University Credit

Our first-of-its-kind partnership with WASC-accredited University of the Pacific enables educators to earn university-based professional development units for their learning. Our collaboration further validates the rigor and relevance of PDLN’s badge courses and third-party credentialed review process.

Units may apply to pay scale adjustments and allow educators even more opportunities to be recognized for their learning and new skills. (Check with your district to verify.)


All-Access Suite (60+ PDLN courses) = $250/year 

Single course = $150/course

University of the Pacific PDU (optional for each eligible course) = $75/course 

or download PDF here

About University of the Pacific

The University of the Pacific is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

How It Works

1. Register & Enroll

Visit to enroll in the PDLN Suite, which provides you a year of full access to all our badge and micro-badge courses. You can also sign up for individual courses or microcourses.

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2. University Credit

Through PDLN’s first-of-its-kind partnership with University of the Pacific, you can earn graduate-level university professional development units (PDU) for your work in our full badge courses for only $75/course.

Prior to beginning your course, register here for graduate credit through University of the Pacific.

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Note: Tuition is non-refundable. We recommend you check with your district before you register to ensure that your credits/PDUs will apply. Neither University of the Pacific nor PDLN guarantee that units will be accepted by any entity.

3. Pre-Assessment

Every course begins with a brief, required pre-assessment, designed to help you reflect on your existing knowledge of the course topic, and to establish your learning goals and objectives.


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4. AOKs

To demonstrate competency at the end of each course, you will complete and submit evidence of learning in the form of Assessment(s) of Knowledge (AOKs). Our team of credentialed-educators will review your work to determine proficiency according to the rubric shown below.


We are committed to providing you with learning you can apply to your real-life teaching practice. You will have several AOK options from which to choose. You will always have at least one option that will result in material or plans you can use with your students immediately.


Please allow two weeks for our teacher evaluators to review your work and notify you about whether or not you passed the course and earned a badge. We are happy to work with you one-on-one if you need guidance.

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5. Post-Assessment

Every badge course concludes with a required post-assessment


Similar to the pre-assessment, the post-assessment is meant to be a personal reflection about what you learned from the course, and how you plan to apply your knowledge directly to your teaching practice



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6. Micro-Credential Badge

Once you have taken a course, completed the required pre- and post-assessments, submitted your AOK(s), and your work has been reviewed according to our proficiency rubric, you will be issued a micro-credential in the form of an open digital badge.


You will receive an email containing your badge, along with instructions about how to access and share it with others.

PDLN issues open badges. That means every badge you earn is yours wherever you go. You will never need to incur any cost to share or display your badge.

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University Credit FAQ

1. What does a University of the Pacific badge look like?


2. How much does it cost for university credit?

Each credit from the University of the Pacific costs an additional $75 fee. The cost of credit is NOT included in your course fee, and this fee is non-refundable.

3. How many hours of coursework equate to 1 university credit?

15 hours of coursework = 1 graduate-level Professional Development Unit (PDU) from the University of the Pacific. PDUs are post-baccalaureate professional development coursework designed specifically for graduate-level educators and administrators.


Semester units (hours) of non-degree graduate level credit are awarded for successful completion of coursework. In addition, these courses will be listed on a University transcript but do not apply to any particular graduate degree at the University of the Pacific.

4. Does my school or district accept credit from the University of the Pacific?

It is up to your school or district to decide whether or not to accept credit from the University of the Pacific. Therefore, the University of the Pacific highly recommends that you check with your school or district before enrolling for credit, as the fee is non-refundable.

5. How do I receive university credit?

To get university credit, you must register with the University of the Pacific, CPCE prior to submitting your final AOK. After your badge has been awarded, the university will receive notification of your completion and post it to your transcript. You will receive an unofficial transcript in the mail to let you know that it has been completed and can now order an official transcript. Please allow 2 to 6 weeks for transcript posting.

6. How long do I have to receive university credit?

While all PDLN courses run for 12 months, you must complete the course within 6 months of initially signing up to receive your university credit. We recommend that you keep track of the date of registration in a calendar as the University of the Pacific is unable to send individual reminders. If you complete the course after 6 months, you will have to re-register and re-pay.

7. Can I receive university credit before passing the course

You will not receive university credit until the PDLN credentialed teacher evaluation team has assessed your assessments (AOKs) and determined competency.

8. How long does it take to receive credit?

Once you submit your AOK(s) to PDLN’s credentialed teacher evaluation team, please allow 2 weeks to be notified about whether or not you passed the course. Once the credentialed teacher evaluation team determines your competency, they notify the university of your completion.


You will receive an unofficial transcript in the mail to let you know that your grade has been transcripted and can now order an official transcript. Please allow 2 to 6 weeks for transcript posting.

9. Where do I register for university credit?

After you enroll in a course, register here for university credit.