Competency based education, or CBE, is an education model
where the emphasis is on what you know, rather than how much time you spend in
class. CBE programs like Personalized Learning test your understanding of
identified core competencies and give you credit based on your ability to prove
your knowledge. These types of programs are perfect for the working adult who
has a wealth of real-world experience in their field, but never earned their
So, is a CBE program like Personalized Learning right for
you? That depends. Ask yourself these questions to find out.
Am I a self-motivated
In Personalized Learning and other CBE programs you are left
to work at your own pace. This is great if you work full time and want the flexibility
to complete your schoolwork where and when you like. However, if you aren’t
self-motivated you probably won’t be successful in a CBE program. There are no
deadlines so you need to ensure that you complete your work in the timeline
that you choose.
Do I have real-world
experience in this field?
If you already have some real-world experience in your
degree field it will increase your success in CBE. In Personalized Learning,
you take a pretest at the beginning of each lesson. If you score high enough,
then you get to skip that lesson. The more pretests you excel in, the faster
you’ll move through the degree material and graduate.
Do I prefer an
CBE is a very individualized education model. You won’t have
classmates or discussions, so you need to be prepared for that. However, you’re
not alone either. Personalized Learning assigns you a faculty mentor to help
guide you through your degree, answer questions and advise you on school and
Am I tech-savvy?
This is a big one. Personalized Learning is 100% online.
While the learning platform doesn’t take a tech expert to navigate, it is very
important that you are comfortable on a computer.
Still not sure if CBE is right for you? Take our interactive
quiz to find out how you should earn your degree.
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