Non-Collegiate Providers

Thomas Edison State University generally accepts the credit recommendations of ACE and NCCRS; however, the University reserves the right to determine the appropriate equivalency and application to a degree program. The University maintains an Approved Provider Directory of approved non-collegiate providers recommended by either ACE or NCCRS. Visit Educational Provider Review for more information on becoming an approved provider.

TESU programs with or intending to seek programmatic accreditation reserve the right to require programmatic accreditation for transfer credit.

Transfer credit is awarded in accordance with these policies:

  • is awarded for academic level courses;
  • is not awarded for developmental/remedial, English as a Second Language (ESL), continuing education courses (CEUs), or vocational coursework;
  • for courses that the source institution would apply to its own degree programs;
  • semester hour limitations;
  • maximum of 90 semester hours of community or junior college courses;
  • maximum of 90 semester hours for a baccalaureate degree and 45 semester hours for an associate degree from NCCRS and ACE recommendations;
  • maximum of 70 semester hours earned in one subject area toward a baccalaureate degree;
  • maximum of 30 semester hours for a baccalaureate degree and 15 semester hours for an associate degree of graduate credit;
  • transfer credits from a four-year institution accredited by one of the institutional accreditors cited above may be used to fulfill all degree requirements except for the two required courses from TESU:
  • TESU will not accept transfer credit from any source for the two required TESU courses:

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  • maximum of 90 semester hours for a baccalaureate degree and 45 semester hours for an associate degree of foreign credit that has been reviewed by an approved foreign credential review agency;
  • foreign credential review agencies must indicate C or better grades for courses to be acceptable;
  • for a full listing of International Student Policies, please visit International Student Policies;
  • minimum grade of C for English composition courses and the area of study for all degrees;
  • some degree programs have requirements around the age of courses used in the area of study;
  • institutionally accredited course work, approved under the TESU Transfer Credit Policy and Guidelines, is assigned a course equivalency at the same level (1000/2000 or 3000/4000);
  • duplicate transfer and institutional credits will only be applied to degree requirements once.

If your credits were earned on a quarter system, the following conversion applies:

  • 2 quarter hours = 1.33 semester hours

  • 3 quarter hours = 2 semester hours

  • 4 quarter hours = 2.66 semester hours

  • 5 quarter hours = 3.33 semester hours

In cases where the University accepts a transfer course worth fewer credits than the TESU course equivalent, the credit deficit must be made up in related degree requirements as determined by the University. The student must meet the overall number of credits required to earn the degree.