Graduate-Level Semester Credit

How it Works:

Step 1

Complete a Charter Schools Development Center 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.

Charter Schools Development Center - 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 Charter Schools Development Center (CSDC). Dedicated in assisting administrators and educators 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 Charter Schools Development Center training participants.

Earn up to 3 hours of graduate-level semester credits/units for each conference, workshop or webinar that you complete with CSDC. The educational landscape is changing quickly and now, more than ever, school leaders need to adapt to changing standards, technology, and instructional requirements. Completing a PD opportunity with CSDC will provide you with simple and effective strategies to help you build a successful learning environment for a successful learning portfolio for the challengers ahead. And with a highly regulated, process-based system, you will meet your salary advancement or recertification requirements through practical and meaningful PD experiences.

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

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

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


Upon successful completion of a CSDC 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 3-4 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

Charter Schools Development Center offers a diverse variety of professional development opportunities year round. The choice is yours. You choose the educational experience you would like to complete and the amount of credits would like to earn.

  • 2021 May Revise Budget Webinar
  • Planning Ahead to Optimize AB 1505 Renewal Track Placement
  • CSDC’s NCB Spring Update
  • 2021 LCAP Webinar
  • School Reopening Webinar
  • Verified Data Panel, Part 1 and 2
  • 2021 Form 700
  • Governor’s 2021-22 Budget Webinar
  • 2020 Leadership Update Conference
  • AB 1505 Strategy Planning Webinar
  • Charter School Independence Webinar
  • Social Emotional Leadership
  • Budget, Reopening Webinar
  • 2020 May Revise Webinar
  • AB 1505 Renewal Strategy Webinar
  • 2020 LCAP Webinar
  • 2019 Leadership Update Conference
  • 2019 LCAP Webinar
  • DASS Consultancy for CSI
  • Contracting Support with Data Analysis for Charter Renewal: A Panel of Service Providers
  • AB 1505 Charter Renewal for DASS Schools
  • 2018 Leadership Update Conference

Please note: CSDC educational opportunities do not match directly with the university course titles. After completing any of the above educational experiences, simply register for a course number listed from below. At checkout, you may select to earn between 1-3 graduate-level credits per course.

University-Approved CourseCourse NumberCreditsTuition FeeEnrollment Date

Developing New Ideas In Education-CSDC

PEDU 9008

1 -3$62 / per creditYear Round

Creating New Projects For the Classroom-CSDC

PEDU 9084

1-3$62 / per creditYear Round

Enriching Curriculum With Learning Activities-CSDC

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

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 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.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3 page reflection paper

2 credits = 6 page reflection paper

3 credits = 9 page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you will create and implement into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing the professional development workshop, conference, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/Power Point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target–grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards (or your state standards) set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated/will evaluate the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use/will you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

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Self-Created Time-Log Sample

Document all the time you spend creating and implementing lesson plans, curriculum, activities, projects, strategies, or techniques inspired by what you learned. Creating your own log gives you the freedom to document all the time and effort you have dedicated to completing your coursework requirements. Your log must be specific and include dates and accomplishments. For each graduate-level credit/unit, you must document 15 hours of academic involvement. All your coursework participation must be away from professionally paid hours and after completion of a CSDC conference, workshop, or webinar.

Date Objective & Goals Times Hours
Created new curriculum & lessons for upcoming semester
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Developed new learning activity for my curriculum/lesson plan
7:00 am - 9:00 am
Created PowerPoint/video presentation incorporating new strategies
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Reviewed workshop materials and wrote draft for reflection paper
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Developed new learning activity for lecture
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Typed 3-page reflection paper discussing new lesson (first credit)
6:00 am - 7:30 am
Total hours of involvement/participation must meet 15 hours per credit

It may be that you require more or less time completing your own personal activities and/or projects, and that’s why we have left it to you to decide how you manage your time. 


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