Create Your Own Courses

$79 per semester credit

1-6 graduate level credits per course

How it Works:

Step 1

Select and register for a course that best fits your goals, subject or topic. Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with instructions to begin your coursework requirements.

Step 2

Upload your completed coursework materials to Teacher Friendly or email them to coursework@teacherfriendly.com.

Step 3

Receive an unofficial transcript by regular mail within 3-4 weeks of submitting your coursework requirements. You may also request an Official Transcript at anytime once you complete your course.

Create Your Own Course(s)

Your course. Your time line. Your way.

Earn up to 6 hours of graduate-level semester credit (per course) by developing instructional activities, curriculum, lesson plans, or any other unique personalized projects for your classroom or program. This professional development Create Your Own Course option will encourage you to design and implement personalized coursework goals and objectives to enhance your professional growth in any classroom or program environment. The coursework is meant to be meaningful, convenient, and practical, so credit can be earned for projects you are currently working on – or even projects you have already completed. You may reference creative ideas inspired by professional research, readings, videos, or any other form of PD resources you value that resonate with you. Regardless of the subject specified for your classroom or program setting – English, Math, Health, Spanish, Science, STEM, Art, Special Education, or any other unique concentration – we have courses to match your field of study. The culminating course objective is to demonstrate how the professional work you choose to create (or have previously created) merges with your professional needs and the needs of your learners. 

Before you can request an Official Transcript from University of the Pacific, you must complete the following:

  • Register and make payment for a UOP course from below.
  • Complete and submit coursework requirements.

1. Utilize the latest professional development resources (of your choice) to assist, motivate, and guide you in implementing new ideas and strategies into your classroom or program. You may use ideas derived from professional development articles, research, books, websites, videos, webinars, seminars, workshops, and conferences. Another option is to use your own original ideas. 

 

Suggested activities/projects to help you earn credit quickly: Personalized development or enhancement of classroom curriculum, rubrics, lesson plans, educational games, activities incorporating technology, powerpoint presentations, video presentations, learning worksheets, classroom visuals, classroom assignments and projects, bulletin boards, learning centers, anchor charts, assessments, teacher created books, innovative teaching activities, self-evaluation reports, storytelling activities, units of study, STEM-related projects, common core activities, and more. You are limited only by your imagination and the educational impact of the material/project.

 

2. Develop a self-created time log documenting the time you invest into completing your coursework requirements. Fifteen hours of documentation/logged time are required for each semester credit attempted. This means that if you opt to register for 6 credits, your log must then reflect a total of 90 hours of involvement / participation. Creating your own log will give you the freedom to document all the effort and time you dedicate(d) to brainstorming, researching, reading, writing, typing, watching professional development  videos, and completing your personalized activities and projects. You may even document time in your log for activities and projects you created prior to your registration date,  provided you are actively utilizing your materials in a classroom or program setting and they were prepared exclusively on your own time. All logged time must be for activities completed on your own personal time, and must take place outside of professionally paid hours.

 

3. Submit proof of your self-created time log and proof of completed coursework. Proof of your completed activities and projects may be validated by submitting samples of your work via photos, PDFs, Word documents, short videos, or by explaining the outcome of your goals and objectives through self-evaluating summaries.

 

Note: Upon registering for this course option, you will receive additional information that delineates your time log requirements, coursework submission process and expectations. Click HERE to download a PDF of the requirements listed above.

PD Course Advantages

Grades & Transcripts 

An official transcript is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to request an Official Transcript from the University of the Pacific upon submission of coursework. Additionally, once the grades are successfully entered and posted in the Registrar’s Office, an unofficial transcript is automatically sent to your mailing address by regular mail.  It may take approximately 3-6 weeks from the time you submit your coursework to receive an unofficial transcript by mail. The course ending date on your unofficial transcript will reflect the date your coursework was received. The unofficial transcript will allow you to verify that ALL courses you wish to appear on your Official Transcript are listed correctly. You may also request an expedited transcript for an additional charge at any time after submission of your coursework materials.

Meeting a Deadline? We do our best to provide grades and transcripts expeditiously.  However, we cannot guarantee that last minute requests will be processed by the requested time. If you need to meet a deadline, we strongly encourage you to make your request early enough to allow sufficient time for processing. 

About the Credits & Pacific

While it may be possible for the credits earned in these courses to be used for salary advancement and state licensing requirements, we do not provide assurance that any state licensing board or school district will accept these credits for those purposes. Individuals seeking credits for such purposes are advised to check with the appropriate agencies and gain approval prior to registering.

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). All Teacher Friendly Professional Development salary advancement courses offered by University of the Pacific, Benerd College are graded, graduate-level post-baccalaureate semester courses, specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for salary advancement and recertification. These courses are not applicable for a degree at Pacific but can be transferred at the discretion of your institution.

Refund Policy

There are no refunds once your tuition payment has been processed. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can register one of two ways:

1. Online – click on “REGISTER NOW” and select your desired course title(s). At checkout, you will be required to pay with a credit card.

2. By downloading the PDF Registration Form and sending your documentation by regular mail or fax. You will be required to pay with a credit card, check, or money order.

Your coursework can be submitted up to 6 months after registering, and extensions are always granted upon request. You may also submit your coursework earlier if needed. The true course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date your coursework was received.

UOP’s continuing education course credits / units are acceptable where local districts approve and are applicable to state licensing or salary advancement where authorized. All students are responsible for determining the acceptability of these credits for their intended use.

The University of the Pacific is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Established in 1851, it is the oldest private chartered university in the state of California.

The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate level semester credits that are not part of a degree program at University of the Pacific, but instead are used for professional growth such as salary advancement and re-certification. 

You can register one of two ways:

1. Online – click on “REGISTER NOW” and select your desired course title(s). At checkout, you will be required to pay with a credit card.

2. By downloading the PDF Registration Form and sending your documentation by regular mail or fax. You will be required to pay with a credit card, check, or money order.

Your coursework can be submitted up to 6 months after registering, and extensions are always granted upon request. You may also submit your coursework earlier if needed. The true course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date your coursework was received.

UOP’s continuing education course credits / units are acceptable where local districts approve and are applicable to state licensing or salary advancement where authorized. All students are responsible for determining the acceptability of these credits for their intended use.

The University of the Pacific is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Established in 1851, it is the oldest private chartered university in the state of California.

The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate level semester credits that are not part of a degree program at University of the Pacific, but instead are used for professional growth such as salary advancement and re-certification. 

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