Educational Experience Courses

$79 per semester credit / unit

1-3 graduate-level credits per course

How It Works:

Step 1

Complete a professional development experience of your choice: conference, workshop, webinar or seminar.

Step 2

Submit coursework based on and inspired by what you learned.

Step 3

Earn Graduate-Level Semester Credit from University of the Pacific — Benerd College.

Graduate-level credit for

Create, Use and Evaluate New Activities Based on Your PD Learnings…

Earn up to 3 hours of graduate-level semester units of credit (per course) for implementing strategies and activities derived from professional development conferences, workshops, webinars or seminars that you complete on your own personal time and away from professionally paid hours.

Add new tools to your teaching toolkit – don’t just admire them. We know the value of professional development in rejuvenating an educator’s enthusiasm, providing renewed motivation to engage students in the learning process, and imparting new information and experiences to add interest and depth to your teaching, but implementing the process of what you learn from your professional development is the key to educational success. With this unique PD course option you can finally implement what you’ve learned and earn credit at the same time. 

Graduate-level credit will be awarded upon completion of the following items:

  • Complete a workshop, conference, seminar, webinar or training that is relevant to your professional development.
  • Register and pay for a university-approved course from below.
  • Complete a follow-up practicum based on your learning experience.

Upon successful completion of a professional development workshop, conference, webinar or training, you will invest time reflecting on your learnings, research and relevant readings to culminate in an innovative project of your choice (e.g., lesson[s], curriculum, learning activities, or a professional development plan, etc.) that applies the strategies learned. As a student, your practicum requirements will consist of developing learning activities and completing a reflection paper to demonstrate the implementation of strategies learned. An additional expectation is to complete a time log that documents the time spent for completing your coursework requirements. The specific requirements concerning your reflection paper and time log are based on how many credits you take per course.



Credit Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection + 3 activities

2 credits = 6-page reflection + 6 activities

3 credits = 9-page reflection + 9 activities


Completely designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to submit coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted upon request. 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. A University of the Pacific instructor is available for support and feedback throughout the entire course duration.


*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.

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 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.

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Available Courses

The choice is yours. You choose which course title and how many graduate-level semester credits / units you would like to earn. Enrollment is available year round and you may register for multiple courses at checkout.

CourseCourse NumberCreditsTuition FeeEnrollment Date

Developing New Ideas in Education

PEDU 90081-3$79/creditYear Round

Creating New Projects for the Classroom

PEDU 90841-3$79/creditYear Round

Enriching Curriculum with Learning Activities

PEDU 90851-3$79/creditYear Round

Expanding Today's Curriculum with Teacher Made Activities

PEDU 90861-3$79/creditYear Round

What’s Next?

Upon registering for your selected course(s), you will have up to 6 months to submit your coursework requirements. Coursework requirements can be accessed online via your course dashboard once you have successfully registered for a Teacher Friendly Account. 

FAQ & Support

Frequently Asked Questions

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


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. 

K-12 Teachers, Educators, School Administrators, Para-educators, Principals, Superintendents, etc.

Although we know the value in having a live classroom setting handy, you do not need a classroom to take this course option. You will simply develop a plan of action and demonstrate how you will implement the strategies that you have learned.