Professional Growth Through School, District and Agency Initiatives

1-3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for DoDEA Educators Only

This course is designed to support and challenge learners through a professional improvement goal related to our school action plan, district or agency initiative. Prospective participants are asked to contact Dr. Popadines prior to registering to discuss a proposed goal to make sure it aligns with an existing initiative. The course will be designed around cycles of learning that include co-planning with the instructor. The next step of the cycle is a classroom visit to allow for feedback on the co-planned learning event. Debriefing will occur soon after the classroom visit. Reflection and adjustment will occur after the debrief. This cycle will occur a minimum of two times for this one credit course. Participants may be asked to volunteer to share their plans, participate in instructional rounds with other teachers or to videotape their best practices while participating in this course. The course will culminate with the participant drafting a plan to continue implementation and growth toward and beyond their goal.

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 - 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours, choose one option only

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for DoDEA educators.

Course Options

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What You Will Learn

  • Work to master their choice of school, district, or agency initiative, strategy, or area of focus and set personal implementation goals
  • Participate in a minimum of two learning cycles with the facilitator
  • Positively change an element of instructional practice
  • Adopt a practice using learning cycles to change planning habits and be a more reflective practitioner


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

Make Your Work Count

Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

Advance Faster

Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.