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EARN A FREE ASSOCIATES DEGREE WHILE DOING PSEO

PSEO students can earn an Associate’s Degree from Crown College for FREE!*

Crown has developed a list of recommended courses that will help you earn an Associate of Arts degree during the two years you are enrolled in the PSEO program.

*Tuition is free, but students do have to pay for proctoring fees and books for the MOOCs as well as all graduation fees.

    • Summer Course
      College Success Strategies & Skills MOOC or Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective2

       

      SEMESTER 1 (Fall) SEMESTER 2 (Spring) 
      ENG 1510 College Writing & Research3ENG 1512 Intro to Literary Analysis3
      (fulfills  ENG 131 English Composition)(fulfills ENG 132 Writing and Literature)
      General Elective3Communication Elective3
      (fulfilled by COM 1515 or COM 247X)
      Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective3Math or Science Elective3
      (fulfilled by MAT 130, MAT 2230, or SCI 1531)
      Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective3General Elective3
      Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective Elective1
      Total Semester Credits13Total Semester Credits12

       

      Summer Course
      BIB 136X New Testament History (NT MOOC) (fulfills Christian Studies Requirement)3

       

      SEMESTER 3 (Fall) SEMESTER 4 (Spring) 
      Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective3Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective3
      Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective3Fine Arts Elective3
      (fulfilled by FAR 1560, FAR 1600, COM 247X, or MUS 235X)
      History Elective3Humanities Elective3
      General Elective3General Elective3
      General Elective3BIB 135X Old Testament History MOOC3
      (fulfills a Gen Ed Elective)
      Total Semester Credits15Total Semester Credits15

       

      *Online students can also earn Associate’s degrees in Business, Criminal Justice, Global and Cultural Studies, Human Services, and Psychology.  These degree programs require THE 3520: Foundations of Christian Thought, which is not covered by the State of Minnesota.  The cost for this class is $600.  All other courses in the degree programs can be taken for free through the PSEO Program.

    • Summer Course
      College Success Strategies & Skills MOOC (fulfills a Social Science elective)2

       

      SEMESTER 1 (Fall) SEMESTER 2 (Spring) 
      ENG 131 English Composition3ENG 132 Writing and Literature3
      General Elective3Communication Elective3
      Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective3Math or Science Elective3
      Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective3General Elective3
      General Elective1
      Total Semester Credits13Total Semester Credits12

       

      Summer Course
      BIB 136X New Testament History (NT MOOC) (fulfills Christian Studies Requirement)3

       

      SEMESTER 3 (Fall) SEMESTER 4 (Spring) 
      Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective3Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective3
      Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective3Fine Arts Elective3
      History Elective3Humanities Elective3
      General Elective3General Elective3
      General Elective3BIB 135X Old Testament History MOOC3
      (fulfills a Gen Ed Elective)
      Total Semester Credits15Total Semester Credits15

       

      *On-campus students can also earn an Associate of Science in Business Administration for free through the PSEO program.

    STEPS TO

    Receive your Associates Degree

    The summer After Graduating from High School:

    1. Apply to the School of Arts & Sciences as a degree-seeking student pursuing an Associate of Arts degree
    2. Submit a High School Transcript with a graduation date
    3. Submit a Crown College graduation application and pay the graduation fee
    4. Crown will confer your degree and order a diploma

    Free Bible Courses

    DETAILS

    To earn an Associate’s degree at Crown, students must take two Bible courses (Understanding the Old Testament and Understanding the New Testament).  The State of Minnesota will not pay for these Bible courses. 

    Because of this, Crown offers both of these courses as competency courses, which we call MOOCs.  MOOCs are self-guided courses that students take on their own. At the end of the course, students can take a proficiency exam.  Students who pass with a score of 80% or higher on the exams can earn articulated credit for the Old Testament and New Testament courses.

    Crown also offers a College Success Strategies and Skills MOOC, which also applies to the Associate’s degree.  We recommend students take this course the summer before they start the PSEO program.

     

     

    Fees: 

    Crown offers the Old Testament and New Testament courses for free, but students must pay for the required textbooks (approximately $15 for the Old Testament book and $50 for the New Testament book).  To receive credit, students must also pay a $17 fee to cover remote proctoring while they take their exams.

    There are no required textbooks and no proctoring fees for the College Success Strategies class.  This course is completely free.  

     

    Competency Credit:  

    The Old Testament, New Testament, and College Success courses are not regular college courses; they are competency courses.  Crown will accept these competency courses and count them toward your degree, but other institutions may not.  Therefore, Crown cannot guarantee that these courses will transfer to other colleges and universities in the same way that our regular PSEO courses do.  However, most colleges and universities DO accept these competency courses if they are part of an Associate’s degree.

    In summary, Crown’s MOOCs are a great way to earn free credit if you intend to finish your Associate’s degree at Crown.  If you do not plan to finish your Associate’s at Crown, you may want to take these classes for your personal edification, but you should not plan on getting credit for them at another institution.

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    Start early on your Associate’s degree

    While it is possible to earn your full Associate’s degree during the two years you are eligible to take PSEO classes, it’s A LOT of work.  Students must take 12-15 credits per semester to complete all of the required courses.

    With this in mind, Crown recommends that students start working on their Associate’s degree before their junior year in high school.  High school sophomores can take Crown’s MOOC classes.  Students can also earn CLEP credit in advance.  Taking just 4 classes before your junior year can make for a much more manageable workload while you are a PSEO student.

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