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Competency-based education (CBE)

Competency-based education (CBE)

Faculty-supported, self-paced learning to earn your degree faster

What is competency-based education? You can leverage skills you already have to help you earn your degree faster. CBE applies practical application of your learning, so you work flexibly at your own pace with faculty mentor support.

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Traditional vs CBE learning programs
TRADITIONAL CBE*
Duration
Duration
Duration
14-27 months (depending on program)
Duration
Less than a year
Pace
Pace
Pace
One 5-6 week course at a time
Pace
About 4 months to complete 4 courses, which can be taken one at a time.
Learning style
Learning style
Learning style
Traditional classroom led by instructors
Learning style
Self-paced, flexible learning with faculty guidance to prepare for competency assessments
Requirements
Requirements
Requirements
Admission requirements (differs depending on program)
Requirements
Relevant work experience and GPA minimums (differs depending on program)
Cost
Cost
Cost
$350-$698 per credit
Cost
$300 per credit (no additional fees)

How does CBE work?

  1. Start your group of courses with the support of a faculty mentor.
  2. Take 3 to 4 courses at your own pace every 16-week period. Spend less time on material you know and more time on new subject matter.
  3. Once ready, faculty can unlock competency assessments so you can demonstrate what you know and how to apply it.

CBE self-paced learning programs

Questions? Call 800-338-4147

Frequently Asked Questions

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The competency-based education (CBE) faculty supported self-paced learning model allows students to complete their courses based on their ability to master a skill or competency own their own schedule under the guidance of faculty members. This method is tailored to meet different learning styles and can lead to more efficient student outcomes for students that are highly motivated and prefer more autonomy.

Competency Based Education, or CBE, can require more self-discipline than the traditional college class model because you have more autonomy while learning. Be prepared to work independently, managing your own time and organization during the term. 

CBE allows students to consume content faster and around their own schedule during the course with the guidance of their faculty.  This allows you to complete your degree faster and in a manner that may fit your demanding work and life commitments better.