Certificates of Specialization are for the student who desires specific training or skills in a focused area, typically related to their current employment. Specific certificate requirements must be completed as listed under each program area in the catalog. Certificates of Specialization can usually be completed in a short period of time, typically requiring only one or two semesters. Credit hours earned with these certificates can be applied toward a 32 credit hour certificate or the Associate of Applied Science degree in the related field.
A Certificate of Specialization typically ranges from a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 18 credit hours
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You may be eligible for additional ways of receiving credit for required courses if you have previous education, training, certifications, or credentials. Contact Suzi McGarvey at 660-263-4100 ext. 11238 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
The purpose of credit by examination is to award college credit for knowledge, skills, and competencies obtained through nontraditional college programs. Credit will be granted for scores at or exceeding 80% for existing career and technical courses in the MACC curriculum as approved by the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education. Credit by Examination will only be considered if reasonable proof can be provided indicating that the student has substantial education, training, and work experience related to the course for which the exam is requested. Only one opportunity will be given to test-out for credit in any one course, and the applicant must pay a test fee. Credit by Examination will be awarded after a student has completed 12 college-level credit hours toward a 32 credit hour certificate or an AAS degree. Total credit hours granted to any student through Credit by Examination toward a 32 credit hour certificate or an AAS degree will not exceed 50% of credit hours required.
CREDIT BY CERTIFICATION
Credit by Certification may be an option for students enrolled in certain MACC Associate of Applied Science degrees and one-year certificate programs that have related industry-standard certification or formal apprenticeship training. Credit by Certification will be considered after the student has applied for admission and provided a completed Application for Credit by Certification accompanied by documentation of successfully passing a certified training program. Credit by Certification will be awarded in accordance with American Council on Education recommendations as published in the National Guide to Educational Credit for Testing Programs and/or other recognized accrediting bodies approved by the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education and consisting of, but not limited to, certifications offered by the following bodies: American Welding Society, Cisco Networking Academy, a Department of Labor Approved Apprenticeship Training Program, or MACC non-credit courses conducted to credit students. Credit by Certification will be awarded after the student has completed 12 college-level credit hours with a grade of “C” or better and has a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in coursework specific to the degree being sought at MACC and appropriate fees have been paid. The total credit hours granted to any one student through Credit by Certification toward an AAS degree or certificate is 50% of credits required. Credit by Certification will be awarded only when it relates specifically to a program of study at MACC.
CREDIT BY CREDENTIAL
Students who have a current nationally-recognized credential may be awarded college credit toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in a related program. The credit hours are awarded on the basis of competencies the individual has gained in the process of achieving the national credential. The following guidelines apply to the granting of college credit to students with a national credential. The individual will complete the following:
Meet all criteria for admissions as specified in the College catalog;
Make application to the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education for college credit by current credential;
Provide official documentation of his or her current nationally-recognized credential to the College at the time of the application for credit;
Complete 12 credit hours of MACC courses in the related Associate of Applied Science degree before the credit for the credential will be placed on the individual’s official MACC transcript.
The individual’s credential must remain current and be documented at the time this credit is awarded.
Veterans may receive academic credit for military/educational training earned while serving in the armed forces based on evaluation and recommendation from the American Council on Education (ACE). Veterans requesting credit for military experience must submit an official copy of their ACE transcript to the MACC Registrar. This information will then be evaluated by the Registrar and the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education, or the Dean of Health Sciences. Credit will only be awarded for courses which count toward certificate or degree requirements.
CREDIT BY ARTICULATION
Articulation is a curricular concept designed to eliminate duplication of instruction and to recognize student achievements from area career and technical schools and comprehensive high schools that are approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students wishing to obtain articulation credit must: * Be seeking an Associate of Applied Science degree in the same career and technical program or one closely related to the secondary program; * Have completed a two-year secondary career and technical program; * Have earned a cumulative 3.0 GPA in the secondary career and technical program and a 2.0 overall cumulative GPA; * Meet all College admission criteria as specified in the College catalog; * Make application to the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education for articulation within two years following high school graduation; * Provide official high school transcript(s) and competency documentation, if required; and * Complete all developmental coursework and twelve college-level credit hours of 100-level or higher with at least a 2.0 GPA before credit by articulation will be transcripted. Final determination of allowable articulation credit will be transcripted as follows: MACC course number, course title, notation of articulation credit, credit hours, and “credit” in place of a grade. Articulation credit will not be used in grade point calculations.
The College may consider other nontraditional learning experiences, such as internships and learning experiences attained through business or industrial training programs, on a case by case basis. The Dean of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Health Sciences, or the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education will determine if credit for prior learning should be awarded.