Graduate-Level Professional Development Semester Units of Credit for Salary Advancement and/or Recertification
University of the Pacific, Benerd College, is pleased to offer graduate-level semester units of credit for completing coursework with Smekens Education. Dedicated to 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 they may choose instead to join one of Smekens’ virtual-interactive events. Smekens Education is committed to helping you meet your salary advancement or recertification requirements through practical and meaningful PD experiences.
For over 5 years, University of the Pacific/Benerd College has partnered with Smekens Education to provide graduate-level semester credit for educators, administrators, counselors, speech-language pathologists, and teachers across the nation.
How It Works:
Earn up to 3 graduate-level units per workshop or conference.
You choose when to register for university credit after completion of a Smekens Education training.
Please note: Smekens Education workshop and conference fees are paid separately from the tuition university credit fee.Find a Workshop Step 1
Register for the corresponding UOP Course (see below) and complete course requirements based on what you learned.
Registration is available year round for all current (on-going) or past Smekens Education participants.
Three Simple Steps to Complete Your Course
Step 1: Submit a Certificate of Completion—provided by Smekens Education—for the workshop/webinar/conference you completed.
Step 2: Submit a Reflection Paper based on what you learned.
Step 3: Submit a Time Log documenting 15 hours per credit.
A Self-Directed Approach:
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, professional development plan) 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.
- 1 credit = Reflection paper + 15 hour-time log
- 2 credits = Reflection paper + 30 hour-time log
- 3 credits = Reflection paper + 45 hour-time log
Purposely designed for busy teachers like you, you have up to 6 months to submit your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted upon request.
After your course requirements are reviewed and graded, your grade will be submitted for posting at University of the Pacific, Benerd College.
An Official Transcript is available from Pacific upon completion of course requirements.Transcript Information Step 3
Registration is quick and easy. Simply choose the course that corresponds to your workshop or webinar training to begin earning credit. At checkout, you will be able to select how many graduate level credits you want to earn for your course.