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BloomBoard’s Graduate-Level Credit Offering

BloomBoard has partnered with a select group of accredited higher education institutions to provide teachers with the opportunity to receive non-degree bearing graduate-level credit for micro-credentials earned on BloomBoard. This enables educators to leverage their micro-credentials experience to improve their practice and earn salary advancement or re-certification.

This article answers commonly asked questions about BloomBoard's offering and documents the application process for each our university partners. Visit http://bloomboard.com/graduate-credit for an overview of BloomBoard's credit offering.

Graduate credit is currently available for most micro-credentials on the BloomBoard platform, with additional credit being added regularly. To view the current list of micro-credentials that each university partner provides grad credit for, scroll down to each partner below (or click a link above). 

 Is there a micro-credential that you would like to earn graduate-level credit for that does not currently have the option? Click here to let us know.

 


 

FAQ

How many credits is a micro-credential worth?

BloomBoard’s graduate credit partners have identified the credit value associated with micro-credentials based upon the university’s term structure. See table below.

How much does graduate credit cost?

BloomBoard’s graduate credit partners set the pricing for their non-degree bearing graduate-level credit.

Brandman University 0.5 Semester credit = $40
Portland State* 1.0 Quarter credit = $60
Fresno Pacific 1.0 Semester credit = $75
University of the Pacific 1.0 Semester credit = $75

*1.5 Quarter Credit is equivalent to 1.0 Semester Credit.

 

Will the graduate credit I earn from the micro-credentials help me move up on my district’s pay scale?

BloomBoard has partnered with accredited universities to offer non-degree bearing graduate credit for the express purpose of helping educators advance on their pay scale, as well as renew a license or certificate. Educators are encouraged to confirm with their employer that the credit associated with a micro-credential will be accepted once it is earned.

Can I use these credits to earn a master's or other graduate degree?

The graduate-level credit that BloomBoard's partners issue is non-degree bearing which means the issuing university will not apply them to a degree or degree program at their institution. It is at the discretion of the institution to accept credit from another college or university.

Which Micro-credentials have a graduate credit option?

Micro-credentials display a banner indicating that graduate credit is available. The list of micro-credentials that have credit available is increasing on a regular basis.

A complete and up-to-date listing of which micro-credentials that have graduate credit available is provided for each university partner in the section below.

 

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Where can I see which universities offer graduate credit for a specific micro‑credential?

  1. Click the eligible micro-credential that you're interested in.
  2. Click Apply for Graduate Credit to view partner universities offering graduate credit, pricing and number of credits offered.

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If you've already earned a micro-credential that is eligible for graduate credit:

  1. Click Micro-credentials in the navigation bar and then click the card of the earned micro-credential.
  2. Click the Graduate Credit Details button to view partner universities offering graduate credit, credit pricing and number of credits offered.

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Why doesn’t every micro-credential have graduate credit?

BloomBoard is working as quickly as possible to provide at least one credit option for every micro-credential.

 Is there a micro-credential that you would like to earn graduate credit for that does not currently have the option? Click here to let us know.

Should I get my district’s approval before I apply for graduate credit?

Educators are encouraged to confirm with their employer that the credit associated with a micro-credential will be accepted once it is earned. Click here to download an explanation that you can share with your employer.

Are BloomBoard’s graduate-level credit partner universities accredited?

All of BloomBoard’s university partners are accredited. Click a link below to view a partner's accreditation page.

Brandman University

Fresno Pacific University

Portland State University

University of the Pacific

 

If I apply for a micro-credential but it isn’t granted, can I still apply for and earn graduate credit?

No. Graduate-level credits are only offered for micro-credentials that have been awarded. If your micro-credential submission is not awarded, we encourage you to review the feedback from your assessment form, incorporate it into your practice, and apply for the micro-credential again. 

How do I apply for graduate credit?

You can find directions for applying for graduate credit by opening the Graduate-Level Credit Options. 

If you've earned the micro-credential, you can access the directions as follows:

  1. Click Micro-credentials in the navigation bar and then click the card of the earned micro-credential.
  2. Click the Graduate Credit Details button to view the partner universities offering graduate credit, credit pricing and number of credits offered.
  3. Click the Application Process button to open directions and links to the university's registration portal.

If you have not yet earned the micro-credential, you can access the directions as follows:

  1. Click the eligible micro-credential that you're interested in.
  2. Click Apply for Graduate Credit to view the partner universities offering graduate credit, pricing and number of credits offered.
  3. Click the Application Process button to open directions and links to the university's registration portal.

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Alternately, you can find the university's directions by clicking the Download course list link under each university in the section below.  download-course-link-border.png

 

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Brandman University Credit Process

View Brandman's course list

Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission. For additional information regarding Brandman’s Extended Education offering, please visit www.brandman.edu/exed.

Upon successful completion of courses, the participant will receive graduate-level professional development credit. These credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and re-certification. Educators 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. This credit may be applied toward a degree program at the discretion of the accepting institution.

If you have difficulty with the registration process, please contact Brandman at www.brandman.edu/K12Questions.

  1. Select  Select graduate-level professional development credit approved BloomBoard micro-credentials (MCs) that you are interested in earning.
  2. Confirm  Confirm with your employer that the graduate-level professional development credit associated with the selected MCs will be accepted once they are earned.
  3. Earn  Gather the required micro-credential evidence and submit to earn the MC.
  4. Apply  Click here to open Brandman University’s registration and payment process. Step-by-step instructions are provided.
  5. Complete  Once registered, forward the micro-credential completion email that you received from BloomBoard to k12partners@brandman.edu so that a “pass” grade can be posted.
  6. Receive  Brandman posts the grade on their system and then emails the educator a confirmation that they have received a grade. The educator can order a transcript when needed. 

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Fresno Pacific University Credit Process

View Fresno Pacific's course list

Through its Center for Professional Development (CPD), Fresno Pacific University offers independent study courses to help meet the ever-increasing demand for professional growth for K-12 educators. Fresno Pacific 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.

The courses are graduate level, professional development units that are not part of a degree program, but instead are primarily used for professional advancement. They are not to be used for undergraduate credit or athletic eligibility.

If you have difficulty with the registrations process, please contact Fresno Pacific at http://ce.fresno.edu/cpd/talk/.

  1. Select  Select graduate-level credit approved BloomBoard micro-credentials (MCs) that you are interested in earning.
  2. Confirm  Confirm with your employer that the graduate-level credit associated with the selected MCs will be accepted once they are earned. Fresno Pacific University graduate-level credits are non-degree seeking units.
  3. Earn  Gather the required micro-credential evidence and submit to earn the MC.
  4. Apply
    1. Click here to access Fresno Pacific's registration portal and select the course associated with the micro-credentials that you have earned.
    2. While on the course specific page, click on 1 Units for $75, which will add the course to your Cart.
    3. Click Go to Checkout and proceed through the checkout process.
  5. Complete  BloomBoard provides confirmation that the educator has earned the micro-credentials.  
  6. Receive
    1. Fresno Pacific posts grade on their system.
    2. Fresno Pacific emails educator a grade report that acts as confirmation that they have received grad credit. Educator may also click on Final Grade Report via their login at the Fresno Pacific site to view their grades.
    3. Educator can order a transcript when needed.

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Portland State University Credit Process

View Portland State's course list

The Graduate School of Education offers a large selection of continuing education courses, workshops, and certificate programs each term specifically designed for K-12 educators and human services professionals who are looking to expand their knowledge bases or renew their licenses. Courses are offered in multiple formats designed to meet the needs of working professionals including fully online, in-person, or weekend workshops. We also provide credit for attending professional conferences. Enroll anytime.

Unlike BloomBoard's other credit partners, Portland State University only issues their graduate credit at end of each term. Click here to view Portland State's Academic Calendar.

If you have difficulty with the registrations process, please contact Portland State via email (ceedreg@pdx.edu) or phone (503-725-4619).

  1. Select  Select graduate-level credit approved BloomBoard micro-credentials (MCs) that you are interested in earning.
  2. Confirm  Confirm with your employer that the graduate-level credit associated with the selected MCs will be accepted once they are earned.
  3. Earn  Gather the required micro-credential evidence and submit to earn the MC.
  4. Apply
    1. Click here to create PSU student account.
    2. Click here to activate Odin Account Manager account.
    3. Complete the PSU Registration Form and email it as an attachment to help@bloomboard.com.
    4. After confirming the educator has earned the micro-credential(s) associated with the graduate credit, BloomBoard emails the Registration Form to PSU.
    5. PSU bills the educator for course costs.
  5. Complete BloomBoard’s Educator Support Team enters grades into PSU’s system at the end of the term.  
  6. Receive
    1. PSU posts grade on their system after the end of each term.
    2. Educator can order a transcript when needed.

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University of the Pacific (UoP) Credit Process

View University of the Pacific's course list

University of the Pacific knows as a teacher, you're always busy - planning lessons, grading papers, and dealing with kids and their problems. That's why they aim to provide engaging and fun professional development that fits into and around your schedule. From travel studies to independent practicums to online offerings, UoP have something that's sure to inform and inspire

UoP courses are designed to meet the professional development needs of educators for career and salary advancement. Courses are not applicable to a degree at Pacific but can be transferred at the discretion of your institution. District approval is recommended before enrolling. An official transcript is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework.

University of the Pacific requests that educators who enroll in a UoP course before completing the associated micro-credentials let no more than 6 months lapse between the time they enroll and when they earn the micro-credentials. In addition, the University will not issue graduate-level Professional Development Units (PDUs) for those micro-credentials that were earned more than 12 months prior to enrolling in the course associated with the micro-credentials.

If you have difficulty with the registrations process, please contact UoP via email (cpce@pacific.edu) or phone (209-946-2424).

  1. Select  Select graduate-level Professional Development Units (PDUs) approved BloomBoard micro-credentials (MCs) that you are interested in earning.
  2. Confirm  Confirm with your employer that the graduate-level Professional Development Units (PDUs) associated with the selected MCs will be accepted once they are earned.
  3. Earn  Gather the required micro-credential evidence and submit to earn the MCs.
  4. Apply
    1. Click here to access UoP’s registration portal and select the course code with the micro-credentials that you have earned.
    2. Drag the UoP courses, associated with the earned MCs, into the Cart and click on the Register button. Proceed through the checkout process.
  5. Complete  BloomBoard provides confirmation that the educator has earned the micro-credentials.
  6. Receive
    1. UoP posts the grade on their system.
    2. UoP mails the educator an unofficial transcript.
    3. Educator can order a transcript when needed.

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