Experience Plus Portfolio

Earn College Credit by Submitting a Professional Portfolio

Liberty University recognizes that adult learners have valuable experiences that they bring to the academic environment of higher education. For that reason, we believe students should receive college credit for learning that can be demonstrated through experience.

In some cases, credit may be awarded directly for job training, based on a precedent that has been established by our university. In other cases, students will need to petition for credit through the official portfolio process.

Experience Plus

Please note: If your degree involves any type of licensure and/or other certifications that are received from a state, government entity, or military branch following the conferral of the degree, then you are ineligible for any type of Experience Plus credit.

If you are unsure whether or not this pertains to you, please call (800) 424-9595 or email eplus@liberty.edu. Also, at least 50% of classes in your major must be completed at Liberty University.


What is a Portfolio?


Application Process
  • Students must be accepted to a degree program to pursue the portfolio review process. 
  • Students may submit their portfolio through the Experience Plus Portfolio Application Portal for review and evaluation by a faculty member. Students will select the school and specific course to be reviewed for credit approval.  
  • Based on learning objectives, students will answer a varying number of questions for which they are requesting to earn credit.
  • Students will have the opportunity to upload supporting documentation (like the examples listed below) and will also be required to submit a résumé.
    • Letters of verification from supervisors
    • Certificates
    • Diplomas
    • Transcripts
    • Job descriptions/evaluations
    • Work samples
    • PowerPoint presentations
    • Charts, graphs, and photographs
    • Newspaper clippings
  • A $100 non-refundable portfolio assessment fee will be charged for each portfolio submission to your student account in order to evaluate academic credit for knowledge demonstrated through the Experience Plus portfolio. Not all experience qualifies for academic credit.
  • You will be notified by email once the portfolio has been approved or denied. If your portfolio is denied, you will have the opportunity to submit one appeal based on the feedback of the faculty member who has reviewed it.
Evaluation Process
  • The Experience Plus Coordinator will assign your portfolio to a subject matter expert in the field.
  • This process will be completed within five business days of submission. However, depending on the time of year (i.e. holiday, spring break, etc.), it could take longer.
  • The Experience Plus Coordinator will contact you by email once the portfolio has been returned for final processing. Please be aware that there is no guarantee of approval.

Questions? Contact the Experience Plus Coordinator at eplus@liberty.edu.

Eligibility


Undergraduate and Graduate Student Qualifications for Submitting a Portfolio for Credit
  • Must be accepted to a degree program to pursue the portfolio review process
  • Have a minimum of 3 years training in their field
  • Demonstrate professional excellence in their field
  • Work relates to a subject taught at Liberty
  • Have experience in at least one of the following areas: missions, business, counseling, or education

For students pursuing a degree in nursing or aviation, please submit your RN credential or pilot license for credit by emailing eplus@liberty.edu.

Ineligibility


Please note:
This list of programs that are ineligible for Portfolio experience is subject to change at any time and is inconclusive.

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science in Social Work (B.S.)
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Elementary Education – Licensure
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Middle Grades – Licensure
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Special Education – Licensure

Graduate

Juris Master (J.M.)
Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling (M.A.)
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling (M.A.)
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.A.)
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) – 60-hour
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) — Community Chaplaincy
Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy (M.A.)
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) — Elementary Education
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) — Middle Grades Education
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) — Secondary Education
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) — Special Education
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) — Community Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) — Community Chaplaincy (Thesis
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) — Healthcare Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) — Healthcare Chaplaincy (Thesis)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) — Military Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) — Military Chaplaincy (Thesis)
Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy (M.Div.)
Master of Education (M.Ed.) — Administration and Supervision
Master of Education (M.Ed.) — Math Specialist Endorsement
Master of Education (M.Ed.) — Reading Specialist Endorsement
Master of Education in School Counseling (M.Ed.)
Master of Science in Cyber Security (M.S.)

Doctoral

School of Business DBA program core classes and dissertation classes
School of Business DSL program

Helpful Information about Portfolio Submission

If you are interested in learning about how your portfolio submission will be graded, please review our grading rubric. Each area of experience will be evaluated for mastery or developing.  

Examples of topics or experience not to use:

  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Basic vocabulary, spelling, grammar
  • Career development
  • Company or job-specific training
  • Court reporting
  • CPR and first aid
  • Defensive driving
  • Dictation
  • Filing
  • Guns/firearms/concealed weapons/batons
  • Internship/on-the-job training
  • Job interviewing skills
  • New hire training
  • Notary public
  • Office machines
  • Orientations
  • Remedial college preparatory classes
  • Secondary coursework
  • Shorthand
  • Silva mind control lecture series
  • Slide rule
  • Smoke enders program
  • Speed reading
  • Truck driving
  • Tutoring/mentoring/coaching
  • Typing/keyboarding

List of Available Courses

Don’t see your course listed? Please email eplus@liberty.edu or call (800) 424-9595.

Undergraduate Courses
Graduate Courses
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Helms School of Government
  • Rawlings School of Divinity

Rawlings School of Divinity courses eligible for the portfolio process:

  • School of Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Business
  • Helms School of Government

Helms School of Government courses eligible for the portfolio process:

  • Rawlings School of Divinity

Rawlings School of Divinity courses eligible for the portfolio process:

CHPL 598 – Spiritual and Professional Development of the Chaplain
CHPL 598 – Spiritual and Professional Development of the Chaplain (16 weeks)
CHPL 645 – Chaplain Resilient Leaders
CHPL 655 – Chaplain Evangelism and Discipleship
DSMN 500 – Discipleship Ministries
DSMN 520 – Spiritual Formation
DSMN 610 – Family Discipleship
DSMN 630 – Small Group Ministries
DSMN 660 – Leading a Healthy, Growing, Multiplying Church
EVAN 500 – Spiritual Factors of Growing Churches
EVAN 505 – Introduction to Church Planting
EVAN 510 – Evangelism and the Growing Church
EVAN 610 – Church Planting Methods and Culture
EVAN 670 – Strategic Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
YOUT 510 – Developing a Philosophy of Youth Ministry
YOUT 520 – Leading Youth and Family Ministry
YOUT 615 – Integrating Youth Ministry into the Home and Church
YOUT 630 – Contextualization of Evangelism and Discipleship in Youth Ministry
APOL 500 – Introduction to Apologetics
THEO 510 – Survey of Theology
THEO 525 – Systematic Theology I
THEO 530 – Systematic Theology II
OBST 515 – Old Testament Orientation I
OBST 520 – Old Testament Orientation II
NBST 515 – New Testament Orientation I
NBST 520 – New Testament Orientation II
GLST 600 – Cultural Anthropology
LEAD 505 – Church Administration
LEAD 520 – The Life of Leaders
LEAD 610 – Team Leadership and Conflict Resolution
LEAD 620 – Mission, Vision and Strategic Planning
LEAD 625 – Preventing Ministry Failure
LEAD 635 — Theology of Pastoral Ministry

  • School of Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Business

School of Business courses eligible for the portfolio process:

  • School of Communication and Digital Content
  • School of Education
  • School of Music

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