SDSU...In Partnership with Educators for Over a Century
San Diego State University was founded as a Teacher's College more than 100 years ago. Today, that tradition continues with the College of Extended Studies as a proud partner with international schools, Department of Defense Educational Activity (DODEA) schools, local school districts, and other organizations that are committed to excellence in education in providing graduate-level professional development courses for educators.
Information for Students
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Information for Students
What is graduate level professional development credit?
At SDSU, graduate level professional development courses for teachers are given the course number ED X997. Courses approved for ED X997 credit are fully reviewed and approved by the faculty of the College of Education. These graduate level courses are designed to meet the needs of educators who wish to develop or continue the study of a current topic. Courses numbered at the 900 level are not designed to be applicable to graduate programs at SDSU but like all transferable credit may, with approval from the receiving institution, be applicable to degrees at that institution.
Will my school district accept this credit for professional development?
Most school districts, including Department of Defense Dependent school districts, do accept this credit for professional development and salary advancement purposes. Check with your local district to confirm whether graduate level professional development courses will be counted toward professional development requirements and salary advancement schedules.
How do I register?
The first step is to contact the agency offering the course (i.e. your school district or outside learning institute). Once you have enrolled for the training, you should then register with SDSU if you would like to receive graduate level professional development credit for the course. Your instructor will provide you with SDSU registration materials.
There are four easy ways to register for credit with SDSU
1. Register online through our secure website
2. Call the College of Extended Studies Registration Office at +1 (619) 594-5152
3. Mail your course registration form to the address provided
4. In person at the SDSU Gateway Center Building, Hardy Avenue entrance
A unique schedule number is assigned to each course, along with a registration deadline. After the registration deadline, students may request to register late with instructor approval and a late payment fee. See Registration Deadlines for more information.
Who do I contact if I have registration questions?
Please contact the College of Extended Studies Registration Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 594-5152.
What is a RedID and how do I get one?
San Diego State University uses a student identification number called SDSU RedID as your primary source of identification for all transactions at SDSU. You will be issued a RedID when you register for a course. For more information about RedID numbers, see Registration Information: SDSU RedID.
How will I be graded?
Your instructor will provide you with information regarding the assignments that must be completed for the course, and the grading rubric. Some courses will require you to write a reflection paper and submit that to SDSU for grading. This requirement will be listed in the course description. View the reflection paper evaluation guidelines/rubric. To view your final grade, you will need to log in to SDSU WebPortal. Grades and transcripts are not automatically sent to students upon completion of a course.
How do I get my official grade or transcript?
You must request a transcript, as they are not automatically sent to students upon completion of a course. To order an official or unofficial transcript, you will need to log in to SDSU WebPortal. If you have never logged in, you will need to create an account. Please note that SDSUWebPortal is a different system than the one you used to register online for your course, so you will need to create a different user name and password. Official transcripts cost $7 each. More information about transcripts.
Information for Instructors and Course Coordinators
How to submit a course for review and approval.
If you are an agency interested in partnering with SDSU to offer your courses for credit, we would be happy to discuss the possibility with you. Please contact the Program Director. Once we have agreed to work together, these are the steps for submitting a course:
Step One: Prepare your syllabus or conference/workshop agenda. Make sure it includes:
- Course title
- Course dates
- Course description
- Course agenda/schedule of topics - as detailed as possible
- Course readings
- Learning outcomes
- Total number of instructional hours
- Text book(s) - if applicable
- Assignment(s) to be completed by students
- Grading rubric/criteria - a letter grade is required
Step Two: Send an email to the SDSU Program Director.
Step Three: The Program Director develops the course proposal and supporting materials which are then reviewed by the College of Education Associate Dean.
Step Four: If your course is approved, you will be contacted with important information about your course including:
- The course schedule number
- Information about online registration
- Information about submitting grades
- Registration deadline
How long will the credit approval process take?
The course review, approval and set up process usually takes 2-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly when submitting your materials. If you are submitting a large number of courses at once, please submit them at least a month before the start date. In special circumstances, we can expedite this process; new courses and courses needing re-approval for the current year will still require a minimum of one week to be set up.
What is the process for re-offering a course?
Each time you offer a course, you will need to submit your course materials with updated information, including dates, times, locations, etc. Schedule numbers are unique to each course within each term, and cannot be reused.
What information do I need to distribute to my course participants?
We will send you registration information once the course is set up, including the schedule number, registration instructions for students, and the registration deadline, which we ask that you please distribute to your students. One of the best things you can do is to put our web link http://www.NeverStopLearning.net on your syllabus. That way, students can register, order transcripts, and contact University staff if they have questions.
How do I submit grades?
Upon set-up of your course, you will be contacted via email with registration information, including the grade submission deadline. You must submit grades by this deadline either by fax or mail. In certain circumstances, other directions may be provided. If you ever have any questions about grades, or need a roster of registered students, we would be happy to help.
As an instructor, can I earn credit for teaching a course?
We understand that there is a lot of work involved in preparing for and teaching a course but unfortunately instructors are not eligible to earn credit for a professional development course they are teaching. However, you are welcome to enroll for credit in professional development courses taught by other instructors.
Are other types of credit available?
Yes, depending upon the situation. For instance, if participants are primarily educators without undergraduate degrees, we can arrange for undergraduate level professional development credit.
Why should I work with SDSU?
- Course review by the College of Education faculty and deans means you and your students can feel confident about the quality of the coursework.
- Course assessment requirements allow participants to take what they have learned and develop an implementation plan that can be used in their classrooms.
- Online services - from registering to ordering transcripts - we make it convenient for your students to work with SDSU.
- Excellence in customer service and a direct communication line to program staff means that your needs - and the needs of your students - are handled quickly and professionally.
- SDSU College of Extended Studies has annual enrollments that exceed 25,000 and include students in dozens of countries.
- SDSU was founded in 1897 and is currently ranked the #1 Small Research University in the United States.
Student inquiries related to registration, including your SDSU RedID, should be directed to:
SDSU College of Extended Studies Registration Office
Inquiries about offering your course for credit should be directed to:
Kevin Carter, Program Director
All other student inquiries and instructor inquiries about grade submission should be directed to:
Amber Rich, Program Coordinator