12. Taking a Course for Academic Credit

This topic provides information about taking an edX course for academic credit.

12.1. Overview of Academic Credit

Some edX courses allow you to purchase academic credit that you can apply toward a degree at a college or university. When a course offers academic credit, you see a “Credit-Eligible” indication for the course in the edX list of courses.

A course tile showing the "Credit-Eligible" indication.

To earn academic credit for a course, you must enroll in the verified track and pass the course.

After you meet the course requirements, you have one year after the course ends to purchase academic credit on edX.org.

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To complete the process, after you purchase academic credit, you must contact the issuing college or university to receive the official notice of academic credit, such as a transcript.

12.2. Enroll for Academic Credit

To receive academic credit for a course, you must enroll in the verified track for the course.

For more information about enrolling, see Enrolling in edX Courses or Programs.

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To be eligible for academic credit, you must complete the photo ID verification process. If you choose not to complete ID verification at any time, you are no longer eligible to receive academic credit for the course. However, you can still receive a verified certificate in the course.

12.3. Complete Proctored Exams

In a credit-eligible course, you might have to take one or more proctored exams. Proctored exams are exams that have time limits and that use online proctoring software to monitor activity. To pass a proctored exam, you must receive both a passing grade for the exam itself and a “Satisfactory” result when the recording of your proctoring session is reviewed.

For more information about proctored exams, see Taking a Proctored Exam.

12.4. Keep Track of Credit Requirements

When you are enrolled in a course for academic credit, your Progress page includes a Requirements for Course Credit section that lists all of the requirements that you have to complete to be eligible for credit. This section indicates your overall credit eligibility status and the status of each individual requirement.

Progress page with a list of credit requirements below the progress graph.

12.5. Purchase Academic Credit

After you pass the course and meet the requirements for credit, you have up to one year to purchase academic credit on edx.org.

After you purchase academic credit, you must complete the credit process at the credit-issuing college or university.

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More than one organization might offer credit for the same course. If this is the case, you select the organization that you want when you purchase credit for the course.

To purchase academic credit, follow these steps.

  1. On your dashboard, select Purchase Credit next to the course that you want.
  2. On the Checkout page, verify that the organization that you want to purchase credit from appears, and then select Checkout or Checkout with PayPal.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the payment process. When the payment process is complete, a confirmation page opens, and you receive an email message.
  4. On the payment confirmation page, select Complete Credit to go to the credit-issuing organization’s website to complete the credit process.

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After you purchase academic credit, you must contact the issuing college or university to complete the credit process. This process usually includes receiving the official notice of academic credit, such as a transcript.

12.6. Complete the Credit Process

After you have purchased academic credit on edx.org, you must complete the credit process at the credit-issuing organization. For example, you must contact the issuing college or university to receive its official notice of academic credit, such as a transcript.

You can complete the credit process in several ways.

  • Immediately after you purchase credit on edx.org, select Complete Credit on the payment confirmation page to go to the organization’s website.
  • At any time after purchasing credit on edx.org, select Get Credit from the course card on your edX dashboard to go to the organization’s website.

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After the organization has evaluated your information, a message on your dashboard indicates whether the organization has granted you academic credit for the course and provides a link to the organization. You also receive an email that indicates whether you have received academic credit for the course.

For answers to questions about receiving academic credit for the course, you can directly contact the organization that issues the credit.