject to approval by the chief academic officer, up to 30 credits from the CLEP exam may be applied to any area of the Associate of General Studies Degree.
  • Certain areas of the CLEP exam may be used as elective credit to fulfill requirements for the Associate of Technical Arts degree, including five credits of English Composition, Mathematics, Humanities, and Social Science.

Prior Learning Assessment

(For more information, see edcc.edu/priorlearning.)

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at Edmonds Community College (Edmonds CC) provides students the opportunity to be awarded college credit for specific courses. The student will be asked to demonstrate prior learning based on the knowledge and skills acquired through work and training.

Knowledge that is current and corresponds to courses taught at our college may be eligible to be assessed for college credit. The level of competence should be comparable to that of students in regular courses, including theoretical and practical knowledge of the subject.

The process is done through the course challenge process. Most departments offer this option; however, not all courses can be challenged. This “course equivalency” model means that if the learning meets the specific outcomes of an approved Edmonds CC course, students will have the opportunity to “challenge” the course. Learning that does not meet the outcomes of a specific Edmonds CC course but is deemed college level learning in one of the college’s programs is validated through a Special Project that may result in elective credit or be used as a course substitution.

Credits earned through the course challenge or special project process are entered on the student’s transcript the quarter they are earned.  These credits count towards the college’s residency requirement and the grade is calculated into the student’s grade point average (GPA).

Students who have received training through military or apprenticeship programs should request a transcript evaluation to determine possible credit.

See the PLA website for more information or to complete the electronic course challenge or special project request forms.

Satisfactory Credits

Credits are accepted as follows:

Program Maximum Credits
Associate of Arts Degree Earn 10 credits maximum for electives only, plus an additional three credits for health and physical education requirements.
Associate of Science Degree Earn three (3) credits maximum for health and physical education requirements only.
Associate in Applied Science-T Degree Earn 30 credits maximum, plus an additional three credits for health and physical education requirements.
Associate of General Studies Degree Earn 30 credits maximum, plus an additional three credits for health and physical education requirements.
Associate of Technical Arts Degree Earn up to one-half of the required credits.
Certificate Credits to be determined by the department head.
High School Diploma Advisors must approve which courses qualify as satisfactory or pass credit.

Special Project Credits

Many departments offer students the opportunity to earn credits through a special project. An electronic special project request form must be completed and the form and instructions for filling it out can be found at the PLA website. Approval must be given by the appropriate instructor and the division dean. An assessment fee is paid before the project begins. Transcripts reflect special projects as courses numbered 199 or 299 in the quarter the work is completed. These credits do count toward the Edmonds CC residency requirement; however, the elective credit(s) may not transfer to other colleges. Students planning to transfer should meet with an advisor to determine whether or not the credit will transfer. Not all departments offer special project contracts.

Variable Credit Course

Students should consult with advisors before registering for variable credit courses. The credits completed may be less than, or equal to, the number of credits for which the student registered. The appropriate department determines how variable credit earned through multiple enrollments is transcripted and how it is applied to graduation requirements. Regardless of the number of credits attempted, the student will receive credit only for the work completed during the quarter for which registration occurred. Refunds and incomplete grades are not given.

Transferring Credits from Other Colleges

Currently enrolled or previously enrolled students who wish to transfer credits earned from other colleges must:

  • Submit official transcripts to Enrollment Services at least one full quarter prior to submitting a graduation application, and
  • Request the evaluation of your transcripts at least one full quarter prior to submitting graduation applications by completing the Evaluation Request form online.

Credits from Approved Regional Institutional Accrediting Organizations

Edmonds Community College accepts coursework from colleges and universities accredited by the following regional institutional accrediting organizations:

  • MSA: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
  • NWCCU: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • NCA-HLC: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission
  • NCA-CASI: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees
  • NEASC-CIHE: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • NEASC-CTCI: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
  • SACS: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • WASC-ACCJC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  • WASC-ACSCU: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Some course work may not be accepted, and students who change their educational goals must have their transcripts reevaluated.

Earned Quarter Credits

Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate in Applied Science-T Degrees

Credits transfer to Edmonds Community College if:

  • Degree credits are already earned;
  • Credits have received accreditation by regional associations of schools and colleges;
  • Credits are approved by national institutional accrediting associations recognized by the AACRAO board of directors (up to 15 credits as general electives);
  • Credit earned at foreign colleges and universities are approved by Credential Evaluators review on an individual basis;
  • Career-related courses are earned at participating schools, except those excluded by the Intercollegiate Relations Commission (up to 15 credits may be accepted as elective credits toward the Associate of Arts degree or the Associate of Science degree); and
  • Religion courses qualify as literature, history, or philosophy.
Associate of General Studies Degree

Credits are accepted if authorized by the chief academic officer.

Associate of Technical Arts Degree and Certificates

Credits are accepted if authorized by the department head, a full-time instructor in the program, or the division dean.

High School Diploma

Credits are accepted if authorized by the program coordinator or division dean.

Earned Semester Credits

For students transferring from institutions using semester credits, waivers are authorized for one-quarter credit in the written skills area and a maximum of half-quarter credit in quantitative skills and in each of the distribution areas.

Credits from Other Schools/Correspondence Courses

Edmonds Community College may accept credit for courses and programs evaluated by the American Council on Education, including educational experiences in the armed forces and many business-training programs.

The college also accepts credit earned while a not-yet-accredited institution is in accreditation candidacy status.

If a student has credits from an institution that is outside the parameters listed above, the course challenge process may be an option using the online course challenge system.