About Educators Professional Development

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. How do I enroll in a course?
    You can enroll through our website, https://pce.sandiego.edu, or you may call during business hours of 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PST),  M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

  2. Do I need to be a USD student to take a continuing education course?
    No, all of our courses are open to the public. You can register for a course directly through our website. Go to the course page, which provides the sections you can add to your cart and enroll.

  3. How do I request a transcript?

    Official transcript requests for the Division of Professional and Continuing Education can be made online at https://pce.sandiego.edu. Payment for transcript requests is also processed online. The cost of each official transcript is $15.00. Please note that we only offer official transcripts at this time.

    To request your transcript online, you will need to login to your account on our website https://pce.sandiego.edu. If you do not remember your login information, please do not create a new account; instead, please call Enrollment and Student Services (ESS) at (888) 321-6658 for assistance obtaining your login information.

    If you prefer not to pay online, please send a written request including the following information:

    1) Your full name
    2) Student ID (begins with “USD-”)
    3) The address where you would like the transcript sent
    4) Your telephone number
    5) Payment information (Credit Card number with expiration date, Check, or money order)

    Please send all written requests to:
    UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
    Professional and Continuing Education
    5998 Alcala Park San Diego CA 92110-2492

    Transcripts are mailed within 3 business days of receipt of the request.  Transcripts are sent standard mail via USPS mail.


  4. What type of credit am I earning?
    The credit earned is considered Graduate Level Extension Credit, in semester hours, meaning that the credit earned is usually good towards salary advancement, credential renewing and/or recertification and is not usually good towards a degree. Prior district approval is highly recommended and the responsibility of the student if using the units towards salary advancement, credential renewing and/or recertification.
     
  5. What is Graduate Level Extension Credit? Courses in the X700-X799 series are professional, graduate level (post-baccalaureate) extension credit in semester hours in the field of education (prior to 2014, 500 and 700 series numbers were used). Courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of beginning, veteran and prospective teachers (K-12) in both public and private school systems, as well as some courses being applicable to community college-level instructors. Areas of emphasis include pedagogy, curriculum design, teaching methods and development of materials. Course credit fulfills requirements for professional growth, in-service and salary-step hurdle requirements, and may be applied toward an academic degree or teacher credentialing program subject to the prior approval of the institution in question. Course credit is recorded on an official university transcript and becomes part of the student's permanent record at USD.
     
  6. What are your registration/refund policies?
    Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies.
     
  7. How can I get more information about a course?
    For additional information regarding any of our courses or programs please complete the contact us form or you may call our office during business hours of 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.
     
  8. Where can I find a course description?
    In the top navigation bar, under PROGRAMS, click on SEARCH COURSES and filter your course search with the selections provided.  If you cannot find the course you are looking for, please contact us using information listed above.
     
  9. I need more time to finish my Self-Paced course, what do I do?
    • Independent Study Self-Paced courses – USD allows 9 months from the date of registration to complete an independent study formatted course and submit all completed course work for evaluation.  
    • Online Self-Paced courses – USD allows 6 months from the date of registration to complete an online self-paced formatted course and submit all assignments for evaluation within this period

    If you need additional time and would like to make an extension request, contact us prior to your upcoming deadline at continuinged@sandiego.edu or call between 8:30AM – 5:00PM (PST), M-F, at (619)260-4585 or toll free at (888)321-6658 for a one-time extension.  If an extension is granted, it is final.

    Classroom, Online Fixed-Date, and Credit Validation formatted courses do not allow for any additional time to complete assignments.

  10. Are Self-Paced courses right for me?
    Online Self-Paced and Independent Study Self-Paced Courses
    Self-Paced formatted courses allow one to take courses without sitting in a classroom. You will use course textbooks, manuals, assignments and exams to learn and earn credit. Depending on the course and format, you will also use streaming audio and video, CD-ROM, and download embedded materials through the Internet. Communication with your instructor will take place by email, within the online learning platform, phone or fax. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams. You can register at any time and you will have six or nine months to complete your course, depending on the format of the course.

    Is Self-Paced right for me?
    Self-Paced courses offer flexibility and the ability to complete a course quicker than a traditional live course. Our courses deliver the same high-quality content and expert instruction as traditional, "face-to-face" courses.  You can register at any time and you will have six or nine months to complete your course, depending on the format of the course. These courses work well for:
    • Working professionals with tight schedules
    • Students who require a specific course to meet professional development or recertification requirements
    • Students living in remote locations
    • Students who cannot easily attend courses due to injury or illness
    • Students who are self-motivated and conscientious
       
  11. Is Online Learning right for me?

    Online Fixed-Date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that allows you to structure your education to suit your schedule while keeping you on pace toward achieving your educational goals. Online Fixed-Date courses have fixed start and finish dates similar to classroom courses, but as an online student, you will have access to your classroom at any time and can view your assignments, syllabus and course resources from any computer with Internet capability.

    Online Fix-Date courses offer the same high-quality content and expert instruction as the courses held on-ground at the University of San Diego. Instructors facilitate courses through engaging multimedia presentations and provide prompt feedback to questions within a 24-48 hour time frame. This online format allows students to interact with classmates worldwide and replicate in-classroom interactions through weekly discussion forums, chats and email communication.

    Online Self-Paced courses are a perfect blend of accessibility, convenience and flexibility for you to control your learning pace. You will use course textbooks, manuals, assignments and exams to learn and earn credit. Depending on the course, you may also use streaming audio and video, CD-ROM, and download embedded materials through the Internet. Communication with your instructor will take place online through your course site. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams. You can register at any time and you will have six months from the time of registration to complete your course.

  12. What does Classroom instructional type mean?
    Classroom courses are offered in a traditional classroom where you can connect with your instructor and classmates in a live setting. This learning environment facilitates a communication on a given subject in real time, enables immediate feedback, and fosters interaction with the instructor and likeminded classmates. To see if a course is being offered in a location near you please click on Search Courses on the website’s top navigation in Programs: then Filter by SUBJECT AREA/PROGRAM and LOCATION. Classroom courses have a scheduled start and end date in which you are expected to attend the courses at that location for all course sessions.

  13. Where can I get directions to my course classroom?
    The address for classroom courses are provided at the section level detail on the course page. Once you know the address, we recommend you use Google Maps. Otherwise please contact the ESS during business hours of 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PST), M-F,  at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

  14. If I take a course on campus is parking included in my course fee?
    Parking fees are not included. Parking is enforced 7AM-7PM M-F.  For information on metered or permit purchase, please see Parking Information for PCE Students and Guests.

  15. What is "Open Campus"?
    USD's Open Campus initiative provides an administrative mechanism through which members of the broader San Diego community might enroll in and attend USD campus courses on a space-available basis after receiving the signed permission of the course instructor and a department, school or college administrator.

    The application process for Open Campus does not require University admission. Open Campus offers course enrollment on a space-available basis only. Please note that Open Campus students are not guaranteed access to courses. Instructors must provide permission before Open Campus students may attend a course. Participation in Open Campus does not grant admission to degree programs at the University of San Diego. For information about joining degree programs please contact Admissions.

    For more information, please check the Open Campus page.

  16. Are loan deferments, financial aid and student loans available for continuing education courses?  Only courses or programs which qualify for financial aid are eligible to defer financial aid loans. Students cannot receive financial aid or student loans for any of our programs or courses, other than the STEAM, Health Care Informatics, and the Paralegal Certificate programs, which qualify for financial aid.
     
  17. How many units can I complete in one semester?
    USD Professional and Continuing Education allows for a maximum of 18 units to be completed during any one semester: FALL (September - December); SPRING (January - April); and SUMMER (May - August).
     
  18. Do continuing education courses count towards a degree?
    Unfortunately most of our courses do not count towards a degree. Credit earned in some of our courses may be accepted by some universities as applicable towards a degree but that would be at the discretion of the other university.  At this time only the TESOLSTEAM and Health Care Informatics Certificate program courses transfer into our USD master's program of the same name.
     
  19. Can I get on a mailing list?
    You can get on our mailing list by clicking on JOIN OUR MAILING LIST under the ABOUT menu at the top navigation bar.
     
  20. Can I be notified when a course section opens for enrollment?
    Yes, on the course page, click on Request Information and you will be notified by email when enrollment is open for the course or you can complete the Course Inquiry form.
     
  21. How can I receive a receipt for tax purposes?
    A payment confirmation is automatically sent via email once you have registered and paid for a course through the website, please save these receipts for tax purposes. In addition, you can access receipts in your Student Account, Account History.