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What are college credits and are there continuing education credits?

What are the facts that one needs to know about college credits? Do they determine the tuition costs as I see online? I heard that continuing education credits are transferable. Does this happen? I am looking forward to registering for continued education. Are there college credits for continued education and how do I apply them in my course? I am also curious to know if I will be awarded a continuing education certificate after completing my online professional advancement course. Someone please shed some light on these issues about extended education credits, which schools award them and certification.

Kristi Hammond

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Ross Pratt on February 23, 2018

College credits are a measure of the proportion of hours attended in a particular course. There is a proportion that is required for one to be considered as having successfully completed a particular course. The college credits were introduced to standardize the number of hours that students spend on college subjects.

College credits are usually estimated by the lecture hours in a week in a course. While some schools only stick to class hours, some include homework time and laboratory time in calculation of the credits. In most institutions, college credits determine the measurement of min degree requirement, residency requirement and the cost of tuition. Credits are also a major determinant of grade point average.

In continuing education, we have CEUs. A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a credit unit equivalent to ten hours of class participation in an approved program meant for certified professionals with license in different professions. A continued education credit is therefore a continued education program’s measure meant to help professionals maintain their licensure in their careers.

Lawyers, Doctors, CPAs, engineers and nurses, financial advisers and real estate agents and people from different professions are needed to be part of continued education courses for a given period of time annually and to hold continued education certificates in order to maintain practicing licenses and certification. The yearly number of Continuing Education credits is different from state to state and from one profession to another. You should therefore check the requirements for your course and the state specifications for the CEUs.

As per the IACET, one Continuing Education Unit is a 600 minutes contact of participating in an experience of organized continuing education under qualified instruction, capable direction and responsible sponsorship. The Continuing Education Unit provides a lasting record for people who are through with at least one experience in a non – credit educational course. Once a Continuing Education Unit is permitted by the IACET, then the chosen program is considered to be in compliance with standards that are globally recognized.

To respond to your question about schools that award official Continued Education credits, you should know that CEUs can be awarded by any university or college that is able and willing to comply with IACET/ ANSI standards. Organizations, companies or associations can also award CEUs provided they have been accredited after meeting IACET/ ANSI standards that exist for particular industries. Once these colleges and universities meet particular industry IACET/ ANSI standards they are as well accredited.

Jordan Soto2 years ago

You did not explain about the calculation of tuition cost through college credits. In many colleges that use college credits to calculate tuition costs, a cost is charged per credit-hour up to twelve hours of credit. Beyond twelve credits, a flat rate is applied and the achievement of a full-time status is met. Before qualifying for grants and loans from fund institutions and the federal government, institutions of learning may require a student to meet the given credit hours minimum.

As for continuing education credit transfer, credits from different colleges may have different values. For instance, it gets difficult to compare credits of college that follow the normal semester system and credits from colleges that follow a quarter system of education. The issue of disparity can present issues when trying to transfer from one institution to another or when a student attempts to change from one academic system to another in the same institution. I would recommend that you consult your institutions administration about this issue since each school determines the terms of credit transfer.


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