Learning Counts @ SECO

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for LearningCounts services?

To be eligible for LearningCounts services, a military spouse must be eligible to participate in the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program. Military spouses meeting the following criteria are eligible to participate in the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program:

  • Spouses of active-duty, National Guard and Reserve Component military members in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force
  • Spouses of military members separated from active duty, National Guard and Reserve Components for less than 180 days
  • Surviving spouses of military members who died while on active duty

LearningCounts is a great opportunity if you have these characteristics:

  • Several years of work, volunteer and/or other life experience in an area that aligns with college coursework – for example: communications, management, information technology, marketing, healthcare, or merchandising.
  • Strong writing skills or have taken a basic college-level writing course, and competent in written English at the college level.
  • Working on an associate’s or bachelor’s degree and has flexibility within your remaining credits that could be fulfilled by portfolio assessment credits.
  • Have completed at least one other online course, or have good computer skills and will feel comfortable completing an online course
  • Self-directed and disciplined about completing assignments and meeting weekly deadlines

A certified SECO Career Counselor can help you determine if LearningCounts is the right choice for you. You can contact the SECO Career Counseling Center at 800-342-9647.

What is the difference between the CAEL 100 instructor-led course and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Portfolio Development Course?

CAEL 100, the course that teaches you how to create a Learning Portfolio, is a six-week, instructor-led, online course, available 24/7. There is not a specified class meeting time, but you should login several times a week to access class materials and complete assignments, which are due every Sunday evening at midnight Central Time. We advise students to plan on spending between 10-15 hours per week for the six weeks of this course, with the heaviest workload focused on the last few weeks of the course when students are generating narratives for their portfolios. If you pass the course, you will earn three college credits. You will be able to order a transcript ($15) to have these credits transferred to your college or university.

CAEL 100 also includes one portfolio assessment, and the credits you earn from your portfolio assessment will be included on the transcript you order.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Portfolio Development Course is a self-paced, interactive online workshop that can be taken at any time and from any computer or tablet with an Internet connection. The course consists of 8 modules that can be completed in 4-6 hours. Students typically spend another 5 to 10 hours researching and developing the materials for their Learning Portfolio. The DIY course does not have an instructor, and you do not earn any college credits for completing the course. This course is best suited for a very confident writer that has several years of professional experience, and has taken several college courses.

What is the fee for a LearningCounts course?

If you are eligible for SECO services, SECO will cover the cost of the LearningCounts course and the portfolio assessment fee. You must contact a certified SECO Career Counselor at 800-342-9647 to confirm if you are eligible to participate in LearningCounts for SECO.

Will SECO funding cover other costs related to portfolio credits or prior learning assessment options?

SECO will cover the cost of the LearningCounts course and the cost of portfolio assessment. No other fees related to portfolio credits or other prior learning assessment options are eligible for SECO funding through this program.

Will there be a LearningCounts course fee deducted from my MyCAA scholarship?

No. SECO will pay the fees for the LearningCounts course and portfolio assessment, and the cost will not be deducted from your MyCAA scholarship.

How can I find out if LearningCounts is right for me?

Call a certified SECO Career Counselor at 800-342-9647 to determine if you are eligible for the LearningCounts for SECO program. Your SECO Career Counselor can help you determine if LearningCounts is the right choice for you. LearningCounts is a great opportunity if you:

  • Have completed some college courses
  • Have several years of work, volunteer and/or other life experience in an area that aligns with college coursework – for example: communications, management, information technology, marketing, healthcare, or merchandising.
  • Are a strong writer or have taken a basic college-level writing course, and are proficient in written English
  • Have completed at least one other online course, or have good computer skills and will feel comfortable completing an online course

How can I register for a LearningCounts online course?

  1. Call a certified SECO Career Counselor at 800-342-9647 to confirm your eligibility for LearningCounts. Your SECO Career Counselor will help you to:
    • Determine which type of course is most suitable for you: CAEL 100 the Do-It-Yourself (self-paced) course.
    • Choose a course start date.
    • Create your Education and Training Plan.
  2. Your SECO Counselor will email you a Financial Authorization (FA) form, which you will need to register for a LearningCounts course.
  3. Send an email to LearningCounts at [email protected], including your name, your course start date, and your FA form attached.
  4. When LearningCounts receives your email with your FA attached, we will register you in our system.
  5. LearningCounts will contact you by email within seven days of the course start date to provide your login information.
  6. Login and complete your profile.

Are there penalties if I do not complete or pass the course?

Individuals who enroll in the CAEL 100 are expected to complete and pass the course. Individuals who do not successfully complete the course will be denied further participation in LearningCounts for SECO. However, in the event of sponsor deployment or medical emergency, SECO may grant a hardship waiver, which may include extending the timeline for completing a course, accessing a portfolio, and/or completing a portfolio.

Are there penalties if I do not submit a portfolio for assessment after taking a LearningCounts course?

Once you open a portfolio, you have six months to complete and submit it to LearningCounts.

There is no fee penalty for not submitting a portfolio, but you will be denied further participation in LearningCounts for SECO if you miss the six month submission deadline.

However, in the event of sponsor deployment or medical emergency, SECO may grant a hardship waiver, which may include extending the timeline for completing a course, accessing a portfolio, and/or completing a portfolio.

What if my sponsor/spouse is deployed and I can’t complete the course?

In the event of sponsor deployment or medical emergency, SECO may grant a hardship waiver, which may include extending the timeline for completing a course, accessing a portfolio, and/or completing a portfolio.

How can I change my course start date?

If you need to change your course start date, you must email LearningCounts ([email protected]) by 5:00pm Central Time on the second Monday of the course to choose a new start date. Individuals who withdraw after the second Monday of the course will be denied further participation in LearningCounts for SECO. What if I need to withdraw from the course?

If you need to withdraw from the course, you must email LearningCounts ([email protected]) by 5:00pm Central Time on the second Monday of the course and you may choose a new start date. Individuals who withdraw after the second Monday of the course will be denied further participation in LearningCounts for SECO.