Pre K-12 Education Frequently Asked Questions

What is Brandman's accreditation?
Brandman is accredited by, and is a member of, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Its teacher training and credential programs are approved by the California State Department of Education.
What kind of credit does Brandman University Extended Education provide?
Upon successful completion, the participant will receive graduate-level professional development credit. It is the same as professional development credit. Each credit is a semester credit. These are professional development units that are typically not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement purposes such as salary increment steps and recertification. However, this credit may be applied toward a degree program at the discretion of the accepting institution.
How many hours does one credit represent?
Each credit represents 15 hours of work.
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 credit will be acceptable or not. State licensing departments vary regarding their criteria for credit acceptance, and some states may not accept credit from universities that are located outside the state.
Is a graduate-level professional development credit accepted in a Brandman University degree program and will it transfer to a degree program (Master's) at another university?
The professional development credits that we offer are not part of any degree program at Brandman University. However, decisions about transferring to another university are solely at the discretion of that university. Students are advised to seek approval of appropriate officials before enrolling in these courses, to satisfy any degree, state credential or local school district requirements.
What is the equivalent of one semester credit in quarter credits?
One semester credit equals 1.33 quarter credits.
One quarter credit equals 0.7 (2/3) semester credit.
Two quarter credits equal 1.3 semester credits.
Three quarter credits equal 2 semester credits.
How soon will I receive a grade?
The usual turnaround time is approximately 4 weeks after coursework is received (in the case of independent studies, learning circles and seminar practicums) or after an online course is completed.
When will I know that my grade is posted?
Students may check for grades, retrieve grade reports, and print unofficial transcripts through MyBrandman using your Brandman student username and password. Once your grade is visible in the online student services system and/or Brandman staff notify you it is posted, you can order transcripts.
How do I get a Brandman University username and password?
If you registered online with Brandman University, the system created and provided you with your username and password during the registration process. If you mailed or faxed in a registration form, you should have received an email from the Brandman IT department containing your username and activation directions, when the staff processed your registration. Please visit www.brandman.edu/activate and click "Resend my Account Information Letter" if you never received your Brandman credentials. If you have continued difficulty activating or retrieving your username and password, please contact our office.
How do I order a transcript?
Visit the Transcripts page on our website for information about ordering official transcripts. You must wait until your grades have posted to order official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts can be printed through the MyBrandman student portal.
I am currently not in a classroom setting. Can I still do practicums and Independent Studies?
Yes. If you don't have access to students with whom you can implement your activities, you will need to discuss appropriate assignment modifications with your instructor (for Independent Study courses) or approach your practicum paper as follows:
  • Explain your situation on the title page and write your paper as though you are planning to implement the activities/strategies in the future.
  • 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.
How may I get a receipt for reimbursement?
You can now view and print your statement of account via Brandman's online student portal, MyBrandman, using your Brandman University student username and password. Directions can be found on our website under "How to Get Your Statement of Account".
Will my financial aid apply for these courses?
Students are not eligible to receive financial aid for professional development courses. Admitted students seeking financial aid for academic classes should contact our office.
I need to update my name and address information.
Please email information including Brandman student I.D., if possible, to exed@brandman.edu
How long do I have to complete my follow-up practicum?
For most seminars, the final report is either due (postmarked) six months from the date of the seminar you attended, or from your date of registration. Please check your confirmation letter and/or registration information for your particular seminar's requirements. There are no time extensions granted on practicums.
How can I complete my assignment when my position as Librarian does not lend itself to developing and implementing activities?
You may substitute the word "book-talks" for activities.
How can I complete my assignment when the seminar topic dealt with strategies rather than activities?
You may substitute the word "strategies" for activities.
How do I get more information?
Visit our Contact Us page on our website.