Designed for the educator who wants to take their students beyond the bounds of the standard curriculum, this course provides the opportunity to earn graduate-level credit for creating activities to expand the normal course of study. Building on ideas from professional development workshops, conferences, webinars, or training, you can customize your curriculum with teacher-made activities that you are comfortable using, tailor-made to scaffold specifically targeted lesson objectives and increase student involvement and learning. Improve student performance by building motivational activities that support your curriculum through increased student engagement. With the assistance of your University of the Pacific professor, you will select the curriculum objectives you want to reinforce and develop activities that will motivate your students, enhance the lesson, and increase student involvement. Once you have completed the activity in your classroom, you will submit proof of implementation, your time log, and a written reflection evaluating the use and effect of your teacher-made activity.
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:
- 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.
- Reflect on how these professional development experiences will impact future growth.
- Engage in meaningful professional development experiences to supplement your role as an educator.
- Integrate and apply relevant strategies and insights acquired to a final project that will be used in your work setting.
- Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.