Graduate-Level Professional Development
Units for Social Thinking Activities

Earn 3 Semester Units/Credits of Graduate-Level Professional Development Credit from University of the Pacific for your work related to or inspired by Social Thinking Workshops and Conferences for Only $279!

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.

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 formal transcripts. Please contact your personnel department for information.

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 semester 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.

Step 2
Send a registration form & payment, Certificate of Attendance from the conference, and a log of professional development hours (explained below):

The registration process is quick and easy. We will need four things from you:

  1. Completed Registration Form (Registration Process is detailed below)
  2. Payment of $279 – personal check, Visa, AMEX or MasterCard
  3. Certificate of Attendance from the workshop/conference
  4. Log of extra hours of professional work (explained below)

Explanation of Log of extra work needed:
More than likely the hours you attend the Social Thinking Workshop, Training or Conference will be less than what is required for a grade of A by the university. You therefore need to supplement by documenting extra hours. The university will credit you for hours of work you have done prior to the Social Thinking event as well as hours you have done after the event. These hours of work can be totally unrelated to Social Thinking; they just need to be professional curriculum development activities, i.e., one hour reading, one hour developing a rubric, one hour creating a sample for an art project, one hour previewing a video, etc.

You may backdate your log 12 months from the date you register, providing you have not received credit prior for work you are submitting.

All together, conference/workshop/training hours plus extra professional work hours should equal the number of hours you need for university units/credits:
45 hour log for 3 semester units/credits

What should my log of extra hours look like?

Sample log:
4/11  Social Thinking Workshops/Conference – (Certificate of Attendance attached): 6 hours
4/12 Worked on rubric for math (include samples): 1 hour
4/14 Read __________, how it relates to your curriculum, page numbers: 3 hours
4/19 Developed lessons incorporating technology into curriculum (include samples): 1 hour

What activities count for my Log?
You may log curriculum development, reading or research that will enhance your classroom teaching.
Your activities don’t have to relate to each other, but they have to be professional activities.
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 courses4teachers@courses4teachers.net

General Information regarding units/credits with the 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.

States across the U.S. have different terminology to label this type of graduate-level professional development credit. It can be referred to as “professional growth,” “post-bachelors 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.
They are designed primarily for salary advancement and for credential renewal. These courses are not designed to be used 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 units/credits towards attainment of specialty credentials. There are no refunds!

Grades and Transcripts:
After you have mailed in your documentation and registration, a grade confirmation will be emailed to you from our Danville office on University letterhead, within 5 business days. You will also receive an unofficial transcript in the mail, directly from the University of the Pacific Registrar, in about 6-8 weeks. Some school districts may accept the grade confirmation letter emailed from our office for immediate professional growth and salary increment credit. Some school districts request the unofficial transcript from the Registrar, and most request an embossed, sealed Official Transcript.

Please note: For more Official Transcript information click here:
https://www.courses4teachers.net/information-about-grades-and-transcripts/

Registration Process for Work Related to Social Thinking Workshops/Conferences

  1. Choose from one of the following course titles:
    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
  2. Register by email or use regular mail – see below:
    Include the conference Certificate of Attendance, your log of extra activities, and samples or written explanations of log items.
    NOTE: Your transcript will be filed by your social security number, so it is imperative you provide us with all requested information.

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, email it along with a scanned copy of your Certificate of Attendance and log. Email it to courses4teachers@courses4teachers.net

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 either registration form to your desktop. Fill it out and print it. 
  3. Send the completed registration form, a copy of your Certificate of Attendance, and your payment to the address below.

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