Kentucky State University’s Credit for Life Experience (CLE) program can give you a jump start toward receiving a college degree.

Through the Office of Nontraditional Student Education, you may be able to earn college credit for your significant professional, artistic and service accomplishments. Your past or current experiences can help you earn your college degree. The Credit for Life Experience Program course offering (CLE 299) may give you a jump start on your degree.

The Credit for Life Experience Program is designed to give students an opportunity to accumulate credit towards a major field of study through the development of a ‘portfolio of accomplishments’ that meet specific course objectives. Students work with an advisor and a team of faculty with expertise who will evaluate the contents of the collection in relationship to how effectively they meet a course’s expected outcomes. Based on that evaluation, students may be awarded credit for the particular University course(s). All credits earned through the Credit for Life Experience Program may be applied toward the satisfaction of degree requirements.   The CLE program provides candidates with an opportunity to complete a portfolio for earned credit from course(s) in which they have significant life learning training or experience.



Listed below are some of the frequently asked questions about the Credit for Life Experience at Kentucky State University:

 How do these credits fit into my program?

Credits for prior learning can be used exactly the same as courses taken in the traditional manner; credit awarded reflects the actual Kentucky State University course you have demonstrated, whether it is an internship, an elective, or an actual program requirement.

 How do I get credit for what I know?

The process starts with a 3-credit hour course called Credit-for-Life (299-01).  The Credit-for-Life Instructor will work with you to develop a prior learning portfolio.  You will be given a CLE Handbook with all pertinent information for completion of your portfolio.

 When is the course offered?

The courses is offered Fall and Spring semesters.

 How do I get credit for this learning?

Portfolios are assessed by individual Kentucky State University faculty members to determine credit awards and the appropriate grade.

 What kind of learning can be used?

Learning from volunteer jobs, seminars, conferences, community service, homemaking, from work, independent research, etc. may be used.  It must reflect college level learning.

 What is a portfolio?

A portfolio is a written description of the experience and the learning that have taken place in one’s life.  It also includes documentation (proof) that this learning took place in the form of letters from supervisors, certificates, work samples, etc.  The portfolio demonstrates your equivalency to standard Kentucky State University courses.


  1. The student meets with Credit for Life Instructor regarding transferable life experiences.  During this meeting, the following occurs:
    • The instructor determines if the course is appropriate for student’s experience.  Instructor and student determine specific course(s) to be targeted for portfolio creation through review of university course catalog and appropriate course syllabus(i).
    • Instructor describes the Credit for Life process and course expectation, enrolls the student in the CLE 299 course.  The student is given portfolio course syllabus and development handbook to be used in the preparation of portfolio(s).
  2. The complete student portfolio.
    • The portfolio is completed in an appropriate time frame that allows for faculty review and evaluation, and submission of grade(s) and is within University grade submission guidelines.
    • The portfolio is given to the Instructor.  Instructor sends letters/email to Deans, Finance and Collection with information to bill the student for a portfolio with a list of course(s) pursuing to receive credit.  Then Portfolio is sent to the faculty assessor or committee for review.
  1. Portfolio evaluation.
    • After evaluation the assigned grade is determined based upon the degree to which the assessor determine that the student’s life experience meets the course(s) expected mastery of stated objectives and competencies.
    • A grade of P (pass) or F (fail) is entered for the course.   Memo and documentation are sent to the Registrar for posting the grade to the student’s official transcript.
    • Credits earned through CLE 299 are treated like other university earned credits applicable to meeting degree requirements.
    • CLE Permission Form

For more information, contact:

Ray Jordan
Program Director
Office of Nontraditional Student Education
400 E. Main St
Hathaway Hall #408
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502)597-5614