Bureau of Education & Research Video Training Programs

University Credit

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Participants attending seminars, conferences, trainings, and institutes by the Bureau of Education & Research have the opportunity of earning graduate level professional development credit through Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System, upon completion of follow-up practicum projects and payment of an additional fee. The fee in all states and provinces is $65 (in U.S. funds) per credit. A maximum of 4 credits per program offering is offered.

Participants taking online courses offered by the Bureau of Education & Research have the opportunity of earning 1 or 2 graduate level professional development credits through Brandman University. For more information please click here.

For answers to additional questions beyond those which follow, call the School of Extended Education at Brandman University at (800) 632-0094. Detailed information regarding university credit is also available at the Brandman University website. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University will also be available at the training.

Brandman University, Part of the Chapman University System

In 2010, Chapman University established Brandman University to best meet the unique needs of working professionals and other non-traditional students. Brandman remains a non-profit institution part of the Chapman University System, and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Frequently Asked Questions



How soon may I expect to receive confirmation from Brandman University after I've registered with them for course credit?

You may expect to receive an email confirmation letter from Brandman University within 30 days of Brandman University’s receipt of your registration paperwork and fee. Your confirmation will also include the name and address of the specific reader assigned to evaluate your course project for mailing your completed project.

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How do I submit my final project to Brandman University?

The confirmation letter you receive from Brandman University will include the name and address of the specific reader assigned to evaluate your course project. Do NOT send your completed project directly to Brandman University. If you no longer have access to that information, please email Brandman University directly by Clicking Here or phone at (800) 632-0094.

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What is Brandman University's accreditation?

Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System, is accredited by, and is a member of, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Brandman University is also a member of the American Council on Education and the American Association of Colleges for Teachers.

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What are the requirements for receiving credit?

The following information is found on the enrollment form presented at the training to those individuals enrolling in graduate level professional development credit at the seminar. The participant must attend (or listen to), and participate in, the entire training. As follow-up to the seminar or conference session, the participant must develop at least three practical projects per credit based on the training presentation. The projects should be designed to be implemented in the participant's program, i.e. worksheets, lesson plans, center activities, or plans for implementation of any topics presented. A three-page paper per credit is required based on the projects. This will be graded with a letter grade of A-C or No Pass. A detailed rubric and grading scale can be found at the Brandman University website.

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How long do I have to complete the final project for the course?

The project is due six months from the training start date, or in the case of an audio training, six months from the date of Brandman University course enrollment.

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How do I register for credit after attending a training?

At the training: Complete the registration form and give it and your payment to the on-site Program Manager. Keep the upper portion of the form as it includes the instructions for your coursework.

By mail: Within 30 days of the training date, submit your completed Brandman University course registration and your $65 (U.S. funds) per credit tuition payment (checks are payable to Brandman University, or include your Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card number with expiration date) to: Brandman University, Extended Education, BER Practicum, 16355 Laguna Canyon Rd, Irvine, CA 92618. Be sure to submit your completed registration before submitting coursework.

By fax: Fax the information above with your credit card number to (949) 754-1337.
NOTE: Faxed registration forms should not exceed standard letter size (8.5 x 11). You may download a form with the proper dimensions at the Brandman University website

Online: Register at www.brandman.edu/ber. Check that your pop-up blockers are off. Use the current date as the start date. To search for the BER course you attended, use the 3-character BER seminar code found on the bottom of the title page of the handbook you received – it will be the first 3 characters of a longer code at the bottom of that page.

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What kind of credit is it?

The credit the participant will receive upon the successful completion of the follow-up practicum is graduate level professional development semester credit. These are professional development units that are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement purposes such as salary increment steps and recertification.

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Will my district or state accept Brandman University Credit?

It is the responsibility of the individual participant to verify with his/her district or state prior to enrollment whether Brandman University graduate level professional development credit will be acceptable or not.

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What are the grading criteria for the final project?

At the time of enrollment, students will be provided with a listing of all requirements and grading criteria for the written project. The specific grading rubric used to assess the written projects can be found on the Brandman University website.

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What is the equivalent to one semester credit in quarter credits?

One semester credit equals 1.33 quarter credits.

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If I have additional questions, how can I contact Brandman University?

Call the School of Extended Education (800) 632-0094.

Via email: Click Here

Online: Brandman University website

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Can I receive credit from Brandman University and apply for state-sponsored CEU credit?

It is the participant's responsibility to check their state CEU regulations to determine if two types of credit may
be received.

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What is the cancellation/refund policy in regard to Brandman University credit?

Participants who request cancellation in writing within thirty (30) days of their training date will receive a refund if no course work has been submitted.

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BER audio seminars/Brandman University credit - How can I earn university credit by listening
to audio seminars?

By listening to the audio programs and completing follow-up assignments, graduate level professional development credit may be earned with payment of an additional fee of $65 per semester credit. Enrollment and payment are made directly to Brandman University.

No campus meetings are required. Follow-up practicum projects require 15 hours of independent study per credit and are acceptable where local districts approve and are applicable to licensure where such activities are approved.

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BER audio seminars/Brandman University credit - is there a timeline following purchase of
an audio seminar by which participants need to apply for Brandman University credit?

No, there is no timeline by which participants need to apply for Brandman University graduate level professional development credit. Once a participant does enroll with Brandman University, there is still a six-month time limit for completing and submitting the final project.

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How can I obtain an official Brandman University transcript?

Specific directions for requesting an official transcript can be obtained at the Brandman University website.

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I am completing my Brandman University course during my school vacation period / hiatus and
do not have access to students. How do I complete my project in light of the requirements for
evaluating student learning, my own self-evaluation and the need to include documentation?

All components of the course requirements must be addressed. If you do not have access to students to practice your activities on, you may approach your paper in the following way:

  • Explain your situation on the title page.
  • Describe the methods you intend to use for evaluating your students’ learning experience.
  • For self-evaluation, comment on your strengths and weaknesses as pertaining to the implementation of the activities. Discuss what you expect to happen in terms of your own abilities.
  • Documentation could include handouts, an example of the activity, charts for evaluation, lesson plans etc.

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