1-3 non-degree Graduate-Level Semester Units
Graduate-Level Professional Development Courses
Earn Graduate-Level Units at a Smekens workshop. Whether you attend live workshops or participate in an online workshop, you may choose to earn 1, 2, or 3 non-degree units. Course registration forms are available through Smekens Education but can only be submitted upon completion of a workshop.
1 Graduate-Level Unit:
$62 / 3-page reflection paper
2 Graduate-Level Units:
$124 / 6-page reflection paper
3 Graduate-Level Units:
$186 / 9-page reflection paper
The units offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester units, 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 units 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.
Attend/Participate in a Workshop
Email your Coursework
(Choose your submission date)
Earn Graduate-Level Units on a Transcript
(University of the Pacific)
There are only two requirements for the awarding of units:
1. Self-Created Time Log:
Create a PDF, JPEG, or Word document including a self-created time log documenting the time you spend creating curriculum, activities, projects, strategies, or techniques inspired by the workshop that you attend. 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 Unit, document 15 hours of involvement. All your coursework participation must be away from professionally paid hours.
Whether you spend time brainstorming new ideas, creating new curriculum, researching, reading, typing your reports, reviewing Smekens materials/resources or composing notes at the workshop, 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. Reflection Paper:
Type a 3-page, single-spaced narrative report summarizing your overall experience of creating and/or developing new ideas inspired by the workshop you attended. You may modify, change, or adapt any ideas to meet your professional needs. The culminating goal of this report is to demonstrate how Smekens Educations, has enhanced and empowered your professional development.
1 Graduate-Level Unit = 3 pages
2 Graduate-Level Units = 6 pages
3 Graduate-Level Units = 9 pages
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 the following:
1. Title page with your Last name, First name, Course Number and Title, Number of Units, last 4 digits of SSN and course Beginning/Ending date.
2. Self-created time log documenting 15 hours per unit with dates and accomplishments. Include the total number of hours calculated for all coursework. (See log example below.)
3. Reflection Paper(s) summarizing how Smekens Education enhanced your professional growth.
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.
Reviewed/researched materials to prepare for upcoming workshop
Reviewed/typed notes from first session of workshop
Reviewed/typed notes from the second session of workshop
Reviewed notes from workshop and developed plans of action
Created and constructed new learning activities based on workshops
Typed 3 page, singled spaced report explaining implementation of new learning activities
Total hours of involvement: 15 hours per unit
E-mail your completed coursework as an attachment to:
Please include in the subject line "Coursework Submission"
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, unit information, coursework submission, or extensions, please call us at 1(949) 646-9696 (T, W, TH; 8am-12pm, Pacific Time), or email us at email@example.com for a quick response.