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Credit for Prior Learning and Outside Learning Experiences

Prior Learning and Transfer Credit at Admission:

Required courses: All Foundation level courses and required courses for the Integration years will have assessment measures. If a student thinks that s/he has met the objectives of one of these courses before coming to RRC, s/he will do the relevant assessment or present documentation that s/he has successfully completed an equivalent course elsewhere. The instructor of the relevant course will make the primary determination re: exemption or equivalency credit in consultation with the dean. If RRC determines that the student has met the objectives of the course, s/he will be exempt from the course.

Distribution Credits and Electives:  At admission, a student can also apply transfer credits from other education programs to fulfill distribution requirements. All transfer credit requests will be evaluated by an instructor in the relevant field. The instructor will make his/her evaluation based on the syllabus or description of the course. Credits from undergraduate courses cannot be used for transfer credit. Graduate level courses or courses from non-university learning institutions (batei midrash, professional training seminars) will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  Transfer credits can be used to accelerate the program.

Assessment of prior learning at admission, and determination of exemptions and placement based on it do not require a FEC petition.

If a student wants to reduce the residency requirement on the basis of prior learning exemptions and transfer credits, she must submit a FEC petition.


Credit for Outside Learning Experiences during a Student’s Time at RRC:

If, during the program, a student wants to fulfill a curricular requirement (required course or elective) by taking a graduate level course outside of RRC, s/he must gain permission from the relevant instructor and submit a FEC petition stating the request and including a syllabus or catalogue description of the course. If the FEC approves the petition, successful completion of the course will constitute fulfillment of the relevant requirement. If, during the program, a student wants to earn credit through an experience outside of RRC that is not a standard academic course, s/he must write an independent study proposal that lists: learning objectives; content of the experience; evidence of learning and supervising instructor, who will be responsible for helping the student shape the proposal and for evaluating the evidence of learning. The FEC will then review the proposal to verify that it meets the criteria for credit. If the FEC approves the proposal, the student can earn credit upon completion of the course and demonstration of learning as assessed by the supervising instructor.  

Requests to take courses out of sequence:

If a student wants to take a course out of sequence, s/he will discuss the request with her advisor. If the advisor thinks the request is reasonable, the student will ask permission from the relevant instructor/s who have the authority to approve or deny the request.

Requests for credit for Independent Study at RRC.

If a student wants to receive credit for independent academic study with an RRC instructor, s/he must write an independent study proposal that lists: learning objectives; content of the experience; evidence of learning and supervising instructor. The FEC will then review the proposal to determine that it meets the criteria for credit. If the FEC approves the proposal, the student can earn credit upon completion of the course and demonstration of learning as assessed by the supervising instructor.  

Requests for credit for Hevruta study:

Requests for credit for hevruta study will be considered like other independent study petitions.