How It Works:
Travel Study Course(s)
Visit the places you’ve dreamed of going. Gain new perspectives and insights on the world. And – best of all – earn credit for it!
Earn up to 3 hours of graduate-level semester units of credit (per course) for traveling to unique places around the world. Whether you spend time traveling to Hawaii, national parks, local museums, exhibits, or any other destinations of your choice, this professional development course option allows you to integrate your travel study experiences into your classroom or program. The objective is to design and develop a personalized academic program based on independent travels anywhere within the United States or abroad. You will be motivated to conduct intensive examination of your choice of a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to, educational systems; multi-cultural comparisons; perspectives on the social, historical, artistic, political, anthropological, scientific or religious aspects in or about other countries.
Traveling will enable you to draw your students into the lessons more effectively – and not just by regurgitating information you have read. By giving them a piece of the excitement you brought back with you! Through your travels, you can make history, geology, art, language, culture, current events – just about every subject – come alive, to yourself and your students!
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.
Integrate your travel study experiences into your educational setting. Opportunities are available across all teaching grade levels, disciplines, and subjects or topics. Designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to complete your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted upon request.
Overview of Requirements
1. Define your travel objective(s): When registering for this course option, you will be required to provide a short description of your travel objectives, and how you plan to create and implement your learning experiences into your program. You may also utilize previous travel experiences for this course option as long as the materials developed are relevant to your curriculum or programs.
2. Create a Travel Journal with times, academic points of interest, and activities relating to your travel experiences and objectives. Your travel journal will document the effort and time that you dedicate to the process of completing your coursework requirements and learning objectives.
Whether you spend time brainstorming, researching, reading, typing, writing, watching educational videos and films for ideas, constructing visuals, putting together new Powerpoint Presentations or rubrics, you are able to document all the professional time you have invested amplifying and enriching your professional needs.
3. Develop a 25-30 slide PowerPoint or Google presentation (per credit) to demonstrate the professional outcomes of your travel experience, and implement what you have learned directly into the learning process of your students.
1 credit = 30 Slides
2 credits = 60 Slides
3 credits = 90 Slides
4. Complete a 1-2 page write-up: A minimum one to two page write-up describing utilization and/or professional application of material developed.
*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.