I am not sure, I want to learn more - Credit Validation


  1. How many hours are required per 1.0 unit?
    • 12.5 hours are required per 1.0 unit.
  2. Does the course have to be classroom or online?
    • Credit validation units can be classroom, online, or a combination of both. Assignments and readings can count towards the time requirement. Credit can also be earned for attending a conference.
  3. How much does each unit cost?
    • $75 per 1 unit.
  4. What kind of units are participants earning?
    • Graduate level extension units.
  5. How do I set up credit?
    • Fill out the Course Approval Request form and the Instructor Approval Request form and return to your person of contact at USD.
  6. Will USD Professional and Continuing Education graduate level extension units be accepted by every school district/organization?
    • It is the responsibility of the participant to confirm with their school district/organization if our units will be accepted before registering for credit.
  1. How many hours are required per 1.0 unit?
    • 15.0 hours are required per 1.0 unit.
  2. Does the course have to be classroom or online?
    • Credit validation units can be classroom, online, or a combination of both. Assignments and readings can count towards the time requirement. Credit can also be earned for attending a conference.
  3. How much does each unit cost?
    • $75 per 1 unit.
  4. What kind of units are participants earning?
    • Graduate level extension units in semester hours.
  5. How do I set up credit?
    • DoDEA POC’s usually have their own template for their course requests which include all the information that is needed. If they do not, there is a template they can use.
    • The course must be approved by the school principal, Area Supervisor, Subject specialist (ISS), or area superintendent before being sent to USD for approval.
    • USD primarily checks that the time requirement is being met since the DoDEA representative should have checked the content to ensure its relevance and quality.
    • Read through the course approval document to look for special requirements (prerequisites, different registration dates, one section for each DoDEA region – Americas, Europe, & Pacific for the same course).
    • If the course approval meets the time requirement, USD assigns a course number.
    • Enter the course into Destiny and when approved, send the course link to the DoDEA POC.
    • Remind the POC that they, or the instructor, will need to reach out to USD to request the roster any time after the registration period has closed/course has concluded.
    • Encrypt the roster and send to POC/instructor. They will send the roster back and we enter the grades in Destiny.
    • Let the POC/instructor know that grades have been posted.
    • If you haven’t received a request at this point to offer the course again, switch the course to Internal. If this isn’t done, the list of DoDEA courses with no available sections gets really long.
  6. How do I post grades for DoDEA students?
    • When sending the course link to the DoDEA POC/instructor, remind them to reach out to you any time after registration closes for the roster. When they email you requesting the roster, send the grade sheet to them and tell them only the Transcript Grade and Instructor Signature at the bottom is required. When they send it back with grades, you will post the grades in Destiny. DoDEA instructors do not have access to the instructor portal on our website since they are not USD staff.
  7. Will USD Professional and Continuing Education graduate level extension units be accepted by every school district/organization?
    • It is the responsibility of the participant to confirm with their school district/organization if our units will be accepted before registering for credit.
  8. How long do participants have to register for their course(s)?
    • Participants have 10 days from the start date of the course to register unless otherwise specified by the DoDEA POC. Registration can open any time before the course actually begins but registration typically closes 10 days after the start date (DoDEA policy).
    • If a course has already begun before you start setting up the course, set registration to close 10 days from the day the course is approved in Destiny
  9. Are DoDEA participants eligible for extensions?
    • Participants requesting an INC have 60 days from the end date of the course to complete it. If they do not complete the course within that time frame, they will be issued an NG. If the DoDEA POC would like more time for the student, this is acceptable.
  10. Are DoDEA instructors compensated for their role as instructor?
    • No, they are not. They are instructors on a volunteer basis and are not USD PCE staff.
  11. Do DoDEA courses use Blackboard?
    • No, they do not. They usually use their own learning system such as Schoology. Since DoDEA courses are not USD developed courses, they do not have the option of using Blackboard.

 

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