Graduate-Level Semester Credit

1-3 Credits Per Workshop!

How it Works:

Step 1

Complete a Maker Ed in-person 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.

Maker Ed- 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 Maker Ed. 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 Maker Ed participants.

Pursue up to 3 hours of graduate-level semester credits/units for each conference, workshop or webinar that you complete. Maker Ed’s PD opportunities are hands-on and minds-on, immersing educators in an exploration of the ways making can enhance learning in diverse educational environments. While toggling between educator perspectives and learner experiences, PD participants reflect, make direct connections to their own approaches, extend their practice in new directions, and collaborate with and learn from each other. Each opportunity supports educators to plan learner-driven experiences that integrate with existing consciousness, and develop their cognitives capacities. With every unique PD course, you can finally implement what’ve learned and ear credit at the same time.

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

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

Develop and implement Maker Ed strategies directly into your classroom or program setting.


Upon successful completion of a Maker Ed 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.

Grades & Transcripts

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. 

About the Credits & Pacific

The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester credits/units, 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.

Click here to find out more about Maker ED workshops!

University-Approved CourseCourse NumberCreditsTuition FeeEnrollment Date

Professional Learning for Educators through Maker Ed.

EDUP 9114

1 -3$62 / per creditYear Round

Approaches to Maker Ed.

EDUP 9157

1-3$62 / per creditYear Round

Documenting for Assessment

EDUP 9158

1-3$62 / per creditYear Round

Designing Learning Progression

EDUP 9159


$62 / per credit

Year Round

Designing Programs for Maker Ed

EDUP 9160


$62 / per credit

Year Round

Maker Ed Convening

EDUP 9161


$62 / per credit

Year Round

Maker Ed Summer Institute

EDUP 9162


$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 enrollment. 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Online: click on “REGISTER NOW and select your desired course title(s). At checkout, you will be required to pay with 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/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.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3 page reflection paper

2 credits = 6 page reflection paper

3 credits = 9 page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you will create and implement into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing of your professional development workshop, conference, or webinar. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/Power Point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target–grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards (or your state standards) set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated/will evaluate the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use/will you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

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Self-Created Time-Log Sample

Document all the time you spend creating and implementing lesson plans, curriculum, activities, projects, strategies, or techniques inspired by what you learned. Creating your own log gives you the freedom to document all the time and effort you have dedicated to completing your coursework requirements. Your log must be specific and include dates and accomplishments. For each graduate-level credit/unit, you must document 15 hours of academic involvement. All your coursework participation must be away from professionally paid hours and after completion of a Maker Ed workshop, webinar, or course offering.

Date Objective & Goals Times Hours
Created new curriculum & lessons for upcoming semester
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Developed new learning activity for my curriculum/lesson plan
7:00 am - 9:00 am
Created PowerPoint/video presentation incorporating new strategies
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Reviewed workshop materials and wrote draft for reflection paper
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Developed new learning activity for lecture
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Typed 3-page reflection paper discussing new lesson (first credit)
6:00 am - 7:30 am
Total hours of involvement/participation must meet 15 hours per credit

It may be that you require more or less time completing your own personal activities and/or projects, and that’s why we have left it to you to decide how you manage your time. 

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