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 their own learnings gleaned from personal travel experiences. Research has proven that every child learns and responds to situations differently; all children cannot be reached by using a one-size-fits-all cookie cutter approach. In this course, you will focus on developing or improving cultural, environmental, or social adaptations to implement in your classroom based on experiences and methods of dealing with diverse individuals, cultures, environments, and social mores that you have learned throughout your travel experiences. Improving the adaptations you use or provide to communicate with your students, teach your students, and engage your students will greatly improve your classroom environment and ability to reach your students on deeper levels. Review your travel experiences to discern what caused your interactions with local citizens and your surroundings to improve the longer you traveled: How did you communicate better? What clues did you use to find your way around? How did you gain people’s attention or respect? Was it easier to travel in groups–and if so, why? What made you feel comfortable/uncomfortable in an environment new or non-native to you? Apply your learnings, along with some research if needed, to find tangible cultural, environmental, or social adaptations to enhance your curriculum or classroom learning experiences. To earn credit, you will then need to submit your travel journal, a 25-30 slide PowerPoint or Google presentation demonstrating the professional outcomes of your travel experience, and implement your selected adaptations into the learning process of your students. Finally, you will write and submit a 1-2 page reflection describing how you utilized or applied the adaptations you developed or improved upon in your classroom and the effectiveness of your adaptations 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.
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.