Credit is a unit of value assigned by colleges or universities upon the successful completion of a course. Credits measure the academic quality of a course in relation to a program of study and measure the progress toward a specified degree program. Academic credit is assigned at either the undergraduate bachelor’s degree level (course numbers 1000-4000) or the graduate master’s, educational specialist, or Ph.D. degree level (courses 5000-9000).
Noncredit is the label given to courses which are not taken for university credit and are usually used for the purpose of enhancing professional skills, preparing for new careers or fulfilling personal goals. Noncredit courses do not count toward academic degree programs, but sometimes are used to work toward professional certification in specific fields. Courses taken for noncredit do not appear on a university credit or CEU transcript and cannot be changed to credit at a later date.
Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
The CEU is a nationally recognized system to provide a standardized measure for accumulating, transferring and recognizing participation in continuing education programs. Typically, one CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience with content that has been approved by an MU academic department. A CEU certificate is awarded after successful completion of the continuing education course.
An educational credential is awarded upon completion of a structured curriculum, typically including several courses but lasting for a period less than that required for a degree.