1 - 6 non-degree Graduate-Level Units

ONLY $79 per unit

Graduate-Level Professional Development Courses

Course Description

This Self-Created course option is our most unique and favored offering. The course process is convenient and simple so that you can earn units for the hard work you are already doing on your own personal time. The goal is to demonstrate how the professional work you create, or have previously created—merges into your professional needs. Creating Your Own Course will not only encourage you to earn graduate-level units but it will also empower you to expand your creativity.

Step 1
Create Your Own Course

(Log your own hours)

Step 2

Email your coursework

(Choose your submission date)

Step 3

Earn Graduate-Level Unit on a Transcript 

(University of the Pacific)

Course Overview & Requirements
Coursework Submission

Create a PDF, JPEG or Word Document including a self-created time log documenting the time you have invested developing/creating activities and/or projects for your classroom or program.


Self-Created Time Log:

Creating your own log allows you the freedom of documenting all the effort and time that you have dedicated to the process of 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 and participation must be away from professional paid hours.

What kind of activities/projects can I document in my log?

Here are a few ideas and suggestions of activities and/or projects that you can use to help you earn units:


Classroom curriculum, rubrics, lesson plans, educational games/activities, PowerPoint presentations, video presentations, worksheets, classroom visuals, classroom assignments and projects, bulletin boards, learning centers, anchor charts, assessments, teacher created books, physical education activities, self evaluation reports, technology related activities, storytelling activities, units of study, STEM related projects, TPRS activities, Common Core activities, etc.


The key to this course is to document 15 hours of  involvement for each unit. All activities, projects, strategies or techniques that shift and empower your professional needs deserve to be recognized!

Whether you spend time brainstorming, researching, reading, typing, writing, attending conferences/workshops for inspiration, watching videos and films, constructing visuals, putting together curriculum/rubrics or any of the ideas listed above, you are able to document all the professional time you have invested amplifying and enriching your professional needs.

Keep in mind: You can also document hours for activities and projects that you have created previously by back tracking the date in your log! However, proof of your completed activities/projects is required.

Please note: Teacher Friendly does not limit your creativity! All the professional work that you document may be derived from different topics and subjects. For example, you can document two hours of creating an english or math rubric, one hour of brainstorming and researching strategies for new history curriculum, three hours of constructing/putting together PowerPoint presentations for science, or one hour of simply designing a learning center incorporating technology. It may also be that your work is all related to one subject or topic, and that's acceptable too!

Proof for Verification:

To verify that the activities and/or projects in your log have been successfully completed, you will need to submit proof of your choice by attaching photos, documents, explanations/notes, PowerPoint presentations, or manuscripts.


Have a different idea?

Email us at with your proposal or call during scheduled telephone hours and receive immediate approval. Simply provide a brief request of what you would like to develop and we will gladly help you get started.

Your coursework can be submitted up to 6 months from registering and extensions are always granted upon request.

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:15 hours per semester unit along with dates and accomplishments. Include the total number of hours calculated for all coursework (see below).

3. Proof of your completed objectives: photos, documents, notes/explanations, PowerPoint presentations, or manuscripts, etc.

Time Log example:

Total amount of hours invested: 15 hours per unit























Pic or sample


Pic or sample







Narrative report

Developed a rubric for my classroom(project)                        

Read ____ pgs 1-55 to implement new math strategies       

Developed a new math game by implementing strategies(activity)            

Watched__film for ideas to help create new curriculum     

Created new curriculum for my classroom(project)                         

Developed/Constructed study worksheets for my students(project)          

Created a powerpoint presentation for my lesson(project)       

Typed notes and read at a Conference to improve my teaching techniques

Developed new learning activities utilizing new conference techniques(project)

Typed a narrative report describing how I will implement techniques (project)

​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 by email notifying you that your coursework is in grading process. Please allow a few 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 University of the Pacific by regular mail. Your unofficial transcript from the University of the Pacific will include instructions to request your Official Transcript. Provisions for rushed or expedited transcripts are also available.

University of the Pacific

For over 25 years, Teacher Friendly and the University of the Pacific have helped educators nationwide increase their salary and re-certify their credentials. We understand that being an educator takes time, energy and a lot of dedication so we have tried our best to provide you with a smooth ride. Our partnership acknowledges and values the hard work and time that you dedicate to your professional growth. As Educators ourselves, we stand ready to assist as well as help fulfill your needs.

Please note: It may be that you require less or more 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. 

Although your welcome to provide proof for each log entry. Proof is only mandatory for your final activities and/or projects.

Earn  non-degree Graduate units for the work you are already doing!

Register Today!

It's simple...

Step 1

Download your Registration Form

Step 2

E-mail your Registration Form

Step 3

Begin your Coursework

Please select one course number and title for each registration form. On each registration form you can register for 1 - 6 Graduate-Level Semester Units. You may 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 was received. Keep in mind, our course titles are generic so that they can apply to the diversity of educational goals in all subjects and topics. Course numbers may not be repeated.

Generic Course Titles:

  • PEDU 9007 - Curriculum Enhancement Through Special Projects/Research (1-6)   

  • PEDU 9011 - Creative Projects for the Classroom(1-6)   

  • PEDU 9289 - Focus with Topics to Accelerate Learning (1-6)   

  • PEDU 9401 - Developing Motivating Instructional Projects   (1-6)   

  • PEDU 9847 - Engaging Students Through Creative Teaching Ideas (1-6)      

  • PEDU 9848 - Student Centered Learning Through Special Projects(1-6)   

  • PEDU 9849 - Expanding Curriculum with Innovative Teaching Strategies (1-6)   

  • EDUP 9126 - Developing Strategies for Engaging & Effective Curriculum (1-6)   


Subject-Specific Titles:

Math course: 

  • EDUP 9138 - Math Ideas and Strategies for Today's Classroom Curriculum(1-6)   

Reading/Writing courses: 

  • EDUP 9136 - Creating New Strategies in Reading to Enhance Today's Curriculum (1-6)   

  • EDUP 9137 - Developing New Writing Strategies in Reading to Enhance Learning(1-6)   


History course: 

  • EDUP 9135 - Creating Dynamic History Curriculum (1-6)   


Science/STEM/Technology Based Courses:

  • EDUP 9139 - Producing Creative Science Strategies for Today's Classroom (1-6)   

  • EDUP 9143 - Developing Resource STEM Projects/Ideas/Activities (1-6)   

  • EDUP 9141 - Integrating Technology into Today's Classroom (1-6)   


Special Education Courses: 

  • EDUP 9140 - Developing New Strategies to Support Learners with Special Needs (1-6)   

  • EDUP 9144 - Developing Practical Strategies for Differentiated Instruction (1-6)   


Discipline Management Course: 

  • EDUP 9145 - Developing Practical Approaches to Classroom Management & Discipline (1-6)   


Mindfulness Course:

  • EDUP 9142 - Creating Mindfulness Activities for Today's Classroom (1-6)   


Physical Ed./Health & Nutrition Courses:

  • EDUP 9132 - Developing Physical Education Activities that Motivate Learning (1-6)   

  • EDUP 9133 - Developing Programs with Focus on Health & Nutrition (1-6)   


Art Course: 

  • EDUP 9131 - Developing Art Projects to Enhance Today's Classroom (1-6)   


Music & Drama Courses:

  • EDUP 9129 - Creative Ideas with Music (1-6)   

  • EDUP 9130 - Integrating Drama into Today's Curriculum (1-6)   


Spanish Course:

  • EDUP 9134 - Creating Innovative Teaching Ideas for Teaching Spanish (1-6)   

To E-mail Registration Form

Step 1: Download and Save the blank PDF Registration Form to your desktop. Do not type directly onto the Registration Form. First, make sure the form is saved to your desktop.

Step 2: Reopen the saved registration form onto your desktop and type in all the requested information.

Step 3: Save the completed registration form to your desktop and email as an attachment to:

Please put in the subject line: “New Registration”

After receiving your Registration Form, Teacher Friendly will send you a confirmation by email.

To Mail Registration Form
Step 1: Download and Save the blank PDF Registration Form to your desktop. Do not type directly onto the registration form. First, make sure the form is saved to your desktop.


Step 2: Reopen the saved Registration and type in all the requested information. Next, click the "print" button located on the document or select "File>Print" to print your registration form. Do not select “Fit to Page” as the entries will not line up in the form, instead select "Actual Size."

Step 3: Mail printed registration form to our mailing address:

Dr. Allan Lifson

Teacher Friendly/University of the Pacific

729 West 16th St. Suite B-3,

Costa Mesa, California, 92627

Make checks payable toUniversity of the Pacific

After receiving your Registration Form, Teacher Friendly will send you a confirmation by email.

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