PEDU 9401: Developing Motivating Instructional Projects

Your course. Your timeline. Your way. Earn up to 6 graduate level credits upon completion of this course. You choose how many credits you want to earn when you register. 

· September 24, 2020
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Course Description

This course provides an opportunity to earn professional development credit through the development of projects that will teach students through connected learning as they engage in solving real-world problems or search for answers to complex questions. Project-based learning activities don’t come in a box and aren’t standard fare in most curricula. They are teacher-developed to match a school’s mandated curriculum and teacher-tested for successful results. You will review your curriculum and, with the assistance of a University of the Pacific instructor, select areas of the curriculum that lend themselves to being self-taught through an instructional project. You will then build a project or projects through which students will learn by doing, while you simply facilitate the process. All your work is done up front, in this course, as you select the topics for which instructional projects will be most effective, develop the guidelines, create a resource list or guide, outline the research process, and create the standards, schedule and rubric you want students to follow. Once your students have completed the project in your classroom, you can simply submit samples of their work, along with your reflection over the project’s effectiveness and implications for student learning, for evaluation and credit.

The coursework can be tailored specifically to your goals and educational setting. Although suggestions are provided on what type of coursework (learning activities and projects) you may complete, the actual experiences, work you develop and implement, and content you encounter are driven by you. Now is the time for you to select a topic of interest, possibly an area of concern, one that needs improvement, or perhaps a new approach that you have not been able to study or implement.

 

Suggested activities and projects to help you earn credit:

Development or revision of classroom curriculum, rubrics, lesson plans, educational games, learning activities, PowerPoint presentations, video presentations, worksheets, educational websites, classroom visuals, classroom assignments and projects, bulletin boards, learning centers, anchor charts, assessments, teacher-created books, physical education activities, self-evaluation/reflection reports, technology-related activities, storytelling activities, units of study, STEM-related projects, Common Core Standards, mindfulness strategies, etc.

 

Designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to complete your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted if needed. The projects you choose to develop will ultimately demonstrate the application of time you invest in professional development experiences, such as research, videos, readings, etc. An additional expectation is that you keep a time log that documents the time spent for this course. The specific requirements concerning your chosen projects and the time log are dependent what resonates most with you and how many credits you take per course. 

 

Overview of Requirements

 

1. Define your course objective(s): When registering you will be required to provide a short description of the prospective activities and/or projects that you plan to create and implement. You may always modify, change, adapt or incorporate new ideas throughout the entire course duration.

 

2. Develop a self-created time log: Create a log to document the effort and time that you dedicate to the process of completing your coursework requirements. You can also document hours for activities and projects that you have created previously by back tracking the date in your log. Your log must be specific and include dates, times and accomplishments as proof of completed objectives. For each graduate-level credit, you will document 15 hours of academic involvement. 

 

Whether you spend time brainstorming, researching, reading, typing, writing, watching educational videos and films for ideas, constructing visuals, or putting together new curriculum & rubrics, you are able to document all the professional time you have invested in amplifying and enriching your professional needs.

 

3. Provide proof of completed objectives: When all your goals are finally met, you will submit proof of completed objectives (activities & projects) and your self-created time log.

 

*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.

Choose 1-6 credits
Pay only $79 per credit
100% Online & Self-Paced
Up to 1 year to complete your course
Earn an Official Transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College

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.

Course Objectives

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.
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Course Includes

  • 4 Sections
  • 1 Quiz

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