Graduate-Level Semester Credit

1-3 Credits Per Conference / Workshop / Webinar

How it Works:

Step 1

Complete an ABD Oakland live or online conference, workshop or webinar.

Step 2

Submit coursework requirements based on what you learn.

Step 3

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

Agency by Design Oakland - 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 Agency by Design Oakland. Dedicated in assisting educators and teachers across the nation, our professional development course options are designed to be practical, meaningful, and affordable. At only $62 per semester credit, opportunities are available to all current (ongoing) or previous ABD Oakland participants. Learn more about how you can also earn up to 4 graduate-level semester credits for completing the ABD Oakland Fellowship.

Earn up to 3 hours of graduate-level semester credits/units for each workshop or webinar that you complete with ABD Oakland. Completing a PD opportunity with ABD Oakland will provide you with simple and effective strategies to improve your teaching skills in any program setting. Add new tools to your teaching toolkit – don’t just admire them. We know the value of professional development in rejuvenating an educator’s enthusiasm, providing renewed motivation to engage students in the learning process, and imparting new information and experiences to add interest and depth to your teaching, but implementing the process of what you learn from your professional development is the key to educational success. With this unique PD course option you can finally implement what you’ve learned and earn credit at the same time. 

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

  • Complete any ABD Oakland online or live workshop or webinar. (ABD Oakland Conference/Workshop/Webinar fees are paid separately from the tuition university credit fee.)
  • Register for a UOP Course. (See below.)
  • Complete coursework requirements based on what you learned.

Develop and implement ABD Oakland strategies directly into your classroom or program setting.


Upon successful completion of an ABD Oakland conference, workshop, or webinar, you will invest time reflecting on provided materials, research and reading to culminate in an innovative project of your choice (e.g., lesson(s), curriculum, learning activities, or a professional development plan, etc.) that applies the strategies learned. As a student, your practicum requirements will consist of completing a reflection paper to demonstrate your professional development. An additional expectation is to complete a time log that documents the time spent for completing your coursework requirements. The specific requirements concerning your reflection paper and time log are based on how many credits you take per course.



Credit Requirements

1 credit = 3 page reflection paper

2 credits = 6 page reflection paper

3 credits = 9 page reflection paper


Completely designed for busy teachers like you, you have up to 6 months to submit your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted upon request.

An Official Transcript with your final course grade(s) is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework. The course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date your completed coursework was reviewed and graded. Within 3-6 weeks of submitting your coursework requirements, you will be mailed an unofficial transcript with your official course grades (at no charge) to your mailing address.


Completed courses 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 which course and how many graduate-level semester credits you would like to earn per workshop. The university-approved course titles listed below will not match directly with titles for ABD Oakland Workshops. Each course below may be attempted for 1- 3 graduate-level credits and enrollment is open year round. Please enroll for a course only after you have completed your workshop with ABD Oakland.

University-Approved CourseCourse NumberCreditsTuition FeeEnrollment Date

Developing New Ideas In Education - ABD

PEDU 9008

1 -3$62 / per creditYear Round

Creating New Projects For the Classroom -ABD

PEDU 9084

1-3$62 / per creditYear Round

Enriching Curriculum With Learning Activities - ABD

PEDU 9085

1-3$62 / per creditYear Round

What’s Next?

Upon registering for your selected course(s), you will have up to 6 months to submit your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted upon request. Coursework requirements will be emailed to you upon registering. The true course ending date that will appear on your Official Transcript will reflect the date in which your coursework was received and graded.

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 a workshop, webinar, or in-person professional program session. 

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.