1-3 Graduate-Level Semester Credits
Graduate-Level Professional Development Courses

Echoes & Reflections and University of the Pacific/Benerd College are committed to help educators amplify the skills needed to teach about the Holocaust in a comprehensive and meaningful way. We’ve curated a variety of programs and materials to help initiate important discussions and respond to students’ difficult questions. Graduate-Level Credits are available for participants who successfully complete the on-line course.

The units offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester credits, provided directly through the University of the Pacific, Benerd College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for Salary Advancement and Re-certification. These Professional Development Courses are for participants who are NOT pursuing an advanced degree at University of the Pacific. 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 units. All participants are responsible to determine acceptability of these units for their intended use.

Prior to registering, please carefully read over the requirements, submission process, etc.

If you have any questions regarding unit information, transcripts, or coursework requirements/submission, please email us directly at Also, you can call Dr. Lifson at (949)646-9696 during scheduled telephone office hours:(Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday), 8:00am -12:00pm, Pacific Time.

Please also view our FAQs at the bottom of the page for more information.

Step 1

Participate in an On-line Course

Step 2

Email your Coursework

Step 3

Earn Graduate-Level Credit on a Transcript

(Echoes & Reflections)

(Choose your submission date)

(University of the Pacific)

Course Overview/Requirements
Coursework Submission

There are only two requirements for the awarding of credit:

1. Self-Created Time Log:

Create a PDF or Word document including a self-created time log documenting the time you spend creating comprehensive lesson plans inspired by the on-line course. Creating your own log gives you the freedom of documenting all the time and effort you have dedicated to completing your coursework requirements. Your log must be specific and include dates and accomplishments. For each Graduate-Level Credit, you must document 15 hours of involvement. All your coursework participation must be away from professionally paid hours.

Whether you spend time completing the on-line PD, brainstorming new ideas, creating new lesson plans, researching, reading, typing your narratives, reviewing provided materials/resources, or composing notes from the on-line course, 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 teaching techniques or activities.

2. Narrative Report & Lesson Plans

Narrative Report: Type a 3-page, single-spaced narrative report summarizing your overall experience in developing new comprehensive lesson plans. You may modify, change, or adapt any ideas to meet your professional needs. The culminating goal of this report is to demonstrate how you have enhanced and empowered your professional development. 

Lesson Plans: The number of units attempted will determine the amount of lesson plans you are required to submit. Please be creative with your lesson plans and incorporate, when possible, the core standards set by your district or employer.

Unit Requirements:

1 credit = 3 page narrative + 1 lesson plan + 15 hours of logged time


2 credits = 3 page narrative + 3 lesson plans + 30 hours of logged time 

3 credits = 3 page narrative + 5 lesson plans + 45 hours of logged time 

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.​

Your completed coursework should be saved as a PDF, JPEG, or Word document and include:

1. Title page with the following:

  • Last name, First name

  • University of the Pacific Course Number and Title

  • Number of Credits

  • Last 4 Digits of SSN

  • Beginning/Ending date

  • Echoes & Reflections On-line Course Title

2. Self-created time log documenting 15 hours per credit along with dates and accomplishments. Include the total number of hours calculated for all coursework. (See log example below.)

3. Narrative & Lesson Plans

Log Example:




It may be that you require more or less time completing your own personal activities and/or projects, and that's why we have left it to you to decide how you manage your time.

Completed Echoes & Reflections On-line Course

Created/developed new lesson plan for 1st credit

Typed draft of narrative for my first lesson plan

Read/reviewed materials from online course

Brainstormed/created new ideas for second and third lesson plan 

Typed a 3-page, singled-spaced narrative 

​E-mail your completed coursework as an attachment to:

Please include in the subject line "Coursework Submission"​​













Total hours of involvement: 15 hours per credit

Grading and Transcripts

After submitting your coursework, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you that your coursework was received and is in the grading process. Please allow one to two business days to receive your confirmation.​ 

Within 4-6 weeks from receiving your grading confirmation, you will receive a letter grade on an unofficial transcript from the Registrar's Office at University of the Pacific/University College by regular mail. The unofficial transcript will include instructions to request an Official Transcript. Provisions for rushed or expedited transcripts are also available upon request. For any question regarding grades and transcripts, credit information, coursework submission, or extensions, please call us at 1(949) 646-9696 (T, W, TH; 8am-12pm, Pacific Time), or email us at for a quick response.

Register Today!


Click HERE to download your PDF Registration Form. Please indicate the course ending date to be up to six months from the enrollment (registration) date. Your coursework is always accepted earlier if you complete your work prior to the course ending date. The true course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date that your coursework is received.

Step 1
Step 2
Email your Registration Form
Step 3
Begin Your Coursework

Frequently asked questions

General Credit Information

Who do I contact for questions regarding university credit, coursework requirements, transcripts, or grading?

Email, or call Dr. Allan H. Lifson at (949)-646-9696 during scheduled telephone office hours:

(Tuesday's/Wednesday's/Thursday's), 8:00am -12:00pm, Pacific Time.

How do I register for credit?

Download the PDF Registration Form and follow the instructions provided on the form. Prior to registering, please be sure that you are FIRST enrolled in an Echoes & Reflections Online Course.

How much is the cost per semester credit?

Tuition cost is only $62 per semester unit.

How many credits can I register for?

You may register to earn between 1-3 graduate-level semester credits by completing follow up coursework to each of the online courses provided.

How long will my registration form take to process?

Registration forms are processed on a weekly basis at the main Registrar’s Office. Generally, it can take anywhere between 2-3 weeks for the payment to appear on your bank account statement from the time you submit your registration form. If you attached a check as the payment method, it may take additional time for the check to clear.

Can I begin my coursework even if I have not yet been charged for my tuition?

Yes. You may begin your coursework once you have received the “Course Enrollment Confirmation” email.

Can I register for credit before enrolling in the Echoes & Reflections Online Course?

No. Enrolling in an Online Echoes & Reflections Course is a prerequisite to earning graduate-level units.

Should I pay in advance, or once I complete the course?

Please do NOT submit tuition payment until you have officially enrolled in the Echoes & Reflections Online Course. Payment is ONLY accepted on or after the date you enroll or complete the Echoes & Reflections Online Course.

Coursework/Grades & Transcripts

Do I need to complete the optional final project to earn course credit?

No. This is not required. However, if you do not complete the final project you will only be able to log 6 hours for completing the course. You must then log the remaining hours for your desired credit.

If I complete the optional project for the online course can I submit this as a lesson plan for credit?

Technically yes, as long as the final project is a lesson plan. You must still complete all required items to earn credit including the narrative and designated logged hours.

Where do I submit my coursework?

Submit your coursework to

Please include in your subject line “Coursework Submission”.

How much time do I have to complete my coursework?

Coursework may be submitted up to six months from your enrollment (registration) date. The enrollment date is the day you receive a “course enrollment confirmation email.” Since enrollment is open year round, coursework submission dates vary depending on when you register.

Can I submit my coursework earlier than my submission date?

We always encourage early coursework submission if you finish prior to your submission date. This will help expedite the process of receiving your unofficial/official transcript. The true course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date in which your coursework is received.

Can I request an extension for submitting my coursework?

Absolutely. Simply email our office at to request a 2-month extension. Be sure to include “Extension Request” in the subject line, and provide your course number/title.

Can I begin my coursework even if I have not been charged for my tuition?

Yes. You may begin your coursework once you have received the “Course Enrollment Confirmation” email.

How long does the grading/transcript process take?

After receiving a coursework confirmation email from our office, please allow anywhere between 3-5 weeks (Up to 6 weeks during the summer!) for you to receive your unofficial transcript. Keep in mind, you do not need to wait to receive an unofficial transcript to request your official transcript.

An unofficial transcript will take approximately 8-10 business days to arrive once your grade(s) have been officially entered into system.

Can I request a refund?

Tuition Fees are non-refundable once your enrollment form has been processed.

How do I request a transcript?

Please visit this link for more information regarding official transcripts. Please select the option to hold transcript until grades have been posted to ensure your transcript records are up to date.

How long will it take to receive my transcripts in the mail?

An unofficial transcript will take approximately 8-10 business days to arrive once your grade(s) have been officially entered into system. An official transcript arrival date depends on the shipping option you selected during your ordering process. You may check the status of your official transcript by using your confirmation code (that was emailed to you once your order was placed), or call the Registrar’s Office at 209-946-2135.

University Course Information

Are these graduate-level courses?

Yes. All university courses offered through Echoes & Reflections are graded, graduate-level, professional development courses provided for all teachers (K-12), and related personnel who are seeking re-certification, state licensure, salary advancement, or other professional development growth opportunities.

The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester credits, provided directly through the University of the Pacific, University College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of Educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification. These courses are NOT applicable to participants who are pursuing an advanced degree at the University of the Pacific.

Will my school district accept these courses for salary increments/licensing requirements?

Each District and State have different requirements, guidelines and deadlines for salary advancement and licensing requirements. We always encourage participants to familiarize themselves with their own policies prior to enrolling. Although we have a proud history of helping educators nationwide, participants are fully responsible in determining the acceptability of these courses for their intended use.

Will these courses be applicable/transferable towards my degree?

These courses are not applicable for a degree at Pacific but can be transferred at the discretion of your institution. An official transcript is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework. While it may be possible for the credits earned in these courses to be used for salary advancement and state licensing requirements, we do not provide assurance that any state licensing board or school district will accept these credits for those purposes. Individuals seeking credits for those purposes are advised to check with the appropriate agencies and gain approval prior to registering. Accredited by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Is University of the Pacific/University College accredited?

Yes. University of the Pacific/University College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). UOP was established July 10, 1851, as California's first chartered institution of higher learning.

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