Designed for the educator who needs both professional development credit and some new projects to enliven their curriculum, this course provides the opportunity to earn graduate-level professional development while creating new projects for their classroom! Building on ideas garnered or conceived from professional development workshops, conferences, webinars, or training, you can work at your own pace to develop new projects for your classroom. You will select projects to develop into an activity or lesson you can present or assign to your students to enhance their learning and help them fulfill the learning objectives and goals for your curriculum. Build a teaching PowerPoint aimed at meeting objectives for a specific lesson…develop the guidelines, rubric, project options, and research recommendations for a project-based learning activity that allows students to be creative yet retain control of their project while meeting required learning objectives…build a new student activity center that teaches to a difficult concept—develop projects and activities that will actively engage your students in the learning process. Once you have implemented your newly developed project in your classroom, reflect over what you and your students have learned through the activity in a written reflection to submit, along with proof of project completion and your time log, for evaluation.
Upon successful completion of a professional development workshop, conference, webinar or training, you will invest time reflecting on your learnings, research and relevant readings 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 developing learning activities and completing a reflection paper to demonstrate the implementation of strategies learned. 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.
1 credit = 3-page reflection + 3 activities
2 credits = 6-page reflection + 6 activities
3 credits = 9-page reflection + 9 activities
Completely designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to submit coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted upon request. Opportunities are available across all teaching grade levels, disciplines, and subjects or topics. The overall course objective is aimed at implementing the best practices of education while meeting educational standards set by your school district or state. A University of the Pacific instructor is available for support and feedback throughout the entire course duration.
*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.
Completed courses are letter graded and will appear on an official transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College. 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 on which your completed coursework was reviewed and graded.
About University of the Pacific
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).
The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester units of credit, provided directly through University of the Pacific, Benerd College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification. The credits/units are acceptable where local districts approve and applicable to state licensing where authorized. We always encourage you to check with your employer for acceptability of these credits/units. Course participants are responsible to determine acceptability of these credits for their intended use. Each graduate-level semester credit is equivalent to 15 hours of academic involvement.
Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to:
- Engage in meaningful professional development experiences to supplement your role as an educator.
- Identify meaningful professional development experiences to support your work as an educator.
- Apply strategies and insights gained to an innovative project that you will use in your work.
- Integrate and apply relevant strategies and insights acquired to a final project that will be used in your work setting.
- Reflect on how the implementation of the innovative project will impact student learning and future growth.
- Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.