Earn Graduate Level Units

Earn Graduate-Level Units for Participating in CSDC Trainings, Conferences, Workshops, or Online Courses

CSDC, in partnership with University of the Pacific/Benerd College, is pleased to provide training participants the opportunity to earn graduate-level credit for completion of CSDC professional development educational experiences. We recognize that the rigor of all our courses are made even more meaningful for participants by ensuring that training time qualifies for graduate-level professional development semester units of credit and for a CSDC certificate or proof of completion. The credits are primarily designed to be used towards career advancement and/or recertification requirements.

Important: Registration for university credit is only available upon successful participation in a CSDC professional development educational offering. Qualified participants must provide a CSDC Certificate of Completion to verify participation in the respective program, training, or course, when attempting to register for university credit.

Registration Process - It is simple, convenient, and quick.

Cost: Only $62/semester unit/credit
Qualifying Time Frame: All Year

Please note: Some schools may require pre-approval prior to enrollment. It is your responsibility to know your school’s or district's policies. If pre-approval is necessary, please contact events@chartercenter.org prior to seeking approval to ensure the selected units for a course is accurate. Typically, most schools will request the information listed below when requiring pre-approval for professional development courses:

  • Educational Institution: University of the Pacific/Benerd College
  • Course Number & Title
  • Number of Semester Units/Credits Attempted
  • Accreditation: The University of the Pacific is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).University of the Pacific courses offered through CSDC are graded, graduate-level semester, professional development courses, designed as professional growth and primarily intended for the use of salary advancement/recertification.

CSDC offers a variety of professional development selections that each uniquely consist of different requirements for the awarding of graduate-level credit. Each graduate-level credit requires a total of 15 hours of professional development involvement with CSDC. Please review the respective educational offering you are seeking to earn credit for below. Some of our programs and trainings will award credit for the completion of the program itself. No additional work would be required other than to submit your Certificate of Completion and registration with University of the Pacific.

Charter Business Officer Training Program - Requirements for Credit (1-6 units)

The CBO Training Program involves over 90 hours of professional development and academic involvement. You may register to earn up to 6 graduate-level credits upon completion of this program. Regardless of how many credits you select to enroll, no additional coursework is required after you register and submit a certificate of completion for the Charter Business Officer Training Program.

REGISTER for this program here.

  • Be prepared to upload your certificate of completion at checkout.
  • You choose how many credits you would like to earn for this credit opportunity.

Leadership Intensive* Training Program - Requirements for Credit (1-2 units)

The Leadership Intensive* Program involves over 25 hours of professional development and academic involvement. You may register to earn up to 2 graduate-level credits upon completion of this program. Regardless of how many credits you select to enroll, no additional coursework is required after you register and submit a certificate of completion for the Leadership Intensive*.

*The Leadership Intensive was formerly also known as the Leadership Institute. 

REGISTER for this program here.

  • Be prepared to upload your certificate of completion at checkout.
  • You choose how many credits you would like to earn for this credit opportunity.

CSDC Workshops, Conferences, and Courses - Requirements for Credit (1-3 units)

Earn graduate-level credit upon completion of workshops, conference, or any other course training provided by CSDC. You may register to earn up to 3 graduate-level credits for this practicum course option. You will be required to include a certificate of completion to verify your participation with CSDC. Upon registering for your course(s), you will receive an email including detailed information about your practicum assignments. There are only two additional practicum assignments (see below) required for you to complete after registration.

Brief Overview of Practicum Assignments

  1. Type a 3-Page Reflection Paper: Outlining and reviewing your professional development upon completion of a CSDC course, training, or workshop.
  2. Create a Time Log: Document 15 hours per credit on your time log. Depending on how many credits you select to earn will determine how many hours should be reflected in your log. You may include the time you spend conducting meetings, assignments, and activities, or projects associated with the training that you complete. Creating your own log gives you the freedom of documenting all the time and effort you have dedicated to completing your coursework requirements, inclusive of training time. Your log must be specific and include dates and accomplishments. All your coursework participation must be away from professionally paid hours. Whether you spend time brainstorming new ideas, working on calendaring, budget plans, researching, reading, typing reports, reviewing CSDC materials/resources, or composing notes at the training, you are able to document all the professional time that you have invested enhancing your professional growth. You may also backdate your log to include previously developed training components or activities.

REGISTER for this practicum option here.

  • Be prepared to upload your certificate of completion at checkout.
  • You choose how many credits you would like to earn for this credit opportunity. The cost is only $62 per credit.

Grades & Transcripts

An unofficial transcript will be mailed to you from UOP after your grades are posted at the Registrar’s Office. You can expect to receive an unofficial transcript within 3-4 weeks after confirmation of having received all your course information for processing/evaluation. For more information regarding transcripts, please visit this Transcript Information Page.

For any question regarding registration, grades and transcripts, unit information, coursework submission, or extensions, please call (949) 646-9696 (T, W, TH; 8:00AM-12:00PM, Pacific Time), or email info@teacherfriendly.com for a quick response.

About University of the Pacific/Benerd College & Charter Schools Development Center

The University of the Pacific is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and all courses offered by CSDC are graduate-level, professional development courses, designed as professional growth for charter leaders, including administrators, board members, staff, and teachers. They are intended primarily for the use of salary advancement and recertification.

Frequently Asked Questions about Graduate-level Credits/Units

  • How do I register for grad-level units?
    To register for graduate-level units, simply visit the CSDC Partnership training page or go directly to the checkout page to register and complete your payment information.

    Please allow for 1-3 weeks for your tuition payment and information to be processed.

  • Is the University of the Pacific accredited?
    The University of the Pacific/Benerd College is California’s oldest private chartered university established in 1851 and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

  • What is the required completion time from my practicum requirements?
    Your coursework can be submitted up to 6 months from 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.

  • Who is eligible to earn grad-level units?
    Any participant who completes a CSDC training (live or online) is eligible to pursue 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level units. For CBO and LI, participants must receive a Completion of Certificate to qualify and qualify for 1 to 6 units. Once a training is complete, participants may register for a graduate-level course with the University of the Pacific.

    CSDC’s partnership with University of the Pacific began in 2010. All workshops since that date qualify for graduate-level units. Exceptions possible per University of the Pacific approval.

  • Will my school/employer accept these units?
    Before enrolling in a course with University of the Pacific, please check with your administrator or district office regarding policy. Some schools require pre-approval for graduate-level units.

  • When can I begin my time log?
    As soon as you complete the training, you may begin logging contact hours. The time you spend looking through your notes, viewing the course site, referring to additional sources, planning and developing lessons, collaborating with colleagues, and typing your reflection paper all count toward your contact hours.

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