KCTCS Equivalency Guidelines
Guidelines for Determining Equivalency Credit
|Highest Level of Education||Equivalent|
|Grade school||8th Grade|
|High School||12th Grade or GED|
|AA/AS (Associate’s)||2 Year Degree|
|BA/BS (Bachelor’s)||4 Year Degree|
|MA/MBA (Master’s)|| 2 Years above Bachelor’s
= TOTAL 6
|JD|| 3 Years above Bachelor’s
= TOTAL 7
|EdS (Educational Specialist|| 1 Year above Master’s
= TOTAL 7
|ABD (all but dissertation)|| 2 Years above Master’s
= TOTAL 8
|PhD/EdD (Doctorate)|| 3 Years above Master’s
= TOTAL 9
|MD (Doctor of Medicine)|| 7 Years above Master’s
= TOTAL 13
MUST HAVE EARNED DEGREE IN ORDER TO BE CREDITED WITH DEGREE
Partial credit on a semester basis is awarded on a guideline of 12 credit hours per semester. These must be completed credit hours and not in process. Credit conversion at rate of 6 months per semester.
It is possible to have 4 years of education, but not have a BA, if you have attended 8 semesters or more, with at least 12 credits per semester. No more than 3.5 years credit is possible without actually having the BA/BS degree – even if they exceed 4 calendar years at 12 credit hours.
(Example – Architecture and Engineering programs are often 5-year programs – but still result in a BA/BS degree.)
Credit is awarded based on submission of a copy of the vocational certificate, indicating on it the amount of time the course covered. (Example 6 months on certificate = 6 months education credit).
Additional credit above the HS degree/years is not awarded for attendance at a vocational school as part of high school attendance (i.e. individual received HS Diploma in May 1993 and lists vocational school August 1993 – May 1994. This person receives additional credit above HS in accordance with amount indicated on vocational certificate.
Work Experience & Education Equivalency
One year of full-time (37.5 hrs/week) work experience is equivalent to one year of education for positions that specify “or equivalent” in job postings.
A position listing education and experience requirement as Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years of experience the equivalency would be:
- Master’s Degree and Zero (0) experience
- Bachelor’s Degree and two (2) years of experience in field
- Associate’s Degree and four (4) years of experience in field
- HS/GED and six (6) years of experience in field
Part-time work experience
Credit is awarded on a part-time position in accordance with the percentage of hours
full-time work. Generally work is computed on basis of a 37.5-hour work week.
Credit is awarded for part-time positions worked in addition to a full-time position occurring during the same time period, of the work is deemed related and is a different job for a different employer.
Computations are taken out three decimal places and rounded up from .005, and down at .004 and less.
5 months at 12 hours a week
0-5 = 0-1.6
5 months at 27 hours a week
0-5 = 3.6