San Diego College of Continuing Education to College Credit by Exam

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

The San Diego College of Continuing Education (SDCCD) CTE Transitions Credit by Exam process provides SDCCE students with opportunities to accelerate college degree completion.

Through the CTE Transitions Credit by Exam process, SDCCE students are able to earn college credit by successfully completing specific SDCCE courses that are tied to active CTE Transitions Credit by Exam Agreements between SDCCE and San Diego City, Mesa, or Miramar College.  These agreements better ensure that a student does not have to repeat the same content in a community college course that they already learned at SDCCE.


  • Students earn SDCCD college credit (and in some instances, university transferable credit)
  • Fees are waived for college course(s) completed through the credit by exam process
  • College credit may be used to meet degree or certificate requirements and enables the student to advance to the next level college course for which the course(s) completed through the CTE Transitions Credit by Exam process count as prerequisites

In order for students to receive college credit, an active agreement must be in place between SDCCE and San Diego City, Mesa, or Miramar College at the time the student is enrolled in the SDCCE course.

 SDCCE Student Flyer - Fall 2021

sdcce student requirements:

To receive college credit, you must:

  1. Enroll in a currently approved CTE Transitions Credit by Exam SDCCE course at SDCCE (see list of approved courses below under Active Agreements)
  2. Earn an “A” or “B” in the course
  3. Earn an “A” or “B” on the approved final assessment within the course
  4. Complete an online college application for City, Mesa, or Miramar College
  5. After completing the course and final assessment with qualifying grades ("A" or "B"), complete the online student acceptance of college credit form. This form will be emailed to you upon confirmation of your qualifying grades.
    • Confirmation of qualifying grades is completed by your SDCE instructor through the online SDCE Instructor Certification Form at the end of the term. This form provides confirmation of your final course grade and final assessment grade and is provided to SDCE Student Services.

 If you have questions about this process or the status of your information, please emai:


Important Information
  • Receiving college credit through the CTE Transitions Credit by Exam process is free.
  • All college financial holds or records issues must be cleared before the posting of college credit.
  • SDCCE students do not need to be residents to receive college credit through the CTE Transitions Credit by Exam process. However, filing a college application does require residency determination.
  • Students cannot receive college credit through the CTE Transitions Credit by Exam process for a college course they have already taken.
  • The grade earned on the final assessment will be the grade transcribed on the student’s college transcript. For example: if the student receives an “A” in the course and a “B” on the final assessment, then the student’s college transcript will show a “B” for the college course.
  • Posting of college credit on a student’s college records may take up to a semester from the date the form is submitted by the instructor for processing.



2021-2022 Current SDCCE Programs

The following SDCCE programs provide opportunities for college credit:

  • Auto
  • Business Information Worker
  • Child Development
  • Culinary
  • Clothing & Textiles
  • Digital Media & Programming
  • Electronic Technician
  • Front End Web Developer
  • Health Unit Coordinator – Medical Terminology
  • HVAC - Mechanical Technician
  • Networking

Overview of Agreements, Requirements, and Current Processes -Includes links to active agreements.

Lead Point of Contact by program area


sdcCe faculty requirements:

SDCCE faculty teaching sections tied to active CTE Transitions Credit by Exam agreements must:

  • Be aware of the specific agreement requirements stipulated within the signed active agreement
  • Fully integrate the college approved final exam or portfolio process into the course.
  • Provide CTE Transitions Program Credit by Exam process information to students within the class syllabus and during the first week of class. Ensure the students are aware they may be eligible for college credit.
  • Encourage students to complete a college application at the beginning of the term. Consider making time to do so within your program orientation and/or the first week of class.
  • Complete the SDCCE Credit by Exam Instructor Certification Form for all eligible students within two weeks of the course end date. Faculty must submit a separate form for each eligible student, for each program. Faculty will need the following student information to complete the form (items #1-3 are available to instructors in Campus Solutions. Please contact campus attendance clerk if unsure how to access this information): Student First and Last name, Student ten digit Student ID, Student’s email, Student final course grade(s), and Student final assessment grade(s).
  • The SDCCE Certification form should be completed only by SDCCE Instructors who have taught a course or courses tied to active CTE Transitions Credit by Exam agreements between SDCCE and San Diego City, Mesa or Miramar College. 

Reminder: SDCCE students are only eligible to receive early college credit through the CTE Transitions Credit by Exam process if they have earned a grade of “A” or “B” on both the overall course grade and final approved assessment (exam/portfolio).
If faculty have any questions about completing the Instructor Certification form or any of the Credit By Exam agreements listed within the form please reach out to: Desiree Payne at



Active Agreements are listed in the College Catalogs and in the SDCCE Catalog.

Summary Documents by College:



Master List of Agreements for SDCCE to City, Mesa, and Miramar College:


For additional information regarding active agreements, please reach out to Amertah Perman at



Signed Active Agreements

Signed active agreements include roles and responsibilities, goals, unique requirements, and pathway information. All agreements are two-year renewable agreements, unless otherwise stated. Instructional Services offices at SDCCE and the College each maintain signed copies as well as copies of the agreed upon final assessment. The District also maintains copies of these materials. The agreement renewal process is initiated the fall prior to expiration (if the agreement expires in summer 2021, the renewal outreach will begin fall 2020).