Rick Morris

Thank you for your interest in earning graduate-level professional development units through Courses4Teachers/University of the Pacific.

We are pleased to help you earn 3 university graduate-level professional development semester credits for your time attending Rick Morris workshops/seminars, time devoted to reading his materials, and for any work you do that is inspired by Rick Morris’ presentations and materials. Furthermore, you may earn graduate-level professional development units for any other professional work/activities you do to enhance your teaching of any subjects.

Three Easy Steps to Earn University Graduate-Level Professional Development Units:

  1. Get to know the policies of your school district regarding graduate-level professional growth courses, due dates, etc.:
  2. 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 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.

  3. Keep a log of hours of professional work.
    You will need to document 45 hours of professional work to earn three semester units (credits).

  4. Email Courses4Teachers, or mail us your registration and professional log plus samples or explanations of work completed. You may use the REGISTER NOW link below to begin the process.
    NOTE: Please read and follow the instructions on the bottom of the registration form before filling it out to save you some time!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

 

What information do I provide my school district should I need prior approval for courses?

Generally districts require the following information:

  1. The name of the university: The University of the Pacific (accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.) (WASC)
  2. Type of Credit: Graduate-Level Professional Development Semester Units
  3. The Course Number and Title: See below for possible selections
  4. The number of units/credits: 3 graduate-level professional development semester units/credits
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Can you explain more fully about the type of graduate-level professional development units we will receive?

We offer graduate-level professional development units through the University of the Pacific, located in Stockton, California. States across the U.S. have different terminology to label this type of graduate-level professional development units. It can be referred to as “professional growth,” “professional development,” “post-bachelors credit,” or “graduate continuing education.” Other terms used vary from state-to-state: such as “graduate units,” “graduate semester 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 self-designed courses offer only graduate-level professional development units to teachers across the U.S. Our courses are forgraduate-level professional development units and will be listed on a University of the Pacific transcript. These courses are not designed towards attainment of an advanced degree with the University of the Pacific. You are advised to check with your state board or attending university if you wish to apply these graduate-level professional development semester units towards attainment of specialty credentials.

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What, specifically, am I required to turn in for University graduate-level professional development units?

  1. The registration form and payment.
  2. The log of professional activities and proof of what you have done in the way of samples and/or written explanation.

To earn an “A” grade you must document the activities and work you have completed that enhance your knowledge, skills, classroom curriculum, classroom environment, or strategies for effective teaching. You will need to document 45 hours for 3 graduate-level professional development semester units.

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What format do I follow for my documentation?

DOCUMENTATION FORMAT:
Your log and brief elaboration should be presented in this format:

(1) Date ____________ Activity ________________________ #Hours ____________

Explanation/Reflection ________________________________________________

(2) Date ____________ Activity ________________________ #Hours ____________

Explanation/Reflection ________________________________________________

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What are some examples of acceptable activities I may document in my log?

Of course you may document your hours at a Rick Morris workshop/seminar.

You may count readings, research, webinars, lesson planning, and content development. If the activity enhances your knowledge, skills, classroom curriculum, or classroom environment, it counts!

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

Other activities that count may include any or all of following, or perhaps other professional activities useful to you that we have not mentioned:

  • Attended Rick Morris professional development activity, workshops/seminars/conferences
  • Participated in Rick Morris online instruction
  • Read books or researched educational materials by Rick Morris
  • Participated in Rick Morris instructional trainings
  • Read children’s literature
  • Researched iPAD usage in the classroom as a tool for instruction, assessment, and student engagement
  • Previewed videos
  • Designed centers for the classroom
  • Created project samples
  • Participated in instructional videos
  • Researched ideas on Pinterest
  • Produced and made available an iBook that represents the focus of your course work
  • Participated in educational webinars
  • Researched online for new ideas to enhance curriculum
  • Developed new curriculum in …
  • Researched effective strategies to motivate students
  • Researched ideas to incorporate more technology into your curriculum
  • Enhanced existing lessons to promote more active learning
  • Created more effective timelines for lesson presentations
  • Aligned curriculum to Common Core Standards
  • Created rubrics in …
  • Developed assessment tools for …
  • Researched, developed, and/or incorporated strategies to establish and maintain an online interactive classroom
  • Researched strategies to engage students having different personalities and learning styles
  • Researched strategies for creating and maintaining a safe space
  • Researched how to establish clear expectations for student participation
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What course title should I choose?

We understand that teachers multi-task. Consequently, no one course title can ever match the professional work that you will submit for this course. We, therefore, ask you to select a title that may most closely resembles the majority of what you have documented. The title is a way by which we file you for graduate-level professional development semester units. Every time you complete an additional 45 hours of professional work and wish to earn 3 graduate-level professional development units, you must select a different course title from any you have taken in the past.

Below are some titles from which you may choose:

These are all available for three graduate-level professional development semester units:

  • 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 9066: Enhancing Your Skills Using Technology
  • P EDU 9190: iPAD Apps to Teach PreK-12 Core Standards
  • P EDU 9047: Effective Teaching Strategies and Motivational Lesson Plans
  • P EDU 9054: Lesson Plans and Strategies for Success in Teaching
  • P EDU 9058: Teaching More Creatively and Motivationally
  • P EDU 9015: Adding New Ideas to Your Curriculum
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How, and to what address, do I send my registration and documentation?

You may register for a course any time your documentation is complete. Send your registration and log/documentation to Courses4Teachers by email or by regular mail.

EMAIL: Courses4Teachers@courses4teachers.net

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

You will receive an email confirmation that your registration has been received. Your work will be reviewed and a grade confirmation will be emailed to you within one week from the time it is received.

If you do not hear from us within one week, please email our office immediately so we can make sure you are taken care of.

Within 6-8 weeks you will receive an unofficial transcript from the University of the Pacific Registrar, along with a form to request a formal, embossed, sealed transcript, should you wish one.

The link to the Registration Form is below.
Instructions on how to complete the form, and how to email or mail the form to us are outlined on the actual Registration Form. Please read the instructions to save yourself some time.

REGISTRATION FORM – Register Now with Courses4Teachers

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How do I earn additional graduate-level professional development units for continued professional work?

As educators we understand the time commitment involved in establishing and maintaining an online, interactive classroom. We know it takes at least three months to get an online program established to complete satisfaction.

We, therefore, have many course titles and numbers available to you, should you wish to document additional work after this course is completed. Each 3 graduate-level professional development semester credit will require 45 hours of documented reading, research or curriculum development work.

Information on how to register for additional courses will be emailed to you upon completion of this course.

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How do I obtain a transcript?

Grades

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, direct from the University of the Pacific Registrar, in about 6-8 weeks. For some school districts, the grade confirmation email from our office suffices for immediate professional growth and salary increment credit. Most school districts request the unofficial transcript from the Registrar, and some may request an embossed, sealed Official Transcript.

Official Transcript Information

Please note: Unofficial transcripts take 6-8 weeks. For more information click here:
https://www.courses4teachers.net/information-about-grades-and-transcripts/

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