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My Master List of Alternative Ways to Earn College Credits

Over the years I have acquired a running list of alternative ways to earn college credits- and the list keeps growing! Some are well-known, while others, not so much. Some credits are offered through different colleges, while others you need to set up an ACE account to transfer your scores into. Some may be ACE (The American Council on Education) accredited while others may be approved through NCCRS (The National College Credit Recommendation Service). As with all things, you need to do your research to see if these various avenues will work for your situation- and, of course, you should always check with your college of choice to verify if they will accept credits from these institutions. Remember, every college is different! I would love if any of you learn of something not on my list, to let me know so it can keep growing!

Dual Enrollment

CLEP tests

DSST tests

AP tests

Instantcert (


Saylor Academy


Omega Math

CSU- Global CBE

Sophia Learning




ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) (





Lumerit/College Plus

Excelsior College Exams (Uexcel/ECE)

Thomas Edison exams (TECEP)

Penn Foster College

Clovis Community College

Bluefield College

Luna Community College

New Mexico Junior College

Bellevue College Distance Learners



EDGE program at Liberty University

Coopersmith Career Consulting (

Independent Study of Idaho

Institute for Statistics Education (

PADI (scuba)


Pearson Learning


Year Up

BYU Independent Study

MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses)

Udacity or Coursera

AIG Foundations in Creation Apologetics

NOLS (Outward Bound)

NCCRS courses

Modern States (PLA's- Prior Learning Assessments)

WGU Assessment

Professional Certifications &/or licenses

On-the-job training (Corporate Training Programs)/Workplace Training Programs

Military Training

Volunteer Work

Life experiences

Continuing Education College Courses

Winter sessions, January sessions, mini semesters, summer break sessions, or accelerated terms/semesters

Capella University

National Fire Academy



WorldView Courses/Camps (Summit Ministries or Immersion 360)

"Intersession" courses at your local colleges

Study Abroad programs


National Student Leadership Conference

Summer Programs

Summer School at colleges

Harvard Continuing Education (

Harvard Extension School


NYU School of Professional Studies- Foreign Language

Oral Exams- American Council on Teaching Foreign Language

Davar Academy

UTPB Dual Credit Academy

Creation Training Institute- Alpha Omega Institute 1-year training Program

Mission U (a 1 year alternative to college) or Praxis

College for America (nextgenlearning)

Understanding the Times (Summit) Worldview course

TAMUC Online Program

Online Degree (

Microsoft Certification Program (Born to Learn)

Global Freshman Academy (

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies

Dale Carnegie Training

IT certifications

GED Exam

University of the People

Local Community Colleges

EdX Micro Masters (

FlatWorld Expeditions

Mary Hardin Baylor- online degree in Organizational Leadership (My Way Program- for $3,000 earn as many college credits as you can in 6 months)

My son used many of these during his high school years to earn his bachelor's degree by age 17! To find out exactly how he did it, read my EBook "College Out of the Box" available on Amazon.

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