The Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) grants credit for prior learning for basic and intermediate language courses on the basis of:
- The WLC placement exam and retroactive credit policy
- Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores
- College-level Examination Program (CLEP) exam scores
- International Baccalaureate (IB) exam scores
Seal of Biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy is a high school credential granted by Missouri and other states that certifies proficiency in a language other than English. Seals are granted when students attain certain benchmarks on state-approved standardized assessments of language proficiency. To receive Missouri State language credits associated with their seals of biliteracy, students must submit to the Office of Admissions official score reports that document their scores on all subsections of the assessment taken. Ideally, these scores are listed on high school transcripts. When that is not the case, students must request that an official representative of their school submit their official score report directly to the Office of Admissions.
The department grants credit for two assessments currently used as the basis for seals of biliteracy:
- ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)
- Avant Standards-based Measure of Proficiency (STAMP 4S)
If the ACTFL-referenced standardized assessment of language proficiency you took is not listed here, please contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures.
Credit for Specific Courses
In addition to basic and intermediate language courses, WLC grants credit for prior learning for the following classes:
WLC also certifies the language level of students with advanced proficiency in a second language other than English through its competency-based Language Certification Program.
WLC offers assessments of foreign language reading proficiency that may satisfy graduate program foreign language requirements. Interested students should consult with the directors of their respective programs to determine whether they may take an assessment to satisfy such requirements.