Prior Learning Assessment

Earn College Credit for Your Prior Learning

Welcome to Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio

The Portfolio is a rigorous form of assessment which allows students to demonstrate mastery of learning outcomes associated with a college course based on learning gained from multiple venues including:

  • Work experience
  • Training programs
  • In-Service courses
  • Volunteer service
  • Non-credit courses
  • Study Abroad
  • Military training 
  • Community activities
  • Organizational memberships
  • Self-directed focused learning

A prior learning portfolio describes and documents relevant knowledge gained from experiential learning and equates that knowledge to academic courses. The portfolio consists of a learning narrative and supporting documentation of verified learning. Portfolios are assessed by qualified faculty to determine mastery of the equivalent college course.

  • Be admitted to MDC as a degree- or certificate-seeking student
  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 term GPA and 2.00 cumulative GPA as noted on the academic transcript
  • Have completed or been placed in ENC1101
  • Have meet with an academic advisor to complete My Academic Plan (MAP).
  • Student must not have previously attempted to complete a portfolio for the course.
  • Student must not have previously received a grade of A, B, C, or S in the course.
  • Student may not be registered for the course and simultaneously take a portfolio-based assessment.
  • Student must have completed the appropriate Portfolio Referral Form.
  • Any exceptions to the above must be approved by the campus Dean of Faculty or Academic School Dean.

The 25% residency requirement of the College cannot be satisfied through portfolio.

You must contact the Office of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to get started and obtain approval for the MDC courses you would like to submit through the portfolio. No language courses, capstones, internships, practicums, field work, applied courses, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), courses with labs, or lab courses are permitted.

The student must submit a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Questionnaire outlining your previous work experience. You may fill out your Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Questionnaire here.

Upon receipt, the PLA Coordinator will review the student's questionnaire and schedule an appointment with the student to discuss the request for portfolio-based assessment.

If the PLA Coordinator deems the student's work experience sufficient , hen a referral would be submitted by the PLA Coordinator to the respective chairperson/dean to obtain authorization for completion of a portfolio-based assessment.

Prior to star the Portfolio, the student must complete a Portfolio Development Course facilitated by the PLA Office and hosted on Blackboard Collaborate. This is a non-credited course consisting of a series of modules to assist the student in organizing their portfolio prior to submission.

The student has until the last day of classes for the semester in which the portfolio has been authorized. To ensure adequate time, the PLA Office will develop a calendar that includes several important dates including the last day in which a student can request a portfolio for each semester.

After the student completes the portfolio, it is scored by the faculty reviewer utilizing a standard rubric.

Students can complete a maximum of 2 portfolios per semester up to 45 total credits.

Recording and Communication of Grades

The grade that the student earned from the portfolio-based assessment will be assigned by the discipline chairperson or designee.

Students need to be aware that Credits received through portfolio-based assessments do not apply toward the residency requirement for Miami Dade College programs and/or certificates.

Grades earned through portfolio-based assessment do not impact a student's GPA.