How It Works:
Curriculum Enhancement Course(s)
Enhance your curriculum. Motivate and empower your students to learn.
Earn up to 3 graduate-level semester units of non-degree credit (per course) by revamping existing and/or developing new curriculum. Regardless of what subject you teach, this Curriculum Enhancement Course option will re-spark your motivation to teach by allowing you to create new interactive curriculum-based projects and/or activities – all while using professional development research, strategies, and resources that are effective and meaningful to both you and your students! Reaching new levels of academic achievement, your goal is our goal. Curriculum Enhancement Courses will guide you to outline the planned success of your students one step at a time. We are fully aware that developing new curricula is a vital component to improving student achievement/outcomes, and that’s exactly why we strongly encourage creating and implementing a “magical” learning experience — one where students feel so connected and empowered to learn more about the subjects or topics they are struggling to absorb. The culminating course objective is to demonstrate how the curriculum you create (or have previously created) enriches and empowers the learning process of the students you teach.
Graduate-level credit will be awarded upon completion of the following:
- Register and make payment for a UOP course from below.
- Complete and submit coursework requirements
Create five different learning activities or projects (per credit) to implement directly into your curriculum. The curriculum ideas, strategies, or techniques you develop can be tailored to your goals and educational setting.
1 Credit = 5 activities/projects
2 Credits = 10 activities/projects
3 Credits = 15 activities/projects
Suggested activities and projects to help you earn credit:
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, reflection reports, technology-related activities, storytelling activities, units of study, STEM-related projects, mindfulness-based projects, etc.
Designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to complete your coursework, and extensions are always granted upon request. All curriculum projects you choose to develop will ultimately demonstrate the application of time you invest in professional development experiences, such as research, videos and readings, as you endeavor to accomplish your goals. An additional expectation is to complete a time log that documents the time spent for this course.
Overview of Requirements
1. Develop and incorporate new activities, projects, strategies or techniques (of your choice) into existing or new curriculum: For each graduate-level credit, you will choose and develop 5 different learning and teacher-made activities and/or projects 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 projects created previously by backtracking the date in your log. Your log must be specific and include dates, times, accomplishments and proof. 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, or constructing visuals, putting together new curriculum & rubrics, you are able to document all the professional time you have invested amplifying and enriching your professional needs.
3. Demonstrate mastery of curriculum enhancement: When all your curriculum goals are finally met, you will submit your final work for evaluation.
*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.
Opportunities are available across all teaching grade levels, disciplines, and subjects or topics. The overall course objective is aimed at implementing the best practices of education while meeting educational standards set by your school district or state.
The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester units of credit, provided directly through the University of the Pacific, Benerd College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification. The credits are acceptable where local districts approve and applicable to state licensing where authorized. We always encourage that you check with your employer for acceptability of these credits. 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.
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).
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.
Please Note: A variety of course titles are available when registering for this course option. The choice is yours. You choose which course title and how many graduate-level semester credits you would like to earn. Enrollment is open year round and you may register for multiple courses at checkout.