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"On behalf of the faculty and staff of California Coast University, I wish to welcome you. You have made an excellent choice for continuing your education and choosing an educational institution that will help you meet your goals. 
At California Coast University, we created our programs to support the learning of busy professionals seeking to deepen and to broaden their knowledge and skills; and to help our students meet both professional and personal goals.  We look forward to helping you find success on your educational journey!"  
Patricia Insley, Ed.D.,
Academic Vice President

Coursework Requirements

Coursework requirements may be satisfied in the following ways:

Transfer of Credit - (Associate and Bachelor's Level):

Transcripts of previously completed academic work are evaluated and credit may be transferred to meet existing coursework requirements.  The following guidelines are utilized when accepting transfer credit for an associate or bachelor's degree program:

  • The University will accept transfer credit from applicable courses completed at colleges or universities accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or foreign equivalent.
  • Associate of Science degree students may receive transfer credit for up to 30 semester units. 
  • Bachelor of Science degree students may receive transfer credit for up to 93 semester units. 
  • To be eligible for undergraduate academic credit, transfer grades must be equivalent to a letter grade of C (2.0 GPA) or higher. 

Transfer of Credit - (Master's and Doctoral Level):

Transcripts of previously completed master's or doctoral level academic work are evaluated and credit may be transferred to meet existing coursework requirements.  The following guidelines are utilized when accepting transfer credit for a master's or doctoral level degree program:

  • Students entering a master's degree program may transfer up to 2 courses (6 units) of previously completed coursework. 
  • Students entering a doctoral degree program may transfer up to 2 courses (8 units) of previously completed coursework. 
  • Courses must have been completed at a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or its foreign equivalent.
  • Transfer grades earned must be equivalent to a letter grade of C (2.0 GPA) or higher. 
  • No specialized training or experiential learning credit can be awarded at the graduate level.

Specialized Training - (Associate and Bachelor's Level only):

California Coast University recognizes that not all learning occurs through a college or university.  Therefore, it is possible to receive academic credit based on previously completed specialized training.  The following guidelines are utilized when evaluating specialized training:

  • Documented training such as those a student may have completed through their employer, company, organization, military training experiences, professional or personal licensure requirements or other documented training experiences may be eligible for academic credit.  
  • Eligibility for specialized training is assessed at the application stage of the enrollment process. All supporting documentation of prior trainings is reviewed for equivalent elective credit.  
  • Students have 45 days from the date of enrollment to submit documents for specialized training credit. 
  • If applicable, credits will be awarded and tuition will be adjusted accordingly.
  • For specialized training documents received after the initial 45 days, there will be a re-evaluation fee of $75.00 charged.  Any academic credit awarded will be applied to the student's program, but there will be no tuition adjustments made after the initial 45 days of enrollment. 
  • Specialized training credit can be utilized to meet elective course requirements only. 

Experiential Learning Credit:

Experiential Learning allows undergraduate students to receive credit for experiential learning in the major field of study (core courses) only.  The following guidelines are utilized when offering the opportunity for experiential learning credit:

  • Eligibility for Experiential Credit is determined at the application stage of the enrollment process. 
  • The applicant’s educational background and work history are reviewed and an assessment is made indicating which courses may be eligible for credit by Experiential Learning.
  • If it is determined a particular course is eligible for credit by experiential learning, the student will submit supporting information on past professional experience and training to justify the award of academic credit.  This information may be provided any time during the academic program.
  • Regular tuition applies for all courses offered through experiential credit.
  • If a student has been offered the opportunity to request experiential credit, but would prefer to complete a challenge examination or study guide, he or she may do so by making a request in writing to the Student Services Department.   

Challenge Examinations:

During the admissions process, all professional experience is reviewed to determine if an applicant has sufficient occupational experience to warrant completing a Challenge Examination in lieu of a Study Guide for a particular course.  The following factors are considered:

  • An applicant may be offered an opportunity to complete a Challenge Examination if the candidate's occupational expertise appears to be comparable to the objectives identified for a particular course.
  • Successfully passing a Challenge Examination will demonstrate an acceptable level of competence for that course.
  • If a student does not pass a Challenge Examination they are assigned a Study Guide for completion.

Study Guides:

California Coast University has developed comprehensive Study Guides, for each course, that are designed to coordinate and sequence the learning materials.  The following points will help to illustrate how the Study Guides are designed:   

  • Study Guides are based on specific college level textbooks, which may be obtained from local bookstores, the publisher, or the University's Lending Library.
  • Each Study Guide is organized with a complete syllabus, along with instructional materials to guide the student chapter by chapter through the corresponding textbook.
  • Each Study Guide contains an overview and summary of all textbook chapters, along with a listing of important keywords (with definitions) and self-tests (with answers) on key points.
  • Study Guides include 4 "Unit Tests" equally spaced throughout the instructional materials, a brief writing assignment per unit, and the Final Examination.
  • Examinations are designed to test the student on the information contained within the preceding chapters.
  • All tests are un-timed and may be completed as open book tests. 

Proctored Examinations:

Each degree program requires that a Proctor administer the final examination for all Major (or Core) courses and all General Education courses.  The purpose of the proctored examination is to verify that the person completing the final examination is in fact, the person who enrolled in the course of study. The following points will help provide additional information on the proctored Final Examination:      

  • The individual who will serve as the Proctor is selected by the student and approved by the University. Typical examples include members of the clergy, job supervisor, co-worker, librarian, counselor, etc. A Proctor can be any reputable person, other than a relative, current CCU student or CCU graduate.
  • The final examination will be sent directly to the Proctor via mail or email.
  • The proctored examination may be completed via a "pencil and paper" test or on-line.  Proctored examinations completed with "pencil and paper" may be completed in multiple sessions.  Proctored examinations completed on-line must be completed in one session only.       
  • Proctored examinations are conducted as un-timed open book examinations.
  • During proctored examinations, you may use your course textbook, and any notes that you have taken during the completion of your Study Guide.

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