University Credit Information

The Professional Development Institute, in association with the prestigious University of California San Diego Division of Extended Studies, offers post-baccalaureate (at the graduate level) credit for all PDI online courses. Register for a PDI flex course including university credit from UCSD for only $304 with the 20% discount tier (regularly $379). All PDI courses are worth 3 ⅓ semester units of credit (equivalent to 5 quarter units or 50 hours of training). UC San Diego is part of the University of California system and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). UC San Diego is ranked the eighth best public university in the country by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges guidebook. Click here to review the impressive Campus Profile. Post-baccalaureate credits are typically used for credential renewal and/or salary advancement. Be sure to check with your district/state for their specific requirements.

**Please Note that PDI has a single one-unit course developed specifically to help teachers with their own personal self-care and wellness. This course plus credit is only $50. This is a special offer by PDI and UCSD to help the teachers we respect and serve. Click here for more details.

It's easy to register for university credit! Simply register for the course with university credit when you make your selection. If you have questions or concerns about obtaining university credit, please contact PDI Associate Registrar, Shannon Phillips, at

Click here to see a sample UCSD transcript.

Click here for a detailed description of UCSD post-baccalaureate (graduate level) credit.

Click here for a letter from UCSD Division of Extended Studies Assistant Dean, Dr. Morgan Appel, explaining the credit option.

UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies

What you need to know about obtaining post-baccalaureate credit from UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies

  • It's easy to register for university credit for your course. Simply select the option that says "course plus credit" when you register for your course in the shopping cart area. Note that you are required to pay for university credit within 48 hours of your course registration.
  • All PDI courses are worth 3 ⅓ semester units (5 quarter units) of post-baccalaureate (graduate level) credit which is equivalent to 50 hours of training. The cost for a flex course including 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units of UCSD credit is only $304 with the 20% discount tier (regularly $379).
  • Credit is only granted upon successful completion of all course requirements including the minimum course time requirement.
  • Note that although PDI's courses are post-baccalaureate (graduate level) professional courses, they are not applicable toward an advanced degree at UC San Diego.
  • UCSD and PDI require that you spend a minimum of three weeks in EACH of your online courses. In other words, if you register for two online courses, you will be expected to spend three weeks in each course or a total of six weeks altogether. The timeline begins from the day you register and runs consecutively, not concurrently, when taking multiple courses. Completion paperwork will not be processed until the minimum timeline requirement has been met. Both PDI and UCSD are intent on assuring that the participant is able to maximize the knowledge gained by meaningful involvement in the program.
  • Once you have met all the course requirements, PDI will post your final grade and forward your credit paperwork to UCSD. UCSD will enter your course and letter grade into their system and send you a confirmation e-mail once your transcript has been sent. You will receive an official transcript at no charge. You will receive the transcript from UCSD approximately three weeks after your final grade is issued by PDI. Unofficial transcripts can be printed at any time at no cost via the UCSD Division of Extended Studies student portal.
  • Additional transcripts may be purchased through UCSD.

If you have questions about university credit for your PDI course, please contact the PDI Associate Registrar, Shannon Phillips, at

If you have registered and paid for a PDI course within the last 48 hours, and would like to purchase graduate-level credit or review other documentation options, please click here.

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