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Adult Learner Services Office

Where experience and knowledge count toward your degree.
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We believe there is nobility in choosing to complete your education, particularly when you’re managing the pressures and constraints of adult life.

As an Upper Division University, Athens State celebrates the resolve of the adult learner. After all, it takes courage, and then some, to balance finishing your degree with work and family life.

That’s why we offer Adult Learner Services. We assist working adults with finishing their degrees by applying their experience and knowledge as college credit.

You’ve worked hard, and we recognize that some of your knowledge and experience may be at the college level. Adult Learner Services at Athens State University provides a nationally-recognized method of allowing college credit for learning that may have been attained outside the classroom through work, seminars, training programs, military education, and certification programs. A Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is conducted to provide a better understanding of how this prior learning and experience is equivalent to the skills and objectives of academic courses.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Prior Learning Assessment is a process that evaluates knowledge and learning gained outside the classroom. It includes employment, certifications, military training/service, civic activities, and volunteer service. Students are guided through this process during their first semester in the ADP 301 Adult Degree Practice & Theory course.

Get the credit you deserve!

See what credits you may qualify for with our short questionnaire.

If you have the knowledge you have gained from your experiences, certifications, & training, Adult Learner Services can provide an efficient, cost-effective, and customized pathway to earn your degree.

Time & Money

All degrees are accredited and affordable, with the lowest tuition rates in the state. Athens State University is simply the smart way to go to college.

Custom Options

Your experience is unique. Adult Learner Services will assist you by offering individual counseling to fit your schedule and goals.

Certificates, Licenses, and Training

We want to help you reach the finish line as quickly as possible, which means putting your existing knowledge and prior training to work for you. Some of the certificates and licenses we have awarded academic credit for are listed below.

  • Alabama Real Estate License = 3 semester hours of upper-level credit (FIN 356)
  • SHRM Certificates (SCP/SPHR): Society of Human Resource Management’s Certified Professional in Human Resources or Senior Professional in Human Resources SHRM and Human Resource Certification Institute’s Professional in Human Resource Management or Senior Professional in Human Resource Management = 9 semester hours of upper-level credit (MG 349, MG 410, MG 449)
  • State of Alabama Insurance License Exam = 3 semester hours of upper-level credit (FIN 355)
  • Microsoft Office Certifications MOS = Up to 12 semester hours of lower-level credit
  • CompTIA A+ Certification = 2 semester hours of lower-level credit
  • Lean Six Sigma = Up to 9 semester hours of upper-level credit (MG 421, MG 422, MG 423)
  • Certified Project Management Boot Camp (Certified Project Management Program) = 3 semester hours of upper-level credit
  • Peace Officer Training = Up to 27 semester hours of lower-level credit
  • Huntsville Hospital Radiography Certification = 21 hours lower-level credit

How can we help put your knowledge and training to work for you?

We often work with students in a variety of majors and disciplines find ways to satisfy elective credit by using prior learning and certifications. Contact us to see if you will benefit from the services we offer thru the Adult Learner Services Office.

How do I get started?

We understand that returning to school can be intimidating and confusing, so we’re here to help you every step of the way. Get started today by completing our contact form. We’ll be in touch as soon as possible to discuss how Adult Learner Services can help you earn your degree.

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Felicia Mucci

Director, Adult Learner Services Office
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Kayla Kohanek-Tankersley

Advisor, Adult Learner Services Office


Athens State University is a proud member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), which recognizes institutions and organizations who support adult learners in their educational journey to career pathways.