Frequently Asked Questions
Professional Development Courses Help
Professional development students, here is a resource to answer your most frequently asked questions about FPU online and correspondence courses. Read on to get answers to your transcript, enrollment, accreditation, grades and materials questions.
How do I register for a course?
There are two ways to register for a course.
- Online - https://ce.fresno.edu
- Telephone - 559-453-2015 or 800-372-5505 | Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Pacific time)
Will I receive a 1098-T for my independent study classes?
While Continuing Education at FPU does not send a 1098-T, we do provide a Statement of Account containing pertinent tax information which can be viewed and printed online. Just log into My Account. After you log into the site, select "My Account" from the top and "Statement of Account" from the left navigation menu.
Is Fresno Pacific University an accredited University?
Yes. Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and is authorized to offer coursework through the Office of Continuing Education.
When can I enroll in an independent study course?
Open enrollment is available for all independent study courses. Students register online at https://ce.fresno.edu, or by returning a completed registration form and appropriate fees to FPU Continuing Education, or by dialing 800-372-5505 using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
How do I know if there is an independent study course that is right for me?
Fresno Pacific University Continuing Education offers over 300 courses in 17 different subject areas. Visit our home page to begin the search for the course that best fits your needs.
What is the difference between a correspondence and an online course?
All courses are independent study, meaning they are completed at your own pace and on your own time. With a correspondence course, you will receive materials by e-mail or postal mail from your instructor, and return the coursework to your instructor upon completion. With an online course, all assignments are provided and completed online via a website or a learning management system (i.e., Moodle).
If I register today, how long will it take to receive my materials?
The materials should arrive within 10 business days. Registering for a course must be done through the Continuing Education office. Instructors are notified daily of new registrations. Course materials are sent to students directly from individual instructors. Please allow 5-10 business days to receive course materials.
How long does it take to complete a course?
As little as 3 weeks…or up to 1 year. A minimum of one week per unit of study has been set, by design, as a standard for all independent study courses. However, students may take up to one year to complete a course.
Is there a limit as to the number of units I may take?
A total of nine units may be taken at the same time. Students may complete a maximum of 18 units in a semester. Semester dates are January-April; May-August; and September-December.
Can I receive a letter grade for my coursework?
Yes. Courses are graded as either "A", "B" or "Credit", "No Credit" ("Credit" is equivalent to a letter grade of "B"). If a student wishes to receive a letter grade instead of a credit/no credit grade, the letter grade option must be selected on the grade request screen that is submitted to the instructor with the completed course assignment.
Note: Only letter grades will be issued upon successful completion of 900-level coursework, effective January 1, 2020.
Are these courses graduate level?
Yes, Fresno Pacific University Continuing Education offers independent study courses that are primarily designed for students who have baccalaureate degrees and appropriate teaching credentials. All of our 900-level courses are graduate-level, but are not intended toward degree requirements, and are not to be used for undergraduate credit or athletic eligibility.
How long does it take instructors to grade my coursework?
Allow up to two weeks from the date materials are sent to the instructor. Grades are posted by Fresno Pacific University within two business days upon receipt of the Grade submission from the instructor.
How soon can I receive an official transcript after completing my coursework?
Students do not have to wait until the end of the semester to receive an official transcript! Transcripts may be requested as soon as the grade is posted by Continuing Education.
Do these courses qualify for financial aid or student loan deferment?
No, these courses do not qualify for financial aid or student loan deferment. However, some school districts have funds available to assist their teachers in professional growth. Contact your school district to find out if those funds are available to you.
Can I complete my coursework when I'm not in the classroom and away from students?
All courses may be completed with or without student participation unless otherwise noted in the course description/syllabus.
Do you offer any courses for 1 or 2 units?
Yes! We offer some courses for 1 or 2 units only, and some courses with a 1, 2 or 3 unit options. You can search for these courses using the Credit Count filter on the Independent Studies page: https://ce.fresno.edu/independent-studies
If I need to drop a course, what should I do?
The process is simple! Login to your account https://ce.fresno.edu/my-account, click on Course Drop link on the left navigation menu. Select the course from the drop-down list and enter a reason for dropping the course. The drop/refund policy is noted on the form.
What are the student learning outcomes (SLO) for Fresno Pacific University courses?
There are ten student learning outcomes that are part of most courses from Fresno Pacific University. This document includes the ten SLOs and a brief description. FPU Student Learning Outcomes
Is FPU a Recognized Provider in the State of Pennsylvania?
According to the Division of Professional Education and Planning of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Education, Fresno Pacific University is listed in the Directory of Higher Education and recognized to offer courses to educators in the state of Pennsylvania via distance learning. To view details of the process, please click https://ce.fresno.edu/act-48
Is FPU an Approved Provider in Massachusetts?
Fresno Pacific University is an approved PD provider in Massachusetts, providing teachers with professional development courses that count toward earning PDPs. To verify FPU's provider status, search the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) PD Provider Registry.