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Basics Regarding Life Experience Degrees

By Jill Faulkner

On the web, there are many advertisements that offer the opportunity for people to easily and quickly earn a graduate or undergraduate life experience degrees. Yes, a degree for the things experienced through living. These opportunities sound too good to be true and in many cases, they are.

Many people are confronted with the scams through their emails and websites. Usually the institutes will ask for personal information, such as credit card information, transcripts, phone numbers, job reports and test scores. Once they have this information, they say that they will handle all the rest. Most people can spot the scams early on, but there are some who are not as savvy.

As a default reaction, individuals who are offered this type of degree should believe it to be a red flag. Experiences can make an individual wise, but this sort of knowledge does not transfer into a degree. Most of these offers are not valid, but there are some instances in which they may be legitimate, a little bit.

No, people are not able to earn a credible degree based solely on life experiences. There are no universities or colleges in the United States, or most other countries, that allow for this. Accreditation is the term used to reference a kind of peer review in which people from accredited institutes evaluate different accredited schools to check the quality of their learning programs.

As undergraduates, a person can earn a bachelors or associates degree through demonstration of previous education. That is, transferring credits, getting credit through examination, or portfolio evaluation. This is more formal than credits for experience and is considered a legitimate way to be granted credit. If a person can demonstrate that he or she has learned something that is equivalent to what has been taught in a college class, then he or she may be eligible to earn credits that can be applied toward an undergraduate degree.

Prior learning assessment is not the ideal way to earn a complete degree and often it is void when it comes to applying for graduate school. All doctoral and masters degrees are based on new knowledge. A person is able to earn a few graduate credits by way of prior learning but often a limit is put in place by the institution.

If you were to check the schools that tout graduate degrees in life experience, you may notice a trend: they are not accredited agencies. It is recommended that students do their best to avoid such programs. So, while students can earn credits and an undergraduate degree by demonstrating prior learning, they should be skeptical of programs issued through non-accredited institutes that promote this kind of certification.

Life experience degrees are appealing but not real. There are several institutes that are non-accredited and advertise these degrees as quick and easy to earn. Most of the time these are scams and so people should be hesitant when they hear these claims. Still, there are legitimate institutes that allow for prior learning assessment. In these cases, students who can verify that they have learned the equivalent of what is typically learned through completion of a college course may receive college credit or undergraduate degree.

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