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Q & A on an Independent Study for Professional Development

Q1. How can I get documented professional development credit?

A1a. If you are a teacher in California, you are eligible to apply for 3 hours of professional development credit through the University of the Pacific. Complete the book-plus-screencast program, document how you applied GOTAGS in beginning the school year (view documentation requirements), and submit your documentation to Ready to Teach for assessment. UOP Standard professional development credit hour rates apply.

A1b. If you are a teacher in another state, check with your school system to see if they will accept UOP professional development credit hours. Complete the book-plus-screencast program, document how you applied GOTAGS in beginning the school year (view documentation requirements), submit your documentation to Ready to Teach for assessment. UOP Standard professional development credit hour rates apply.

A1c. If you are a teacher in an independent school, check with your administration to see if they will grant a number of professional development hours for completing the program and applying GOTAGS principles as your begin the school year. (As a guideline, an independent school in Birmingham, AL, awards 12 hours of professional development credit.) You can document your completion of the program to your administration by providing a copy of the final activity, which lays out your detailed plans for the first days of school.

Q2. If I do it on my own over the summer, how much time is required to complete the program?

A2. Estimated teacher time needed to view the screencast and complete the activities in the eight segments before school begins ranges from 7 to 9 hours. Some segments are longer than others, and the amount of time teachers will spend on each of the 20-plus activities varies, according to teacher interest and experience.

Q3. Does Professional Development credit require doing all the eight segments?

A3. Yes. The eight segments should be done in order, as they build on one another. On average, completing a segment requires from 50 to 70 minutes, and longer segments may be completed in two or more sessions.