Independent Study

University of the Pacific 1, 2, 3 graduate level semester credits

Independent Study

Educational Advanced Coaching I

University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
1-3 graduate level credits
(15 documented educational hours per credit, travel time not included).

Event Description

Whether you chose to attend a Leadership Conference in Las Vegas or a Literacy Coaching Conference in New York, teachers who attend can apply their work to Summer Institutes Independent Educational Coaching Course. In this independent study course, students will explore the techniques and tactical skills within the educational conference that they attend of their choice.

Educational coaching calls for an understanding of these concepts in addition to strong organizational and instructional abilities. This course is designed for educational coaches at all levels. For teachers just beginning in the profession or for those individuals that have been teaching for some time, this course will give you a chance to re-evaluate your philosophy, technique, style, and communication ability. In summary, the approach is toward teaching the student the theory, principles, concepts, and practices that can be applied in the dynamic, ever changing, challenging, and rewarding field of educational coaching. The most important question that we would like to have answered after attending your conference is: “What did you learn at this conference to help you effectively transfer knowledge to your students as their educational coach?”

Educational Coaching Independent Study Credit Requirement Guidelines:

To earn one semester hour of university credit a coach will complete 15 professional hours and will follow the procedures indicated below. This credit will be earned through University of the Pacific for $149 per credit hour. You can earn up to 3 credits at 15 contact hours per credit.

  1. Register online with Summer Institutes Independent Study.
  2. Download the University of the Pacific Registration form the Summer Institutes web site (Note: If participant is getting paid “work time” from their district to attend the conference, you will not be able to enroll in credit. If the district is just paying for travel expenses and conference fee, but not for your actual work time, you will be allowed to enroll for credit.
  3. The participant will determine amount of credits you wish to earn when you register online.
    1. All accompanying work for one, two or three credit hours for course requirements will be evaluated by the Summer Institute’s staff.
    2. It will be the discretion of the Summer Institute’s staff to award the appropriate credit(s) as determined by the quality and thoroughness of the required work. Participants will be notified should their work not meet the requirements for the credits that they applied for.
    3. The requirements may be either mailed or e-mailed to the Summer Institute’s staff. The material must be submitted no later than three months after the completion of the clinic/camp.
  4. PLEASE NOTE – Semester units (hours) or non-degree graduate-level credits are awarded for successful completion of coursework. In addition, these courses will be listed on a university transcript. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of educators and administrators for professional upgrading and salary advancement, these credits are not applicable to a degree program at Pacific. District approval is recommended before enrolling, as tuition is non-refundable. These units do not count toward undergraduate degree requirements
  5. All materials must be post marked within three months of the completion of the clinic/camp. If materials are not submitted by that time without contacting the director, Scott Ricardo, the student will receive an “Incomplete Grade.”

Earn Credit Hours through the University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific

Summer Institutes partners with the Center for Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) at the University of the Pacific to offer professional development programming where students can earn graduate-level professional development units (PDUs) for successful completion of applicable coursework. Learn more

Independent Study

Choose from 1, 2, or 3 Credits

  • Independent Study 3 Credits

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  • Independent Study 2 Credits

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  • Independent Study 1 Credit

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Research tells us that quality teacher practices and methods positively affect student achievement (Wilson, Floden, & Ferrini-Mundy, 2001; Hirsch, 2006). Professional development methods that enhance a learner’s understanding of knowledge and strategies, coupled with personal reflection and thought, leads to a greater change in practices in the classroom; thus affecting student achievement (Hirsch, 2006). Professional development design that includes knowledge, experiential learning, and a personal opportunity in which to transfer learning, may influence the implementation of new strategies and practices in the classroom environment (Dixon, 2010). Summer Institutes online is firmly anchored to these notions.

Learning Objectives

The relationship between professional learning and student results requires “standards-based professional learning, which creates and supports the changes in educator knowledge, skills, and dispositions, which effect the change in educator practice which in turn creates change in student results” (Standards for Professional Learning, www.learningforward.org).

Participants will:

  1. Expand leadership skills as teacher coaches, principals, and members of a school community.
  2. Learn best practices and current research to support teaching, student learning, and leadership principles.
  3. Gain new course curriculum ideas from learning activities and conference discussion forums.
  4. Learn new coaching techniques to develop positive relationships with students, parents, and staff.
  5. Gain a broad knowledge of interdisciplinary topics and how to implement interdisciplinary studies into the curriculum.
  6. Evaluate educational opportunities and be better prepared to develop lessons that allow for alignment with ever evolving state standards.
  7. Focus efforts and outcomes towards growth in the Professional Teaching Standards of: The Learner and Learning, Content Knowledge, Instructional Practice, and Professional Responsibility.

Course Assignments

1. Complete the Pre-Planning log sheet below:
Please indicate the appropriate number of hours (minimum two (2) hours) that you have devoted to the pre-planning portion of your conference experience. Acceptable activities include but are not limited to research and readings, activity coordination, setting of academic goals to achieve, selection of presentations to attend.

Date Activity Hours

Signature_______________________ Date___________________

Click here to download this log in Word format!

This activity log sheet will be sent to the Summer Institutes Staff at the conclusion of the conference. All paper work is due no later than three months after your conference. Failure to turn in paper work will earn the student an “Incomplete Grade.” Incomplete grades turn into a No Pass grade after one year. ALERT: Please do not procrastinate on getting your work done and turned in by post-marked date within three months of the completion of the conference. No refunds.

  1. Each educational coach will summarize each of the speakers or meetings that they are required to attend. A daily journal is required. Please log your hours of attendance, presenters, staff discussions & Coaching Professional Learning Community (CPLC) times & discussions. These may be meetings that are not on the conference schedule, such as breakfast meetings, luncheons, time spent in meetings with teachers sharing best practices, buzz sessions, personal sessions with peers, any of the forums on the schedule & breakout sessions
    1. For any of the speakers or meetings, the educational coach is required to indicate how the information they received will relate to their own academic program. Also, how will the educational coach implement the techniques, system(s) or style of transferring knowledge that they have learned into their own academic program?
    2. Write about each activity separately. Use the subheadings below to report on each activity. Label subheadings clearly.
      1. Activity Description: Describe each activity in detail, using narrative form (no bullets, no numbers, no incomplete sentences). List all materials that you and the participants used (e.g. handouts, books, props, etc.) Describe each activity thoroughly as if the reader were not familiar with the topic.
      2. Learning Objectives: Write specific learning objectives for each activity. Include what you wish to achieve and how you will accomplish it.
      3. Appropriateness of Activities for Targeted Students: Explain how the activities meet appropriate development needs of the participants/students.
      4. Correlation of Activities to the Conference: Discuss how the activities relate to the conference content.
      5. Self Evaluation: Write a self-evaluation of your own strengths and weaknesses as you developed and implemented these activities. Discuss what you would do differently next time and suggest areas for improvement, if any.
  2. Develop three lesson plans based upon the new information you gained from this conference. The plans must be typed.
  3. Type a three-paragraph summary that brainstorms the connections from this conference to classroom for implementation.
  4. Provide an evaluation outline that summarizes the skill and concepts learned, self-reflected exercises, evaluation created with session outcomes and the participant growth.
  5. Submit a synopsis paper. Paper shall answer the following questions about the educational conference you chose to attend:
    1. What new knowledge and information, from this online course, enhanced your current teaching style?
    2. Which connections were experienced that aligned with your specific teaching focus, content, and population?
    3. How did this online course increase your current level of professional teaching standards to reflect personal growth?
    4. What beneficial information could you share in your school community with others?