Complete Informational Packet

Self-Designed Courses for PreK-12 Teachers:

Earn University of the Pacific Graduate-Level Professional Development Semester Units/Credits for the professional work you do after school:
You may count professional work such as developing/revising curriculum to meet Common Core Standards, researching, reading books, curriculum development, lesson development, incorporating technology into curriculum, previewing videos, developing rubrics, researching effective teaching strategies, work inspired by educational workshops or conferences, webinars, educational travel, etc.

There is nothing easy about all the hard work you do on your own time to enhance your teaching. Courses4Teachers, LLC and the University of the Pacific take great pride in the quality of education and service they provide. We are pleased to award you graduate-level professional development semester units/credits for the curriculum development, reading and research you do.

Four steps to earn 3 or more graduate-level professional development semester units/credits for the work you are doing right now and for work you have done recently:

Step 1.

Get to know the policies of your school district regarding post-baccalaureate graduate-level professional development semester courses, due dates, etc. Some districts require prior approval before you register for courses for salary advancement and some districts may not. Districts also vary in policy regarding whether or not they require an embossed Official Transcript or if an Unofficial Transcript will suffice. You should also know your district’s deadline for salary advancement.

Need District prior approval?
Generally districts ask for the name of the university (University of the Pacific), the course title and course number, and the number of graduate-level professional development semester units per course. If additional information is requested, assure your District that University of the Pacific courses are graduate-level professional development semester courses, designed as professional development for teachers. The University of the Pacific is accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The University of the Pacific grants graduate-level professional growth for these courses, not CEUs. **

Need a course description for prior approval?
We have course descriptions available upon request for each course. However, given the fact that strategies for teaching are continuously changing, we encourage teachers to research the very latest techniques and materials to enhance their curriculum. We want these courses to be practical for your individual needs as wells as in keeping with the current focus of your district.

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Step 2.

Register for One or More of Our Courses?
Registration is open all year. You may register for several courses at one time. However, you may register for no more than 16 semester units of graduate-level professional development semester units within a four-month period. 

The cost is only $99 per semester unit/credit. There are no refunds!

You must register before you schedule your grading appointment.
The registration process is quick and easy:
Fill in the registration form by clicking on “Register Now” below. Download the registration form to your desktop and type on the desktop version.

If registering for more than one course, you must fill out a separate registration form for each course. If paying by check, please make check payable to University of the Pacific. (Please Note: If paying by check, your registration will be held until your check has cleared the University’s account. This may take up to 2-3 weeks.)
See list of course numbers and titles below. Keep a record of the course titles you have chosen for your records.

Selecting a Course Title.
We have over 50 different courses from which you may choose. You may document your own readings and activities and personalize any course to meet the specific mandates by your District and for meeting Common Core requirements.

Once you have selected a course title, you may not use that course title again for subsequent courses. In selecting a course title, keep in mind that the title does not have to directly relate to all the activities you are doing. We understand that teachers multi-task and no one title may correspond with all that you do.

If you do not wish to register directly online, mail registration to:
Courses4Teachers, LLC, University of the Pacific
Attn: Karin Alexander
696 San Ramon Valley Blvd. #518
Danville, CA 94526

You may also register by email:
Phone registration is not recommended due to office delays. For quick and effective correspondence, or if you are having trouble, email us.

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Step 3.

Document the Professional Work You Have Done.
Note: We accept Word Docs, PDFs and JPEGs. We do NOT accept Google Docs.

Provide us dates, to the best of your recollection, when the work was actually begun and completed. You may log work you have completed recently as long as you have not previously received any university or district credit for that particular work.

Each entry in your log should be succinct and specific and broken down by daily entries. See sample below.

The activities you list in your log may be unrelated professional activities, i.e., one hour reading, one hour developing a rubric, or one hour developing a lesson plan incorporating technology into your curriculum, etc.
You will need to document 15 hours for 1 semester unit/credit, 30 hours to earn 2 semester units/credits, and 45 hours for 3 semester units/credits.

What should my log look like?

Sample log:
4/12 Developed a rubric for math assessment, re: integers 3 hours
4/14 Read __________, Why you read the book and how it relates to your curriculum, pages 1-30 1 hour
4/15 Read the above book, pages 31-42 1 hour
4/19 Created a math game on subtraction using technology 2 hours
4/20 Researched the life of Van Gogh, list name of website or article etc. 2 hours


What type proof should I provide for each item in my log?
You may submit photos, actual samples of lesson plans, written explanations, power point presentations, etc.
If you choose to meet with a Grader rather than mail in your coursework, you will bring those samples to your review appointment and be prepared to explain in person any activities for which you don’t have samples.

What activities count for graduate-level professional development semester units/credits?
Your work must be curriculum development, reading or research based and it must be work that enhances your knowledge, skills and classroom curriculum. You may not count anything that is regarded as “prep work.”

The activities you log don’t have to relate to each other, but they have to be professional activities that involve curriculum development, reading or research.

A Few Examples of What does NOT count for these courses:
You may NOT log work done as part of a school activity, team meeting or school/district-sponsored event.
You may NOT log “collaboration” if it was during a school meeting, district meeting or team meeting.
You may NOT log time with students, correcting/grading papers, photocopying, laminating, typing, conferencing with parents, general planning, or doing report cards.
You may NOT log time developing materials to share or help other teachers (you only count what you develop to help your own classroom).
You may NOT log leveling books, purchasing materials, or bulletin board work.
You may NOT log time at a conference or workshop (unless we are in partnership with that educational company and if that is the case, that educational organization would have referred you to us.)

For travel documentation:
Only document guided tour time or readings/research that provide you with information you will use in developing lesson plans to enhance your curriculum. Do not log transportation time, eating, walking around, etc.

Suggestions of excellent words to begin your log entries: Read, Researched, Developed, Created, Toured, Previewed, Revised

Ask yourself this question: Is the curriculum development, reading or research something that will enhance my knowledge, skills, curriculum, and/or classroom environment for years to come?” If it is not prep work and the answer is yes, then the activity is acceptable for this program.

Please DO NOT begin your log with: Collaborated, Planned, Prepared, Organized, Sorted, Set-up, Classified, Presented, Met with…, or Attended

Working with a colleague(s) to earn unit credit? We understand that collaboration is important. If you are developing curriculum with another teacher, you may only log the work you contributed to the meeting. You cannot count collaboration during school hours or collaboration done at team meetings that are organized or required by your school or district.

Want Credit Linked to an Educational Conference or Workshop?
We cannot count “Conference Attendance Time.” You therefore cannot log, “Attended ___Conference, 8 hours.” However, we CAN count specific reading/research or curriculum development you did while at a conference.

You will log the individual activities, lesson plan development, readings, research, etc. that you did at the conference. You will need to show proof of what you have accomplished. Proof can be in the way of samples, photos, notes, power points, or written elaboration.

Follow the same procedure outlined above for all our courses. Select a course title from the list below. More than likely, no title will match the conference/workshop subject, so select a course title that works best for you and that you’d like to see on a transcript.

You’ll need 15 hours for 1 unit/credit, 30 hours for 2 units/credits, or 45 for 3 units/credits. You may document professional work you have done prior to the conference, during the conference, and after the conference. When your documentation is complete, you may either meet with a Grader or mail in your log, and samples/explanation of work completed.

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Step 4.

Schedule an appointment to meet with a Courses4Teachers’ Grader to review what you have accomplished, or you may email or mail us your log and documentation. You must wait until you receive our Registration Confirmation Email before you meet with a Grader. Most teachers find they enjoy the convenience of meeting with a Grader in person and appreciate the one-on-one help and validation. It’s easy to schedule appointments: Go to the top of this page and click on “Graders in your Area” in the purple area to the left to contact a Grader near you for your appointment. However, should you prefer, you may email or mail your log to us, along with your coursework. Please note, your coursework will not be returned.

You have a maximum one year to complete your coursework. There will be no reminders of your due date. It is your responsibility to get your coursework evaluated on time.

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General Information Regarding University of the Pacific graduate-level professional development semester units:
The University of the Pacific is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the state of California. The Graduate-Level Professional Development semester credit provided by the University of the Pacific is accepted by school districts throughout the United States. The University of the Pacific is accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Graduate-Level Professional Development credit provided is designed for salary advancement and to renew credentials. These courses are not designed to be applied towards attainment of an advanced degree. It is under the discretion of individual universities as to whether or not they will accept some or all of these graduate-level professional development units towards attainment of specialty credentials or masters degrees with them.

Teachers are advised to verify with their school district or state licensing bureau acceptance of such graduate-level professional development semester units/credits prior to registration for unit credit. There are no refunds!

Regarding Development Units (PDCs) vs Continuing Education Units (CEUs):
The University of the Pacific grants graduate professional growth for these courses, not CEUs.

Semantics clarification regarding PDUs vs CEUs: In a few states, some districts ask for “semester hours” of graduate-level professional development graduate-level professional development units rather than “professional development semester units.” This is a semantics issue. The credit we award is graduate-level professional-development semester units (which are also called “hours” or “credits” in some states). These courses are for academic professional growth and will be listed on a University transcript.

In California and most other states, professional development units (PDUs) are accepted for salary advancement because they are known to be graded, graduate level, and require 15 hours per semester unit of credit; most school districts, especially in CA, do not accept CEUs for salary advancement. That is why we do not promote or advertise CEU credit.

Some states require “semester hours of credit;” this is the same as what we refer to as “graduate-level professional development semester units” in this packet.

Note: Professionals in the behavioral sciences, i.e., Psychologists, may prefer CEUs (their requirements are different than those for teachers.) Should you only need documented hours rather than a course grade, we can provide you with a Certificate of Completion (no grade). Your school district will have a formula to convert our PDUs into CEU credit, although it is rare that teachers need CEUs: 45 hours of professional work will earn you 4.5 CEUs.

Should you need more clarification on “terminology,” please contact us.

Grades and Transcripts:
Should you have any questions, now or in the future, regarding your registrations or grades, please contact us at Courses4Teachers directly, and DO NOT contact the main campus. All your registration and grade information is here at our Courses4Teachers office. Contacting us, rather than the main campus, will allow you to get your needs met quickly. You may email us at for quick, reliable service.

After you have mailed in your documentation and registration, a grade confirmation will be emailed to you, from our Danville office on University letterhead within 5 business days. You will also receive an Unofficial Transcript in the mail, directly from the University of the Pacific Registrar, in about 6-8 weeks. Some school districts may accept the grade confirmation letter emailed from our office for immediate professional growth and salary increment credit. Most school districts accept the Unofficial Transcript from the Registrar, but some may request an embossed, sealed Official Transcript.
PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to have your Official Transcript mailed Overnight, FedEx will not deliver to a PO Box.

Please note: For more Official Transcript information & step-by-step directions click here:

Please note: Expedited grade posting causes office delays and the Registrar has asked that we do not request a Rush on your grade(s).

Course Numbers and Titles Available for Self-Designed Courses:
What if what I plan to do doesn’t fit into any of these titles? Don’t worry. We know you multi-task, so no one title could possibly explain all that you plan to do.

We have many different titles and course numbers offering different course descriptions and suggested reading, research, and development, so you may take several of these courses over time, and develop many different goals towards more effective teaching.

Organization/Curriculum/Classroom Environment related:
The following are 3 units only:
P EDU 9015: Adding New Ideas to Your Curriculum
P EDU 9031: Aligning Curriculum to Standards and Benchmarks
P EDU 9034: Developing Effective Curriculum
P EDU 9047: Effective Teaching Strategies and Motivational Lesson Plans
P EDU 9054: Lesson Plans and Strategies for Success in Teaching
P EDU 9058: Teaching More Creatively and Motivationally
P EDU 9059: Establishing Meaningful Timelines and Effective Lesson Plans
P EDU 9990: Teaching State Mandated Objectives More Creatively

The following can be 1, 2, or 3 units:
P EDU 9227: Establishing an Online Collaborative Classroom I
P EDU 9228: Establishing an Online Collaborative Classroom II
P EDU 9240: Teaching Common Core Standards Effectively
P EDU 9253: Teaching Common Core Standards Effectively II
P EDU 9254: Incorporating Game-Based Learning into Your Curriculum
P EDU 9040: Safe and Respectful Learning Environments
P EDU 9069: Classroom Management, Strategies that Work
P EDU 9751: Stress Management Strategies to Enhance Student Learning
P EDU 9279: Incorporating Mindful Education into Curriculum
P EDU 9294: Reading, Writing & Math Curriculum for Pre-K, TK & K Teachers
P EDU 9403: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Special Needs related:
The following are 3 units only:
P EDU 9035: Enhancing Special Education Curriculum
P EDU 9053: Teaching to Different Personality Types and Learning Styles

The following can be 1, 2, or 3 units:
P EDU 9044: Strategies to Help Children with Learning Challenges
P EDU 9049: Strategies for Differentiated Instruction
P EDU 9052: Understanding and Supporting Children with Special Needs
P EDU 9231: Understanding & Supporting Children with Autism
P EDU 9264: ADHD Classroom, Teaching Strategies

Math, Science, Technology related:
The following are 3 units only:
P EDU 9016: Science Ideas for the Classroom
P EDU 9018: Math Ideas for the Classroom
P EDU 9038: Technology Resources to Enhance Teaching

The following can be 1, 2, or 3 units:
P EDU 9041: Teaching Coastal and Marine Ecosystems
P EDU 9060: Evaluating and Enhancing Your Science Program
P EDU 9061: Evaluating and Enhancing Your Math Program
P EDU 9064: Focusing On Objectives for Teaching Science
P EDU 9065: Focusing On Objectives for Teaching Math
P EDU 9066: Enhancing Your Skills Using Technology
P EDU 9187: Connected Learning: The 21st Century Classroom
P EDU 9190: IPAD Apps to Teach PreK-12 Core Standards
P EDU 9191: Digital Learning Tools to Develop 21st Century PreK-12 Curriculum
P EDU 9192: Flip Teaching Technology/Strategies
P EDU 9193: Flip Cameras: Tools for Effective Teaching
P EDU 9235: Using Open Educational Resources to Create PreK-12 Curriculum I
P EDU 9236: Using Open Educational Resources to Create PreK-12 Curriculum II
P EDU 9238: Using the Android Tablet in the Classroom
P EDU 9265: Using Technology to Foster Collaborative Learning

Reading/Literature/Writing/Spelling related:
The following are 3 units only:
P EDU 9017: Literature Ideas for the Classroom
P EDU 9042: Enhancing Writing Skills in the Classroom
P EDU 9043: Effective Lessons in Grammar and Writing
P EDU 9056: New Strategies for Teaching Spelling

The following can be 1, 2, or 3 units:
P EDU 9046: Introducing More Literature into Your Reading Program
P EDU 9048: Evaluating and Enhancing Your Writing Program
P EDU 9051: Focusing on Objectives for Teaching Reading
P EDU 9055: Focusing on Objectives for Teaching Writing Skills
P EDU 9992: Evaluate & Strengthen Your Reading Program

History related:
The following are 3 units only:
P EDU 9019: History Ideas for the Classroom
P EDU 9033: Developing History Curriculum

Foreign Language related:
The following can be 1, 2, or 3 units:
P EDU 9050: Focusing on Objectives for Teaching French
P EDU 9057: Focusing on Objectives for Teaching Spanish

P.E./ Health/ Environment related:
The following are 3 units only:
P EDU 9032: Physical Education Activities for the Classroom
P EDU 9037: Health/Nutrition Lesson Plans for the Classroom

The following can be 1, 2, or 3 units:
P EDU 9062: Focusing On Objectives for Teaching Physical Education
P EDU 9188: Environmental Awareness, Lesson Plans and Activities
P EDU 9189: Environmental Education Curriculum for Teachers
P EDU 9091: Nutrition Incorporated into Core Curriculum
P EDU 9092: Health/Nutrition Lesson Plans II
P EDU 9278: Yoga: Social/Emotional Learning Techniques to Enrich Core Curriculum

Art/ Music/Drama related:
The following are 3 units only:
P EDU 9036: Art Projects and Lessons to Enhance Your Curriculum
P EDU 9045: Enhancing Your Music Program

The following can be 1, 2, or 3 units:
P EDU 9063: Focusing on Objectives for Teaching Art
P EDU 9070: Music Across the Curriculum
P EDU 9071: Using Music in Teaching the Standards
P EDU 9197: Integrating Drama Across Curriculum
P EDU 9198: Kinesthetic and Creative Teaching Techniques for Effective Classroom Management
P EDU 9226: Enhancing Literacy Using PreK-12 Drama Activities

Field Trips/ Travel related:
The following are 3 units only:
P EDU 9030: Develop New Curricula Through Travel
P EDU 9039: Local Resources/Field Trips to Enhance Curriculum
P EDU 9213: The History and Art of Italy
P EDU 9214: The History and Art of France

The following can be 1, 2, or 3 units:
P EDU 9215: The History, Art and Culture of Italy II
P EDU 9216: The History, Art and Culture of the British Isles
P EDU 9217: The History, Art and Culture of Spain
P EDU 9218: The History, Art and Culture of Europe
P EDU 9219: The History and Art of America
P EDU 9220: Travel to Learn and Enhance your Teaching
P EDU 9221: Travel to Enrich Your Curriculum
P EDU 9222: Travel As a Form of Education
P EDU 9224: The History, Art and Culture of Italy
P EDU 9225: The History, Art and Culture of France
P EDU 9299: Educational Travel for Music Teachers

Office Management related:
The following can be 1, 2, or 3 units:
P EDU 9067: Effective Organization for School Office Management I
P EDU 9068: Effective Organization for school Office Management II

Early Childhood Education related:
The following can be 1, 2, or 3 units:
P ECE 9000: Teaching Foundational Reading Skills to ECE Students 
P ECE 9001: Teaching Foundational Math Skills to ECE Students
P ECE 9002: Supporting English Language Development in the ECE Classroom
P ECE 9003: Assessment of ECE Goals and Lesson Plan Effectiveness 
P ECE 9004: Understanding Developmental Stages of Early Childhood
P ECE 9005: Promoting Social Emotional Growth in ECE Students
P ECE 9006: Teaching to Diversified Developmental Levels, Personality Types & Learning Styles in the ECE Classroom
P ECE 9007: Teaching Language and Literacy to ECE Students

University of the Pacific – Registration Form

Instructions to Complete and either Email or Mail your registration form are included on the bottom of the actual PDF Registration Form.

Registration Form