The Center for Professional Development (CPD), offers a variety of independent study courses to help meet the ever-increasing demand for professional growth for K-12 educators. To provide flexibility and to better serve the needs of the school community, these courses are delivered through a combination of modalities: printed materials and texts, audiotapes, videotapes, CD-ROM, and online distance learning. These are not on-campus courses. They may be taken any place and any time (independent study courses have also been described as correspondence courses, self-directed independent learning courses, and distance education courses). This program provides an excellent way for educators to increase their content knowledge in a subject area, sharpen their teaching skills, or just study in a special interest area. Courses may be used, with district approval, for professional advancement. CPD currently serves over 10,000 educators throughout the United States. These independent study courses have been developed by well-qualified K-12 practitioners who understand the problems and needs in the classroom, and are available to give support throughout the course of study. CPD instructors make every effort to make their courses challenging and enjoyable. However, the flexibility and freedom to work at one's own pace as offered by this program requires self-discipline. As with all independent projects, one should be prepared to take responsibility for completion and the successful outcomes of taking the course. Admission to the university is not necessary in order to register for independent study courses, nor does enrollment in these courses constitute acceptance into the university. Enrollment in these courses may be accomplished in person, by mail, by telephone, or by fax anytime throughout the year.
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno Pacific University is located in Central California in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is situated on a 42-acre campus in Fresno, California, between the Sierra Nevada Mountains one hour to the east, and the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, two hours to the west.
The school began as Pacific Bible Institute in 1944. After a transitional junior college phase, Fresno Pacific University received Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation in 1965, the same year in which the first Bachelor of Arts degrees were granted. A fully accredited graduate program in Education was initiated in 1976. The growth and development of undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs led to renaming the college Fresno Pacific University. Fresno Pacific University is the only fully accredited, Christian liberal arts senior school in the southern part of California's great Central Valley. Fresno Pacific University serves not only members of the Mennonite Brethren Church but also persons from the larger church and public.
Center for Professional Development Mission Statement
The mission of the Center for Professional Development is to model and to extend the kingdom of God in this world through professional development dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning needs of individuals serving society while engaged in the professions. The Center seeks to integrate theory and practice through innovative strategies, and to encourage professionals in informed reflection on values that inspire the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior in the pursuit of excellence in their chosen field, in order to bring transformation to society.
Fresno Pacific University - Center for Professional Development
Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and authorized to offer course work through the Center for Professional Development. These courses at Fresno Pacific University serve a distinct audience consisting of practicing pre-school through twelfth grade teachers and school administrators. The primary goal of the Center is to meet the needs of school districts by providing training that will strengthen the teachers, the school districts, and the students they serve.
University credit is earned on a semester-unit basis. Numbers 999-1999 designate courses that meet objectives that cannot be served by established baccalaureate and/or graduate offerings. Coursework offered for college credit adheres to 45 hours per semester unit for 900 series independent study courses and 12.5 contact hours per unit, plus an assignment, for 1000 series professional development courses.
Policy Statement: 900 Level Independent Study Courses
Fresno Pacific University offers independent study courses through its Center for Professional Development that are primarily designed for students who have baccalaureate degrees and appropriate teaching credentials. These courses are graduate level, professional development units that are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement. Students should seek approval of appropriate district or college officials before enrolling in these courses to satisfy any degree, state credential, or local school district requirements.
The FPU transcript legend reads as follows for independent study courses:
Course NumberCourse Category 900-999 Graduate
level university credit designed for professional development and not as part of a degree program.
Tuition and Materials Fees
- Tuition rate is $120 per semester unit plus applicable materials fees.
- All prices of taxable items include sales tax reimbursement computed to the nearest mil.
- Tuition and materials fees are subject to change without notice.
- Center for Professional Development courses do not qualify for financial aid or loan deferment.Dropping units from a course in which the student is already enrolled is not permitted.
Partial Materials: Students ordering partial materials should ascertain that they have access to all the required materials before ordering. Any shipment of materials after the partial materials have been mailed may be subject to additional postage and handling fees.
Enrollment is possible at any time throughout the year. Students may register online with a credit card, by returning a completed registration form and appropriate fees to the SPS Center for Professional Development office, or by dialing 559/453-2015 or 1-800-372-5505, using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card. You may also register online by clicking on Online Registration.
Do not call instructors to enroll. Instructors are notified daily of new registrants. Course materials are then mailed directly from the instructor, not the CPD Office.
Students may take 9 semester units concurrently, but may not complete more than 15 units in a semester.
Students have up to one year to complete a course.
A minimum of one week per unit of study has been set, by design, as a standard for all Center for Professional Development independent study courses.
A full refund for tuition and instructional materials, less a $30 handling fee, will be granted if a course is dropped within four weeks after registration and all materials are returned to the instructor in their original condition. After four weeks, a 50% refund will be granted through nine weeks. After nine weeks there is no tuition refund. Student must officially withdraw from a course, or a "no credit" grade will be issued by the instructor one year after the date of registration. Login at this website https://ce.fresno.edu/CPD/login.aspx and click on Submit Drop Form
A telephone and/or additional postage fee may be charged, at the instructor's discretion, to students currently residing in Hawaii, Alaska, US territories, or foreign countries.
Students may request an extension for up to six months from the Director of Independent Studies prior to the original due date. An Extension Request Form must be submitted prior to the original due date, accompanied by a $30 handling fee. Login at this website https://ce.fresno.edu/CPD/login.aspx and click on Submit Extension Form
Credit for Course Work
Students must submit completed coursework to the instructor in order to receive credit. It is then the student's responsibility to submit the grade form to the instructor: Login to this website https://ce.fresno.edu/cpd/login.aspx and click on Submit Grade Form. Grades are posted within two business days of notification from instructor. A pdf Final Grade Report is available to print by logging in to the CPD website and clicking on Final Grade Report.
An official transcript may be obtained from the Order Transcripts link on the left side menu after the computerized grade report is received by the student. The grade report will reflect credit in the semester in which the course was registered; the transcript will reflect the actual course beginning and ending dates. The ending date is based on the postmark on materials mailed to the instructor.
Semester dates as defined by Fresno Pacific University, Center for Professional Development:
- Spring Semester: January 1 through April 30
- Summer Semester: May 1 through August 31
- Fall Semester: September 1 through December 31
If a student wishes to receive a letter grade instead of a credit/no credit grade, the request for letter grade option must be selected when you are ready to Submit Grade Form. The default grade of Credit is equivalent to a letter grade of "B".
Grade disputes must be made within 1 year of date grade report is issued.
Important Note: Health/Physical Education (HPE) and Computer Technology (TEC) courses do not fulfill the computer or health component requirements for the California Clear Credential.
Official Grade Reports and Transcripts
Before you order transcripts:
- Finish the course. Login to the CPD website at https://ce.fresno.edu/cpd/login.aspx and click on Submit Grade Form.
- Wait for the official, blue computer-generated Grade Report to be mailed to you from Fresno Pacific University.
To order your transcripts:
After you receive your official, blue computer-generated Grade Report, login at this website https://ce.fresno.edu/CPD/login.aspx and click on Order Transcripts or call 559-453-2268 for information on how to order transcripts.