Evaluation of Prior Learning
Active students who have completed courses in educational venues other than a CLSTG partner school and/or have previous ministerial experience may receive recognition for their work. This requires the submission of transcripts, certificates, diplomas and/or a ministerial résumé with their “request for evaluation of prior learning" form for evaluation. The completion units awarded through this procedure are used to help determine the level of placement of the student.
Evaluation of Prior Learning General Guidelines
• Individuals must be active students before requesting an evaluation of work for which they hope to receive recognition.
• Units awarded are officially applied to a student’s transcript only upon completion of the residency
requirement of five courses (15 units) and payment of applicable fees.
• Students are responsible to gather all transcripts, resumes, certificates, diplomas, etc., for submission.
• Students may request an additional Evaluation of Prior Learning before beginning a new degree program.
Evaluation of Accredited Non-Theological College Courses
Students having earned college credit or degrees from accredited institutions in fields other
than theology may receive up to sixty (60) units for this work. This placement is determined by
the evaluation of transcripts submitted by the requesting student. Courses must have a GPA of
2.0 or more (C). Grades of D or below will not be accepted. There is no charge for these units.
Evaluation of Accredited Theological College Courses
Students having earned college credit in theology courses from accredited institutions may
receive full or partial recognition for their work. This placement is determined by the evaluation
of transcripts submitted by the requesting student. Courses must have a GPA of 2.0 (C) or
higher. Grades of D or below will not be accepted. There is no charge for these units.
Non-accredited Non-Theological Studies
Units are not awarded for this work.
Non-accredited Theological Studies
Students will attach a transcript for each school or class attended. The successful completion of
courses will be counted toward Advance Standing. A fee/unit will be charged.
Evaluation of Ministerial Experience
Ministerial experience completion units may be awarded to applicants, especially licensed and
ordained ministers. Ministerial experience is recognized up to a maximum award of sixty (60)
units for full-time ordained ministers and licensed ministers and thirty (30) units for lay leaders.
Evaluation requests must specify whether ministerial work is full-time or part-time. Copies of
licenses and/or ordination certificates must be submitted. A fee/unit will be charged.
Units awarded as Advanced Standing help place the student in an advanced level of his/her
program of study. Awarded units will not be applied until all applicable fees are paid, and the
student completes 15 units of course work to establish residency. From this point, the student
works forward to the next higher level of study. If a degree point has been reached or passed,
the student may apply for the award of the next appropriate degree.