May 15, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Catalog

Credit for Prior Learning


Credit for Prior Learning

 


Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) is college credit awarded for validated college-level skills and knowledge gained outside of a college classroom. Students may receive CPL in place of a comparable course or graduation requirement, including elective units, listed in the current college catalog through the following approved alternative methods for awarding credit:

A. Achievement of a satisfactory score on an approved standardized examination

B. Evaluation of military service/training

C. Evaluation of industry recognized training/credential documentation

D. Evaluation of student-created portfolios

E. Satisfactory completion of an institutional examination, known as Credit by Examination, administered by the college in lieu of completion of an active course listed in the current college catalog

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY FOR CPL

In order to submit a CPL petition, a student must:

A. Be in good standing at the college in which the CPL petition is being submitted

B. Have previously earned credit, completed a noncredit course or be currently enrolled within the District

C. Have a counselor-approved education plan on file

D. Identify a comparable course or graduation requirement, including elective units, listed in the current college catalog

E. For Credit for Military Service/Training: the student must also complete 12 units in residency

F. For Credit by Exam: the student must also not have received credit for a more advanced course in the same subject (may be waived by department)

G. For Credit by Exam - High School Articulation: the student is not required to be currently registered

H. For Credit for Achievement on a Standardized Test: the student must also not have received college credit for a similar course prior to completion of the standardized examination(s).

LIMITATIONS ON CPL CREDITS EARNED

A. CPL units may not be applicable to meeting eligibility requirements for programs including, but not limited to: Selective Service deferment; Veterans or Social Security benefits; EOPS; CalWORKs; Financial Aid; International Student Program; Athletics; and Promise programs.

B. Credits acquired through CPL shall not be counted in determining residency requirements for Certificates or Associate Degrees.

C. Credits acquired through CPL may not be accepted at transfer institutions. Students seeking to earn credit for college transfer purposes will need to consult the transfer institution regarding its policy.

CPL GRADING POLICY

A. Grades are not provided for standardized examinations

B. Grading options will be determined by discipline faculty

C. When grading is available:

     1. Grading shall be according to the regular grading system in accordance with BP/AR 4231, Grading and Academic Record Symbols

     2. Students shall be offered a “Pass/No Pass” option, if that option is ordinarily available for the course

     3. Students will be given an option to accept, decline, or appeal the grade within five working days of receiving the grade. For appeals, students will use the college’s grievance process

     4. An automatic decline of the grade will be processed for students who obtain an F or NP grade and the grade will not be posted

TRANSCRIPTION OF CPL

The student’s academic record shall be clearly annotated to reflect that credit was earned by the type of assessment or examination of prior learning.

For military service/training, student-created portfolio, and industry certification CPL the transcription will include course prefix, course number, course title, course units, course grade, and term earned.

APPROVED METHODS FOR AWARDING CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Credit Earned by Examination Score

Students may earn credit for College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement (AP) tests, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests on the basis of their scores.

AP test credit may be applied toward Irvine Valley College associate degree (major and general education) requirements, as well as IGETC and CSU General Education requirements. CLEP test credit may be applied toward IVC and CSU General Education requirements but not IGETC requirements. IB credits may be applied to both CSU General Education and IGETC requirements.

The charts in the subsequent sections identify specific tests, minimum scores, general education or course credit application, and limitations, if any.

Advanced Placement (AP) Examination: IVC Associate Degree and General Education Credit

Students may earn associate degree and general education credit for Advanced Placement (AP) Tests with scores of 3, 4, or 5. Advanced Placement Examinations are noted in the chart below with the specific course credit listed or with the notation “N/A.” AP exams not included in the chart do not have an IVC course for which credit is granted. Listed are minimum scores to earn AP credits.

Students must have the College Board send official AP exam results to the IVC Admissions Office for use on the associate degree or general education pattern. Course credit and units granted at Irvine Valley College may differ from course credit and units granted by a transfer institution.

Associate Degrees: Students should be aware that AP test credit is determined by comparing the content covered in an exam to the content covered in an equivalent IVC course. Credit by Advanced Placement exam is noted on the student’s transcript.

Advanced Placement (AP) Examination: CSU GE-Breadth Credit

The Advanced Placement examinations may be incorporated into the certification of CSU General Education-Breadth requirements by any certifying institution. All CSU campuses will accept the minimum units shown and apply them toward fulfillment of the designated General Education-Breadth area if the examination is included as part of a full or subject-area certification. Please note that individual CSU campuses may choose to grant more units than those specified toward completion of General Education-Breadth requirements.

  • A minimum score of 3 is required for AP credits to be granted.
  • If a student passes more than one AP exam in calculus or computer science, only one exam may be applied to the baccalaureate.
  • If a student passes more than one AP exam in physics, only six units may be applied to the baccalaureate, and only four units may be applied to the CSUGE certification. 
  • For ADTs students following the CSU GE pattern and who have AP, the CSU GE Area and CSU Units will be used in granting the award. 

Advanced Placement (AP) Examination: IGETC Credit

  • A score of 3, 4, or 5 is required to grant credit for IGETC certification.
  • An acceptable AP score for IGETC equates to either 3 semester or 4 quarter units for certification purposes.
  • Students who have earned credit from an AP exam should not take a comparable college course because transfer credit will not be granted for both.
  • Students should consult a counselor for the UC policy concerning AP credit.
  • AP exams in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics 1 allow California community college campuses to apply 4 semester or 5 quarter units to IGETC certification.
  • AP exams in Environmental Science, Physics C: Mechanics and Physics C: Electricity/Magnetism, 3 semester or 4 quarter units are applied for IGETC certification; therefore, students who complete these exams will be required to complete at least 4 semester or 5 quarter units to satisfy the minimum required units for Area 5.
  • For Areas that have more than one option, the AP exams may be used in either area that is best for the student, regardless of where the certifying California community college’s discipline is located.
  • For ADTs students following the IGETC pattern and who have AP, the IGETC Area and UC Units will be used in granting the award. 

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit by Examination: Combined Chart

 

AP Exam

IVC GE

IVC Course

IVC Units

Granted

CSU GE

CSU Units Granted

IGETC

UC Units Granted

Art History

Area 7: AA

Area 4: AS

Score 3: ARTH 25

3

Area C1 or C2

3 units

6

Area 3A or 3B

3 units

5.3 units

Biology

Area 3: AA

Area 2: AS

Score 4: BIO 1

4

Area B2 and B3

4 units

6

Area 5B and 5C

4 units

5.3 units

Calculus AB

Area 2: AA

Area 1C: AS

Score of 3: MATH 2

Score of 4: MATH 2 and 3A

10

Area B4

3 units

3 units

(Only one Calculus exam may be applied toward CSU degree)

Area 2A

3 units

2.6 units

(5.3 units maximum combined credit for both Math AB and BC)

Calculus BC

Area 2: AA

Area 1C: AS

Score of 3: MATH 2

Score of 4: MATH 3A/ and MATH 3B

10

Area B4  

3 units

 6 units

(Only one Calculus exam may be applied toward CSU degree)

Area 2A  

3 units

5.3 units maximum for both Math AB and BC

Calculus BC/AB Subscore

Area 2: AA

Area C: AS

Score of 3: MATH 3A

5

Area B4 

3 units

3 units

(Only one Calculus exam may be applied toward CSU degree)

Area 2A

3 units

2.6 units (2.6 units maximum combined credit for both Math AB and Math AB Subscore)

Chemistry

Area 3: AA

Area 2: AS

Score of 3: CHEM 3

4

Area B1 and B3

4 units (6 GE units if taken prior to Fall 09)

6 units

5A  and 5C

4 units

5.3 units

Chinese Language and Culture

Area 6 or 7: AA

Area 4: AS

Score of 3: CHI 3

5

Area C2

3 units

6

Area 3B and 6A

3 units

5.3 units

Computer Science A

N/A

Score of 3: CS 38

3

N/A

3

(Only one Computer Science exam may be applied toward CSU degree)

N/A

1.3 units

(2.6 units maximum combined credit for both CMPR A and AB exams)

Computer Science AB

N/A

Score of 3: CS 37

Score of 4: CS 37 and CS 41

6

N/A

6

(Only one Computer Science exam may be applied toward CSU degree)

N/A

2.6 units

(2.6 units maximum combined credit for both CMPR exams)

Computer Science Principles

N/A

No Course

3

Area B4

3 units

6

N/A

5.3 units

Economics - Macroeconomics

Area 4: AA

Area 3: AS

Score of 3: ECON 20

Score of 5: ECON 2

3

Area D

3 units

3

Area 4

3 units

2.6 units

Economics - Microeconomics

Area 4: AA

Area 3: AS

Score of 3: ECON 20

Score of 5: ECON 1

3

Area D

3 units

3

Area 4

3 units

2.6 units

English - Language and Composition

Area 1A: AA and AS

No Course

4

Area A2

3 units

6

Area 1A

3 units

5.3 units (5.3 units maximum combined credit for both Language Composition and Literature Composition exams)

English - Literature and Composition

Area 6: AA

Area 4: AS

Score of 4: LIT 1

3

Area A2 and C2

6 units

6

Area 1A or 3B

3 units

5.3 units (5.3 units maximum combined credit for both Language Composition and Literature Composition exams)

Environmental Science

Area 3: AA

Area 2 or 3: AS

Score of 4: ENV 1

4

Area B1 and B3

4 units (B2 and B3 if taken prior to Fall 09)

4

Area 5A and 5C

3 units

2.6 units

French Language and Culture

Area 7: AA

Area 4: AS

Score of 3: FR3

Score of 4: FR4

5

Area C2

6

Area 3B and 6A

3 units

5.3 units

German Language and Culture

Area 7: AA

Area 4: AS

No Course

3

Area C2

3 units (6 GE units if taken prior to Fall 09)

6

Area 3B and 6A

3 units

5.3 units

Government and Politics - Comparative

Area 4: AA

Area 3: AS

Score of 3: PS 12

3

Area D

3 units

3

Area 4

3 units

2.6 units

Government and Politics - U.S.

Area 4 or 8: AA

Area 3: AS

Score of 3: PS  1

3

Area D and US 2

3 units

3

Area 4 and US 2

3 units

2.6 units

History - European

Area 6: AA

Area 4: AS

Score of 4: HIST 10 or HIST 11

3

Area C2 or D

3 units

6

3B or 4

3 units

5.3 units

History - U.S.

Area 6 or 8: AA

Area 3 or 4: AS

Score of 4: HIST 20 or HIST 21

3

Area C2 or D and US 1

3 units

6

Area 3B or 4 and US 1

3 units

5.3 units

History - World

Area 5 and 6: AA

Area 3 or 4: AS

Score of 4: HIST 1 or HIST 2

3

Area C2 or D

3 units

6

Area 3B or 4

3 units

5.3 units

Human Geography

Area 4 and 5: AA

Area 3: AS

Score of 3: GEOG 2

3

Area D

3 units

3

Area 4

3 units

2.6 units

Italian Language and Culture

Area 7: AA

Area 4: AS

No Course

3

Area C2

3 units

6

Area 3B and 6A

3 units

5.3 units

Japanese Language and Culture

Area 6 or 7: AA

Area 4: AS

Score of 3: JA 3 or JA 21

5

Area C2

3 units

6

Area 3B and 6A

3 units

5.3 units

Latin

Area 7: AA

Area 4: AS

No Course

3

Area C2

3 units

6

Area 3B and 6A

3 units

2.6 units beginning May 13, 2020

Music Theory

Area 7: AA

Area 4: AS

Score of 4: MUS 1 and MUS 3

7

Area C1

6

N/A

5.3 units

Physics 1 - Algebra-Based

Area 3: AA

Area 2: AS

Score of 3: PHYS 2A

4

Area B1 and B3

4 units

4

Area 5A and 5C

4 units

5.3 units (5.3 units maximum credit for all Physics exams)

Physics 2 - Algebra-Based

Area 3: AA

Area 2: AS

No Course

4

Area B1 and B3

4 units

4

Area 5A and 5C

4 units

5.3 units (5.3 units maximum credit for all Physics exams)

Physics B (unavailable after Fall 13)

Area 3: AA

Area 2: AS

Score of 3: PHYS 2A

4

Area B1 and B3

4 units

(6 GE units prior to Fall 09)

(4 GE units between 09-13)

6

Area 5A and 5C

4 units

5.3 units (5.3 units maximum credit for all Physics exams)

Physics C - Mechanics

Area 3: AA

Area 2: AS

Score of 3: PHYS 4A

4

Area B1 and B3

4 units

4

Area 5A and 5C

3 units

2.6 units (5.3 units maximum credit for all Physics exams)

Physics C - Electricity/Magnetism

Area 3: AA

Area 2: AS

Score of 3: PHYS 4A

4

Area B1 and B3

4 units

4

Area 5A and 5C

3 units

2.6 units (5.3 units maximum credit for all Physics exams)

Psychology

Area 4: AA

Area 3: AS

Score of 4: PSYC 1/1H

3

Area D

3 units

3

Area 4

3 units

2.6 units

Spanish Language and Culture

Area 7: AA

Area 4: AS

Score of 3: SPAN 3

Score of 4: SPAN 4

5

Area C2

3 units

(6 units if passed prior to Spring 2014)

6

Area 3B and 6A

3 units

5.3 units

Spanish Literature and Culture

Area 6 or 7: AA

Area 4: AS

Score of 3: SPAN 3

5

Area C2

3 units

(6 units if passed prior to Spring 2013)

6

Area 3B and 6A

3 units

5.3 units

Statistics

Area 2: AA

Area 1C: AS

Score of 3: MATH 10

3

Area B4

3 units

3

Area 2A

3 units

2.6 units

Studio Art - 2D Design

Area 7: AA

Area 4: AS

Score of 3: ART 40

3

N/A

3

N/A

5.3 units (Maximum credit for all Studio Art 2D, 3D and Drawing.)

Studio Art - 3D Design

Area 7: AA Only

Score of 3: ART 41

3

N/A

3

N/A

5.3 units (Maximum credit for all Studio Art 2D, 3D and Drawing.)

Studio Art - Drawing

Area 7: AA

Area 4: AS

Score of 3: ART 80

3

N/A

3

N/A

5.3 units (Maximum credit for all Studio Art 2D, 3D and Drawing.)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP): IVC Associate Degree and General Education Credit

The South Orange County Community College District recognizes the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) in accordance with the guidelines below.

General Examination

A student, by successfully completing the General Examination (25th percentile or higher), may earn up to 12 ungraded units applicable to the associate degree as follows:

CLEP GENERAL EXAM

IVC ASSOCIATE DEGREE CREDIT

UNITS

English

No credit

0

Humanities

Humanities and Fine Arts

3

Mathematics

Mathematics

3

Social Science

Social Science

3

Natural Science

Natural Science (non-laboratory)

3

No credit will be given for CLEP in any area in which the student has earned college credit prior to completion of the CLEP examination.

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Subject Examination

Each academic school of the college may recognize the Subject Examination if a single examination measures the competency associated with the successful completion of a specific Irvine Valley College course. Generally, however, specific course credit by examination will be attained through the Specific Course Credit policy.

Credit for CLEP is awarded upon completion of 12 units in residence at Irvine Valley College. Additional information regarding the College Level Examination Program may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records.

Credit granted on the basis of CLEP does not necessarily transfer to other colleges. Students planning to use CLEP credit for college transfer purposes will need to consult the transfer institution regarding its policy pertaining to the CLEP program.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP): CSU GE-Breadth Credit

  • A minimum score of 50 is required for CLEP credits to be granted, except French Level II (59), German Level II (60), and Spanish Level II (63).
  • If a student passes more than one CLEP test in the same language other than English (e.g. two tests in French), only one test may be applied to the baccalaureate. A passing score of 50 is considered “Level I” and earns six units of baccalaureate. The higher score is considered “Level II” and earns additional credit and placement in Area C2 of CSUGE, as noted.
  • For ADTs students following the CSU GE pattern and who have CLEP, the CSU GE Area and CSU Units will be used in granting the award. 

 

CLEP TEST

CSU GE AREA

Minimum Semester Units Earned

American Government

D8
3 sem. units

3

American Literature

C2
3 sem. units

3

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature

C2
3 sem. units

3

Biology

B2
3 sem. units

3

Calculus

B4
3 sem. units

3

Chemistry

B1
3 sem. units

3

College Algebra

B4
3 sem. units

3

College Algebra- Trigonometry

B4
3 sem. units

3

College Mathematics

N/A

0

English Composition (no essay)

N/A

0

English Composition (with essay)

N/A

0

English Literature

C2
3 sem. units
Removed Fall 2011

3

Financial Accounting

N/A

3

French Level I

N/A

6

French Level II

C2
3 sem. units

9
(12 units if passed prior to Fall 2015)

Freshman College Composition

N/A

0

German Level I

N/A

6

German Level II

C2
3 sem. units

9
​(12 units if passed prior to Fall 2015)

History, U.S. I

D6 (& US1)
3 sem. units

3

History, U.S. II

D6 (& US1)
3 sem. units

3

Human Growth and Development

E
3 sem. units

3

Humanities

C2
3 sem. units

3

Information Systems and Computer Application

N/A

3

Intro to Educational Psychology

N/A

3

Introductory Business Law

N/A

3

Introductory Psychology

D9
3 sem. units

3

Introductory Sociology

D0
3 sem. units

3

Natural Sciences

B1 or B2
3 sem. units

3

Pre-Calculus

B4
3 sem. units

3

Principles of Accounting

N/A

3

Principles of Macroeconomics

D2
3 sem. units

3

Principles of Management

N/A

3

Principles of Marketing

N/A

3

Principles of Microeconomics

D2
3 sem. units

3

Social Sciences and History

N/A

0

Spanish Level I

N/A

6

Spanish Level II

C2
3 sem. units

9
​(12 units if passed prior to Fall 2015)

Trigonometry

B4
3 sem. units
(Removed Fall 2006)

3

Western Civilization I

C2 or D6
3 sem. units

3

Western Civilization II

D6
3 sem. units

3

 

College Level Examination (CLEP): IGETC Credit

CLEP cannot be used to fulfill IGETC requirements.

 

International Baccalaureate (IB): CSU GE-Breadth Credit

  • The IB curriculum offers language at various levels for native and non-native speakers.
  • Language B courses are offered at the intermediate level for non-natives.
  • Language A1 and A2 are advanced courses in literature for native and non-native speakers, respectively.
  • For Associate Degree for Transfer students, the CSU GE Area and CSU Units will be used in granting the award. 
  • Higher Level exams are noted “HL” in the chart below.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

PASSING SCORE

CSU GE AREA

Minimum Semester Units Earned

Biology HL

5

B2
3 semester units

6

Chemistry HL

5

B1
3 semester units

6

Economics HL

5

D2
3 semester units

6

Geography HL

5

D5
3 semester units

6

History (any region) HL

5

C2 or D6
3 semester units

6

Language A Literature HL

4

C2
3 semester units

6

Language A Language and Literature HL

4

C2
3 semester units

6

Language A1 (any language) HL

4

C2
3 semester units
Removed Fall 2013

6

Language A2 (any language) HL

4

C2
3 semester units
Removed Fall 2013

6

Language B (any language) HL

4

N/A

6

Mathematics HL

4

B4
3 semester units

6

Physics HL

5

B1
3 semester units

6

Psychology HL

5

D9
3 semester units

3

Theater HL

4

C1
3 semester units

6

International Baccalaureate (IB): IGETC Credit

  • A score of 5, 6, or 7 on Higher Level (HL) exams is required to grant credit for IGETC certification.
  • An acceptable IB score for IGETC equates to either 3 semester or 4 quarter units for certification purposes.
  • Students who have earned credit from an IB exam should not take a comparable college course because transfer credit will not be granted for both.
  • Students should consult a counselor for the UC policy concerning IB credit.
  • For ADTs students following the IGETC pattern and who have IB, the IGETC Area and UC Units will be used in granting the award. 

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

IGETC AREA

IB Biology HL

5B (no Lab)

IB Chemistry HL

5A (no Lab)

IB Economics HL

4

IB Geography HL

4

IB History (any region) HL

3B or 4

IB Language A: Literature (any language, except English) HL

3B and 6A

IB Language A2: Language and Literature (any language, except English) HL

3B and 6A

IB Language A1: Literature (any language) HL

3B

IB Language A2: Language and Literature (any language) HL

3B

IB Language B (any language) HL

6A

IB Mathematics HL

2A

IB Physics HL

5A (no Lab)

IB Psychology HL

4

IB Theater HL

3A

 

IB exams may be used in either area regardless of where the certifying California community college’s discipline is located.

Military Service/Training

Students interested in military Credit for Prior Learning using supporting official documentation shall receive credit as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) Directory and approved by the appropriate discipline faculty of the college under the following circumstances:

1. Official transcripts must be on file in the Admissions and Records Office. These may include Joint Services Transcript (JST), Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Grade Changes Transcript (SMART), Army and American Council on Education Registry Transcript Service (AARTS), or verified copies of DD214 or DD295 military records. Other documentation may be considered.

2. Credit course, elective, or competency equivalency shall be determined by the faculty of the appropriate discipline

3. This policy does not apply to regionally accredited collegiate coursework taken in the Department of Defense

4. The student must also complete 12 units in residency

To initiate the Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Petition to determine credit for military service/training, a student must meet with a counselor and submit a petition form.

Industry Recognized Credential Documentation

Credit for industry recognized credential will be granted as long as the official documentation of the credential is on file in the Admissions and Records Office.

Determination of whether a specific course or elective credit is to be awarded in any area is made by faculty in the discipline who normally teach the course. Students should meet with their counselor regarding specific credit awarded for the industry recognized credentials.

If an industry recognized credential has not yet been assessed and approved by the appropriate faculty:

1. The student will initiate the assessment process by meeting with a counselor to submit the Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Petition. The petition will include all industry recognized credential documents.

2. The petition and documents will be routed to the appropriate department chair or faculty designee, along with a notification to the Division/School Dean, by the counselor. If needed, the chair or faculty designee will provide the student with further instructions for assessment of the industry recognized credential.

3. If the department chair or faculty designee determines the industry certification adequately measures mastery of the course content as set forth in the Course Outline of Record, the appropriate faculty shall sign the petition with the recorded grade, attach the industry recognized credential, and forward the completed petition and supporting documents to the Counseling Department.

4. The Counseling Department will notify the student of the grade and provide the student with the opportunity to accept, decline or appeal the grade within ten working days.

5. Upon acceptance or decline of the grade, the Counseling Department will forward the petition and any supporting documents to the Admissions and Records Office to be kept on file and, if accepted, recorded on the student transcript.

Student-Created Portfolios

Students may receive Credit for Prior Learning using a student-created portfolio if a department has an approved portfolio assessment rubric for the course on file.

If an approved portfolio assessment rubric for a course is on file:

1. The student will initiate the assessment process by meeting with a counselor to submit the Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Petition.

2. The petition and supporting documents will be routed to the appropriate department chair or faculty designee, along with a notification to the Division/School Dean, by the Counseling Department. If needed, the chair or faculty designee will provide the student with further instructions for assessment of the student-created portfolio.

3. If the department chair or faculty designee determines the student-created portfolio adequately measures mastery of the course content as set forth in the Course Outline of Record, the appropriate faculty shall sign the petition with the recorded grade, attach documentation of the student-created portfolio, and forward the completed petition and supporting documents to the Counseling Department.

4. The Counseling Department will notify the student of the grade and provide the student with the opportunity to accept, decline, or appeal the grade within ten working days.

5. Upon acceptance or decline of the grade, the Counseling Department will forward the petition and any supporting documents to the Admissions and Records Office to be kept on file and, if accepted, recorded on the student transcript.

Credit by Examination - Post Secondary Specific Course Credit

Credit by exam may be provided if the course appears in a current college catalog and is determined by the faculty of the appropriate discipline that the course content can be tested by an examination. Also, the student must not have received credit for a more advanced course in the same subject, unless waived by the department.

The procedures to obtain Post-Secondary Credit by Examination for a course are as follows:

1. The student will initiate the assessment process by meeting with a counselor to submit the Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Petition. The student will need to provide a proof of non-refundable payment, up to the cost of the enrollment fee, for the credit by exam course in order to submit the petition.

2. The petition and supporting documents will be routed to the appropriate department chair or faculty designee, along with a notification to the Division/School Dean, by the Counseling Department. The department chair or faculty designee will provide the student with further instructions for credit by exam.

3. The department chair or faculty designee will prepare, administer, and grade the exam.

4. The department chair or faculty designee shall sign the petition with the recorded grade and forward the completed petition and supporting documents to the Counseling Department.

5. The Counseling Department will notify the student of the grade and provide the student with the opportunity to accept, decline, or appeal the grade within ten working days.

6. Upon acceptance or decline of the grade, the Counseling Department will forward the petition and any supporting documents to the Admissions and Records Office to be kept on file and, if accepted, recorded on the student transcript.

Credit by Examination - High School to College Articulation

High school students may be granted college credit pursuant to established Career Technical Education (CTE) articulation agreements between the high school or Regional Occupation Program (ROP) and the college. Determination of whether a specific course or elective credit is to be awarded in any area is made by faculty in the discipline who normally teach the course. A chart with specific credit awarded for the high school to college articulation may be found on the college’s website.

A letter grade may be assigned for a High School to College Articulation course and the course will be identified as “Credit by Examination” on the transcript in accordance with official grading assignment on the Course Outline of Record (COR). The enrollment fee for credit by examination will not be charged for credit awarded under this provision. Students who are unsuccessful in obtaining a standard grade of B or better will not be allowed to petition for credit and no record of the attempt for credit by examination will appear on a student’s transcript.

The procedures to obtain credit for high school to college articulation are as follows:

1. The student will need to apply online to one of the colleges in the District. There is no requirement to be currently registered to receive credit.

2. The student will initiate the assessment process by meeting with a counselor to submit the Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Petition. An official high school transcript will need to be provided with the petition.

3. Determination of whether a specific course or elective credit is to be awarded in any area is made by faculty in the discipline who normally teach the course. A chart with specific credit awarded for the high school to college articulation may be found on the college’s website.

4. Once the documents have been reviewed and approved, the Counseling Department will forward the petition with supporting documents to the Admissions and Records Office for processing.

Credit from Other Institutions

Credit from Saddleback College

Students of the South Orange County Community College District may receive full transfer credit for all courses taken at either Irvine Valley College or Saddleback College. However, the colleges’ curriculum, articulation agreements, and accreditation are distinct, and separate transcripts are issued at each college. Students who have questions or problems concerning course equivalencies between Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College should contact the Counseling Center prior to registration. Questions regarding student transcripts should be directed to the registrar in the Office of Admissions and Records.

Transfer Credit

Irvine Valley College grants credit for college units earned at regionally accredited institutions of higher education. No more than four units may be awarded for sectarian courses. Students must arrange to have all transcripts to be evaluated for transfer credit sent to the Office of Admissions and Records as early as possible to determine if coursework can be used to satisfy prerequisites or equivalencies. Applications for degrees or transfer certifications cannot be processed without all official transcripts on file from all colleges from which coursework is intended for transfer credit. Questions regarding specific courses for which a student is seeking transfer credit should be addressed to the Counseling Center or Transfer Center at Irvine Valley College. 

Transfer Credit from Foreign Institutions

Students seeking evaluation of foreign coursework must provide a transcript evaluated by an accredited evaluation and translation service (see the Counseling Center or International Student Center for referrals). Students must turn in the official evaluation to the Office of Admissions and Records for inclusion in their record and then set up an appointment with the Counseling Center so that their transfer work may be evaluated. Coursework from foreign institutions cannot be used for CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC certification except to validate the foreign language requirement. Students may refer to the charts above for International Baccalaureate (IB): CSU GE-Breadth Credit and International Baccalaureate (IB): IGETC Credit for details.

Cooperative Work Experience (CWE)

Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) is a method of education that combines work experience gained by students on the job with regular academic instruction integral to the community college curriculum. Based on the principle that individuals may develop most effectively through an educational pattern that incorporates experiences beyond the campus, these structured work activities in business, industry, government and human services are designed to enrich the student’s college studies and enhance the student’s development. Interested students should enroll in their program’s 167 or 168 course, where available. Students should consult with their CWE coordinator to ensure that they enroll in the appropriate unit value of their course. Students must work 60 hours in an unpaid or 75 hours in a paid position for each unit of college credit they earn. 

Students are required to have a paid or volunteer position to enroll in Cooperative Work Experience. Placement assistance may be found in the Career Center, but placement is not guaranteed.

Independent Study

Independent study provides an option when a student’s special needs preclude regular enrollment and attendance in courses outlined in the catalog, or when it becomes necessary to meet the particular curricular needs of one or more students. A petition must be approved both by the instructor who will supervise the contract study and by an appropriate administrator. The student, an instructor, and the appropriate administrator prepare a learning contract that specifies the learning content, as well as the methodology of study and means and criteria for evaluation.