San Diego Continuing Education to College Credit by Exam

This page provides information and resources for CTE Transitions Credit by Exam for San Diego Continuing Education students, faculty, and counselors.

What is a CTE Transitions Credit by Exam Agreement?

A CTE Transitions Credit by Exam agreement between San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) and San Diego City, Mesa, or Miramar College allows SDCE students to receive community college credit for an approved SDCE course if the student meets all the requirements of the agreement. These agreements better ensure that a student does not have to repeat the same content in a community college course that they already studied at SDCE. CTE Transitions Credit by Exam Agreements are available for career education courses only. See a complete list of active agreements below.



The goal of the CTE Transitions Credit by Exam Program between SDCE and San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar College is to provide SDCE career education students with opportunities to accelerate college degree completion through the development and maintenance of agreements that allow students to earn college credit by successfully completing approved career education courses and/or programs at SDCE. 


Successful completion of the approved course(s) entitles you to:

  • Earn SDCCD college credit (and in some instances, university transferable credit)
  • Waive fees for college course(s) completed through the credit by exam program
  • Use the course to meet degree or certificate requirements
  • Advance to the next level of college classes for which this course serves as a prerequisite


In order for a student to receive college credit, an active agreement must be in place between San Diego Continuing Education and SDCCD at the time the student was enrolled in the SDCE course.


Requirements for the program:
  1. Enroll in an approved CTE Transitions Program Credit by Exam SDCE course or program at your SDCE campus
  2. Successfully complete an SDCCD college application online. IMPORTANT: Please do not submit more than one SDCCD online application.
  3. Complete the SDCE Credit by Exam Certification Form with your instructor within four weeks of course completion
  4. Earn a grade of "B" or better in the SDCE course and on a collegeā€approved end of course exam


Application for College Credit:

The Credit by Exam Certification Application must be turned in to the SDCE Instructional Services Office by your Instructor within four weeks of course completion and/or after completing the last course required in an articulated SDCE program

Articulated credit cannot be issued for SDCE courses or programs previously taken


Important Information
  • The list of articulated credit by exam courses may change from year to year
  • Agreements are effective in the Fall semester of each academic year
  • Filing a college application requires residency determination
  • All financial holds or records issues must be cleared before the posting of college credit
  • Students cannot receive SDCE articulated college credit for a college course they have already taken



The SDCCD CTE Transitions Program office retains a list of all individuals teaching a CTE course approved for CTE Transitions Credit by Exam.


If you are teaching CTE Transitions course at SDCE, you must work with the SDCE Instructional Services office:
  1. Provide CTE Transitions Program Credit by Exam information to your students within your class syllabus and during the first week of class. Ensure the students are aware they may be eligible for college credit. 
  2. Grade all students enrolled in the course – they must receive a final course grade as well as a grade on the approved end of course exam.
  3. At the end of the course, submit the completed student Certification Forms to SDCE Instructional Services for verification


SDCE Credit by Exam Certification Form



SDCE to City College Active 2019-2020 Agreements

SDCE to Mesa College Active 2019-2020 Agreements

SDCE to Miramar College Active 2019-2020 Agreements




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