University of the Pacific was the first university in California whose professional education programs were fully approved by both the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) from bachelor's through doctoral levels, thus permitting its professional education program graduates to be licensed upon request in 38 other states.
Although teacher education is considered to be an all-University responsibility, all professional education degree and credential programs at University of the Pacific are offered and coordinated through Benerd College. Students in Benerd College are prepared to deliver thoughtful, reflective, caring, and collaborative services to diverse populations. The School directs its efforts toward researching the present and future needs of schools and the community, fostering intellectual and ethical growth, and developing compassion and collegiality through personalized learning experiences.
We are focused on innovative academic programs in flexible formats. We offer quality degree programs, while also providing a wide variety of continuing education courses, certificate programs and lifelong learning opportunities.
Benerd College has many programs that engage our students with our communities throughout Northern California and beyond.
Benerd College offers a variety of professional development courses and certificates. They are available to Pacific students, as well as anyone in the community eager to learn new subjects and skills. The majority of these courses and certificates are online, so they can fit your busy schedule.
Undergraduate Extended Education Units (EXTN)
(15 hours = 1 unit) semester units unless otherwise noted and will be listed on your University transcript. All subject codes begin with an X.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Continuing Education Units were established by a national task force of educational associations and are intended for use where employers, re-licensing agencies or others require a specified number of hours of study, and noncredit study is acceptable for fulfillment of those requirements. One CEU is awarded for each ten hours of contact participation. Benerd College is an approved continuing education provider for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #PCE 760), the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #4128) and the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (Provider #5-91-266-0799). All subject codes begin with a U.
Professional Development Units (PDUs)
Post-baccalaureate professional development (9000-9999 level) coursework designed specifically for graduate level educators and administrators. Semester units of non-degree graduate level credit are awarded for successful completion of coursework. In addition, these courses will be listed on a University transcript. All subject codes begin with a P. While it may be possible for the credits earned in these courses to be used for salary advancement and state licensing requirements, we do not provide assurance that any state licensing board or school district will accept these credits for those purposes. Individuals seeking credits for those purposes are advised to check with the appropriate agencies and gain approval prior to registering.
Cancelation & Refund
All cancelation requests must be received in writing and refunds are subject to approval. Forms can be obtained here >
Extension (EXTN) and Non-Credit courses:
A $10 cancelation fee will be assessed when a cancelation request is received, in writing, at least 3 business days prior to the course start date. No refund will be given to no-shows or requests received less than 3 days prior to start date.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs):
A $25 cancelation fee will be assessed when a cancelation request is received, in writing, at least 3 business days prior to the course start date. No refund will be given to no-shows or requests received less than 3 days prior to start date.
A $25 cancelation fee will be assessed when a cancelation request is received, in writing, within 3 days of registering and before the student has signed into the class/received the materials. No refund will be given after 3 days or upon entering the online class.
There will be a $25 charge for all declined checks.
The maximum study load during a semester for undergraduates without special permission is 18 units. Students who wish to enroll for units in excess of the maximum study load must petition their school or college for approval in advance. Approval is based to a great extent upon the student’s past academic record and will result in additional tuition charges.
The University of the Pacific is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Here are a few frequently asked questions for our online registration portal:
How do I sign in as a student?
There are three options to sign in as a student.
- If you already have a PacificNet ID, do not use the option on the left, register like you are a new user.
- If you are a new user, then you need to register for a new account using the option on the right. You will be emailed a username and temporary password to use for our registration portal (found here)
- Once you receive the email with your usename and temporary password, you will use the option in the middle to sign in.
How do I register for a course or certificate?
After searching and finding the course or certificate you would like to register for, add it to your cart and go through the checkout process.
I am a current Pacific student, but I am receiving a "validation error" when trying to login through Canvas. How do I resolve this?
University College registration is separate from the University of the Pacific's registration. Please use the third column that states: "I am a new user.." You may still use your student pacific email address. New login information will be sent to the email address you provided.
Don't see your question? Contact us at 209.946.2424 or email us.
If you would prefer to register offline, download a copy of the Offline Registration Form and submit it using one of three ways:
Fax it to: 209.946.3916
Mail it to: University of the Pacific/University College, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211
Visit us at: 1776 W. March Lane Suite 290 Stockton, CA 95207
Questions? Call us at 209.946.2424
Professional development grades generally take four to six weeks from time of completion to be processed. You will receive confirmation in the form of an unofficial transcript, accompanied by an official transcript request form.
We ask that you do not request an official transcript until you have received these in the mail. Be sure to order your transcript from the Stockton transcript ordering link (shown below). For information on your final grades or a status report on processing, contact Benerd College at 209.946.2424.
Click the green button at the top right corner that reads "Order-Track-Verify" to start your transcript order.
For detailed transcript information, please see the Office of the Registrar
OLLI at Pacific is one of 124 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes nationwide. It is supported by the University of Pacific, the Bernard Osher Foundation, and OLLI at Pacific members. Lifelong Learning programs began as Pacific Experience in 1997. In 2007, the university was awarded its first grant establishing the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute now known as OLLI at Pacific. A subsequent gift from the Foundation in 2010 endowed the university thus ensuring OLLI at Pacific's long term viability while recognizing it as a program of national distinction.
The Tomorrow Project
The Tomorrow Project increases the college readiness of K - 12 students so that they can successfully compete in higher education. We believe that our region's prosperity - its capacity for creating and sustaining fulfilling work and its power to extend a wealth of opportunity to all its residents - depends on education.
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