1-4 Graduate-Level University Semester Credits

ABD Oakland Teacher Fellowship

How it Works:

Step 1

Complete the ABD Oakland Teacher Fellowship.

Step 2

Submit coursework requirements based on what you learn.

Step 3

Earn Graduate-Level Semester Credits from University of the Pacific, Benerd College.

Agency by Design Oakland Teacher Fellowship - Graduate-Level Credit for Educators and Teachers

University of the Pacific, Benerd College is pleased to offer graduate-level semester units of credit for completing coursework with ABD Oakland. Dedicated in assisting educators and teachers across the nation, we feel empowered to provide up to 4 graduate-level semester credits – at only $62 per credit – for completing the ABD Oakland Teacher Fellowship. This opportunity is available to all current (ongoing) or previous participants. Learn more about how you can also earn up to 3 graduate-level semester credits for each conference, workshop or webinar that you complete the ABD Oakland.

The Teacher Fellowship year-long experience includes:

  • 40+ hours of in-person professional development, led by a diverse facilitation team of highly experienced Oakland educators. 
  • An Agency by Design coach who meets with and checks-in with fellows throughout the school year
  • 30+ hours of research and inquiry work, including classroom action research, documentation, and reflection
  • Participation and connection to the Agency by Design local and national network
  • Dissemination of teacher leadership through a mid-year event, a large public culmination event, and a digital picture of practice
  • A $1,000 stipend to cover out of pocket costs
  • Sub stipend for teachers at Title 1 schools (to cover the school’s cost of the teacher participating in three day-longs)
  • Childcare, hospitality, and fellowship materials at all meetings
  • Access to Continuing Education Units through University of the Pacific

Graduate-level credit will be awarded from UOP upon completion of the following items:

  • Complete the ABD Oakland Teacher Fellowship. (ABD Oakland Teacher Fellowship fees are paid separately from the tuition university credit fee.)
  • Register for the corresponding university fellowship course. (See below.)

Enroll for university credit only after you have registered for the ABD Oakland Teacher Fellowship. Please know that you will not be awarded graduate-level credit until Paula Mitchell at ABD Oakland verifies that you have successfully completed all your fellowship requirements. It does take time to process your university credit information, so if you register in advance (prior to completion of your fellowship), it is likely that your course grade will be processed/posted much sooner. No further requirements will be necessary on your end. 


Credit Options for Fellowship:

1 credit = $62

2 credits = $124

3 credits = $186

4 credits = $248


Completely designed for busy teachers like you, we make our professional development offerings practical, meaningful, and affordable!

An Official Transcript with your final course grade(s) is available from Pacific upon successful completion of the ABD Oakland Teacher Fellowship. The course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date you completed your fellowship. All courses offered through ABD Oakland are letter graded and will appear on an Official Transcript from University of the Pacific - Benerd College. 

The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester credits/units, provided directly through the University of the Pacific, Benerd College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for salary advancement and re-certification.  The credits are acceptable where local districts approve and applicable to state licensing where authorized. We always encourage that you check with your employer for acceptability of these credits. Course participants are responsible to determine acceptability of these credits for their intended use. Each graduate-level semester credit/unit is equivalent to 15 hours of academic involvement.


University of the Pacific, established in 1851, is California’s oldest private chartered university and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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Available Courses

The choice is yours. You choose how many graduate-level semester credits you would like to earn for completing your fellowship. Select from 1- 4 graduate-level credits when registering. Please enroll for credit only after you have successfully registered for the ABD Oakland Fellowship.

University-Approved CourseCourse NumberCreditsTuition FeeEnrollment Date

Agency by Design Oakland Year Long Fellowship

EDUP 9165

1 -4

$62 / per creditYear Round

What’s Next?

Within 1-3 weeks of completing your ABD Oakland Teacher Fellowship, you will be assigned a “Passing (P)” letter grade by Paula Mitchell. Once your grade is posted/entered at the university, an unofficial transcript from the University of the Pacific-Benerd College will be sent to your home address by standard mail. Unofficial transcripts are automatically generated and sent by regular mail once the grade is posted. The unofficial transcript will include step by step instructions to request your Official Transcript. Please know that it can take anywhere between 3-6 weeks, from the time you complete your fellowship, for you to receive an unofficial transcript with your course grade.

FAQ & Support

Office Hours:

8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Pacific Time

(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Frequently Asked Questions

Online: click on “REGISTER NOW and select your desired course title(s). At checkout, you will be required to pay with credit card.

Your coursework can be submitted up to 6 months after registering, and extensions are always granted upon request. You may also submit your coursework earlier if needed. The true course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date your coursework was received.

UOP’s continuing education course credits / units are acceptable where local districts approve and are applicable to state licensing or salary advancement where authorized. All students are responsible for determining the acceptability of these credits for their intended use.

The University of the Pacific is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Established in 1851, it is the oldest private chartered university in the state of California.

The credits/units offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate level semester credits that are not part of a degree program at University of the Pacific, but instead are used for professional growth such as salary advancement and re-certification. 

Yes. You can register at any time once you have completed your fellowship. Paula Mitchell will verify your completion.

Although we know the value in having a live classroom setting handy, you do not need a classroom to take this course. You will simply develop a plan of action describing how you will implement the strategies that you have learned.

Once your payment has been processed, there are no refunds. We always advise for educators to verify that their district will accept the credits prior to enrollment.