Students, Parents, and Teachers

PLTW Opportunities for Students

PLTW courses provide students with an opportunity to get hands on experience in real engineering topics. Furthermore, upon completing the course, students are able to take an assessment that can make them eligible for early college credit. Please see our PLTW College Credit page for course details.

 

What is the process to receive college credit at the University of New Haven?

Secondary school students may receive University of New Haven College Credit for PLTW courses by being enrolled in a PLTW-Certified High School and meeting the eligibility requirements. Transcripted credits can apply for various engineering programs at the University of New Haven.

When secondary school students receive University of New Haven college credit for PLTW courses, a transcript is developed for them. This transcript shows the University of New Haven-equivalent course name and number.

 

What do we expect from educators?

Since these students are receiving college credit for college-level work, there are certain rules that must be followed by every PLTW-certified school to ensure the integrity of the exam and process:

  • The final course exam must be given exactly as it is written, with no alterations.

  • Students must take the exam immediately at the conclusion of the course.

  • All exams must be given prior to June 30th of each calendar year for students completing the course that year.

  • Students must submit an “Undergraduate Admission Registration Form” and pay for University of New Haven credit before December 30th of year of completion (May 30th if course ends in mid-year).

  • Teachers must use the Grade Report Form template to electronically submit their students' grades prior to the end of the school year.

These rules are in place to ensure that the college credit process is handled equally in all PLTW-certified schools, that all students are tested based on the same curriculum and exam questions, and that those students receive credit based on curriculum and knowledge in place at the time the course is taken.

 

Several actions are not acceptable in the college credit process:

  • Exams may not be altered in any way. The University of New Haven will periodically require that the graded exams be submitted for review.

  • Students cannot decide later in their high school career that they want to receive credit for courses taken in previous years.

  • Teachers may not tutor their students after they have completed the course or give the exam after a tutoring period.

  • Current exams may not be used for review in the classroom. PLTW provides previous exams for the review process.

For addition information contact a PLTW affiliate assistant or affiliate director at the University of New Haven.

PLTW Credits

Transcripted College credit for PLTW courses

University Of New Haven Tagliatela College of Engineering

Secondary school students from any PLTW-certified school may apply for University of New Haven college credit for each eligible PLTW course:

Available Courses Credits

Introduction to Engineering Design for University of New Haven ME 101 (Engineering Graphics)Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

2

Digital Electronics for University of New Haven EE 155 (Digital Systems I)From smartphones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

3

Principles of Engineering for University of New Haven EAS 107 (introduction to Engineering)Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Next, they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

3

Engineering Design & Development for University of New Haven EAS 109 (Project Planning and Development)The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in Engineering Design and Development as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing Engineering Design and Development ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.

2

 

* Note: To qualify for college credit for EDD, student must first earn college credit for IED and POE.


To qualify for college credit for PLTW courses students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Students must earn at least 70% average in the course.

  2. Students must also score 6 or greater on the End of the Course assessment.

This assessment (administered by PLTW starting in 2013) is based on a norm-referenced stanine scores which ranges from one (1) to nine (9) with one (1) being the lowest possible score and nine (9) being the highest possible score.

The University of New Haven college credit grade is based on the following scale:

Stanine Score College Letter Grade
8 - 9 A
7 B
6 C
1-5 Not eligible

Note: There is a $200 fee to receive college credit for each course.

Currently, the EDD course does not have an End of Course Exam. The course grades for EDD, IED, and POE are collectively used to determine the University of New Haven grade. 

The grade a student receives in the high school PLTW course may differ from the college credit grade. If a student subsequently attends the University of New Haven the college credit grade would be counted towards his/her overall grade point average. Students must meet the college enrollment requirements for University of New Haven majors. If a student attends another university, the course credits may be transferred without the letter grade.

Note: A student who successfully takes a course in the current academic year must take the exam at the end of the course and register for college credit before December of year of completion. For information on how to apply for college credit visit the PLTW: Students and Parents page.

Parents' Letter

Dear Parents and Students in Project Lead The Way Courses: 

We hope you are experiencing a rewarding school year, and feel that the pre-engineering courses through Project Lead the Way (PLTW) have been beneficial. There is no better time than right now to contemplate a career in STEM areas as there are many more jobs in the United States than qualified people to fill them. 

Since your child attends a PLTW-certified school, she/he can get a head start on engineering-related career and add prestige to their college admissions applications by receiving college credit from University of New Haven. 

The process is simple: 

1. Students earn at least 70% average in the course {Introduction to Engineering Design (2 credits), Digital Electronics (3 credits), Principle of Engineering (3 credits), or Engineering Design and Development (2 credits)*}. 

2. Students must also score 6 or greater on the End of the Course assessment. 

This assessment (administered by PLTW starting in 2013) is based on a norm-referenced stanine scores which ranges from one (1) to nine (9) with one (1) being the lowest possible score and nine (9) being the highest possible score. 

The University of New Haven college credit grade is based on the following scale: 

Stanine 8 -9: letter grade A
Stanine 7: letter grade B
Stanine 6: letter grade C
Stanine 1-5 – Not acceptable for college credit 

3. Fill out the PLTW College Credit Request form and mail to the address shown 

For eligible students this form is sent home by PLTW teachers (also available at /59823/). The tuition charge for each course is $200

Important deadline: Eligible students must send the form and check before December of year of completion. 

* To qualify for college credit for EDD, student must first earn college credit for IED and POE. Currently EDD does not have the End of Course Exam. The course grade for EDD along with grades from IED and POE are considered in determining the University of New Haven grade. 

The University of New Haven will send a registration acknowledgment once the transcript is complete. 

Students who apply to colleges other than the University of New Haven may request a transcript be sent to those schools. Each college and university and each academic program (including those at the University of New Haven) establishes its own policies for accepting transfer credits. 

Surveys have shown that students have been accepted at the college of their choice because of their success in the challenging PLTW pre-engineering program. We invite you to consider this worthwhile and valuable option. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at agolbazi@newhaven.edu or call us at (203)932-7162.