Alternative Credit

Under certain circumstances, Tiffin University can help students translate knowledge into college credit. Adult students, in particular, have the opportunity to seek credit based on significant demonstrated learning acquired as a result of experience in employment, volunteer activities, workshop/seminar participation, publications, community service, travel, military service or other life experiences. Credit can be awarded solely based on the experience; for example, extensive work training/certification that may translate into credit. The Dean of the respective School will determine if the experience alone will count for credit. In other cases, credit is not awarded of the experience itself, but for the verifiable learning outcomes that grew out of the experience. Credit will be granted through a rigorous portfolio and evaluation process approved by the Dean. Adults who have been out of school for a period of time and are now returning to the University are the most likely applicants for prior learning credit. Contact the Dean of the appropriate discipline School for more information.

CLEP - Credit may be awarded for either general or subject tests taken through College Level Examination Program (CLEP). The American Council on Education recommendations are followed when determining required scores for awarding credit.

INTERNATIONAL BACHELOR PROGRAMME - Students who have successfully completed International Bachelor (I.B.) Higher Level work may petition for transfer credit. For each Higher Level examination for which a score of 4 or better is achieved, 3 semester hours of credit may be awarded on a course-by-course basis. Credit is not awarded for I.B. Subsidiary Level examinations. An official score report of results received is required for credit consideration. Higher Level I.B. courses are generally considered to be on a par with the Advanced Placement program courses of the College Entrance Examination Board. No more than 30 semester hours will be awarded through this program.

CLEE - CERTIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVE - A student who has successfully completed the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program may receive up to nine hours of credit (3 courses) toward a criminal justice degree. The student must have completed the entire CLEE program and meet the admissions criteria for a CJ degree. In addition, the student will need to submit their collection of CLEE documentation (10-15 papers completed during the training program) and/or write a 10-12 page paper on an assigned topic related to the TU course for credit. There is an administrative and processing fee of $100 per course. Contact the School Dean for more information.

PELC - POLICE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP COLLEGE - A student who has successfully completed the PELC may receive up to six hours of credit (2 courses) toward a criminal justice degree. The student must have completed the entire PELC program and meet the admissions criteria for the CJ degree. In addition, the student will need to submit their collection of PELC documentation (10-15 papers completed during the training program) and/or write a 10-12 page paper on an assigned topic related to the TU course for credit. There is an administrative and processing fee of $100 per course. Contact the School Dean for more information.

OPOTA - This experience is designed for the student who wishes to earn their Ohio Peace Officer certification. Application and acceptance is required. The semester-long, 15 credit hour course currently consists of 600 hours of training, mandated, designed and overseen by the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy. The successful completion of this course will certify the student as an employment-ready police officer in the State of Ohio. Students interested in participating in the OPOTA academy will need to use all open elective credits to do so.