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Proposing a Professional Development Course

SPU adjunct faculty members can propose professional development courses for graduate-level Seattle Pacific University credit or CEUs (clock hours) by submitting a CPE Course Form (PDF) and syllabus.

A course must meet for 10 instructional contact hours for each quarter credit. To assess understanding of course content, out-of-class assignments appropriate to the number of credits are required.

To have your course publicized, mark the publicity box on the course proposal. For more information about deadline dates, see the publicity section on the course proposal.

For information about becoming an adjunct faculty member in the Center for Professional Education at SPU, visit Requirements for CPE Adjunct Faculty Members.

The Process

Credit and Day Ratios

All credit courses must adhere to the following parameters regarding number of credits and day ratios:

Basic Standards

  • Maximum of 3 credits in a seven-day week
  • Maximum 8 contact hours per day

Approved Minimum Standard

  • 1 credit: two days' instruction
  • 2 credits: three days' instruction
  • 3 credits: five consecutive days' instruction
  • 3 credits: four non-consecutive days' instruction
  • 4 credits: five days of non-consecutive instruction, not within a seven-day week
  • 5 credits: seven days of non-consecutive instruction, not within a seven-day week

When you consider the above parameters, note that five minutes of break time are included in each instructional hour. Breaks may be taken hourly or accrued up to four hours and taken all at once, but it is not to be included as lunchtime.

Federal laws require 30 minutes be provided for lunch within an eight-hour day, and that lunchtime must be provided in addition to instructional time. Schedule lunchtime separately from your students' break time.

Course Costs

If you are not being paid through SPU, then the base cost per credit of your course will be $45, or $20 per each 10 CEUs (clock hours).

If you are contracted and paid through SPU, then the base cost per credit of your course is $70, or $45 per each 10 CEUs (clock hours).

Proposed-Course Processing Time

SPU's Center for Professional Education requires a minimum of three weeks' processing time for all new courses. Additionally, every succeeding time you offer the course, a course form must be completed and sent to CPE at least two weeks prior to the course's start date. Remember, the earlier you submit a course proposal, the sooner you will receive confirmation of course approval and registration materials.

Submit all your course proposals, adjunct faculty application, and official transcripts to:
Seattle Pacific University, SOE-CPE
3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 209
Seattle, WA 98119-1950

Credit-Course Approval Process

When the Center for Professional Education receives your course proposal, we review it for completeness and compliance with accreditation policies. Following course approval, your course will be assigned a course number, and you will receive a confirmation card indicating approval and course-numbering information.

A registration packet will be sent to you or to a designated individual three weeks before the beginning date of the course, or the day after the course is approved, whichever comes first.

Course Registration

Registration is conducted on-site by you, the instructor. All registration forms and a tuition payment for each student must be sent to SPU's Student Academic Services within three days of the second class session. Detailed instructions will be included in the registration packet.

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The School of Education at SPU offers doctoral programs for professionals interested in leadership and teaching positions in all fields and levels of education.

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