Select from a variety of Professional Development Courses that will encourage you to impact students in more meaningful ways.

Your course. Your time frame. Your way.

Create and design your own course to meet your professional development needs. You are the one who knows what would benefit you most, so you can design a course that is a perfect fit for yourself as a student – one that will keep you enthused, motivate you to work hard, and enhance your knowledge and skills in areas you want to build on or feel need improvement. Once your course proposal is approved, you can create your own timeline, log your hours, complete your approved projects, and submit them for grading. The many customizable options allow you to truly make this course your own, making it intrinsically motivating. In fact, educators in all positions love this course option so much that it has become our most popular offering! Regardless of your teaching subject or position, you will create customized objectives to excel and thrive professionally.

Professional Development Costs & Credits
Tuition Fee:
$79 per credit                          
Credits Available: 1 – 6 per course

Enhance your curriculum. Motivate and empower your students to learn.

Our Curriculum Enhancement Courses are designed to expand your creativity by encouraging you to develop interactive curriculum-based projects for your students. Making learning fun and engaging, your goal is our goal. We understand that developing new curricula is a vital component to educational success, and enrolling in these courses will allow you to build authentic connections with student experiences and outcomes. In the end, you will reach new peaks of student engagement and achievement, and best of all, those around you will notice! As you enhance your teaching practices and learning materials, it  will be obvious that your discipline as an educator is keen on rigor and academic leadership. These courses will encourage you to build a solid foundation to implement your work successfully. You will be able to demonstrate how the professional work you create (or have previously created) enriches and empowers the learning process of the students you teach.

Professional Development Costs & Credits
Tuition Fee:
$79 per credit                          
Credits Available: 1 – 3 per course

Visit the places you’ve dreamed of going. Gain new perspectives and insights on the world. And – best of all – earn credit for it!

Educators agree that one of the best ways to learn is through travel. Choose where to travel and experience the joy of earning credit by sharing what you learned. Whether you choose to learn about historical landmarks, nature, culture, or history – the choice is yours! For example, you can visit the Great Wall of China, Yellowstone National Park or Custer’s Last Stand. Or maybe the national park that is located five miles away from your vacation stay! Our goal is to make it much more powerful for you to share traveling takeaways and insights with students. Without a doubt, traveling will draw your students into the lessons more effectively, and not just by regurgitating information you read. By giving them a piece of the excitement you brought back with you! Through your travels, you can make history, geology, art, language, culture, current events – just about every subject – come alive, to yourself and your students

Professional Development Costs & Credits
Tuition Fee:
$79 per credit                          
Credits Available: 1 – 3 per course

How many times have you attended a professional development workshop or conference without having the option of earning graduate-level semester credit?

Earn credit for attending

We believe that as educators you should have the freedom of choosing, attending, and participating in any advanced professional development session to enhance your professional growth. We know that refiring your teaching skills with new ideas inspired by shared experiences in professional gatherings will motivate you to become a better version of who you are. That’s why our courses are designed around the implementation of strategies and techniques learned in professional development sessions that you choose. You can center your curriculum around topics and approaches that interest you most — meaning you’ll be learning in areas you are truly excited about, you feel need improvement, or are eager to implement. Courses are available for previous, ongoing, or upcoming events.

Professional Development Costs & Credits
Tuition Fee:
$79 per credit                          
Credits Available: 1 – 3 per course

Earn graduate-level credit for completing your Teacher Induction Training. This unique offering is available to all current (ongoing) and past participants at an extremely affordable cost.

University of the Pacific, Benerd College, is proud to provide graduate-level semester credit to beginning and past Teacher Induction Candidates, Educators, Mentor/Support Candidates and Early Completion Option (ECO) Candidates. Our partnered school districts and county offices of education provide support to you to build on your teacher preparation experiences, and to improve your teaching skills and strengthen your professional practice as an educator. Each year of your completed induction program may qualify for up to 8 graduate-level semester credits. Graduate-level semester credit for completing your induction training is not applicable towards, or part of, a degree at University of the Pacific. The credits are strictly designed for salary increments and/or to fulfill recertification requirements.

Professional Development Costs & Credits
Tuition Fee:
$50 per credit                          
Credits Available: Up to 8 per year

COURSE BENEFITS

Self-Paced & Flexible

Get up to 6 months to complete coursework. Extensions always granted.

Impact Student Outcomes

Implement strategies immediately into your classroom.

Get Feedback and Support

24/7 email support or call us during scheduled telephone office hours.

Earn Credit

Only $79 per semester credit. YOU choose how many credits you need.