Oren Sofer’s Mindful Communication Training

Earn Graduate-Level Professional Development Semester Credits For Participation In Oren Jay Sofer Courses and Retreats

Please Note: You must wait until you have completed the course or retreat, and have received the Certificate of Completion from Oren Jay Sofer before you register for credit!

Two Simple Steps:

Step 1

Get to know the policies of your school district regarding graduate-level professional growth courses, due dates, etc.:
Some districts require prior approval and some don’t. Districts vary in policy regarding whether or not they require embossed transcripts, and districts have different turn-in dates for salary advancement.

It is your responsibility to know your own district’s policies regarding dates you must submit grade reports for salary advancement and regarding their policy in accepting grade reports versus official transcripts. Please contact your personnel department for information.
Please note: It typically takes 6 – 8 weeks to obtain a transcript from the Registrar, so please plan to register for credit with this time frame in mind.

What information to provide your district should you need prior approval:
Generally districts ask for the name of the university, the course title and course number. If additional information is requested, you may add that all our University of the Pacific courses are Graduate-Level, Professional Development courses, designed as professional growth for teachers. The University of the Pacific is accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. See the section below General Information Regarding Unit/Credit for more specific information about the type of credit we offer.

Step 2

Send in registration form, payment, and Certificate of Completion from Oren Jay Sofer, to Courses4Teachers Inc.

You have already done the work at the course/retreat so now you may register for credit. No extra work is necessary.

The online registration process is quick and easy.

The cost is only $99 per graduate-level professional development unit/credit.

Credit for the  “Say What You Mean” 12-Week Online Course:
This course requires a minimum of 45 hours of professional development work. You may register for 3 graduate-level professional development semester credits with Courses4Teachers Inc., at the cost of $297. With your registration  Courses4Teachers Inc. will require a written reflection of what you learned in this 6-week online course. No other work is necessary. Simply attach your certificate of completion and reflection with your online registration, at a cost of $297 for three graduate-level professional development semester credits.

Credit for the Wise Speech Retreat:
This retreat requires 30 hours of professional development work. You  may register for two graduate-level professional development semester credits with Courses4Teachers Inc..  With your registration  Courses4Teachers Inc. will require a written reflection of what you learned at this retreat.. No other work is necessary. Simply attach your certificate of completion and reflection with your online registration of $198 for two graduate-level professional development semester credits.

Credit for the In-Person Mindful Communication Course;
This course requires a minimum of 15 hours of professional development work. You may register for one graduate-level professional development semester credit with Courses4Teachers Inc. at a cost of $99. With your registration  Courses4Teachers Inc. will require a written reflection of what you learned in this course. No other work is necessary. Simply attach your certificate of completion and reflection with your online registration, at a cost of $99 for one graduate-level professional development semester credit.

Credit for the 6-Week Online Communication Course:
This course requires 30 hours of professional development work. You may therefore register for two graduate-level professional development semester credits with Courses4Teachers Inc. at a cost of $198. With your registration, and with your certificate of completion, Courses4Teachers Inc. will require a written reflection of what you learned in this 6-week on-line course. No other work is necessary. Simply attach your certificate of completion and reflection with your online registration, at a cost of $198 for two graduate-level professional development semester credits.

Want More Than One University Credit for the In-Person Mindful Communication Course or the 6-Week Online Communication Course?

Should you wish to earn 3 units rather than one for either or both of these courses, you will need to turn in a log of extra work along with your registration and certificates of completion. For the Mindful Communication Course your log will be for 30 hours. For the 6-Week Online Communication Course your log will need to be for 15 hours. Your log will indicate additional work such as reading or researching new ideas/lesson plan ideas. 

Together, with your certificates of completion AND your log of additional hours of reading/research/curriculum development, you equal 45 hours and qualify for 3 graduate-level professional development semester credits!

You will then select a course title and register with Course4Teachers Inc. for 3 credits at a cost of $297.

Sample log:

4/13 Read __________,  pages 1-30                                                                     3  hours
                  Written synopsis included

 4/15 Continued to read the above book, pages 30-52                                     3 hours

Written synopsis included                                                                                                                                   

4/19 Researched lesson plan ideas on social emotional teaching                    2 hours                                                                           

List sites/links visited                                                                                                      

Want Credit for Classes with Oren Jay Sofer You Have Taken in the Past?

If you have not received credit for participation in past classes with Oren Jay Sofer, you may register for credit as long as you still can provide Courses4Teachers Inc. with your certificate of completion.

About Courses4Teachers Inc. and University of the Pacific:
Courses4Teachers Inc. is an educational company, in affiliation with University of the Pacific, providing practical and motivating courses for teachers throughout the United States. Courses4Teachers Inc. has provided PreK-12 teachers with consistent, dependable, high-quality graduate professional courses for over twenty-six years. The company has offices in both No and So CA. The Courses4Teachers Inc. staff takes great pride in the quality of education and service they provide and value highly their strong partnership with the prestigious University of the Pacific. The Pacific main campus, located in Stockton, CA, is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the state of California; it has a reputation of high prestige and is known for quality in education.

General Information regarding graduate-level professional development units/credits with the University of the Pacific:
States across the U.S. have different terminology to label this type of graduate-level professional development units/credits. It can be referred to as “professional growth,” “post-bachelor’s credit,” “continuing education,” “graduate units,” “graduate hours,” or “graduate credits.”

Regardless of the terminology, and in light of some confusion with semantics among different states, we want to make it clear that these graduate-level professional development courses are designed for professional growth and are available to teachers across the U.S. These courses will be listed on a University of the Pacific transcript. These courses are designed for salary advancement and to renew credentials. The courses are not designed towards attainment of an advanced degree. You are advised to check with your state board or attending university, prior to registering, if you wish to apply these graduate-level professional development units/credits towards attainment of specialty credentials. There are no refunds.

Grades and Transcript Information:
After you have mailed in your registration with the Certificate of Course Completion, a confirmation of your grade will be emailed to you, from our Courses4Teachers Inc. office on University letterhead within 5 business days. You will receive an unofficial transcript from the University of the Pacific Registrar in about 6 – 8 weeks. A few school districts require the unofficial transcript from the University for graduate-level professional development units/credits and salary increment credit. Most school districts require an Official Transcript.

For more information about grades and transcripts click here:
https://courses4teachers.net/information-about-grades-and-transcripts/

Registration Process for Oren Jay Sofer Courses/Retreats

  1. Registration is open all year long
    Note: You must wait until you have completed the educational event before you register!
  2. Choose from the course titles listed below.

Each of the course titles are available for 1, 2 or 3 credits. 

If you submit a log of extra hours of documented work along with your certificate (so together with certificate and log you equal 45 hours of work completed)  you may register for 3 units of credit instead of just one unit – selecting simply one title from below. 

NOTE: Our titles do not match Oren Jay Sofer course titles or retreat titles. You must select from the following course titles that have been approved by the University of the Pacific for Oren Jay Sofer courses and retreats. The title you select will be the title that appears on your transcript from the University of the Pacific.

EDUP 9188: Promoting Social Emotional Learning and Growth
EDUP 9189: Social Emotional Learning Practices
P EDU 9279: Incorporating Mindful Education into Curriculum
P EDU 9040: Safe and Respectful Learning Environments
P EDU 9069: Classroom Management, Strategies that Work
P EDU 9403: Culturally Responsive Teaching
P EDU 9069 Classroom Management, Strategies That Work
P EDU 9052: Understanding and Supporting Children With Special Needs
P EDU 9751: Stress Management Strategies to Enhance Student Learning
P EDU 9044: Strategies to Help Children with Learning Challenges
P EDU 9049: Strategies for Differentiated Instruction
P EDU 9231: Understanding & Supporting Children with Autism
P EDU 9264: ADHD Classroom, Teaching Strategies

For Early Childhood Educators in particular:

P ECE 9005: Promoting Social Emotional Growth in ECE Students
P ECE 9006: Teaching To diversified Developmental Levels, Personality Types and Learning Styles in the ECE Classroom
 
REGISTRATION:

Register by email or use regular mail – see below:
Include with each registration form payment, and Certificate of Course Completion.

  1. When filling out registration form in Notes please let us know your registration is for Oren Jay.Sofer
  2. Attach a PDF or JPG of your Certificate of Course Completion, and log of extra hours if applicable.

To access our new user-friendly registration form, click hereRegistration Form

Should you need to pay by check, mail Registration Form(s) & check (Check should be payable to University of the Pacific) to address below and use this Form
     Courses4Teachers Inc. | University of the Pacific
     Attn: Karin Alexander
     1812 W. Burbank Avenue, #1031
     Burbank, CA 91506