Competency-based education (CBE) is a form of education where students prove they understand course material through assessments, rather than attendance in a traditional classroom.

CBE programs usually offer tests that students can take to receive full credit for a class if they pass. Most CBE programs are structured like traditional colleges, with homework, reading, and other assignments, but the only factor that counts toward the final grade is the final test.

CBE is growing in popularity as it provides a more student-friendly and flexible approach to education, with hundreds of colleges offering CBE programs or developing them.

Online programs are also a popular option for CBE, allowing students to graduate faster and with a diploma that is the same as a traditional degree.

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To put it shortly, it’s essentially proving to colleges that you understand the course material through taking tests, and if you can prove that you understand the material they give you full credit for each of those classes. So essentially, what that means is each class has a test. You can take instead of sitting in a classroom for four months. If you can pass the test, you get full credit for the class, which is pretty awesome. There’S a lot of stuff.


We learned in college that’s basically review or relearning things that we already learned in high school. If you go into college, knowing those things already and you can take those tests boom, you can literally skip those classes and get full credit for them, but even cooler tests that you don’t know all the answers to you can spend your time studying for those particular Tests, instead of sitting in a classroom, doing homework assignments listening to teachers and reading textbooks right, you can literally just study for a single test and when you pass the test, you move on to the next class and most competency-based programs are structured so that, if you Pass the test you move on to the next class, no matter how long it takes you, okay, so whether it takes you two days or two months to pass a test, it makes zero difference you’re getting the same credit for that same class regardless. So, essentially, you can test your way through college and for english type classes. You wil write essays like a single essay and if your essay passes their grade scale, you get it counts, as you being able to test out of that class now. One thing i will say is that most competency-based education programs are laid out and structured like normal schools.


Okay, what that means is you’re going to sit down and start doing. Classwork they’re going to give you digital textbooks or physical textbooks. They’Re going to give you homework assignments and reading assignments and quizzes and all the same stuff that you do in any other normal traditional college right. The difference is the only thing that counts on your grade. Is that final test?


So when you enroll in a competency-based program and the school, tells you read chapter two of the textbook or your math teacher, tells you read chapter two of the textbook and then take this quiz and do this homework assignment you don’t have to listen to them. You can literally skip that stuff and skip straight to the test, so why? Why is it structured? The same? It’S structured the same, because teachers are teaching us, so you can learn the things that are going to be on the tests right, but they have it set up and structured so that it takes you a similar amount of time to graduate right.


If you sit down and follow their structured plan for you, it’s gon na take you three four years like a normal amount of time to graduate. But if you can figure out, what’s going to be on the test and study for the test, you can do it in a lot shorter amount of time. I hope this is making you making sense to you now there are, you might be asking kayla, which colleges offer competency-based education programs. Well, let me answer that for you, okay, there are hundreds of different schools who either have competency-based programs or are in the process of developing competency-based programs, because it’s getting a lot more popular because it’s a lot better way. It’S a lot more student-friendly way to graduate and students are catching on to that and they’re using it to their advantage, so schools in return are creating more and more programs.


I want to take you over my screen. I’Ve got an article and i’ll i’ll leave a link to this article below the video, but this this is actually a pretty accurate article and it’s basically for it’s from, okay and basically they go over seven competency-based programs that are really worth looking into and There are a lot of different competency-based programs, but i completely agree with these seven. These are.


These are really really good programs. So, if you’re trying to look into a place to start, this is a good place to start i’ll leave the link below. But here are the schools they go through, i’m not going to read the article to you or anything, but they talk about the university of michigan. Now the university of michigan is not a competency-based school, but they have a couple of competency-based degrees. Okay, so if you just enroll in at university of michigan for any random degree, it’s not going to be competency based, but they do have a couple.


So if you are interested in the university of michigan, you can contact the university ask them, which, which degrees you can earn through their competency-based program and take that approach and it’s probably going to be faster, the university of wisconsin system, it’s university of wisconsin online. Basically, it’s an online program which here’s what i will tell you online programs are a lot faster than sitting in a classroom for four years. They really are so it’s definitely something you should be open to and when you go to school online it doesn’t say online on your diploma. It’S the same exact diploma. So why not?


Do it a faster way right, so university of wisconsin, so two really prestigious schools? So far, purdue university, another very prestigious school they’ve, got a competency-based program, western governor’s university. It’S a hundred percent online. This is a really really awesome. Student-Friendly school, like it’s just a killer killer program.


That’S i can’t speak highly enough of okay. Southern new hampshire, university, capella university and northern arizona university, if you’re wondering about competency-based programs, these are the programs that i recommend you look into first, okay, now, if you’re, if you’ve heard me talk before and you’re thinking, uh well, which program works with degree hacking. I teach a principle called degree: hacking where you can essentially earn an entire bachelor’s degree in a matter of months. Instead of years, it can apply for master’s degrees as well yeah decide what you want to study and you can reach out to me, and i can let you know if that school is going to be a good fit for you. Okay, so you’re definitely welcome to leave comments below now.


There is one big concern i use quotes concern because it’s not really a valid concern, a lot of people if you earn a college degree faster. They will tell you oh well, that’s not the same. It’S not the same as a real, prestigious, four-year degree right. A four-year degree should take you four years. If you do any faster, it’s probably not going to have a good effect on your career.


So therefore competency-based education, even though it is faster. It’S just not the same. You need to you need to go, get a real degree, a real degree right. If anyone says this to you, they don’t know what they’re talking about the purpose of a degree is to get you a specific result in your career right. I want to pull up a quote for you now.


This is a study done by tom lindsay at forbes, okay. They there was this big study done where they measured uh, basically effect on income when looking at competency-based degrees and traditional degrees. Okay, they took a big group of people with competency-based degrees and regular degrees and they compared their careers and how much money they make. Okay and here’s here’s what they had to had to say this was their findings. Okay, he said that there’s no evidence that competency-based education graduates in the programs that they studied had less favorable outcomes than the basically the traditional graduates.


Okay, in fact, incomes of graduates from competency-based education schools were significantly higher. Okay. Now, if someone tells you a competency-based degree is not real or you need to get a real degree. This is why what’s important? Okay, yes, it’s!


Maybe it feels different than going to like a really prestigious school for five years to earn a four-year degree. It’S the same degree, though, especially if you go to a high quality school that offers quality education. It’S literally has the same impact on your career. So if you make the same amount of money and it’s the same degree, but it costs you less and you can do it faster, you basically have nothing to lose. Now, if you have any questions about degree, hacking, the process of degree hacking and how to graduate faster i’ve got a free training at diplomasecrets.


om i’ll also leave a link below I basically give a full training on the entire process of degree hacking and how to apply it for yourself. So, yes, you’ve heard me talk. I earned a bachelor’s degree in nine months instead of four years and if i can do it, so can you and i will show you how just go to diploma secrets.


Com, you can watch the training, there’s nothing for sale or anything at the end of the training, it’s just a free training and yeah. I hope that helps, and i hope this video has helped. You gain an understanding of competency based education. Okay, if you find a competency-based education, school or program, the process of degree, hacking will work really well at these particular schools. So if you’re interested in degree hacking, you should do your research on competency-based schools.


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  • William C Miles

    I earned my MA in US History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I also hold a BA in East Asian Studies. My educational journey equipped me with deep knowledge in diverse cultural and historical contexts, particularly those shaping higher education trends. Presently, I work as a freelance writer and consultant specializing in online colleges across the USA. Over the past eight years, I have collaborated with various educational platforms and e-learning organizations. This role involves creating insightful content that helps potential students make informed decisions about their education paths. Throughout my career, I've had the privilege to contribute articles to notable educational websites and online journals. My work is frequently cited for its clarity and helpfulness, aiding students and educators alike. I've taken part in over 50 webinars as a speaker, sharing my expertise on online education dynamics in the United States. My passion goes beyond writing; it's about making a tangible impact through my words and advice. With over 1,000 articles published under my name related to online education, my aim is clear: to provide readers with reliable information that supports their educational pursuits and career objectives. You can find more details about my professional background and contact me on LinkedIn or through my personal website.

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