This is a "test-friendly" BA in Psych plan for Thomas Edison State University, however please note that two courses have no test-out option, including the Liberal Arts Capstone (capstone must be taken at TESU). Combine this plan with a current general ed test-out plan (such as Sanantone's General Education Options).

"Upper Level" Requirements

A minimum of 18 credits must be Upper Level (UL) -- the equivalent of a 300 or 400 level course. 3 of those credits will come from the Captsone, and 3 more will come from the Ethics in the Social Sciences course if taken at TESU (no known test-out options for Ethics in the Social Sciences). For the remaining 12, UL or lower level (LL) is denoted for the options below, however please verify these with an advisor (especially any marked with a ?).

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology CLEP, UExcel Exams or Straighterline, or,, Propero, Coopersmith Career Consuting, ed4online (all LL)
  • Research in Experimental Psychology UExcel Research Methods in Psychology, (UL), or Coopersmith (UL?)
  • * Social Psychology UExcel, (both UL) Waiver needed: Please see note below about waiving the 6 credit requirement for Social Psych
  • History and Systems of Psychology, Coopersmith (UL)
  • Physiological Psychology Coopersmith (UL)
  • Developmental Psychology Coopersmith Human Growth and Development (LL?), UExcel Life Span Developmental Psychology (LL), Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology (do not duplicate, LL), DSST Lifespan Development Psychology (LL)
  • Abnormal Psychology, TECEP, UExcel, Coopersmith,, ed4online (all UL)
  • Statistics TECEP, DSST, Straighterline,, Propero, or UExcel (all LL)
  • Ethics in the Social Sciences TESU online course SOS-450 (no known test-out) (UL)
  • Capstone TESU online course LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone (no possible test-out, must be taken at TESU)

Social Psychology 6 Credit Waiver

  • Note: The information might have recently changed. In the past, TESU has allowed any 3 credit Psychology elective course to make up for the 3cr shortage. At least one person has since been told that only a select handful of course categories may work here. This section will be updated when more information is available.

Because TESU's own Social Psychology course (PSY-379 Social Psychology) is a 6 credit course, their degree plan requires 6 credits in this subject. However, no test options (and likely no other school's course) are 6 credits (3 is the standard). However, I personally was able to get a 3 credit waiver in this subject -- the three credits would be made up in Psychology Electives below (requiring 9 elective credits instead of 6).

Please note that to do this, the Social Psych course or test you transfer in must be upper-level, as I was told lower-level and/or "Intro to Social Psych" type courses will likely not be granted a waiver. You must contact an advisor to get this waiver.

Psychology Electives

If you tested out/transferred in the Social Psychology requirement and received a 3 credit waiver as discussed above, pick any three options below. If you took the 6 credit Social Pysch class with TESU and did not transfer it in (and no waiver was necessary) pick any two below. There are likely plenty of options available from many other sources that have not been listed below. 

  • Psychology of Women TECEP (LL)
  • Psychology of Adulthood & Aging UExcel (UL?), (LL)
  • Aging and Society Ed4Online (UL) (a sociology course that TESU indicates will satisfy psych)
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse DSST (UL)
  • Fundamentals of Counseling DSST (LL)
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology CLEP, (both LL)
  • Organizational Behavior DSST, Straighterline,, Propero, Coopersmith (all UL), CSU Global CBE Applied Organizational Psychology (UL?)
  • Forensic Psychology CSU Global CBE (UL?)

CSU Pueblo Independent Study

If you are having trouble meeting all the requirements by the test-out options above, consider independent study options through Colorado State University Pueblo. Courses are expensive (about $525 as of September 2016), but many options are provided. Courses are self-paced, but you are allowed a maximum of 12-16 weeks to finish. They currently offer 11 Psychology classes, many likely to transfer in as UL at TESU.

Please see their website: CSU Pueblo Independent Study Course Offerings


If you're not opposed to TESU's ePacks, which are basically very expensive test-outs, you have these options...

e-Packs for Some (not all) Required Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY-101) (LL)
  • Research in Experimental Psychology (PSY-322) (UL)
  • MAYBE: Introduction to Social Psychology (PSY-370) (3 credits only and likely won't be granted a waiver since the 6 credit course option is available at TESU, definitely check with an advisor before attempting)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY-211) (LL)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY-350) (UL)
  • Principles of Statistics (STA-201) (LL)

e-Packs Elective Options (all UL)

  • Thanatology: An Understanding of Death and Dying (PSY-300)
  • Introduction to Counseling (PSY-331)
  • Psychology of Personality (PSY-352)
  • Industrial Psychology (PSY-363)

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