This course, designed for any educator who teaches in a diversified classroom, provides the opportunity to earn graduate-level professional development credit while enhancing their curriculum or students’ classroom learning experiences with learnings gleaned from personal travel experiences. In this course, you will focus on developing or improving cultural, environmental, or social adaptations to implement in your classroom based on your experiences in dealing with diverse individuals, cultures, environments, and social mores throughout your travel experiences. To earn credit, you will need to implement your selected adaptations into the learning process of your students. Afterwards, simply submit your travel journal, a 25-30 slide PowerPoint or Google presentation demonstrating the professional outcomes of your travel experience, and a 1-2 page reflection describing how you utilized the adaptations in your classroom and their effectiveness on student learnings.
Integrate your travel study experiences into your educational setting. Opportunities are available across all teaching grade levels, disciplines, and subjects or topics. Designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to complete your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted upon request.
Overview of Requirements
1. Define your travel objective(s): When registering for this course option, you will be required to provide a short description of your travel objectives, and how you plan to create and implement your learning experiences into your program. You may also utilize previous travel experiences for this course option as long as the materials developed are relevant to your curriculum or programs.
2. Create a Travel Journal with times, academic points of interest, and activities relating to your travel experiences and objectives. Your travel journal will document the effort and time that you dedicate to the process of completing your coursework requirements and learning objectives.
Whether you spend time brainstorming, researching, reading, typing, writing, watching educational videos and films for ideas, constructing visuals, putting together new Powerpoint Presentations or rubrics, you are able to document all the professional time you have invested amplifying and enriching your professional needs.
3. Develop a 25-30 slide PowerPoint or Google presentation (per credit) to demonstrate the professional outcomes of your travel experience, and implement what you have learned directly into the learning process of your students.
1 credit = 30 Slides
2 credits = 60 Slides
3 credits = 90 Slides
4. Complete a 1-2 page write-up: A minimum one to two page write-up describing utilization and/or professional application of material developed.
*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.
Teacher Friendly Course
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 student needs to determine areas where enhancement will be useful or advantageous.
- Integrate your subject matter expertise, travel experiences, and knowledge of student needs into an adaptation or set of adaptations that will enhance student engagement and learning.
- Identify adaptations that will enhance students’ learning and learning environment (e.g.., increase engagement, attention, focus, motivation, social interaction).
- Integrate a specific adaptation or set of adaptations that you have developed or improved upon into your curriculum or lesson presentation.
- Reflect on how the addition of specific adaptations impacts student learning and/or engagement.
- Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.