This course is designed for educators who go the extra mile to take their teaching to a new level of creativity. As educators, we know that creativity, while often appearing effortless, takes hours of preparation–much of it before you ever set anything in front of the students. We want you to get the credit and recognition you deserve for all those creative teaching ideas you come up with and incorporate into your classroom, so University of the Pacific has provided a way for you to earn credit for the time you spend outside of professionally paid hours brainstorming, creating, and preparing those creative lessons that so enrapture and captivate your students and make your classroom fun and exciting! For every 15 hours you spend developing activities to engage your students through creative teaching ideas (outside of professionally paid hours), you can earn 1 hour of graduate-level semester credit. You just have to submit (1) a short description of the creative teaching ideas you have already created (or that you plan to create), (2) proof of completed objectives, and (3) a timeline verifying the hours of work you have invested.
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.
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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 creative learning methods and strategies to support your work as an educator.
- Apply strategies and insights gained to a creative project that you will use in your work.
- Develop project guidelines with clear learning objectives and success criteria that allow a wide choice of completion methods and products and the freedom to reveal evidence of learning in creative ways.
- Create a supportive environment where students feel free to express themselves creatively without fear of ridicule or negative consequences.
- Develop a positive learning environment where students are comfortable presenting ideas or work products and success is celebrated.
- Build a learning platform in which learners feel welcomed, respected, and supported.
- Establish open communication, a strong collaborative workspace environment, and efficient cooperative learning structures.
- Reflect on how these professional development experiences will impact future growth.
- Integrate and apply relevant creative 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.