Graduate-Level Professional Development
Units/Credits for Mindful Schools Programs

Earn up to 15 semester units/credits of University Graduate-Level Professional Development for your completion of Mindful Schools Training, Workshops, or their Year-Long Educational Program

Please Note: You must wait until you have completed the Workshop/Training before you register!

Two Simple Steps:

  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 formal 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 and complete your coursework 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 courses are 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.

  2. Send in registration form, payment, Certificate of Completion, and a log of extra hours (explained below):

    The registration process is quick and easy. The cost is only $93 per graduate-level professional development unit/credit. Thus, for 3 semester graduate-level units/credits, the total would be $279.

    We will need four things from you:
    (1) Completed Registration Form(s) – (Click here to go to the Registration Process)
    (2) Payment – personal check, Visa, AMEX or MasterCard (separate payment per course)
    (3) Certificate(s) of Completion from your Mindfulness program
    (4) Log of extra hours of professional work, if applicable (explained below)

Explanation of “Log of extra work” needed:
If you are participating in a year-long program with Mindful Schools, at least 225 hours will be accounted for. You may, therefore, register for 15 units/credits and get your grade confirmation upon registering.

If you are participating in a Mindful Schools Training/Workshop, you will likely fall short of the log hours required. You will, therefore, need to document extra hours of professional work completed and provide us with samples of your work.

All together, program hours plus extra professional work hours should equal the number of hours you need for graduate-level professional development units/credits: 15 hours to earn 1 semester unit/credit, 30 hours to earn 2 semester units/credits, and 45 hours to earn 3 semester units/credits.

Log hours you will receive for each Mindful Schools Training/Workshop:
Mindfulness Fundamentals – 16 hours
Mindful Educator Essentials - 16 hours
Difficult Emotions - 16 hours
Mindful Communication - 20 hours

The University will credit you for hours of professional work you have completed prior to the conference, as well as hours you have completed after the conference. These hours of work do not need to be related to Mindful Schools, they just need to be professional activities, involving reading, research and/or curriculum development. Example: one hour reading literature for your classroom, three hours designing lessons that integrate technology into your curriculum, one hour developing a rubric, one hour previewing a video on teaching reading, etc.

What should my log of extra hours look like?

Sample log:
4/11 Participated in Mindful Schools Training (certificate attached):  16 hours
4/12 Adapted curriculum to be incorporated to meet current teaching mandates:  4 hours
4/14 Read __________ (children’s lit):  3 hours
4/19 Developed lessons incorporating technology into curriculum:  4 hours
4/20 Developed rubrics for given lessons:  1 hour

What activities count for my Log?
You may log curriculum development, reading or research that will enhance your classroom teaching.
Suggestions of excellent activities: read, researched, developed, created, previewed, revised

What activities do NOT count for my log? 
You may not log prep work. 
You may not log attendance at a workshop or conference that is not sponsored by Courses4Teachers. 
You may not log work done at a school workshop or meeting.
You may not count correcting/grading papers, doing report cards, IEPs, photocopying, conferencing with parents, or meetings regarding specific students.
For a more comprehensive list of “what counts and doesn’t count” you may email our office at

About Courses4Teachers and University of the Pacific:
Courses4Teachers is an educational company, in affiliation with University of the Pacific, providing practical and motivating courses for teachers throughout the United States. Courses4Teachers has provided PreK-12 teachers with consistent, dependable, high-quality graduate professional courses for over twenty-six years. The company office is located in Danville, California. The Courses4Teachers 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, Certificate of Completion, log of work and documentation, a confirmation of your grade will be emailed to you, from our Danville 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 a formal, embossed, sealed Official Transcript.

For more information click here:

Registration Process for Work Related to Mindful Schools Trainings & Workshops

  1. Registration is open all year long.
    Note: You must wait until you have completed the Workshop/Training before you register!
  2. Choose from one of the following course titles:
    Each course title is available for 1, 2 or 3 semester graduate-level professional development units/credits.
    P EDU 9240: Teaching Common Core Standards Effectively
    P EDU 9040: Safe and Respectful Learning Environment
    P EDU 9069: Classroom Management, Strategies That Work
    P EDU 9049: Strategies For Differentiated Instruction
    P EDU 9044: Strategies To Help Children With Learning Challenges
    P EDU 9052: Understanding and Supporting Children With Special Needs
    P EDU 9198: Kinesthetic and Creative Teaching Techniques for Effective Classroom Management
    P EDU 9279: Incorporating Mindful Education into Curriculum
  3. If you wish more graduate-level professional development units/credits:
    You may register for as many as 16 graduate-level professional develop development units/credits within a 4-month period. You’ll need to document 45 hours of work per 3 units/credits course title. A separate registration form is required for each course.
  4. Keep note of which title(s) you have chosen for your records:
    Once you have chosen a course title, you may not use that course title again to get graduate-level professional development credit.
    In selecting a course title, keep in mind that the title does not have to match all the activities in the Mindful Schools Workshops – it is merely a way by which we file you for graduate-level professional development units/credits.
  5. Register by email or use regular mail – see below:
    Include the registration form with payment, Certificate of Completion, your log of extra activities (if needed) and samples.
  6. Obtain the registration form by following the directions given below:
    You will need Adobe Reader™ to save and print out the form.
  7. Please feel free to contact us by email if you have any questions about registration.

To Register by EMAIL:

  1. CLICK HERE to access the electronic registration form.
  2. Save the “editable” PDF to your desktop. (DO NOT fill it out before saving it to your desktop.)
  3. Fill out the form, save it again and attach the file, along with a scanned copy of your Certificate of Completion, log and samples of work. Email it to Please put “Mindful Thinking Registration” in the subject field. You may also send the Certificate of Completion and/or log separately by regular mail. The address is given below.

To Register by REGULAR MAIL:

  1. CLICK HERE to access the electronic registration form, OR if you prefer, CLICK HERE for the “low-tech” registration form.
  2. Save the registration form to your desktop. If is the the “editable” version, fill it out, re-save it to your desktop, and print it out. If it is the “low tech” version, print it and then fill it out.
  3. Send the completed registration form, payment, a copy of your Certificate of Completion, and your log with samples to the address below.

Courses4Teachers/University of the Pacific
Karin Alexander
696 San Ramon Valley Blvd., #518
Danville, CA 94526

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