This course, designed to help educators enhance their curriculum with extra materials and activities, provides the opportunity to transform personal travel experiences into a backlog of original resources while earning graduate-level professional development credit for their efforts. Use information gained from travel experiences to create activities that will afford authentic learning experiences for your students and use materials you gather as you travel to give students relatable hands-on experiences. Keep a journal as you travel detailing your insights around the academic points of interest. Then, as you consider your curriculum goals and objectives and reflect on your travel experiences, seek correlations you can build on to create activities or projects that will reinforce student learnings. Once you have developed a backlog of resources, implement them in your classroom and submit a slide presentation, your travel journal, and a write-up to the University of the Pacific for evaluation.
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:
- Review your travel experiences for connections between your curriculum objectives and the activities and learnings you encountered on your journey.
- Analyze your curriculum objectives to identify specific areas of the curriculum to support/enhance with information, materials, or activities from your travel experiences.
- Select the learning objectives for which you would like to develop additional resource activities.
- Develop activities, specific to the support of selected objectives, to integrate into your lesson plans and/or presentations.
- Engage students in meaningful activities, based on your travel experiences, that will enhance their learnings and support authentic learning experiences.
- Create a 25-30 slide PowerPoint or Google presentation to supplement your curriculum and enhance the students’ learning of your selected objectives, OR to demonstrate the professional outcomes of the inclusion of the materials from your travel experiences into your curriculum.
- Consider the effectiveness of the created activities in (a) enriching your curriculum and (b) helping students meet targeted learning goals.
- Assess how the activities serve to create a backlog of activity resources to enrich your curriculum.
- Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.