Nontraditional College Credit

Gadsden State provides a mechanism for students to earn college credit for experience and knowledge attained outside the traditional classroom. 

No more than 25% of the total credit required for any program may be awarded as a result of nontraditional credit. Credit may not be awarded twice for the same learning.

Articulated Credit

Credit Awarded for Articulation Students completing courses in the approved Statewide Career and Technical Education Articulation Agreement will receive articulated credit to Gadsden State Community College offering the corresponding program of study.  Performance or knowledge testing of secondary program graduates is not required as part of the articulation process. For more information, view the Statewide Articulation Procedural Guide.

Awarding Credit Through Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a means for a student to receive college level credit for experiential learning that took place in a non-traditional learning environment, such as on-the-job training, military training, professional development seminars, volunteerism, and experience in-field. Awarding of credit through PLA relies heavily on aligning knowledge and skills gained through experience with learning outcomes found in traditional courses of higher education.  

  1. Credit for prior learning can be awarded only after the assessment of experiential learning experiences and only for documented learning that demonstrates achievement of all terminal objectives for a specific course or courses.
  2. Course credit earned through prior learning shall be noted on the student’s transcript as having been awarded through prior learning assessment.
  3. Credit for prior learning (portfolio review) may not be awarded for academic transfer courses. Credit for academic transfer courses awarded through prior learning may be awarded by examination or nationally recognized guidelines only – see Credit Awarded by Examination section of catalog.
  4. Before receiving credit through prior learning for a course, an individual must meet the enrollment requirements of the course.

Credit Awarded by Examination

College credit may be awarded through nationally recognized examinations such as: Advanced Placement (AP); College Level Examination Program (CLEP); United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI); Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES/DSST); or through examinations (challenge exams) developed by the college. If a student achieves the required score, college credit may awarded for the relevant course.

For more information on the credit awarded for AP, USAF, DANTES. DSST Exams, contact

For more information on credit awarded through challenge exams, contact the appropriate instructional dean.

College Level Examination Program General Examinations (CLEP) under the following conditions.

GSCC awards credit for CLEP subject examinations based on a minimum score requirement for each exam as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). CLEP credit is not granted for college-level courses previously failed, for courses in which credit for higher level course work has been earned, or for credit already earned in the subject examination’s course equivalent. Acceptance of non-traditional academic work by GSCC does not guarantee other institutions will accept such work. This determination will be made by the respective transfer institution.

CLEP exams and scores currently accepted by Gadsden State are as follows:

CLEP Test GSCC Credit ACE Score Minimum
Financial Accounting BUS 241 Principles of Accounting I 50
Information Systems and Computer Applications CIS 146 Microcomputer Applications 50
Introductory Business Law BUS 263 Legal and Social Environment of Business 50
American Literature ENG 251 American Literature I 50
College Composition ENG 101 English Composition I 50
  ENG 102 English Composition II 50
English Literature ENG 261 English Literature I 50
Humanities HUM 101 Introduction To Humanities I 50
Spanish Language, Level 1 SPA 101 Introductory Spanish I 50
  SPA 102 Introductory Spanish II 50
Spanish Language, Level 2 SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I 63
  SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II 63
German, Level 1 GRN 101 Introductory German I 50
  GRN 102 Introductory German II 50
American Government POL 211 American National Government 50

History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877

HIS 201 United States History I 50
History of the United States II: 1865 to Present HIS 202 United States History II 50
Human Growth and Development PSY 210 Human Growth and Development 50
Introductory Psychology PSY 200 General Psychology 50
Introductory Sociology SOC 200 Introduction to Sociology 50
Principles of Macroeconomics ECO 231 Principles of Macroeconomics 50
Principles of Microeconomics ECO 232 Principles of Microeconomics 50
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 HIS 101 Western Civilization I 50
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present HIS 102 Western Civilization II 50
Biology BIO 103  Principles of Biology I 50
Calculus MTH 125  Calculus I 50
Chemistry CHM 111 College Chemistry I 50
  CHM 112 College Chemistry II 50
College Algebra MTH 100  Intermediate College Algebra 50
College Mathematics MTH 116 Math Applications 50
Pre-Calculus MTH 112 Pre-Calculus 50


Credit Awarded for Transcripted Military Training

Gadsden State may award credit for academic and technical courses based on equivalent transcripted military training as shown on an Ace Joint Service Transcript or an official transcript from the Community College of the Air Force.  Military transcripts should be submitted to Gadsden State for evaluation during the admissions process.