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Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Options in Maine

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a system that awards college credit to potential students for training and skills acquired outside the classroom. Colleges and universities in Maine have different methods of awarding credit based on each school's academic requirements.  

Adult Education in Maine provides adult learners with opportunities to acquire basic literacy skills, including English language acquisition; complete high school and transition to college, other training, or work.
www.maine.gov/education/aded/dev/index.htm or www.maineadulted.org/

The University of Maine at Augusta offers several options for students to gain credit through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). CLEP, DANTES, and Challenge Exams as well as Portfolio Assessment are available to students.
www.uma.edu/testingassessment.html

The Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) is a community service program providing postsecondary educational planning information and assistance to adults of a low-income and/or first generation background. All services are free.
http://meoc.maine.edu/

The University of Southern Maine Office of Prior Learning provides a supportive atmosphere for students who may not have been previously involved with a traditional educational environment. It provides different testing options, credential review, military evaluations and portfolio development to smooth the way to undergraduate academic credit where appropriate.
www.usm.maine.edu/pla

Maine Roads to Quality works to promote the quality of early care and education, address the training and education needs of early care and education professionals, develop multiple ways for professionals to achieve their career goals, increase linkages between training and formal education, recognize professionalism, monitor the effectiveness of the career development system, and unite partners to achieve the above.
www.muskie.usm.maine.edu/maineroads

Maine Adult Education Association (MAEA) is the professional association for adult educators in Maine, providing advocacy and professional development.
www.maineadulted.org