CREDIT FOR LIFETIME LEARNING EXPERIENCE
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At Northwestern Theological Seminary, we believe that you have acquired substantial and important skills and education, relevant to your chosen degree path, during your life outside the environment of academic study. We will evaluate these assets and assign appropriate credits towards your degree if you have pertinent experience relative to the subjects or electives, required in your degree program.
Because you may not recognize these assets, following are some suggestions that may bring them to mind.
STOP... Be sure to take notes of each experience for which you feel you may qualify for lifetime learning credit.
As you read through this guide, have pen in hand and be sure to write down notes and dates of your own relative life experience as prompted by your review. After completing your notes simply type them, as a LIST, into the Detailed Life Experience Summary Box which is located on the Seminary APPLICATION.
So, let's begin now...Grab your pen and begin here:
High School Education - List the name of your High School as stated on your High School Diploma and the city and state where the school is located. If you received a G.E.D. or other High School equivalency, this is acceptable, but please explain when, where and how this was accomplished..
Educational Experience - List all college, seminary or university degrees that you have earned, including dates of graduation. List all college, seminary or university certificates that you have received. For example: you may have earned a one year certificate in Biblical Education. List total credit hours that you have earned, if you were not awarded a degree. Credit hours claimed, should be supported by transcripts
Military Experience -.Please list your military training and job skills as related to military experience as noted on your DD-214.
experience - Many skills you may use at work are also taught in
colleges and universities. These
skills may include typing or filing; use of computer programs for word
processing or desktop publishing, accounting, inventory or production
control; general management financial management, human resources management, negotiation,
communication, retailing, real estate sales or appraisal and scores of
List all job skills training that you have received as well as on the job
experience. be sure to include dates for each experience. Your resume can
be used for documentation.
List all job skills training that you have received as well as on the job experience. be sure to include dates for each experience. Your resume can be used for documentation.
management - Consider
home maintenance, household planning and budgeting, marriage
communications, parenting, time management, organization, counseling and
psychology, education, meal planning and nutrition, gourmet cooking and
credited learning in formal settings
- Remember company provided training courses, bible studies, seminars, in-service
training, workshops and clinics, conferences and conventions, lectures,
courses presented by church, television or internet, non-credit correspondence
with experts – Education also includes extended contact and
discourse with recognized experts, whether in mechanics, carpentry,
medicine, history, bible, theology, religion, education, sports or any
other field. Significant
experience working with or intensive meetings with experts in any field
may be worth academic credit.
reading, TV viewing, Video and Audio Tapes - There may be a field, or
fields in which you have done substantial reading or study outside of an
academic environment. For
example, you may have a passion for reading history or biography.
Record such reading and remember that you can receive credits for
having viewed important, educational, documentary, seminar series or
actual university courses on public television. Video
tapes and audio tapes are another source of learning experience.
- Credits can be applied for study tours, significant business or vacation
trips, extended stays in other countries or cultures, or participation in:
historacal, religious, educational, business, art, music and cultural activities related to other countries,
which can include language studies and many other studies related to cultures or subcultures.
work - Record your
participation in community activities, political campaigns, church
activities, service organizations, volunteer work in social service
agencies or hospitals and other volunteer work.
and hobbies - Art,
ceramics and sculpture, musical
skills and experience, flight training, work in the community, theater,
sports, arts and crafts, fiction or nonfiction writing, public speaking,
gardening, cultural activities or other significant leisure-time
activities are also valuable sources of credit experience.
FOR KNOWLEDGE RELATIVE TO SPECIFIC SUBJECTS
You can receive credit for the following subjects by listing each subject as well as an educational description and date when you acquired in depth knowledge relative to any of the subjects that are listed below.
SOME COURSE SUBJECTS FOR WHICH CREDIT MAY BE
DOCUMENTING OF YOUR PRIOR EXPERIENCE W/ DESCRIPTIONS AND DATES.
* If you have been a
lifetime student of the Bible and you know the books of the Bible as well
as many students know a text book after completion of a course, then
may qualify for course credit by listing which books that you have a students
knowledge of. Simply
list the name of each Bible book for which you have such knowledge, in the
Life Experience Summary Box on your APPLICATION (or)
you can Mail or E-mail the list to either of the addresses listed below.
To help jog your imagination, the following list presents specific activities, which may be worth academic credits. Again, be sure to LIST your particular experience, including approximate dates. After considering and compiling information relative to this list, use your imagination to write down other experiences and accomplishments, from your life, such as: preaching, teaching, sermon construction, lesson planning, research projects, business start ups, marketing plans, promotions. Any accomplishment or learning experience from your life should be documented, dated and included in the Life Experience Summary Box, provided for you on your APPLICATION.
Learning a software application
Writing a book
Negotiating a contract
Working in a supervisor capacity
Painting a picture
Creating a marketing plan
Owning your own business
Organizing a fundraiser
Organizing a union
Working at an archeology dig
Writing short stories, poetry, articles
Reading history at an advanced level
Writing a speech
Selling real estate
Working in the missionary field
Being a summer camp counselor
Leading a platoon
Training a new employee
Learning and using a foreign language
Starting a business
Teaching Sunday School
Leading a church group
Leading a Scout troop
Working as a hospital volunteer
Participating in Community Theater
Teaching handicapped children
Singing in the choir
AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR HAND WRITTEN LIST, DOCUMENTING PRIOR LIFE EXPERIENCE FOR CREDIT, YOU MAY TYPE THE LIST INTO THE DETAILED LIFE EXPERIENCE SUMMARY BOX LOCATED AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR APPLICATION TO NORTHWESTERN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY.
After completing and submitting your application, do your best to send copies of all supporting documentation, letters, awards, certificates, diplomas and transcripts supporting your life experience summary, by postal mail.
Mail to Northwestern Theological Seminary at the address provided below. This sworn statement will be accepted in place of any documentation, that you cannot locate. This statement, along with supporting documentation must be sent in prior to your graduation.
Northwestern Theological Seminary
9438 US Hwy. 19N. #117
Port Richey, Florida 34668
May the Lord bless you as you seek to grow closer to Him through study of His Holy Word and through further advanced preparation as His servant. Our prayer is that the Lord will prepare you as a powerful disciple who will then teach others to teach others also, in accord with the Apostle Paul's instruction in: ll Timothy 2:2.
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