CE Policies and Procedures

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.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education (CE) offers a variety of independent study courses to help meet the ever-increasing demand for professional growth for K-14 educators. To provide flexibility and to better serve the needs of the school community, these courses are delivered through a combination of modalities: online, electronic materials and resources, printed materials and text, and CDs and DVDs. They are not on-campus courses. They may be taken any place and anytime (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, sharpen teaching skills, or just study in a special interest area. Courses may be used, with district approval, for professional advancement. CE currently serves over 10,000 educators throughout the United States and beyond.

Independent Study Courses

These independent study courses have been developed by well-qualified K-14 practitioners who understand the problems and needs in the classroom, and are available to give support throughout the process. Each course is designed to be challenging and enjoyable; however, the flexibility and freedom to work at one's own pace as offered by this program require 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 online or by telephone anytime throughout the year.


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.

Fresno Pacific University - Continuing Education

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 Office of Continuing Education. These courses at Fresno Pacific University serve a distinct audience consisting of practicing pre-school through 14th-grade teachers, school counselors, and school administrators. The primary goal of Continuing Education is to meet the needs of educational organizations by providing training that will strengthen the teachers, the school districts, and the students they serve.

Continuing Education Mission Statement

The mission of Continuing Education 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. Continuing Education 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.

University Credit

University credit is earned on a semester-unit basis. Numbers 900-1999 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 Continuing Education offers independent study courses that are intended for educators and other professionals who have obtained at least a Bachelor's degrees and appropriate teaching credentials. They are graduate, professional development courses that are not part of a degree program but are intended primarily for professional advancement. They are not to be used for undergraduate credit or athletic eligibility. 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 Number: 900-999

Course Category: Graduate courses designed for professional development and not as part of a degree program.

Tuition and Materials Fees

  • Tuition rate is $125 per semester unit plus applicable materials, online and administrative 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.
  • Continuing Education courses do not qualify for financial aid or loan deferment.
  • An additional postage fee may be charged, at the instructor’s discretion, to students receiving materials in Hawaii, Alaska, US territories, or foreign countries.

Enrollment and Course Completion

Enrollment is possible at any time throughout the year. Due to the rigor of these graduate-level courses, the following registration and completion standards have been established.

  • The minimum course completion time is one (1) week for one-unit courses, two (2) weeks for two-unit courses, and three (3) weeks for three-unit courses.
  • Students have up to one year from the registration date to complete a course.
  • Students may be registered for a maximum of nine (9) units concurrently.
  • A maximum of six (6) units may be completed in three (3) weeks.
  • A maximum of 18 units may be completed in a semester.

Semester Dates as Defined by FPU Continuing Education

  • Spring Semester January 1 through April 30
  • Summer Semester May 1 through August 31
  • Fall Semester September 1 through December 31


Students may register online with a credit card, by returning a completed registration form and appropriate fees to the Continuing Education office, or by dialing 559-453-2015 or 800-372-5505, using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. You may also register online by clicking on Online Registration.

Instructors are notified daily of new registrants. Course information/materials are then mailed or emailed directly from the instructor, not the Continuing Education office.

Grading System

Independent Study Courses are graded as either “A”, “B”, “Credit”, or “No Credit.” “Credit” is equivalent to a letter grade of “B.” A grade of “No Credit” will be issued if coursework is not received by the due date or does not meet the course requirements. If a student wishes to receive a letter grade instead of a credit/no credit grade, the letter grade option must be selected when they request their final grade. The default grade of Credit is equivalent to a letter grade of "B".

Note: Only letter grades will be issued upon successful completion of 900-level coursework, effective January 1, 2020.

Credit and Final Grade Report

Students must submit satisfactorily completed coursework to the instructor in order to receive credit. It is then the student's responsibility to request their final grade from the instructor. Sign in to the Continuing Education website and click on the My Account at the top, then Request Final Grade link on the left navigation tree. Grades are posted within two business days of notification from the instructor. A Final Grade Report (pdf) is available to print by signing in to the Continuing Education website and clicking on the My Account at the top, then Final Grade Report link on the left navigation tree.

The grade report will reflect credit earned in the semester which the course was registered; the transcript will reflect the actual course beginning and ending dates. The ending date is based on the last assignment posted date in Moodle system or the postmark on coursework mailed or emailed to the instructor.

Official Transcripts

Before you order transcripts:

1. Finish the course. Be sure to submit your grade request online to the instructor.

2. Wait for the email from Fresno Pacific University congratulating you on your course completion. Sign in to the Continuing Education website and click on the My Account at the top, then Final Grade Report link on the left navigation tree.

3. To order an official transcript (after you have verified that your grade is posted on the Final Grade Report): Sign in to the Continuing Education website and click on the My Account at the top, then Order Transcripts link on the left navigation tree and follow the instructions. Be sure to enter your seven-digit Student ID number beginning with a zero when requesting your transcript. If you have questions, contact the Registrar's Office at (559) 453-2037.


Students may request an extension for up to six months. An official extension request must be submitted PRIOR TO THE ORIGINAL COURSE DUE DATE, accompanied by a $30 fee. Sign in to the Continuing Education website and click on the My Account at the top, then Request Extension link on the left navigation tree. If students do not complete course requirements within the six-month extension period, a grade of “No Credit” will automatically be issued.


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, less a $30 handling fee, will be granted through nine weeks. After nine weeks there is no tuition refund. Students must officially withdraw from a course, or a "No Credit" grade will be issued by the instructor one year after the date of registration. Sign in to the Continuing Education website and click on the My Account at the top, then Drop Course link on the left navigation tree.


Students may re-enroll in Independent Study Courses if they have previously received a grade of “No Credit.” Current tuition/fees will apply.

Reducing Number of Units

Students are not permitted to reduce the number of units in an independent study or online course for which they are enrolled.

Special Fees

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.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

All people participating in the educational process at Fresno Pacific University are expected to pursue honesty and integrity in all aspects of their academic work. Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, will be handled according to the procedures set forth in Academic Integrity Policy and in the FPU catalog

Grade Appeals

Grade appeals must be made within one year from the date the grade report was issued. Appeals must first be presented to the instructor. If necessary, a second appeal may be made to the Director of Independent Studies, and finally to the Continuing Education Executive Director.

Important Note

Health/Physical Education (HED/PED) and Computer Technology (TEC) courses do not fulfill the computer or health component requirements for the California Clear Credential.