Graduate-Level Semester Credit

1-3 Credits Per Workshop!

How it Works:

Step 1

Complete a Smekens Education live or online conference, workshop, or webinar.

Step 2

Submit coursework requirements based on what you learn.

Step 3

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

Smekens Education - Graduate-Level Credit for Educators and Teachers

University of the Pacific—Benerd College is pleased to offer graduate-level semester units of credit for completing coursework with Smekens Education. Dedicated in assisting educators and teachers across the nation, our professional development course options are designed to be practical, meaningful, and affordable. At only $62 per semester credit, opportunities are available to all current (ongoing) or previous Smekens Education participants.

Pursue up to 3 hours of graduate-level semester credits/units for each conference, workshop or webinar that you complete with Smekens Education. Completing a PD opportunity with Smekens will provide you with simple and effective strategies that will help you build successful readers and writers. The University of the Pacific provides a convenient and cost-effective way to earn 1-12 graduate-level credits within a timeframe that works best for your schedule. With more than a dozen workshops to choose from, teachers at every level can benefit from the on-demand strategies featured in every 5-hour online workshop video or join Smekens this summer for one of their virtual-interactive events. Smekens Education is committed to helping you meet your salary advancement or recertification requirements through practical and meaningful PD experiences.

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

  • Complete any Smekens Education online or live conference, workshop, or webinar. (Smekens Workshop/Webinar/Conference fees are paid separately from the tuition university credit fee.)
  • Register for the corresponding Smekens Education UOP Course. (See below.)
  • Complete coursework requirements based on what you learned.

Develop and implement Smekens Education strategies directly into your classroom or program setting.

 

Upon successful completion of a Smekens Education conference, workshop, or webinar, you will invest time reflecting on provided materials, research and reading 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 completing a reflection paper to demonstrate your professional development. 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 paper

2 credits = 6 page reflection paper

3 credits = 9 page reflection paper

 

Completely designed for busy teachers like you, you have up to 6 months to submit your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted upon request.

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 your completed coursework was reviewed and graded. Within 3-6 weeks of submitting your coursework requirements, you will be mailed an unofficial transcript with your official course grades (at no charge) to your mailing address.

 

Completed courses are letter graded and will appear on an Official Transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College. 

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 re-certification.  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/unit 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).

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Available Courses

The choice is yours. You choose which course and how many graduate-level semester credits you would like to earn per workshop. Each course below may be attempted for 1- 3 graduate-level credits and enrollment is open year round.

University-Approved CourseCourse NumberCreditsTuition FeeEnrollment Date

14 Power Strategies to Boost Reading & Writing

EDUP 9084

1 -3$62 / per creditYear Round

An Introduction to Literacy Stations

EDUP 9090

1-3$62 / per creditYear Round

Build a Yearlong Calendar of Comprehension Instruction

EDUP 9167

1-3$62 / per creditYear Round

Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lesson

EDUP 9102

1-3

$62 / per credit

Year Round

Developing a Reading Road Map for Teaching Comprehension

EDUP 9101

1-3

$62 / per credit

Year Round

Educator Growth Day Practicum

EDUP 9166

1-4

$62 / per credit

Year Round

Planning & Facilitating a Close Reading

EDUP 9098

1-3

$62 / per credit

Year Round

Six Traits of Writing: An Introduction

EDUP 9094

1-3

$62 / per credit

Year Round

Six Traits of Writing: Implementation Strategies

EDUP 9095

1-3

$62 / per credit

Year Round

Strategies for Teaching Argumentative Writing

EDUP 9097

1-3

$62 / per credit

Year Round

Strategies for Teaching Informative Writing

EDUP 9096

1-3

$62 / per credit

Year Round

Teaching Small-Group Guided Reading

EDUP 9091

1-3

$62 / per credit

Year Round

Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long

EDUP 9093

1-3

$62 / per credit

Year Round

Utilizing Data to Differentiate Small-Group Guided Reading

EDUP 9100

1-3

$62 / per credit

Year Round

Writing After a Close Reading

EDUP 9099

1-3

$62 / per credit

Year Round

Writing Remix: Best-of-Smekens Writing Conference

EDUP 9125

1-3

$62 / per credit

Year Round

What’s Next?

Upon registering for your selected course(s), you will have up to 6 months to submit your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted upon request. Coursework requirements will be emailed to you upon registering. The true course ending date that will appear on your Official Transcript will reflect the date in which your coursework was received and graded.

FAQ & Support

Office Hours:

8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Pacific Time

(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

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 credit card.

2. By Mail/Fax: Complete the PDF Course Registration Form and send your documentation to our office. You may include a check or money order as a payment option.

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/units 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. 

Yes. You can register at any time once you have completed a workshop, webinar, or in-person professional program session. 

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

Once your payment has been processed, there are no refunds. We always advise for educators to verify that their district will accept the credits prior to enrollment.